Funassyi and Iisa King in front of the crowd, and the wooden roller coaster Jupiter, at Kijima Kogen Park in Beppu, Oita today. (Via) Apparently some people camped out in tents overnight to get in, which is not that unusual anymore for Funassyi live events.
Funassyi practices his one-legged-Pear swing. Play ball! (Via)
The ticketing situation for the Meet Funassyi! Pear Juice Thanks Party is getting even more confusing, but there is a notice on the E-Plus ticketing service that a 2nd round of pre-orders will start at 10AM today, Saturday March 26th, and end at 23:59 on April 3rd. If you want to give it a try, click here (it’s on the 2nd row).
The winners of the pre-drawing phrase for the Meet Funassyi! Pear Juice Thanks Party were announced yesterday - winners get first dibs on one of the seats at the 4 90-minute shows. Judging from the reactions on Twitter and elsewhere, only a small fraction of the applicants got in, with a lot of sad and disgruntled people who didn’t. Some even took to blaming the system or suspecting other applicants of ‘cheating’ and so on, while some others simply threw online tantrums. Funassyi reassured the people who didn’t get in with the promise that “we’re already planning other events”. Sometimes I get a bit worried about some Funassyi fans…. ^_^; In any case, this proves that plenty of fans are willing and able to pay a total of 9,000 yen (with taxes and service charges) per seat for a Funassyi live show.
There’ll be another chance to try for tickets, starting on April 16th, when some ‘general’ tickets will go on sale at 10AM. Details here.
For the second year in a row (previously), the Chiba Prefectural Police Department is using Funassyi in their 2016 recruitment brochure. The illustrations of Funassyi dressed in the uniforms of variosu police divisions are done by the Chiba Police’s PR department, and are really charming. The other illustrations in the brochure are created by manga artist Hiroshi Motomiya, who is from Chiba City, making it a Chiba all-star production. Like most police departments around the country, the Chiba Police are facing a serious personnel shortage, so recruiting new officers is a pressing concern.
The third illustration above shows the physical requirements for applying to the Chiba Police Department. Female applicants need to be at least 150cm tall and weigh more than 43kg, and male applicant must be more than 160cm tall and weight more than 47kg. Males also should have a chest measurement of more than 78cm - it’s noted that the chest measurements of female applicants are not made. ^_^; Applicants also need to have uncorrected vision in both eyes of at least 0.6, or corrected vision of at least 1.0, not have any disability in their hands or color blindness that might cause problems in conducting their duties as police officers.
It’s not quite clear if they also should be very cute yellow Pear Fairies to apply as depicted in the illustrations, athough human applicants are probably accepted. ^_^
You can download a PDF of the 2016 brochure from the Chiba Police Department site, at this link.
Funassyi will be appearing at Kijima Kogen Park in Beppu, Oita prefecture on Sunday, March 27th, to commemorate the opening of the Funassyi Fantasy World exhibit there from March 19 - May 9. Here are the details:
Place: Kijima Kogen Park (English site), Wood Power Stadium (outdoors)
Time: 13:00, approximately 30 minutes
Entrance time and place: 8:00 at the Hello Gate (the main entrance). Tickets will be distributed there.
Note: It’s outdoors and there’s no seating, so bring a picnic blanket or something to sit on. There is a Kids Zone at the front, where only kids (no accompanying adults) are allowed.
The Wood Power Stadium is actually at the foot of the awesome wooden roller coaster pictured above, called the Jupiter - which the English site linked to above cheerfully calls a “frightening attraction”. I wonder if Funassyi will be trying it out…
A video from EMI274, whose videos of Funassyi events are always top notch, of the Funassyiland 1 year anniversary event yesterday at Lalaport Tokyo Bay. The session starts with a look back at the past year of Funassyiland, and then Funassyi appears on stage with a garland on his head and a little pocketbook. Among other things he shows off his practice moves for throwing out the first pitch for the Rakuten Eagles on April 9th (with plenty of balk-like throws to first…you need to know baseball to understand that one). He also goes into the crowd, much to their delight, to get close to them.
Funassyi’s pearsonal empire really got going in the last year; 3 Funassyilands plus the online store are already well established, and the 4th Funassyiland is scheduled to open in Nagoya next month. I do hope for his sake as well as his fans that his success will continue in the upcoming year, and for many years to come.
Funassyi amongst his adoring fans, at today’s Funassyiland 1 year anniversary event.
Funassyi’s new move…
From Saturday’s Girl’s Festa event.
I’d love to know where this photo, posted by Funassyi last night, was taken. He’s on the drums in front of a wall that has pictures of Schubert, Chopin and Saint-Saëns. Perhaps he is working on a new album?
Akkuma, an unofficial gotouchi chara from Sapporo, Hokkaido, visited Funassyiland Funabashi today. Here he is gleefully mauling 90cm Funassyi.
Akkuma is the third gotouchi chara (besides Funayassyi) to appear at Funassyiland Funabashi on their own, following Iisa King and Kapal, so it looks like this will become a regular thing. It’s not a bad idea, since the Main Pear seems to be so busy these days. It gives the characters exposure, and I’m assuming they get a paycheck too.
Funassyi was on stage several times during the Girls Festa event on Saturday, March 19th in Shizuoka. Despite the fact that the main guests of honor that day were 3 members of the girl group E-Girls, it seems that about yellow and blue were the predominant colors worn by the crowd. The video above is of one of Funassyi’s stage appearances. Some others below:
Here’s the show opening, where he’s introduced after the comedy dance duo Eggs-plosion:
And here’s a bit he did with the E-girls - a kind of fashion walk-off, to see who had the most ‘girl power’. The Pear did quite well for him..er her…Funassyi has a lot of girl power.
The event was broadcast live on local Shizuoka television only, but thankfully Nagano Teruo and others have provided us with videos to enjoy.