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.)
Today (July 7th) is Tanabata, the Star Festival, in Japan. On this day people write their wishes on small strips of paper called tanzaku, and tie them on bamboo branches. Funassyi wished everyone a “pear juice bushaa” for good luck with their wishes. As for The Pear’s own tanzaku wish, he said he wished for a cool and tolerable summer…
Recap of episode 72 (week 15, episode 2) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Bells everywhere…
Funassyi shows Nyaossyi a little nashi pear shaped wind bell (fuurin) that he wants to hang up. They gaze at it waiting for it to start chiming, but there’s not even a slight breeze. So Funassyi fans it fast to make it move, while Nyaossyi takes advantage!
Later on in the evening, Funassyi hears a host of “bells” outside - it’s the sound of crickets, but he doesn’t know that. He marvels at how nice it sounds..
Later still, Funassyi is chrrrring away (his way of snoring), when he’s woken up by the sound of yet another bell. This time, it’s Nyaossyi’s collar bell (the one Guressyi gave her). Funassyi goes back to sleep, as Nyaossyi looks at him with a smile.
- This is a very summery episode. A fuurin or wind bell is hung at the window during the summer - the high, thin chime it makes is supposed to make you feel cooler. The sound of crickets (kourogi) is also thought to be cooling, since they usually make that sound in the evening. Both fuurin and kourogi are kigo in haiku - words that indicate the season, in this case summer of course. (Kigo are a requirement in real haiku.)
- There are a couple of real Funassyi fuurin coming out this summer. The first one is available later this month for around 1800 yen; the second one is one of the prizes you can win by buying a Funassyi raffle ticket during July and August. I think I like the simple look of the nashi pear shaped one in this episode better though.
Licca-chan from Takara Tomy is the fashion doll that almost every little girl grows up playing with in Japan. Her popularity is similar to that of Barbie’s in the U.S.
Licca-chan has an official Twitter account, where she regularly posts photos of herself in various outfits. On Saturday, July 4th - Funassyi’s birthday, she tweeted that it was “nashi (pear) day - 7=na 4 =shi, which reminded her of someone. And then she posted the above photo of herself dressed in Funassyi colors and taking a typical Funassyi pose. Even the wallpaper behind her is yellow and blue.
Recap of episode 71 (week 15, episode 1) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. It’s Sports Day!
Sports Day at Funassyi’s school - although it seems they’re holding it
in the pear orchard rather than the school yard. They’re divided into
three teams: red, white and yellow, with Funassyi being the only one in
the yellow pear team.
The first event is nashi-ire, a variation on tama-ire, where everyone throws little cloth bags or balls that have their team colors into baskets held high on a pole. In this case they are throwing colored nashi pears. Funassyi, or rather the pear team, wins this handily. Next up is a “grab the nashi pear” race, where the objective is to jump up and get a bite of as many pears as possible. Funassyi wins this handily too. Last is the giant nashi pear rolling race. Funassyi is winning this too, when he trips and goes tumbling down the hill! He ends up upside down against a tree…
Day or undo-kai is a big event on the school calendar in Japan. Various
races take place such as 100m dashes, relays, egg-and-spoon like races,
treasure hunts, and so on. Here’s an account from an American mother describing her daughter’s undo-kai.
- When there are two teams competing against each other in anything in Japan, labelling them as the “white” team and “red” team is pretty common. Sometimes the white team is male and the red team is female, but not always.
"When I was a young pear, I always looked up to heroes. If adults try hard to let children dream, and..."
Some photos of Funassyi at an event promoting the special Funassyi-design line of Domestos and Jif cleaning products. The event took place on Sunday, July 5th at Aeon Funabashi - Aeon is a large supermarket chain. Funassyi made 2 appearances, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with Aicchy in charge of the proceedings. (Read about Funassyi’s strange retro-horror-ish promotional video for Domestos.) Funassyi looks quite adorable in the shop-attendant aprons - he wore a Domestos logo one during the morning session, and a Jif one in the afternoon.
A few lucky fans had the opportunity to take photos with Funassyi as well as get a Funassyi- autographed card if they bought 1000 yen worth of Domestos or Jif. The 3rd photo shows him drawing the winners from the entry box. (There were two drawings, one per appearance.)
Here’s a video of the morning appearance. (Funassyi fans are so fast uploading these.) The fans all wish Funassyi a happy birthday at the beginning of the show.
Note: This event was barely publicized at all online. I have seen this trend with Funassyi events that the organizers want to keep as local as possible - they just promote it via shop posters and the like. I believe this is to prevent such events from being overwhelmed by nashitomo (Funassyi fans) travelling from elsewhere to see Funassyi. Since he’s been making fewer live appearances while his fan base has grown exponentially, overcrowding at these events has become a problem.
Back in week 7 of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori anime series, there was a fireworks episode, during which Funassyi used Funassyi-face fireworks balls. These are real Funassyi fireworks balls (hanabi-dama), painted during an event which took place on Saturday in Tokyo Midtown (the name of a district in Tokyo) to raise funds for the Tohoku region, which was devasted in the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The photo was posted on the Facebook Page of the Minamisanriku Sewing Machine Workshop (previously), who makes the Bunshin Funassyi dolls. They’ve recently received the right to produce these Funassyi tissue paper cases under license (Funassyi has waived the licensing fees, so they get all the sales proceeds). Their production is still very limited, but they are hoping to make them more available soon. They had some for sale at their stall at the Tokyo Midtown event.