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In WataMote, Tomoko's phone appears to have a little figure on the top of it. It looks like a doll, with a kitty-face smile and an orange coat and antenna. In the ED sequence, it appears again, in both orange and blue.

Tomoko's phone The phone in the ED sequence

Is this doll a reference to another series or Japanese pop culture? What does it mean?

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    It looks like a parody of Yaruo (やる夫), a popular ASCII Art meme character from the Japanese 2ch forum. – кяαzєя Jul 20 '13 at 19:45
  • I think it's possibly just a weird mix of Yaruo and those little kawaii-doll things you can put on your phones... But I'm not really the most experienced person so if it isn't Yaruo don't judge meh :( – user4194 Mar 20 '14 at 19:59
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That guy is apparently from the Wii game Opoona where you play a character called "Opoona" that's short and has a number of facial expressions (and one of them has a ball over their head), though they don't always have such a sour look on their faces.

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Some ascii art of Opoona with the Yaruo face that Krazer mentioned:

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