Yamakayo, my favorite Funassyi fan artist, drew this lovely illustration and posted it to Twitter the other day, to mark the 6th anniversary of the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake that devastated the north-east coast of Honshu, the main island in Japan. The text says “We will never forget. We’ll walk together nassyi. - Funassyi.” This is quoting a tweet that Funassyi posted on March 11th. Funassyi has donated a lot of money as well as time to organizations in the affected areas in the Tohoku region over the years.
All the permanent Funassyilands including the online store will be holding a big spring sale starting tomorrow. One of the big attractions for Funassyi collectors is that many of the high quality, and very collectible, Funacolle dolls will be on sale at 50% off. They will also have winter apparel at 70% off, plus some great bundle deals, that contain items that aren’t readily available anymore, such as the Funassyi In A Sleeping Bag which was one of the early Funassyi soft toys. The two Spring Outing bundles (the ones marked A and B) include tote bags (with Funassyi designs, of course) that are specially created for the sale. Sale details are here.
Speaking of Funassyi jumps, this famous early photo of Funassyi getting amazing air has been passed around social media for years. A few days ago Mira Nakano, who is one of the best Funassyi and gotouchi chara photographers around, revealed that she was the one who took it back in March 2013. She also more shots of the whole jumping sequence, which you can see here. She’s shooting up to the stage so it looks like Funassyi is suspended in air. What a great shot!
Here’s a behind-the-scenes video of the upcoming Last Cop Movie (previous post). It looks like Robot Brain Nassyi, aka Bunassyi is central to the plot!
Funassyi will make a cameo appearance in the movie version of Last Cop, a police drama-comedy based on the German TV series Der Letzte Bulle. Funassyi has appeared on both seasons of the TV and Hulu version of Last Cop, playing himself. The movie plot involves a robot version of Funassyi called Brain Nassyi, aka Bunassyi, so I’m hoping that we’ll see Bu, er Funassyi quite a lot. The movie will be released nationwide in Japan on May 3rd.
Funassyi appears in the official poster above…can you spot the Pear?