PROTIP: Press 'i' to view the image gallery, 'v' to view the video gallery, or 'r' to view a random entry.
This submission is currently being researched & evaluated!
You can help confirm this entry by contributing facts, media, and other evidence of notability and mutation.
Characters Trapped in Smartphones, also known by the tag “Tried to Confine…” on the Japanese web, are a series of smartphone wallpapers in which various anime and manga characters are shown as if they’re attempting to break the fourth wall or draw the attention of the viewer.
The earliest known character art illustration tagged with “Tried to Confine” was submitted to the Japanese illustrators’ community Pixiv by user Taste on June 21st, 2013. The image featured a Vocaloid character with her hands pressed against an invisible glass as if she is locked inside of the phone.
Throughout the latter half of 2013, several additional instances were uploaded to Pixiv, but the fad didn’t quite take off until it began to spread around Twitter in early January 2014. By January 19th, English-language anime portal Crunchyroll had reported on the emerging fad in an article titled “Fanart Meme Traps Anime Characters Behind Smartphone Glass.” On Pixiv, a search query for the tag “I tried to confine” yields more than 1,100 instances of characters trapped behind smartphone glass, as of January 22nd, 2014.
There are no videos currently available.