Funyassyi and Funagoro smooshed together on one cart as they are rolled into Funassyiland Funabashi for one of their regular photo-op appearances on Thursday, September 22. I guess they are just small enough to share a cart - Funassyi usually rides one in alone. Photo by the talented Mira Nakano.
Funassyi just announced during his first Sapporo-area event today that they are “working on” a DVD release of the Nassyi Fes concert. It’s not certain whether it will be of the Budokan one only or both Budokan and Osaka Jo Hall, but it’s great news in any case for Funassyi fans who couldn’t make it to either show. Funassyi said that details - release date, etc - will be announced soon.
Source: several fan tweets, plus (already!) a video upload of the Sapporo event from Napi-san aka Teruo Nagano.
Funassyi was in Sapporo City Hall in Hokkaido today to promote nashi pears from Funabashi on behalf of the mayor of Funabashi. Mayo Akimoto of Sapporo was there to receive a gift of some humongous pears from The Pear; in return, he presented Funassyi with some special onions from Sapporo. Funassyi quipped that the “only thing to do now is make some delicious curry nassyi!” (The other chara in the first photo is Ezomon, the official character of the Winter Asia Games which are to be held in Sapporo.)
Mayor Akimoto seems to be quite comfortable with Funassyi, despite (or perhaps because of) being Pear Juice Bushaa!-ed by him last year.
Tomorrow Funassyi will be making two more appearances in the Sapporo area to promote Funabashi pears: at Mitsui Outlet Park in Sapporo Kitahiroshima at 11:00, and and at Super Arcs Osatsu at 14:00.
Funassyi was in Fukuoka on Saturday for an appearance at a boat racing venue - and so was the remarkable Funassyi videographer/fan Teruo Nagano-san. There were two sessions, the first of which is above. The theater is quite fancy for a boatracing place. The two chara who come out are the ones for the town where the boatracing venue is located, Ashiya (the chara name is Asshii or Assyi), and the one for the venue itself.
Funassyi (in Pear Suit no. 3) seemed to be full of energy, dancing around the stage quite a bit.
Here’s the 2nd session, which is pretty similar to the first one:
With the cooler weather in the fall, Funassyi is really filling up his schedule with local events. He’s stated in multiple interviews that his goal for this year is to go to as many local events as he can to spread the wealth as it were, and he’s certainly working hard towards that goal.
Baby Channel is a YouTube channel by a cute sister-and-brother team who review new toys and the like. Here they review the first 4 Funassyi McDonalds Happy Set (Happy Meal) toys. The Pear Juice Bushaa! one looks especially fun.
The official TV commercial for the Funassyi line of Happy Sets (as Happy Meals are called in Japan) has been posted on the McDonald’s Japan official YouTube channel. The toys are surprisingly big! I love the way Funassyi comes rising out of the floor like a rock star, as well as a little Funassyi singing the McDonald’s jingle later on. And he looks great with pants on too (in the McD uniform) ^_^. The commercial has been running mainly during the early evening programs aimed at kids, although judging from Twitter activity a lot of adult nashitomo are getting their hands on the Happy Sets early. (One person even got one at 4am!)
The World Character Summit in Hanyu (pronounced han-new), Saitama is the still the largest chara event on the calendar, despite stiff competition from other chara events. This year’s Summit has been officially announced, and Funassyi will be there as he has for the past 3 years. The Summit takes place on November 19th and 20th; Funassyi will be there on the 19th - although there’s a fair chance another member of the Pear Fairy family will be there on the 20th too. Last year, Funyassyi was there on the day Funassyi wasn’t, making its debut as a Funassyi stand-in at events
The Hanyu event is one of the best in terms of chara-fan interaction and fantastic photo opportunities. If you can make it (it is quite a long haul from Tokyo, and a car is very useful to have if not essential) it is highly recommended. I’ll post directions to get there closer to the event.
Official site (Japanese only)
Past posts about the Hanyu Summit with some great fan photos
(Note: They seem to have taken the ‘gotouchi’ out of their festival name this year…last year they switched from ‘yuru chara’ to ‘gotouchi chara’, and now it seems they are just going with the all-encompassing ‘character’.)
McDonald’s Japan is not the only place where you can get Funassyi themed toys. Over in Taiwan, the mini-mart chain Hi-Life also has a Funassyi toy promotion going on. The four food-themed Funassyis above can be obtained by collecting stickers at the stores - you get 1 sticker for every 75NT worth of purchases, and with 3 stickers plus an additional 85NT, a Funassyi is yours. (Thanks to IchibanSK for the clarification!) The promotion started yesterday and will run until November 8th. Complete details (in Chinese) here.
So many fan videos were posted of the Gotouchi Chara Fes in Suzaki that took place this past weekend that it was hard to sort through them, but in the end I’ve stuck to the videos from Teruo Nagano, the most consistent Funassyi videographer, who seems to make it to every Funassyi event in the country. Funassyi, who was at the Suzaki event for the first time, made a total of 4 on-stage appearances during the weekend - 3 on Saturday, which were announced beforehand, and a surprise appearance on Sunday. The video above is from his main appearance, a talk-show with Aicchy as MC, Iisa King as his bantering partner, and Funyassyi sort of randomly wandering on and around the stage as a cat would. Funassyi and Iisa King are always good together, and Funyassyi was adorable.
Here’s the opening stage event on Day 1. Funassyi and Funyassyi enter the stage first with the host chara Shinjo-kun, and are followed by a whole bunch of other chara that you may know, including Chicchai Ossan, Iisa King, Miccan, Shimanekko, Kapal, Akkuma and Koakkuma and a lot more. Yosku Ishida of (the now-disbanded?) GCB47 chara band also makes an appearance and performs in the crowd of chara. Aicchy is one of the main event MCs (I recognize the voice of the other MC, but don’t know her name). Funyassyi keeps on wandering around randomly - as a cat would.
It was very hot in Suzaki over the weekend, so hot that at least one person in the audience collapsed and was taken away by ambulance. You really have to admire the endurance of the chara in their hot, heavy costumes. (Costumes?? Who said anything about costumes!? … )
Tosakenpi, another Shikoku based chara, was in charge of cleanup during each stage show - that’s his main role at the event apparently.
Here’s Goya-sensei helping him out a bit.
The ending stage event on Day 1 had a very bizarre, and ultimately (in my opinion) not that funny scripted drama of sorts, called the Inuyama Theater. Inuyama - “Dog Mountain” is the name given to the group of chara you can see on stage with Shinjo-kun (who is not part of the Inuyama family himself): the yellow one is Spanky, the green one is Osaki Ichibantaro, the pink girly one is Nonchan, and the orange one is Togoshi Ginjiro, aka Gin-chan. The name Inuyama comes from the chara’s creator (I thought it referred to the charas being dogs, but apparently they aren’t all dogs…thanks to gotouchichara for the correction ^_^;)
The storyline was that Funassyi gets shot in the bottom as he is performing on stage - the shot doesn’t do major damage but somehow makes him lose his memory for the last few years, and makes him think he’s back in 2012 and an unknown, struggling chara (because Funassyi’s brain is in his butt…?!?) To the consternation of all the other chara on stage, Osaki Ichibantaro decides to take advantage of the situation and make Funassyi believe that he is his producer and creator, who came up with all the Funassyi-isms that led to the Funassyi Boom. Anyway, the little drama goes on for a bit too long, and it’s kind of a relief when Chicchai Ossan comes on to slap Funassyi back to reality and bring an end to the story. Here’s the video of that stage show, including the ending part for the Day 1 festivities. (The only chara actually talking were Funassyi and Chicchai Ossan by the way - the others were ‘voiced’ by people behind the screen, since they are non-speaking chara usually.)
Finally, Funassyi was not scheduled to appear on Day 2, but he made a surprise appearance during this musical segment and performed his new single, Naruyou ni Narushingu (What Will Be Will Be-nassyi, to translate the title loosely). The Pear appears around the 5:40 mark here accompanied by a familiar guitar riff, performed (for real) by Akkuma, who is really not a bad electric guitar player at all. Funyassyi is there too, alternately dancing and wandering randomly, as a cat would.
Funassyi really seems to love hanging out with other gotouchi chara, and he seems to have enjoyed himself a lot at Suzaki despite the heat. And his new motto is one to live for perhaps 我々は無理をしない - I guess the best translation may be, “Don’t sweat it too much” (alternate ones would be “Don’t over-extend yourself” “Don’t try too hard” “Take it easy”, etc.)
Once again I want to express my appreciation to Teruo Nagano san for his dedication to taking videos of Funassyi events so consistently! He has posted a host of other videos from Suzaki, which you can check out on his YouTube page.
A Halloween event will take place in Harajuku, Tokyo on October 29th. Details as follows:
- Format: Mini-talk show
- Appearing: Funassyi, Funagoro and Funyassyi - the whole Funa family!
- Date and times: October 29, 2016 at 12:00 - 12:30 and 14:30 - 15:00; 500 seat capacity per show
- Place: Space O event space on the 3rd floor of the Omotedando Hills building on Omotesando (it’s on the opposite side of the street from Kiddy Land Harajuku)
The event is free, but the usual procedure for obtaining a Funassyiland-related event ticket applies here. Namely, for every 1,000 yen worth of purchases of Funassyi merchandise you make at Funassyiland Harajuku (on the ground floor of Kiddy Land Harajuku) between September 17 - October 6, you will receive one entry ticket for the drawing for event tickets. You will then need to send the entry ticket in on a postcard - and if you’re lucky, you’ll get an entry ticket to one of the 2 shows.
Some caveats: You will need to write out any information in Japanese probably, and they will only send the tickets to Japan addresses. So you will need someone in Japan to help you get a ticket, which includes making the necessary purchases at Funassyiland Harajuku to get the drawing entry tickets - purchases from other Funassyiland stores including the online store are not eligible.
Fans are encouraged to come to the event in costume. The history of Halloween in Japan is quite new - it’s only been celebrated, mainly in the form of Halloween parades and parties, in the last 5-6 years or so. Harajuku is one of the places where parades first got started.
Back in February, Funassyi went to Macau to film some promotional videos for the Macau Tourism Office. The best one by far was the one where he joined in a folkdance performed in traditional Portuguese style costumes. He was so pretty in that dress. And now, there are Funacolle versions! The doll version (about 20cm tall) will be available on September 17th for 2,000 yen plus tax, and the small hanging mascot version (about 10cm tall) will be available on October 29th for 1,200 yen plus tax, exclusively at Funassyiland stores including the online shop. See the video of the dance here. (Source)
Nittele Service has posted this sneak peak of the cover of the 2017 Funassyi Schedule Book. Funassyi is dressed as a chicken because 2017 is the Year of the Rooster (or well, Chicken).
This is a slim monthly planner (2 pages per month) with a plastic cover. Although it’s simpler and much cheaper than the weekly agenda, each page is packed with full color illustrations, so for diehard Funassyi fans who don’t need a paper agenda (or prefer to use another brand) this may be a better option. Price and availability are to be announced.