Recap of episode 89 (week 18, episode 4) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Funassyi finds a trumpet…and Chanassyi returns!
Funassyi is happily singing out in the pear orchard, when he spots something floating down the stream. He’s never seen anything like it and is wondering what it is, when the Cool Brown One, Chanassyi, shows up and informs Funassyi it’s called a trumpet, and that you blow on it to make sounds. (To which Funassyi says, “So it’s a musical instrument?” ^_^)
Chinassyi tells Funassyi to try blowing on it, but Funassyi can only make it sound like his snoring - chrrrrrrr. Chanassyi says that it’s because Funassyi’s “heart is not singing”. Funassyi asks if Chanassyi can play it, and the Brown One cooly says that he “used to play it” but “quit music” some time ago.
Funassyi begs him to show him how to play it though, and Chinassyi gives the trumpet a spin and starts playing it…well, making sounds anyway. Funassyi thinks something is odd, and takes the trumpet away from Chinassyi…who is actually blowing on a leaf, not the trumpet.
Found out, Chanassyi looks sheepish, and cooly walks away, as Funassyi stares after him saying “What the…”.
- At the beginning of the episode Funassyi is singing the opening theme to the show, and it almost seems like he’s keep singing (beyond the “Funa funa funafunafu-na” part), before he spots the trumpet and stops. There is a longer version of the theme, sung by Funassyi, on the soundtrack CD, which came out last week. I was kind of hoping real-Funassyi would sing it on last night’s FNS Summer Festival of Song on Fuji TV, but I guess it’s wasn’t likely that he would sing the theme for a show that airs on another network. I do hope that a new Funassy single will come out within the year, to increase the chances that he will finally get to perform as an artist in his own right on the year-end Kohaku Utagassen show on NHK. It’s considered a big honor for a Japanese entertainer, especially a singer, to appear on Kohaku Utagassen; Funassyi has appeared ton it he last two years, but as a supporting performer and comedic relief.
Funassyi appeared on stage with Morning Musume ‘15, dancing and Hyahaa!-ing energetically to Ren Ai Revolution 21 (Updated)*, during the FNS Summer Festival of Song program which aired on FujiTV on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.
Funassyi also appeared briefly with the hosts of the program at the beginning to kick things off.
Here he is stretching before the show. (Via The Pear.)
*also known as Love Revolution 21.
Aitai is a gotouchi chara concert/event starring Yosuke Ishida, who has made a career out of performing with gotouchi chara in a band called GCB47 (see this post for more) and a whole bunch of gotouchi chara of course. Aitai 3 takes place tomorrow, August 1st at the Shiki Citizen’s Hall Palcity in Shiki, Saitama prefecture (Kapal’s hometown).
Funassyi will not be here…so why am I posted about it? Well, Aitai 4 has been announced, and Funassyi will be there - and you can reserve tickets for that event at Aitai 3, if you are determined to see Funassyi in the pear flesh and would like to plan in advance. Aitai 4 will be in Hikone, Shiga prefecture (Hikonyan’s hometown) on October 16th, 2015. Details and application forms are on this page; they are in Japanese, so please have a friend help you with them.
Same-day tickets are still available for Aitai 3, by the way. Some of the chara who are scheduled to appear include: Kapal, Nyajiro, Togoshi Ginjiro, Kappa no Kotaro, Oshinarikun, Akkuma and Koakkuma, Iisa King, Goya Sensei, Fukkachan, Sanomaru, Osaki Ichibantaro, and more.
The 2015 edition of Arinomix has started in Funabashi. (What Arinomix is about.) Visitors to participating Funabashi area pear orchards and other local businesses can collect special Funassyi stamps in a “stamp rally”, preorder nashi pears in special Funassyi boxes, and later on in the season buy pears that are packed in Funassyi design plastic bags or collectable carrier boxes (see more about the Funassyi boxes here). The Funassyi cocktail with the Funassyi coasters will also be available from participating establishments.
You can also collect stamps and enter a drawing to win one of two prizes; a box of premium grade Funabashi nashi pears in a Funassyi box, or a stageside ticket to an upcoming Funassyi live appearance/gotouchi event that will take place in Funabashi on October 11th.
Details on the MyFuna site - Japanese only as usual I’m afraid, but there are maps of participating businesses that may be useful. The key to the map symbols is as follows: the nashi pear mark is a producer who sells directly; the blue Funassyi mark indicates that Funassyi plastic bags are available; the red Funassyi mark is for places where the carrier box is available, and the blue mark shows places where the MyFuna Funassyi point card can be used. Finally, the red star is for places where you can preorder boxes of Funassyi…I mean, Funabashi nashi pears in Funassyi boxes.
Recap of episode 88 (week 18, episode 3) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Guressyi gets his hut painted…
Guressyi is about to paint his house to brighten it up, when the colorful Gonassyi siblings show up. He asks them to help him paint, and they promptly pull out brushes and cans of paint. The problem though is that each colorful Gonassyi only wants to use their color (Akassyi only wants to use red, Kinassyi yellow, etc.) so when they’re done the hut makes Guressyi’s eyes hurt. He asks them to paint it properly, so they go at it again…but at the end the hut looks exactly the same. Guressyi gets frustrated, and the Gonassyis all walk away…except for Shimashimassyi, the striped one. After staring at Guressyi for a while, Shimashimassyi paints the hut while muttering “shimashima” (which means “stripey”)…and at the end, Guressyi’s hut is painted in stripes of dark and light purple, exactly like Shimashima.
Funassyi only appears briefly at the start of this episode, and doesn’t have anything to do with the painting.
We haven’t seen the colorful Gonassyis (there’s a red one, a yellow one, a blue one, a green one, and Shimashimasyi, the striped one) since Episode 54. They made their first appearance in Episode 49. Compared to them, Guressyi seems absolutely normal. ^_^;
An adult-sized wooden Funassyi chair, with storage under the seat. Available for pre-order only from Grey Parka Service’s online store, for 27,400 yen plus tax. It’s listed in a new section of their store called Funassyi Furniture.
This adorable soft toy depicting Funassyi holding his cat Nyaossyi (or is Nyaossyi being held by its Pear…) goes on sale on July 30th at both Funassyiland stores as well as the Nichitele shops in Shiodome and Tokyo Station (see the Shop Guide for more details on the stores). It will also be available by mailorder from the Nichitele online store from August 6th. It’s about 21cm tall, and will be priced at 2,500 yen plus sales tax.
I like that this Funassyi is the anime version, rounder and more childlike than the real-life Funassyi.
Via the Nichitele Service Funassyi Goods Twitter account.
Recap of episode 87 (week 18, episode 2) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Bubbles!
Funassyi is blowing bubbles in the playground with Hina and 2 other girls, when One-san comes along. She remarks how nostalgic the bubbles make her feel, and joins in. Soon Funassyi and One-san get into a competition for who can blow the biggest bubbles. When Funassyi pulls out a big, thick straw, One-san pulls out one that looks like a pipe for plumbing. Funassyi gets quite frustrated, and gets out a wire hoop to blow great big bubbles. But One-san is not to be outdone - she pulls out an even bigger wire hoop, and dances around putting on a bubble show. Funassyi realizes that One-san just hates to lose!
- Blowing bubbles (shabon dama) has been a popular children’s pastime in the summer in Japan since the 18th century or so, when the soapy liquid (the shabon, which is a word derived from the Portuguest sabão) became affordable. Street peddlers sold shabon powder to be dissolved in water to kids in Edo (old Tokyo) and other cities.. It may be a bit old fashioned nowadays.
- One-san is supposed to be an adult, and an adult competing with kids (or, a kid pear fairy) in a kid’s game seems kind of problematic…but I know, it’s just a short-anime… ^_^;
Funassyi will appear on the FNS Uta no Natsumatsuri (FNS Summer Festival of Song) show, which will air live on Wednesday, July 29th at 7pm Japan time on Fuji TV.
We don’t know until the show airs if Funassyi will be singing, or dancing in support of another artist, or what. But…I thought I’d take this opportunity to post some old Funassyi videos. The one above is him singing a bit from Whiteberry’s Summer Festival…
..and this is Funassyi dancing EXILE’s Choo Choo Train, from the same stage show in 2013. His dancing has always been a bit better than his singing… ^_^;
Funassyi was an MC at the MTV Japan Headbanger’s Ball today. Since Funassyi is a metal rocker at heart (the first album he ever bought was Deep Purple’s Machine Head) he probably enjoyed this gig a lot.
But…why did he suddenly turn western-pear-shaped? That part is a mystery…
(The airdate for this hasn’t been announced yet - when I find out I’ll post it here of course.)
Recap of episode 86 (week 18, episode 1) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Funassyi goes to the circus…
Funassyi is at the circus, when a white gloved hand beckons to him. It’s a clown who says he had a stomach ache and can’t perform. The clown asked Funassyi to perform for him, and before you know it, Funassyi is standing in the circus ring in front of the crowd wearing clown makep.
Funassyi doesn’t know what to do, when who should show himself from behind the curtain but…Nashimaru the pear ninja! Nashimaru throws a ninja ball at Funassyi, and transforms his outfit into a clown one. He also helps Funassyi walk a tightrope by holding him up with puppet strings, becomes his partner in a trapeze act, and shoots him out of a cannon.
At the end Nashimaru is very pleased with a job well done, as Funassyi happily responds to the cheering crowd.
Nashimaru is very cool, but I kind of want Funassyi to be the coolest kid around…. ^_^;
Speaking of Nichitele’s 24 Hour Television: In this photo posted by The Pear, he’s wearing a pink t-shirt. It looks like the charity-t shirt that’s sold along with other merchandise in conjunction with the program to raise money. Here’s a complete listing of this year’s fundraising merchandise. The t-shirt sells for 1,500 yen.
I’ve mentioned Nichitele (Nippon TV)’s 24 Hour Television marathon program before, in which Funassyi has participated for the past 2 years and will most likely appear in again this year. Fuji TV also has their own marathon-TV event called 27 Hour Television, which took place this weekend. The main hosts this year, Takashi Okamura and Hiroyuki Yabe of the comedy duo Ninety-Nine, kicked off the program on Saturday dressed as Takassyi, a parody of Funassyi (see this post for the history of Takassyi and Funassyi) and Yabe~ru, a parody of Neba~rukun, the natto-themed unofficial mascot from Ibaraki prefecture. They were joined by Masahiro Nakai of SMAP, who was dressed as a character called “Real Nakai”, who looked like himself.
Funassyi has updated his Twitter profile description, where he lists the major events he’ll be appearing in and so forth, to include a note that he’ll be in Sapporo, Hokkaido on August 7th and 8th. There’s speculation that he is going to be throwing out the first pitch at the Sapporo Dome before a Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters baseball game, but we shall see….
Photo above via The Pear.