Which are your top five favorite Funassyi TV appearances and why -- and are there videos available to view them on Youtube? (I sure hope so! ;b)
The 2017 Funassyi monthly planner (left) and weekly planner with fabric cover (right) will go on sale on October 22nd. The monthly planner will retail for 1,000 yen plus tax and the weekly for 2,500 yen plus tax. Funassyiland-exclusive extras are a sheet of stickers with the monthly planner, and a shitajiki (pencil board, a thin piece of plastic that you put under the page you’re writing on) with the weekly planner.
(Note: there was some confusion about the extra gifts included with the purchase of the calendars, but to reiterate, the extra gifts are included only if you purchase the calendars or planner/agendas from Funassyiland. Both the calendars and agendas will be available from other retailers including Amazon Japan, CDJapan, Amiami and so forth, but you won’t get the official freebie extras.)
Source: Nittele Service Twitter
Chris Hart is an American singer who fell in love with Japanese popular music as a teenager and moved to Japan. He’s had a fair amount of success singing Japanese ballads, appearing on the year-end music extravaganza NHK Kohaku Utagassen twice. He will be touring the country starting on October 15th, and will be appearing with gotouchi chara from all 47 prefectures, including Funassyi - who will of course be representing Chiba at Chiba Bunka Kaikan in Chiba City, Chiba on February 4th. Never mind that Funassyi is unofficial, and Chiba has an official chara called Chi-bakun. Hart may even be singing with the gotouchi chara, and Chi-bakun cannot speak or sing while Funassyi can…speak anyway. ^_^
Funassyi said on Twitter that he said to the reporters covering the story that he was looking forward to singing a duet with Chris Hart as a joke, but it seems to have been taken seriously. It would be a lot of fun though - perhaps Chris Hart, who is reknowned for his mellifluous voice, can put his own twist on Funa Funa Funassyi.
Here’s a sample of Chris Hart’s singing for people unfamiliar with him.
Funyassyi and Iisa King share a moment. At the limited-period Kagoshima Funassyiland on Sunday, September 25th. (Source)
Funyassyi and Funagoro smooshed together on one cart as they are rolled into Funassyiland Funabashi for one of their regular photo-op appearances on Thursday, September 22. I guess they are just small enough to share a cart - Funassyi usually rides one in alone. Photo by the talented Mira Nakano.
Funassyi just announced during his first Sapporo-area event today that they are “working on” a DVD release of the Nassyi Fes concert. It’s not certain whether it will be of the Budokan one only or both Budokan and Osaka Jo Hall, but it’s great news in any case for Funassyi fans who couldn’t make it to either show. Funassyi said that details - release date, etc - will be announced soon.
Source: several fan tweets, plus (already!) a video upload of the Sapporo event from Napi-san aka Teruo Nagano.
Funassyi was in Sapporo City Hall in Hokkaido today to promote nashi pears from Funabashi on behalf of the mayor of Funabashi. Mayo Akimoto of Sapporo was there to receive a gift of some humongous pears from The Pear; in return, he presented Funassyi with some special onions from Sapporo. Funassyi quipped that the “only thing to do now is make some delicious curry nassyi!” (The other chara in the first photo is Ezomon, the official character of the Winter Asia Games which are to be held in Sapporo.)
Mayor Akimoto seems to be quite comfortable with Funassyi, despite (or perhaps because of) being Pear Juice Bushaa!-ed by him last year.
Tomorrow Funassyi will be making two more appearances in the Sapporo area to promote Funabashi pears: at Mitsui Outlet Park in Sapporo Kitahiroshima at 11:00, and and at Super Arcs Osatsu at 14:00.
Funassyi was in Fukuoka on Saturday for an appearance at a boat racing venue - and so was the remarkable Funassyi videographer/fan Teruo Nagano-san. There were two sessions, the first of which is above. The theater is quite fancy for a boatracing place. The two chara who come out are the ones for the town where the boatracing venue is located, Ashiya (the chara name is Asshii or Assyi), and the one for the venue itself.
Funassyi (in Pear Suit no. 3) seemed to be full of energy, dancing around the stage quite a bit.
Here’s the 2nd session, which is pretty similar to the first one:
With the cooler weather in the fall, Funassyi is really filling up his schedule with local events. He’s stated in multiple interviews that his goal for this year is to go to as many local events as he can to spread the wealth as it were, and he’s certainly working hard towards that goal.
Baby Channel is a YouTube channel by a cute sister-and-brother team who review new toys and the like. Here they review the first 4 Funassyi McDonalds Happy Set (Happy Meal) toys. The Pear Juice Bushaa! one looks especially fun.
The official TV commercial for the Funassyi line of Happy Sets (as Happy Meals are called in Japan) has been posted on the McDonald’s Japan official YouTube channel. The toys are surprisingly big! I love the way Funassyi comes rising out of the floor like a rock star, as well as a little Funassyi singing the McDonald’s jingle later on. And he looks great with pants on too (in the McD uniform) ^_^. The commercial has been running mainly during the early evening programs aimed at kids, although judging from Twitter activity a lot of adult nashitomo are getting their hands on the Happy Sets early. (One person even got one at 4am!)
The World Character Summit in Hanyu (pronounced han-new), Saitama is the still the largest chara event on the calendar, despite stiff competition from other chara events. This year’s Summit has been officially announced, and Funassyi will be there as he has for the past 3 years. The Summit takes place on November 19th and 20th; Funassyi will be there on the 19th - although there’s a fair chance another member of the Pear Fairy family will be there on the 20th too. Last year, Funyassyi was there on the day Funassyi wasn’t, making its debut as a Funassyi stand-in at events
The Hanyu event is one of the best in terms of chara-fan interaction and fantastic photo opportunities. If you can make it (it is quite a long haul from Tokyo, and a car is very useful to have if not essential) it is highly recommended. I’ll post directions to get there closer to the event.
Official site (Japanese only)
Past posts about the Hanyu Summit with some great fan photos
(Note: They seem to have taken the ‘gotouchi’ out of their festival name this year…last year they switched from ‘yuru chara’ to ‘gotouchi chara’, and now it seems they are just going with the all-encompassing ‘character’.)
McDonald’s Japan is not the only place where you can get Funassyi themed toys. Over in Taiwan, the mini-mart chain Hi-Life also has a Funassyi toy promotion going on. The four food-themed Funassyis above can be obtained by collecting stickers at the stores - you get 1 sticker for every 75NT worth of purchases, and with 3 stickers plus an additional 85NT, a Funassyi is yours. (Thanks to IchibanSK for the clarification!) The promotion started yesterday and will run until November 8th. Complete details (in Chinese) here.