During the Budokan show, Funassyi announced to the crowd that his appearance fee as well as the royalties from sales of all the merchandise sold at the Budokan concert as well as the upcoming Osaka Jo Hall concert will be donated to Kumamoto earthquake relief. That means that essentially, he is donating all the income he would have gotten from the events. What a Pear.
Funassyi normally doesn’t publicize his charitable donations and activities, but he seems to have made an exception this time because he wanted to thank the fans at Budokan for ‘doing their part to help’.
There’s more Budokan news to come - stay tuned!
It looks like Funassyi debuted another Pear Suit yesterday for the Budokan concert. This will be Pear Suit no. 5. (See Funassyi’s Multiple Pear Suits for descriptions of Suits 1 through 4. There’s also a Suit no. 3.5, which is a replica of no. 3 that is built for more strenuous activity.) As you can see from the screenshots above from TV news coverage this morning of the pre-show press conference he held as well as the concert itself, Suit no. 5 has a slightly more childish look than the previous suits, with the eyes and mouth closer together and perhaps a bit bigger. It may take a little while to get used to this new suit, but hopefully it is better ventilated than the previous suits so that the inner Pear is more comfortable.
In any case, according to all the press and TV coverage about the show as well as fan reports on social media, the concert was a big success. Funassyi himself seemed ecstatic about it after the show, as he tweeted many thanks to the many guests who appeared as well as the stage crew, not to mention the 12,000+ fans who attended. Hopefully the 2nd show in Osaka will go just as well.
A gotouchi chara festival will take place in Kumamoto City on September 3rd and 4th, and Funassyi will appear on both days! The event has the backing of the Gotouchi Chara Association, who also back the big annual gotouchi chara events in Hanyu, Saitama and Hikone, Shiga. Details as follows:
- Place: Kumamoto Castle Ninomaru Park
- Dates and times: September 3-4, 10:00 - 17:00
- Host chara: Higomaru (the official chara of Kumamoto Castle) and Kumamon
The specific times and places of Funassyi’s appearances haven’t been listed yet. Other chara who will be there include Iisa King, Kapal, Sanomaru, Kappa no Kotaro, Goya Sensei and his wife Mama Goya, Shinjo-kun (who is currently leading the Yuru Chara Grand Prix 2016 vote) and many more.
As Funassyi tweeted yesterday, just 3 and a half years ago in April 2013, he uploaded this video of himself er, playing (banging on a guitar with a PET bottle) while he er, sang his theme song, Funa Funa Funassyi. He had just begun to become famous at this point - but who knew he’d be able to fill the hallowed Budokan just a few years later? May the Pear continue to thrive and bring happiness to us all.
It’s finally here - Nassyi Fes Budokan is tonight! If you’re in the Tokyo area, apparently there are a few tickets available due to cancellations, so if you want to try your luck go to the Same Day Ticket Sales window located near the main entrance of Budokan by 17:00 (info source: Sacocci). If you already have tickets, have fun!
Etienne posted several great photos of the Funagoro-Funyassyi appearances at Yokohama Funassyiland on Saturday in our Funassyi fandom Facebook group. Here are just a few of them, posted here with Etienne’s permission. He reports that both of the little Pear Fairies really entertained the crowd despite the hot and humid weather. Funagoro even hugged him - lucky guy!
The guest list for tomorrow’s Nassyi Fes concert (or event…not sure which to call it ^_^ ) looks quite promising. Here it is, as posted on the Nassyi Fes Facebook page. Everyone is a Friend of Funassyi who has worked with him before.
- Toshihiko Takamizawa, leader of The Alfee band, who was the producer of two of Funassyi’s singles and his CD album
- Kishidan, who composed the music for Funassyi’s 2nd single, Boogie Boogie Funassyi
- Antony of the comedy duo Matenrou, who was Funassyi’s sidekick on his Antarctica adventure last year
- Mayu Ito, choreographer of Funassyi’s music videos
- Kazuya Kojima of the comedy duo Unjash, Funassyi’s co-star on Detective Funassyi
- Gotouchi chara friends Chicchai Ossan, Kapal, Kotaro, Koakkuma, Akkuma and of course, Funagoro and Funyassyi
Some unannounced ‘surprise guests’ may also appear. In addition, Aicchy (Ai Yokomachi), Funassyi’s regular event MC, is back from her maternity leave and will be the MC at both Budokan and Osaka Jo Hall.
I’ll post the guest list for Osaka Jo Hall in a couple of days.
My apologies for posting this at such short notice, but Funagoro and Funyassyi will be appearing today (Saturday, August 20th) at the limited-period Yokohama Funassyiland store set up inside the Loft store, which is located on the 7th floor of the Sogo department store. (It’s like an onion…a store within a store within a store.) There will be two photo sessions with the two little Pear Fairies, at 1PM and 3PM. In order to have a chance to take a photo with them, you will need to do the following:
- If you arrive before Sogo opens (at 10AM), line up in front of the South Elevator on the 2nd floor; otherwise, proceed directly to the 7th floor Loft store floorspace.
- People who have lined up for it will receive a photo session pre-lottery ticket of sorts. With the ticket in hand, you will need to make at least 2,000 yen worth of purchases in the store; when you pay for them at the register and show your ticket, you will then receive the main lottery ticket for the photo sessions.
- If you are lucky, you’ll be one of the 50 parties per session selected to take a photo with the two.
It sounds very complicated, but I guess it speaks to how popular even Funassyi’s sidekicks are becoming. If you do go, good luck nassyi!
The way Funassyi looks here - a bottle of sake in one hand, a necktie around his head - is a parody of a stereotypical salaryman getting drunk after work. Tipsy Funassyi spent some time off over the weekend visiting family and resting up before rehearsals start for his two big concerts next week. (Source)
Funassyi watching the Olympics. (Source)
Personal note: I have to apologize once again for the slow posting pace, due to continuing health issues. Hopefully things will get back to normal soon.
Funassyi appeared in a LINE LIVE live webcast on Monday. (You should be able to see the video here, even if you’re not in Japan, although some people have reported having problems. Try it out anyway.) He and Sacocci, his manager at Universal Music and his partner on the Funanomics DVD series, wandered around the streets near Funabashi station starting at 7 in the evening. Among other things they ordered oolong tea and yakitori (grilled chicken skewers), both of which Funassyi consumed via his Illusion and his Red Hole (the latter not too successfully); did a surreal barter with some random high school kid - he gave Funassyi a fish grill and what looked like a pair of black socks, and Funassyi gave him two little flashlights; got a bag of peanuts from a very tired looking shopkeeper; and interacted with a lot of surprised looking Funabashi citizens who just happened to be passing by as Funassyi and Sacocci strolled around. Even when Sacocci and the other lightly dressed people around him were sweating a lot and complaining about the heat, Funassyi remained chipper, doing a little dance or two and even saying he could keep going for longer than the allotted 30 minutes.
It was surreal, wacky and a lot of fun, except for one sobring incident: Around the 17:45 mark of the video, a man in a black baseball cap suddenly came running up to Funassyi and punched him in the head a couple of times, despite his female companion trying to (rather weakly) get him away and several people nearby telling him to stop. The punches didn’t land hard, and Funassyi didn’t seem to be hurt an any way, but it was very scary since it was a live broadcast. Sacocci quickly guided Funassyi into the peanut seller’s shop, which got him a way from the crazy guy; presumably the staff or someone dealt with him while they were in the store, since he was no longer visible when they came out. It’s unknown as of this writing who the guy was, whether he was drunk or not, and so on. (It was around 7:40pm, and they were walking around in an area with many drinking holes and the like.)
It doesn’t make sense to expose Funassyi to such a potentially dangerous situation. A lot of fans stated how upset they were by the incident on Twitter and elsewhere online; personally, it almost ruined the rest of the program for me, as fun as it was. Hopefully the staff can plan things a bit better and provide better protection for the Pear in the future,
Later on, Funassyi tweeted that he was able to get away from the “weird geezer“ (henna ossan) thanks to Sacocci’s quick thinking, and apologized to his fans for making them worry. He said they’ll be more careful in the future.
Here’s a full video of the Kumamoto City stage event from Sunday co-starring Higomaru, Funassyi and Kumamon. Funassyi makes his appearance around the 16:10 mark following a couple of song-and-dance numbers by Higomaru and his attendant, and Kumamon bounces on stage shortly therafter. They are adorable together to say the least. Higomaru is a bit overshadowed understandably by the two superstars…although when he bows down, his head looks remarkably like Darth Vader’s helmet.
The three chirpy yukata-clad hosts of the show take 2 questions from the audience for Funassyi. The first question is “where does his pear juice come from”, whereupon Funassyi demonstrates that some of it comes out of his mouth. The second question is about his favorite food, and he says it’s horse sashimi (basashi), which is a speciality of Kumamoto and which he says he enjoyed just the night before.
Later on, when asked about his past meetings with Kumamon, he recounts his football/soccer encounter (see the previous post), although its been quite a long time since they’ve appeared together; the last time was backstage at the 2013 NHK Kohaku Kutagassen show on New Year’s Eve.
The video is by the always reliable Funassyi videographer Teruo Nagano, who seems to make it to just about every Funassyi appearance around the country. Funassyi fans are always grateful for his event video uploads.
On Sunday August 7th at 12 noon, Funassyi will make a rare appearance with Kumamon. The venue is the Natsumaru Stage at the Natsu Machi Lando Hinokuni Matsuri (Summer Town Land Land of Fire Festival) in the Shin Shigai shopping area in Kumamoto City, They’ll be onstage with a local Kumamoto City chara called Higomaru* (if it were a typo for Hikonyan, it would really be a superstar char trio, but I guess that’s too much to ask for). The event benefits the victims of the Kumamoto Earthquake. (Info page on the event in Japanese)
While Funassyi did appear at the same events as Kumamon on occasion early in his career, when he was little known and the Bear was already a star, in recent times their co-appearances have been very scarce, possibly because it costs too much to invite them both to some events, or to spread out the wealth as it were - for instance it’s not uncommon for Kumamon to appear on one day of an event that takes place over a weekend and for Funassyi to appear on the other. In any case the event in Kumamoto looks like a can’t miss for fans of either of the superstar charas who can make it.
The video above is of an infamous co-appearance from October 2012, when a then-obscure yellow Pear Fairy took on the Bear in a football (soccer) contest…and disaster struck. (More details on this video here.)
*ETA: Higomaru is actually an official chara of the city of Kumamoto (Kumamon is an officiah chara for the whole prefecture of Kumamoto). Higomaru is shaped like Kumamoto Castle, which was severely damaged in the April earthquake. Higomaru’s official site. (My thanks to several people for reprimanding me for dissing Higomaru. ^_^;)
Here’s the cover of the Detective Funassyi book, which will be released later this month (previously). From the book description on Amazon, it looks like it will be a children’s book retelling the story that was told in the TV movie, with additional quizzes and puzzlers The retail price is 1,296 yen including tax.