The real official page for the Detective Funassyi drama is now up. The contents are basically a shortened version of the PR page, but there is a 3-plus minute “behind the scenes” video. Unfortunately, it’s IP restricted to Japan only, so you’ll need to know how to get around such nonsense to view it. The logo is cute though.
The Funassyi doll that that the manufacturer, Grey Parka Service, posted a sneak peek of yesterday is now available for preorder exclusively from their retail web site - the doll will be available in mid-February. The dress is designed by Tokyo based lolita fashion label Baby, The Stars Shine Bright. Called the Elizabeth Dress Funassyi, the 22cm tall pastel-colored Funassyi is wearing a dark red and white lace dress called the “Elizabeth dress” that’s worn by Momoko in the movie Shimotsuma Monogatari (English title: Kamikaze Girls) when she meets Ichigo.
This is a limited edition doll with a very small run - only 100 will be available. Price: 12,960 yen including tax, with free domestic shipping. The doll will bear a special label on one foot, and come in a dark red presentation box.
Grey Parka Service’s retail site doesn’t ship overseas or accept non-Japanese credit cards, so you’ll have to rely on a friend in Japan or use a package forwarding and shopping service.
Although the doll is only sold via the GPS website for now, one will be on display at the Baby, The Stars Shine Bright store in Laforet Harajuku from Sunday.
Here’s a short promo video from Funassyi, with a lacy bonnet sort of on his head. His face is pretty wrinkled here so he kind of looks like the grandma from Little Red Riding Hood… ^_^; He mentions that two Baby collaboration Funassyis will be made.
Update: It’s already sold out!
This looks like Detective Funassyi’s room on the TV drama. It has a nice, lived-in look, with a Showa-era retro vibe. Note the Funassyi dolls dotted around the room, as well as a Fukkachan doll and a Togoshi Ginjiro doll on top of the chest of drawers behind the reclining Pear. (I’ve managed to misspell Ginjiro’s name twice today…I have a hard time remembering it somehow. I’ve corrected all the misspellings though.)
Incidentally, at the promotional event for the show (you can view a clip here), Funassyi quipped that “Fuji TV has gotten so desperate that they’ve hired Funassyi as the lead for a drama!” This is a reference to the fact that Fuji TV has been struggling in the ratings war lately. To give them credit, Fuji TV seems to have a sense of humor, since they included the quote on the program page on their site.
Photo via the star.
The gang assembled at FNS (Funassyi Network System) headquarters on the set of Detective Funassyi. From left to right: Kazuya Kojima playing Detective Heisuke Hiratsuka; Funassyi playing his secret partnew Detective Funassyi; Gunmachan playing Gunmachan ; Kapal playing Kapal; Chosei Tonyu-kun playing Chosei Tonyu-kun; Togoshi Ginjiro playing Togoshi Ginjiro; and seated in the front sporting headphones, Chicchai Ossan playing Chicchai Ossan. Note all the little toys of the various FNS members in the photo (as well as the previous one). Funassyi says the drama will be “heartwarming yet nashi-pear-boiled” (the latter a variant of “hardboiled” or hard-hitting).
Photo via Detective Funassyi, who seems to be quite relieved to be free of the gag order about the show and has been tweeting up a storm.
Funassyi Network System’s headquarters, from the upcoming Detective Funassyi series. I love that sign.
Funassyi has been so busy lately, shooting on location for a yet to be announced TV program, that he’s just been tweeting once or twice a day, just to say hi to his fans. Tomorrow the Funassyi Fantasy World exhibit opens in Nagoya while the Funassyi Cafe there continues - you need to go to both for a chance to get in to see Funassyi’s Mini Talk Show on the 26th. And on Saturday, The Pear will be appearing live at an event in Koriyama, Fukushima.
Photo via the busy Pear.
The Peater Pan bakery in Funabashi has put up a sign in their store announcing that they can no longer get the jam that’s used inside the Funassyi buns they’ve been making since 2013, so they have to stop selling them as of December 13th. Peater Pan’s Funassyi buns were the inspiration behind this episode of the Funabiyori anime series. Hopefully they’ll be able to bring the buns back again.
Peater Pan has been doing business in Funabashi for many years - in fact, before Funassyi descended to Earth, they were probably the most famous institution in Funabashi.
In light of the news today about a company that was selling unlicensed and unauthorized “Funassyi-inspired” merchandise, this is how to tell if an item is officially licensed. It’s very straightforward actually - all legit Funassyi items have the simple©ふなっしー
Funassyi copyright indication, either on the packaging, on the attached tag, or printed somewhere on the item itself. The images above show this copyright mark on various products. It’s always in the same color (usually black, or white if against a dark background), although a couple of early items did have a red © with black “Funassyi”.
The exception to this rule is the copyright indication in the last photo, which reads
©ふなっしーのふなふなふな日和チーム (Copyright Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori Team)
- which indicates that the item is from the Funafuna Biyori anime series.
In addition, Funassyi-collaboration items, such as Funassyi x Hello Kitty, have Funassyi’s copyright mark plus the other party’s mark (in Hello Kitty’s case Sanrio).
Funassyi has updated his Twitter profile to list the address where nengajo, or New Year’s cards, can be sent to. It’s the same address as last year - all mail sent there should reach him, including Christmas cards, letters and the like.
The address in Japanese is:
In English that would be:Funassyi
c/o Funabashi East Post Office
Funabashi, Chiba 274-8799
The next item in the Funassyiland-exclusive Funacolle series of merchandise is this adorable Monkey Funassyi doll - 2016 is the Year of the Monkey. It’s 20cm tall and the retail price is 1800 yen plus tax. It should be available in late December.
Source: Funassyiland site
The Kabuki-za, (or to give it its full name, the Shochiku Kabuki-za), the principal kabuki theater in Ginza, Tokyo, has just announced a 2nd series of kabuki-themed Funassyi character merchandise. This time the Funassyis are based on Chushingura (the “47 Ronin” story), or the Kanadehon Chushingura version to be more precise; and the Futari Dojoji version of Musume Dojoji. There are clear file folders, netsuke (tiny mascots) and memo pads so far. They are produced by Rapiit Company. At the moment they are only available at the souvenir shop inside the Kabuki-za and the Kabuki-za Honpo store in the Tokyo Ichibangai mall in Tokyo Station.
(I have most of the items from the first series of Kabuki Funassyis, and they’re amongst my favorites of all the cosplay Funassyi variations.)
In response to the surprising survey results (which were widely reported on several news outlets) that put him and Kumamon 1-2 in popularity amongst characters and mascots, Funassyi posted this photo of a Pear-Bear hug, and proceeded to give virtual hugs to everyone that responded to him on Twitter.