Recap of episode 124 (week 25, episode 4) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Nashigami-sama lands in the wrong place…
Nashigami-sama (the Pear God) comes down to give Funassyi an award for trying so hard to do well in the human world, but he lands in an area of the pear orchard he’s not familiar with and gets lost. Guressyi spots Nashigami-sama wandering around, and thinks that he’s come to visit Guressyi and is so happy. When they sit down together in Guressyi’s hut to enjoy some nashi pears, Guressyi spots the package Nashigami-sama brought with him to give to Funassyi and thinks it’s for him. Before Nashigami-sama can stop him Guressyi opens the wrapping and sees the special award-pear inside. Guressyi is so touched and grateful, and Nashigami-sama thinks, “oh well”. In the meantime, Funassyi is at his favorite fishing spot…
It seems that Nashigami-sama has never visited Guressyi before, even though he visits Funassyi fairly often. So does the Pear God play favorites? If so, it’s no wonder Guressyi has a twisted pearsonality…
Remember Funassyi’s flirtation with fashion earlier this year? The dresses he wore at New York Fashion Week and during his AneCan magazine feature have been made into stuffed toys. The first two, based on his couture runway dress and the black-and-white number above, both designed by Han Ahn Soon, will be available at Funassyiland stores on September 19th, and from other retail outlets in October. Versions of the little stuffed toy wearing the other dresses Funassyi wore during his AneCan shoot - a denim dress and a ballet tutu - will be released too at a later date. (Source)
Recap of episode 123 (week 25, episode 3) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. The Gonassyi network!
Guressyi wants to play a trick on Funassyi - the good old water filled pot dumped on someone’s head - and asks the Gonassyis to relay a message to Funassyi to come over. The message seems to be relayed ok until it gets to the Stripey one, Shimashimassyi. The only thing he relays to a puzzled Funassyi is “Shimashima shi-”. Guressyi waits and waits, but Funassyi doesn’t come. The Gonassyi message relay is repeated over and over, but because of that final snag, Funassyi never gets the message…
- Guressyi has been all episodes so far this week.
- Guressyi seems to be gaining weight around his hip and butt area…either that or his yellow shirt has shrunk…
After an uncharacteristically long Twitter silence, Funassyi checked in a couple of hours ago to say that he was beaten by the heat in Cancun, Mexico, where he’s filming on location, and had to lie down for half a day. He says he’ll be fine tomorrow though, and that they got some great shots nevertheless. It’s so unusual for Funassyi to say he’s not feeling well, that it’s a bit worrying. Let’s hope that The Pear is ok…
This photo of Funassyi strolling along the famous food stall district of Hakata is kind of awesome. This was probably taken when he was in Hakata a while ago. (Source).
Here’s yet another Funassyi-in-a-game - this time the game is called Pazugue, from Wright Flyer Studios. And once again, the game (for Android and iOS) is only available in Japan…but the artwork is cute. The Funassyi with the ear-things pictured is a character in the game called “Mofu Mofu Funassyi”.
Recap of episode 122 (week 25, episode 2) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Guressyi is up to no good again…
Guressyi has come up with a new trick to play on Funassyi. He’s going to paint the Pear Hut purple! Guressyi sets off with a bucket of paint, but runs into first Funassyi, then Alpaca on the way. He successfully hides the paint bucket from them, but then he runs into Nyaossyi, who he can’t resist….and spreads his arms wide in delight. He realizes the paint bucket is in wide view, tries to sidle his way past Nyaossyi, and falls into the stream, with the paint bucket landing on his head…
- Guressyi 2 days in a row!
- It seems Guressyi’s fantasies are framed in rustic wood.
- When Guressyi is heading towards Funassyi’s Pear Hut, he sings to himself “guri guri guriguri gu-ri ”…like Funassyi sings “funa funa funafuna fu-na” to himself all the time….
Funassyi shakin’ it on a lifeboat, at the Fukui boat race venue event (previously).
The Nassyibot vacuum robot from Funassyi’s anime show has come to life - sort of! The Funassyi Robot Cleaner can be pre-ordered (within Japan only) from the Nichitele Service online store. Price: 23,000 yen plus tax.
It is a fully functioning vacuum cleaner, not a toy. It looks rather different from the anime Nassyibot, which looks more well, robotic:
The real Funassyi vacuum bot says “cleaning started (お掃除開始)” and “out of battery (バッテリー切れ)” in Funassyi’s voice. Unfortunately it doesn’t says “na-shi, na-shi” as it works like the anime bot does. That would probably drain the battery too fast… It is unknown whether a cat can ride on it like Nyaossyi does. ^_^
Recap of episode 121 (week 25, episode 1) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. A morning interlude…
It’s morning in the pear orchard. Guressyi is sitting outside his hut, contemplating (or maybe plotting more tricks), and Funassyi is sleeping like a log in the Pear Hut. Funassyi’s alarm clock rings, and he turns over sleepily to turn it off - but hits a cactus instead! He sits up yelling, and goes bouncing like a pinball around the hut. He then bounces outside, hits a tree, goes flying up in the air – and lands with a splash in his bathtub. Finally wide awake, he says to Funassyi that morning baths feel so good! In the meantime, Guressyi yawns quietly…
- The lesson for today is: don’t put a spiky cactus on your bedside table.
- Funassyi seems to have a new alarm clock…
- Judging from Nyaossyi’s unsurprised reactions, this seems to be a typical morning for Funassyi. He doesn’t seem to be a morning person…
After a stopover in Texas to buy a stylish pie..I mean hat, Funassyi is now in Cancun, Mexico.
For a limited time, a series of Funassyi-themed characters will appear in a game for iOS and Android called Shoumetsu Toshi (City of Annihilation). The characters or “spirits” are (from top to bottom) Funassyi, Takuyassyi and Yukissyi. Unfortunately (as with most other games with a Funassyi tie-in) the game is only available in Japan. But the characters are cute nevertheless. Funassyi related gifts will be available in the game too.
Can there ever be too many photos of Funassyi jumping? I think not. This is from the Fukui boat race event. (Via)
Funassyi is now off to Mexico to film an adventure segment on Fuji TV (details here). When a fan expressed concern that he’s working too hard and travelling too much, Funassyi quipped that “Pear fairies have wanderlust in their DNA nassyi~”. At least this pear fairy does.
Photo via The Traveling Pear.
Scenes from the Fukui Mikuni Boat Race event on Saturday, September 12th: Funassyi and Sotaikun did 2 stage shows, reviving their Funa-Q act. For some reason (overzealous protection on the side of the venue organizers?) people were not allowed to take photos or videos during the shows for the most part, which is very unusual for Funassyi events. But there were photo-taking sessions at the end of each appearance, which fans took full advantage of. Note the Funa-Q badge made by a fan that Funassyi’s wearing (top photo). The 2nd photo is a new pose by Funassyi apparently, called “the Crab”; and in the 3rd photo they’re doing a “puriketsu” pose together. The day ended with Funassyi and Sotaikun doing a round on the boat race track in a lifeboat (last photo). (Incidentally, since someone asked, yes there are betting-boat race tracks in Japan. Besides the usual horses, you can bit on boat and bicycle racing.)
Here’s a short video of the end of the 2nd session:
There was a big gotouchi chara event in Suzaki, Kochi prefecture on Saturday too, which would have been a more logical (or usual) event for Funassyi to appear at. Most of his chara-friends were there such as Iisa King, Nyajiro and more. But The Pear is never predictable…
There’s going to be a reunion of the Funa-Q team of Funassyi and Sotaikun on Saturday, September 12, at a boat racing venue in Fukui prefecture of all places. Funa-Q was Funassyi’s first anime series, a web “talk-variety show” that was produced in 2013-2014 (see this post for details). Funassyi also made several live appearances in 2012-2013 with Sotaikun’s alter ego Necroman (both are from the same production company and are likely the same person), when the latter characters were much better known than the Pear in the Tokyo area.
Funassyi and Sotaikun will be making 2 appearances at Mikuni Boat Race. Funassyi’s racing venue appearances feel a bit like throwbacks to his early days, when he made numerous promotional appearances at horse race tracks and such. He doesn’t do a lot of them these days (this is only his 2nd one so far this year, after his appearance at a Fukushima racetrack with Melon kuma back in April) but it’s possible that he is doing this one as a favor to Sotaikun. Or maybe Funassyi is a betting pear - who knows? In any case it is a rare chance for people in the area to see Funassyi in pearson. (Fukui prefecture is to the north-east of Kyoto, on the Japan Sea coast.)
Details (in Japanese only)
- the image above is from the official website.
Recap of episode 120 (week 24, episode 5) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. A baby elephant!
Funassyi reads news on his Pear Phone that an elephant has escaped from the circus and is lost. When he goes out into the pear orchard with Nyaossyi, a little baby elephant is there! Funassyi tells it that he’ll call the zoo to notify them, and suggests they play together while they wait.
The elephant is showing Funassyi and Nyaossyi that it can do stand up on his front legs, when Alpaca shows up. It seems to want to show up the elephant and comes in walking on its front legs too. Funassyi tells Alpaca that it doesn’t have to try to compete with the elephant but it keeps doing so. When the elephant balances some nashi pears on its trunk Alpaca balances some on his back, and when the elephont gets on a big ball, Alpaca totters in on its front legs on an even bigger ball….which it falls off of as Funassyi sighs.
The baby elephant says “bao, bao”, which is adorable (not the standard elephant-cry in Japanese though ^_^ )