It’s a slow Funassyi-news day….so enjoy this fan created portrait of a Pear in the Buff. ^_^;
Funassyi playing table soccer in Los Angeles. (Although “babyfoot”, the name for table soccer in France, seems to fit better somehow… ^_^)
This wall hanging with a life sized photo of Funassyi is sure to make a big impact in any room. It’s a bit difficult to order from overseas, since it is only available for preorder (expected delivery in mid-September) from the Grey Parka Service online store, but if you are determined you can use a shopping service as described here. The wall hanging is 115cm x 160cm, made of polyester and is priced at 9,926 yen including tax and domestic shipping.
The 2nd photo above shows the 90cm tall (version 2) Funassyi doll that was produced in very limited quantities last year in front of the wall hanging. (I have this one actually, and it kind of dominates my office. ^_^;)
A new TV commercial for Funagoro’s Antenna and the 5th series of Funassyi no Meissyi (Funassyi’s Name Cards) collectible cards from Bandai. But…why would Funassyi and Funagoro need to go to a barber in the first place? ^_^;
Funassyi will be featured in a farming game called Noen Hokkorina on Mobage, a gaming platform and social networking service in Japan. This is a promotional video for it, where Funassyi makes 2 attempts to draw the Shibainu that’s the main character for the game. The drawings will be featured in the game too. (Like the other Funassyi mobile games, this one is restricted to Japan unfortunately.)
Recap of episode 110 (week 22, episode 5) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Adventure time!
Funassyi, Hina and Hayato spend a day at an adventure park. Funassyi runs into trouble with some of the equipment, but overall they just have a lot of fun. The last thing they tackle is a series of tubes they have to climb up to get to the top of a hill. Hina struggles to get up, but when she hears Funassyi calling out to her she keeps going. The three friends gaze at the sunset, reflecting on the great day they had.
This episode may have been inspired by Funabashi Andersen Park, which was chosen as the third most popular amusement park in Japan recently, just behind Tokyo Disneyland and Disneysea and ahead of Universal Studios Japan. One of Andersen Park’s main attractions is an adventure park area (known as an “athletic” in Japanglish).
I’ve mentioned Kiddy Land several times on these pages. They are a must-go shopping destination for anyone into mascot-oriented merchandise, especially the Harajuku store in Tokyo and the Umeda store in Osaka. Given the number of character brands they sell, the fact that Funassyi merchandise is their top seller (as reported by morning news program Mezamashi Television on Fuji TV this morning) is quite impressive. No. 2 was Koppu no Fuchiko, and no. 3 was Ted (the movie bear character). The screenshots are of the Kiddy Land Harajuku store - you can get an idea of what the Funassyi section looks like.
Kiddy Land will be selling the Hello Kitty x Funassyi pillows in the top image exclusively for a while starting on September 6th.
Recap of episode 109 (week 22, episode 4) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Skateboarding!
Hayato comes over on a skateboard, and Funassyi wants to try too. Funassyi rapidly makes his own board (because when Funassyi wants something, he makes it himself), and they’re off to the skatepark. At first Funassyi is rather scared, especially since he starts out on the advanced slope for some reasonb, ut he’s mastered the moves in no time and really enjoying himself. After flying around for a bit while the kids look on in awe, Funassyi lands with a bang…and his board breaks into a thousand pieces, as he ends up on his little behind.
- Skateboarding Funassyi has to become a real toy, for sure. There’s something about those short stubby little legs on a board… (There’s already a Surfing Funassyi, which is extremely cute.)
- A Funafuna Biyori picture book is scheduled for release on September 18th. There arent a lot of details yet other than that it will be an ‘illustrated journal’, but it’s already listed as available for preorder.
Funassyi Happy Birthday is a new product that’s exclusive to the Funassyiland stores. When one of its hands is squeezed, Funassyi sings Happy Birthday and gives his best wishes to the recipient. Here’s a video showing how it works.
Funassyi Happy Birthday comes packaged in a gift box and includes a gift card. It’s about 25cm high, and retails for 3600 yen plus tax.
Source: Funassyiland site
Recap of episode 108 (week 22, episode 3) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. A secret meeting…
An unusual visitor comes to Guressyi’s hut. It’s Chanassyi. Curessyi has invited him over to talk about how frustrated he is that he hasn’t been able to play any tricks on Funassyi, or upset him in any way. He’s worried that if he can’t play a big trick on Funassyi soon, that Guressyi will lose all his popularity and friends. Chanassyi looks serious and conerned, but all his says in response to Guressyi is mysterious gobbledegook, like “when the grasshopper played the violin, no one took it seriously” or “the king should have made the donkey ears a feature”. In the meantine, ninja Nashimaru is listening in from the roof…
Guressyi and Chanassyi hear something outside - it’s the Gonassyis playing. Guressyi says worriedly that more and more pear fairies are coming over to the human world. Chanassyi spouts some more nonsense, and then solumenly takes a sip of his tea and then spits it out as he throws the cup! It was probably too hot or something.
- Lots of pear fairies at once! Funassyi doesn’t appear in this episode, except as a subject of discussion.
- Ninja Nashimaru spying on the roof is a scene straight out of period dramas set in the Edo period.
Letters From Funassyi is a new service where you can get letters in the mail from Funassyi - or have them sent to a friend. There are two options: one where you get a birthday letter from The Pear, or a letter every month. The letters will cost 1512 yen each plus postage. The service is scheduled to start in September. I don’t know if the letters can be delivered internationally or only in Japan (the latter is more likely), or what the letters will contain…if they have Funassyi’s real autograph or something that would be fantastic, but otherwise..? We’ll see what’s in them when they come out.
The company that provides this service is a pretty new one called Charaletter. The first character-letter service they had was letters from Great Detective Conan, an anime character. Their aim is to appeal to adults who love mascots and characters.
This is from last year, but I just discovered it so here it is. Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko posted this on Instagram, showing various gifts he’s received from fans. Note the yellow and blue one…
Funassyi posted some photos of himself taping for MTV’s Headbangers Ball a few weeks ago. The details has been announced: he’ll be hosting it for 3 months on MTV Japan, introducing music he likes personally, with his own commentary. Funassyi loves heavy metal, so he probably loves this gig. The first episode will air on September 12th from 11PM to midnight.
Even though attorney Aiko Obuchi has become better known as a ‘celebrity mommy’ these days, she’s still a big Funassyi fan. She had the last blank smiley face on her 24 Hour Television charity t-shirt made up to look like Funassyi, complete with a green leaf and red ribbon. She wore the t-shirt with a Funassyi-yellow skirt while she was on 24 Hour Television, as well as the live broadcast of Gyouresu no dekiru houritsu soudanjo (The Law Office With Lines To Get In) that she’s a regular on, that followed the 24 Hour Television show. She says she got the skirt from Zara.
Photos via her official blog.