Phone charms, those dangly keyring things which you attach to
your mobile phone, are not popular in the UK. You occasionally see a small
range available in shops, but these will unlikely be of cartoon characters but
instead 'lifestyle' objects or the last Crazy Frog type character.
There are some cutesy ones available, but they are limited. Not so in
Japan, where you can buy phone charms of anime characters, foodstuffs,
landmarks, sports mascots and much more. Their popularity as part of
Japanese pop-culture has bled into the UK anime scene, with fans showing off
their fandom in, what could be called, a unique fashion. I succumbed to
this odd practice of dangling objects from you mobile when I acquired a charm of
the character Nami from One Piece.
On first impression, this charm does look good. It shows
the character in chibi
form and wearing a blue bikini top and white mini-skirt. The outfit is
well detailed despite its size, with pockets, earrings and logpose (a navigation
device from One Piece) all clear and visible. The face is similarly
impressive, with well realised features making it instantly recognisable as Nami.
is attached to your mobile of course), which is quite useful
if you keep you mobile in your pocket. The charm also distinguishes your
mobile, giving an individual touch that is far less annoying then a customised
Nothing I'm afraid. Just hang it on your mobile and dangle away.