Funassyi kicked off a very busy Golden Week* with an appearance at the Cho-Chara Supo gotouchi chara event at the Sapporo Convention Center in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Dosanko Wide, an afternoon news show on a local TV station, was there to cover the event, and staged an epic musical chairs game between 8 chara participants including the Pear. During the game Funassyi got chomped on by Melon Kuma (so what else is new), and licked by a weird local chara called Tagopan, although Funassyi gets his revenge there. The red watermelon like one is another local Sapporo chara called Terebi To-san. Gunmachan, Sanomaru and Barysan were also in the game.
*Golden Week is the biggest holiday period in Japan besides New Years, when a series of national holidays occuring within a few days means a lot of people take the whole week off.
Funassyi gets real up close to sign his autograph on a wall at Funassyiland Sapporo. (Via)
The Pear sure moves in mysterious ways….
From today’s Meet Funassyi! Pear Juice Thanks Party. From all accounts all 4 sessions - 2 per day for 2 days in a row - were a big success. (Via)
This delicate pendant was designed and created by K. Uno to commemorate Funassyi’s upcoming birthday on July the 4th. Limited to an edition of 274, it is 10K gold and costs 29,800 yen plus tax (total: 32,184 yen). It can be pre-ordered now from any of the Funassyiland stores, including the online store. Delivery is in July.
Incidentally, K. Uno is best known for their officially licensed Disney engagement and wedding rings, not to mention other jewelry they make for the Mouse Empire. There’s a Funassyi wedding license form, and the Pear just appeared in the biggest bridal magazine in Japan. Can a Funassyi engagement ring be far behind?
The official Facebook Page of Nassyi Fes has posted a warning about fraudulent listings for tickets to the Budokan and Osaka Jo Hall events in August. The listings on ticket resale/auction sites like Ticketcamp say that these are “insider” tickets issued to people involved in the events. The FB post says that if someone comes to one of the venues with one of these fraudulently listed tickets, they will be turned away. The bottom line is, it’s best to avoid ticket auction sites to be safe.
Funassyi made an unannounced visit to Sapporo Loft a few minutes ago where there’s a limited-period Funassyiland going on right now. He told the delighted fans that he had ramen for lunch, according to Twitter reports. (Sapporo is one of the cities in Japan that’s famous for its ramen.)
Here’s a short promo video for The Legend of Funassyi 3-D holographic movie. The most notable thing about it is that it lists the key voice actors, starting of course with Funassyi in the starring role of a knight in training. Rafran, a female knight, is voiced by popular TV personality Ruriko Kojima (aka Kojiruri). There are also two names that are familiar to fans of the Funabiyori anime series: Lynn, who voiced Guressyi, will be the voice of Grappuru, a purple grape-like character (she can’t seem to get away from pink-purple hued characters ^_^;); and Saki Ono, who was the voice of Funassyi’s cat Nyaossyi, will be playing Carron, a carrot-like character.
This Kodomo no hi (Children’s Day, May 5th) themed card - actually called the Nashi no hi (Pear Day) card - is the current free gift with any purchase made at any of the Funassyiland stores while supplies last, including the online store. Funassyi is dressed as legendary folk hero Kintaro, who was blessed with lots of physical strength. If you look at the small Funassyi standing on the roof of what looks like the Pear Hut, he has a ketsugobo sticking out of his…back pocket. Wait, Funassyi doesn’t wear pants… (Source)
There’s a ‘behind the scenes’ article about Funassyi’s photoshoot for Zexy magazine on their website, with some lovely photos of the Pear, two videos and a short interview with Funassyi too. Among other things he says that he thinks of himself (or “Funassyi”) as being kind of like a good luck charm, so a good fit with weddings; he loved his white wedding dress and thought he looked so cute in it; and since in the Pear Fairy World there are no genders, if he were to get married he’d want his partner to be either Lady Gaga, or Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. ^_^
Funassyi’s views on marriage: “As long as [the couple] respect each other, things should be fine” and “It’s important to think that things will somehow work out. Don’t expect perfection - it’s really better if things aren’t quite perfect.”
The fourth and final session of the Meet Funassyi! Pear Juice Thanks Party!, tickets for which sold out in a blink of an eye, will be broadcast live on Niconico Douga on May 1st at 15:30. Unfortunately, you need to have a way to pay for the 1,000 points required via a Japanese payment method - so it looks like its next to impossible to view it from elsewhere. Here’s the link to the broadcast page anyway, in case you can figure it out or you’re located in Japan.
Hello there. I've seen The Pear stroke its cheeks in many video clips. I don't think it's just a reflexive action on its part. Do the movements have a particular meaning -- and if so, what? (On a related note: thanks so much for explaining the puriket
Two of the many sides of Funassyi. Top: All girly in a white wedding dress, on the cover of the special ‘wedding finances’ insert in the June issue of the bridal magazine Zexy. Bottom: Showing his back to the camera at the Rakuten Golden Eagles’ Kobo Stadium, with the caption “A Pear talks with his back.”
Photo sources: 1 - Zexy magazine; 2
Shimamura stores have started advertising their summer line of bedding, which uses a special fabric called Fiber Dry, which they say feels cool and dry to the touch even in hot, humid weather. Funassyi is used on the in-store posters and POP displays and such for Fiber Dry. Shimamura also has a new line of summer t-shirts with Funassyi designs - I especially like the one in the third photo that says “Funassyi Is A Gentlemanly Pear Fairy”.
Funassyi says that Funagoro will be hanging out at Funassyiland Funabashi for a while - all the more incentive to visit the flagship store.
Photo via Nittele Service. (I would dearly love to see Nittele produce a new season of the anime series, and add Funagoro to the cast…imagine Funagoro playing with Nyaossyi, being a thorn in the side of Guressyi, or getting into trouble with the Gonassyi brothers! The possibilities..)
The flagship Funassyiland store in Funabashi just celebrated its 27,400th customer since it re-opened at its new, bigger location on November 19, 2015. Store Manager Emeritus Funassyi was there (he also manned - peared? - the cash registers for a bit, as he usually does when he makes a store appearance) as were Shinjo-kun (left) and Kappa no Kotaro. And - great news for Funagoro fans - Funassyi’s little brother was there too. This is Funagoro’s first public appearance since he “graduated” from his job promoting Bandai products, and it’s a sign that he has not been mothballed.
Photo source (Shinjo-kun’s Twitter)