Recap of episode 76 (week 16, episode 1) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Insect hunting!
Funassyi, Hina and Hayato go hunting for insects. Funassyi’s heard about a mythical giant rhinocerous beetle (kabutomushi) which he’s aiming to catch!
First they encounter a cicada (semi), but Funassyi feels bad about catching it since it’s come out of the ground finally after 7 years. Then they see a small rhinocerous beetle - but it’s still too small, Funassyi says. Next, they spot a beautiful butterfuly…but it seems to be sucking nectar from a flower, and Funassyi says it would be rude to interrupt it while it’s having its dinner. Funassyi’s just aiming to find that giant kabutomushi, he says.
Finally they come across a big tree, with a suspicious brown blob next to it. Funassyi thinks the tree may be a likely spot for a giant beetle to hide, and goes up to take a look. Suddenly Hina and Hayato gasp and shout at Funassyi. He looks down….he’s standing on a huge beetle! All three of look look on in awe as the beetle takes off into the sky….
Insect hunting has been a popular summertime pastime for kids, as well as some adults, in Japan for hundreds of years. The kabutomushi or rhinocerous beetle is especially popular; people keep them as pets, and they are even sold in pet shops and speciality stores - sometimes for the equivalent of thousands of US dollars. Kabutomushi sumo or making two kabutomushi fight each other used to be popular too, although nowadays some people object to it, thinking it’s cruel. Of course Funassyi is so soft-hearted he can’t even catch the insects so…
Funassyi being wheeled home after a long day on the job.
Photo via The Pear.
Funassyi in front of the huge crowds that came to see him at the Tsubetsu Summer Festival on Sunday, July 12, 2015. The temperature was around 36 degrees C, but Funassyi was as cheerful and energetic as usual, according to fan reports.
(By the way, this is the 500th post on We Love Funassyi! Thank you for your continued support, reblogs, likes, follows etc etc. ^_^)
Ichiban Kuji (No. 1 raffle ticket) is a raffle of sorts where you are guaranteed to win a prize. The latest Funassyi Ichiban Kuji event, titled “The Toughest Time Of The Year Nassyi!” (because of the hot, humid weather, a serious problem for The Pear) just started today (Saturday July 11th). Each raffle ticket costs 620 yen, and again, you’re guaranteed to win one of a selection of Funassyi merchandise that’s unavailable any other way (there’s also a Funagoro item too). The Funassyi dressed to go hunting for beetles, butterflies and other decorative insects, a popular summertime pastime for kids in Japan, is one of the prizes offered.
Ichiban Kuji is available at various toy, game and music related stores and such - the photo above is from a game store in Akihabara.
A fan sent attorney and famous Funassyi fan Aiko Obuchi this amazing child-sized Funassyi sofa, for her son Yusei to sit on when he’s ready. It even has a little leaf with a sunflower. (From Aiko Obuchi’s blog)
Ashikaga EXPASA is a big service area in Shizuoka prefecture on the Tomei Highway with shops, restaurants, event spaces and so on. It’s so big that it’s a destination in and of itself, not just an auto-stop. Starting tomorrow (July 11th), a new limited-period attraction will open there on the inbound or Tokyo-direction (”up” direction; roads going towards Tokyo go “up” and roads leading away from Tokyo go “down”) side: the Gyouresu no dekiru houritsu soudanjo (The Law Office With Lines To Get In) Service Area, featuring a big Funassyi exhibit doll riding in (on?) a Funassyi Car (2nd photo), as well as exclusive Funassyi merchandise for sale.
Funassyi has had a long off-and-on relationship with Gyouretsu, a popular talk-variety show that airs on Sundays at 9pm on Nichitele (Nippon TV). It’s where famous Funassyi fan and attorney Aiko Obuchi first encountered him, and it’s also where he got his first alternate pear suit, aka Suit no. 2 (see Funassyi’s Multiple Pear Suits). He’s appeared as a guest on the show many times. But perhaps most significantly, Gyouretsu airs on Nichitele, who owns Nichitele Service, their home-shopping subsidiary who is also one of the producers of Funassyi merchandise. (Funassyi’s anime series is also on Nichitele.)
Among other things, there will be a Funassyi-on-a-Funassyi-car shaped tissue box cover as well as a keychain, as well as Funassyi-printed cookies and rice crackers. The Funassyi car was undoubtedly inspired by Aiko Obuchi’s real-life Funassyi car (a customized Fiat500 Gelato), even though she actually showed it off on another show.
Other Gyouretsu-themed merchandise will be available too. The mother of one of the regular hosts, comedian Hiroyuki Miyasako of the comedy duo Ameagari Kesshitai, will even have a takoyaki stall there.
It’s interesting that the top illustration shows another of the co-hosts, comedian Koji Higashino, hugging Funassyi (on the left side), not Obuchi, although Obuchi seems to have her hands on Funassyi’s head or something (right side). Maybe they are mindful of Obuchi’s married state and don’t want it to look like she’s flirting with The Pear. ^_^ (Higashino is the one who gave Funassyi 50,000 yen to pay for Suit no. 2.)
The Gyouretsu SA will be up until January 11th, 2016.
Recap of episode 75 (week 15, episode 5) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Jump rope!
Funassyi is in the playground with Hina and 2 other girls. The girls are playing with jump ropes, which Funassyi has never tried before. Hina hands him her rope, and Funassyi jumps away with no problem (because he is a super-athlete after all). He jumps so fast that he goes up, up into the air…until he gets all tangled up in the rope and falls with a splotch!
Next, Funassyi ties all the ropes together, ties one end to a tree, and spins the rope while the girls jump in one at a time. Funassyi keeps spinning faster and faster, urging the girls on “you can do it!”, until the rope is spinning so fast they all fall out. Funassyi still keeps spinning ans spinning though…
This reminds me of real-life Funassyi’s appearance on SMAP x SMAP last March, where they made him jump rope with fellow Funabashian and actor Atsushi Ito. (See this post for a video and a description.) Real-life Funassyi is not as agile as anime Funassyi, and doesn’t have the same endurance either, but he still did well.
During the Sukkiri! broadcast they mistakenly flashed this production card on the screen:
It says the program title (Sukkiri!), subtitle (Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori), air date (July 10, 2015), duration (1 minute 30 seconds), audio (Stereo), and production company (Asahi Production). Last but most interestingly to me, it has the recording date - June 26, 2015, just 11 days before air. I don’t know if this is typical, but that’s a pretty short lead time.
Funassyi was in Fukuoka, Kyushu today (July 9th) to promote the start of the TeamLab interactive digital art exhibition at the Hawkstown Mall. As he did in Osaka a few days ago to promote the same art show there, he had a chance to interact with several kids, as well as do a meet-and-greet handshaking session with some fans. Funassyi really seems to love being with kids. (See his quote about letting kids have dreams for their future.)
I don’t think I have posted this before, so here is a short video clip of Sketch Funassyi, one of the feature exhibits at the TeamLab show. Kids (or anyone) can draw and color in a Funassyi outline on a special sheet of paper. The paper is scanned, and the image is projected in 3D onto a special screen. Each unique Funassyi can spin and dance and interact with the other Funassyis.
Fukuoka is on the island of Kyushu, which is at the southern end of Japan’s main archipelago. Tomorrow he’s making an appearance at a festival in Hokkaido, which is at the northern end.
Recap of episode 74 (week 15, episode 4) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Puddles!
It’s raining hard, and Funassyi and Nyaossyi go to bed hoping that it will have stopped in the morning. When they wake up it’s nice and sunny outside, but the ground is covered with puddles. Before Funassyi can stop her, Nyaossyi goes jumping into one! Funassyi chases after her with a watering can to try to wash her off, but of course Nyaossyi has her own ideas. She goes running and jumping into the puddles with Funassyi chasing after her, getting as muddy and wet as she is. He finally falls into a big puddle! Both the muddy ones take a bath together, with Funassyi finally getting to use that watering can on the mischievous cat.
Why do I get the feeling that the series staff are busy creating cute and merchandise-able objects? Like, that, nashi pear shaped watering can!
Funassyi was shooting more photos for his 2016 calendars (desktop and wall versions) yesterday, July 7th, in various locations around Funabashi. The photos above were taken by people who were lucky enough to run into the pear and the crew (including people who participating the big group photo shoot). It seem Funaemon, Funabashi’s official mascot, is also going to be in the calendar (last 2 photos).
My favorite is the third photo, where Funassyi is standing in front of a store or something. The hand-written wooden sign says “Now happily open for business”.
GEM is a girl idol group with 10 members - each member is assigned a gem color. Rana Murakami aka Rana-chin (green emerald) is a huge Funassyi fan, and she was really excited to finally meet him in pearson at the Girls Award fashion show that took place in April.
This is GEM’s regular YouTube video magazine, which shows her reaction as well as that of the other GEM members when she finally meets her idol. She’s so excited that she cries. It’s kind of adorable.
This Funassyi mousepad makes his puriketsu (bubble butt) a real feature. It will be available in September from Nichitele Service for 2700 yen. (Source)
The mouse pictured, the Talking Funassyi Vibrating Mouse, is not included.
Part 1 of Funassyi in Bali.
Recap of episode 73 (week 15, episode 3) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Funassyi goes camping but there’s trouble in the bushes…
Funassyi is hiking in the mountains. He just loves the fresh air! He finds a good place to set up his tent, and he’s so excited and happy.
As Funassyi sits next to the tent gazing at the starry sky at night however, Guressyi is lurking nearby, plotting trouble again. The pink one pulls out a megaphone and starts making wolf-like noises to scare Funassyi Funassyi wonders what the sounds are - he seems a bit concerned but not really scared (this is what Funassyi is like when he’s really scared).
Guressyi gets so caught up in making the noises that he trips and falls over the edge, into a wedge in the rocks. He can’t get out, and he resigns himself to being stuck there for the night. But now it’s his turn to be scared, as he hears the distant sounds of real animals…
Just then, a light shines on Guressyi’s face - it’s Funassyi with a flashlight! Guressyi is so relieved to see him. They sit together in the tent, as Funassyi says delightedly that camping with a friend is so much more fun than camping alone.
It’s the second time Funassyi has gone hiking in the mountains (here’s the first time, when he had quite an adventure). They really need to make a hiking-outfit Funassyi doll. The closest one is this Funassyi hiking up (or on..) Mt. Fuji, which was made as part of the Gotouchi Funassyi series of Funassyi dressed in various local costumes. This one was made for Mr. Fuji area gift shops.
And speaking of merchandise…I do hope a Guressyi doll is in the works. I’ve seen Nyaossyi doll prototypes, but no Pink Ones yet.
Real-life Funassyi meets real-life Nyaossyi…?!
Photo via The Pear.
The Boss Pear inspecting the merchandise at his Funassyiland store. (Photo via The Pear.)