Kapal, a gotouchi chara from the city of Shiki in Saitama prefecture and a long time Friend of Funassyi (he’s the green one with duck lips in the back row in the photo) was one of the chara at the Budokan concert last night. He tweeted that Funassyi, the star of the show who had managed to “transform Budokan into Pear Colors”, had insisted on being in the same resting/dressing room as all the other chara instead of his own separate ‘star’ room, just like the old days.
Kapal is a philosopher in his own way, and went on to muse about the state of the gotouchi chara world, and how some were saying the ‘boom was over’ and so forth. In his view, the organizations or individuals who were just in it for the money or notoriety may have disappeared or quit the show, but the ones who sincerely wanted to use the chara to promote their local towns or make people happy were still going strong.
Read here about how Kapal and his organization gave Funassyi one of his early breaks.
Photo source (and the first of Kapal’s tweet musings)
Here’s a video posted by the Jiji Press news service of the pre-concert press conference held by Funassyi, with the Kishidan members (in black) and Toshihiko Takamizawa (in a shiny suit in Funassyi colors). It’s great to see the easy rapport both parties have with the Pear. They call him the “Beatles of the yuru-chara world” - a pioneer, and tease him about aiming for a Tokyo Dome (capacity: 55,000) concert next. They also insist that Funassyi have a major role at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, although they aren’t sure which major character he can push out to take his place. Funassyi quips that he’ll aim for the “yellow character role”, and they warn him that he’ll have a hard time since that position at the moment is occupied by Pikachu. They’re all kidding around of course. It’s nice to see them all so relaxed before the main event. It be that both Kishidan and Takamizawa, being veterans of Budokan concerts, were trying to keep Funassyi from becoming too nervous.
I’d seen some fan tweets about this yesterday but didn’t want to post about it until an official source confirmed it. You can’t get more official than The Pear himself coming out onto the stage at Budokan dressed in a McDonald’s uniform, not to mention showing a ‘backstage video’ with a phone conversation with the manager of his neighborhood McDonald’s . ^_^ So here it is - starting on September 16th and lasting until they run out, the toys included in McDonald’s Japan Happy Sets (what Happy Meals are called in Japan) will be Funassyi-themed! There will be 8 different toys, two of which include Funagoro too.
The image above is not the best (it’s one of several that fans have uploaded) but you can see what the toys look like. I’ll post more news when it’s up on the McDonald’s site and so forth.
During the Budokan show, Funassyi announced to the crowd that his appearance fee as well as the royalties from sales of all the merchandise sold at the Budokan concert as well as the upcoming Osaka Jo Hall concert will be donated to Kumamoto earthquake relief. That means that essentially, he is donating all the income he would have gotten from the events. What a Pear.
Funassyi normally doesn’t publicize his charitable donations and activities, but he seems to have made an exception this time because he wanted to thank the fans at Budokan for ‘doing their part to help’.
There’s more Budokan news to come - stay tuned!
(Photo source - via Akkuma, who shared the stage with Funassyi for the Pear’s new single, Naru yoh ni narushingu (Whatever will be, will be nassyi - roughly translated))
It looks like Funassyi debuted another Pear Suit yesterday for the Budokan concert. This will be Pear Suit no. 5. (See Funassyi’s Multiple Pear Suits for descriptions of Suits 1 through 4. There’s also a Suit no. 3.5, which is a replica of no. 3 that is built for more strenuous activity.) As you can see from the screenshots above from TV news coverage this morning of the pre-show press conference he held as well as the concert itself, Suit no. 5 has a slightly more childish look than the previous suits, with the eyes and mouth closer together and perhaps a bit bigger. It may take a little while to get used to this new suit, but hopefully it is better ventilated than the previous suits so that the inner Pear is more comfortable.
In any case, according to all the press and TV coverage about the show as well as fan reports on social media, the concert was a big success. Funassyi himself seemed ecstatic about it after the show, as he tweeted many thanks to the many guests who appeared as well as the stage crew, not to mention the 12,000+ fans who attended. Hopefully the 2nd show in Osaka will go just as well.
A gotouchi chara festival will take place in Kumamoto City on September 3rd and 4th, and Funassyi will appear on both days! The event has the backing of the Gotouchi Chara Association, who also back the big annual gotouchi chara events in Hanyu, Saitama and Hikone, Shiga. Details as follows:
- Place: Kumamoto Castle Ninomaru Park
- Dates and times: September 3-4, 10:00 - 17:00
- Host chara: Higomaru (the official chara of Kumamoto Castle) and Kumamon
The specific times and places of Funassyi’s appearances haven’t been listed yet. Other chara who will be there include Iisa King, Kapal, Sanomaru, Kappa no Kotaro, Goya Sensei and his wife Mama Goya, Shinjo-kun (who is currently leading the Yuru Chara Grand Prix 2016 vote) and many more.
As Funassyi tweeted yesterday, just 3 and a half years ago in April 2013, he uploaded this video of himself er, playing (banging on a guitar with a PET bottle) while he er, sang his theme song, Funa Funa Funassyi. He had just begun to become famous at this point - but who knew he’d be able to fill the hallowed Budokan just a few years later? May the Pear continue to thrive and bring happiness to us all.
It’s finally here - Nassyi Fes Budokan is tonight! If you’re in the Tokyo area, apparently there are a few tickets available due to cancellations, so if you want to try your luck go to the Same Day Ticket Sales window located near the main entrance of Budokan by 17:00 (info source: Sacocci). If you already have tickets, have fun!
Etienne posted several great photos of the Funagoro-Funyassyi appearances at Yokohama Funassyiland on Saturday in our Funassyi fandom Facebook group. Here are just a few of them, posted here with Etienne’s permission. He reports that both of the little Pear Fairies really entertained the crowd despite the hot and humid weather. Funagoro even hugged him - lucky guy!
The guest list for tomorrow’s Nassyi Fes concert (or event…not sure which to call it ^_^ ) looks quite promising. Here it is, as posted on the Nassyi Fes Facebook page. Everyone is a Friend of Funassyi who has worked with him before.
- Toshihiko Takamizawa, leader of The Alfee band, who was the producer of two of Funassyi’s singles and his CD album
- Kishidan, who composed the music for Funassyi’s 2nd single, Boogie Boogie Funassyi
- Antony of the comedy duo Matenrou, who was Funassyi’s sidekick on his Antarctica adventure last year
- Mayu Ito, choreographer of Funassyi’s music videos
- Kazuya Kojima of the comedy duo Unjash, Funassyi’s co-star on Detective Funassyi
- Gotouchi chara friends Chicchai Ossan, Kapal, Kotaro, Koakkuma, Akkuma and of course, Funagoro and Funyassyi
Some unannounced ‘surprise guests’ may also appear. In addition, Aicchy (Ai Yokomachi), Funassyi’s regular event MC, is back from her maternity leave and will be the MC at both Budokan and Osaka Jo Hall.
I’ll post the guest list for Osaka Jo Hall in a couple of days.
My apologies for posting this at such short notice, but Funagoro and Funyassyi will be appearing today (Saturday, August 20th) at the limited-period Yokohama Funassyiland store set up inside the Loft store, which is located on the 7th floor of the Sogo department store. (It’s like an onion…a store within a store within a store.) There will be two photo sessions with the two little Pear Fairies, at 1PM and 3PM. In order to have a chance to take a photo with them, you will need to do the following:
- If you arrive before Sogo opens (at 10AM), line up in front of the South Elevator on the 2nd floor; otherwise, proceed directly to the 7th floor Loft store floorspace.
- People who have lined up for it will receive a photo session pre-lottery ticket of sorts. With the ticket in hand, you will need to make at least 2,000 yen worth of purchases in the store; when you pay for them at the register and show your ticket, you will then receive the main lottery ticket for the photo sessions.
- If you are lucky, you’ll be one of the 50 parties per session selected to take a photo with the two.
It sounds very complicated, but I guess it speaks to how popular even Funassyi’s sidekicks are becoming. If you do go, good luck nassyi!