Earphone jack covers have recently become a popular phone accessory to protect the dust clogging up the earphone jacks when they are not in use. Recently NicoNico Shopping has released Nyanko Type Earphone Jack Cover, which are cat shape earphone plugs inspired from sketches drawn by a twitter user.
The concept was first drawn by @nekomura_otako, who posted it on twitter via twitpic wishing someone would materialise it. It attracted a lot of people's attention and interest, and not long later a trader approached the user and offer to merchandise it, which later became available as pre-order only on NicoNico Shopping.
Editors from Gigazine got all seven of them (6 + 1 bonus). Let's see what they look like :o
A ginger cat sitting on the phone
A grey cat clinging on the phone
A lazy bicolour cat lying face down
Another lazy lying (and sleeping) face up
A calico cat posing like a maneki-neko
A pair of kitties
And finally the bonus cat that only is available when pre-ordering the full set of 6 as seen above, which is a re-coloured version of the grey cat clinging on the edge but with black coat and yellow eyes.
Do you have a favourite out of the seven? It's hard for me to pick one as they're all pretty cute, but I think I like the ginger one the most ^^
Too bad these covers had to be acquired via pre-order, and it's no longer available at the online shop (and for Japanese residents only). They were sold for 500 Yen each, with the full set (+ bonus cat) for 3000 Yen.
However, just like many popular things, I have a feeling that replicas of them may soon spawn here and there. What I find interesting though is how more and more things on the Internet, no matter how small it may seem at first, grows into something much bigger, much like Hatsune Miku and Black★Rock Shooter. The power of Internet surely isn't something to be underestimated these days! :o
Images are from Gigazine via NicoNico Shopping: