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  1. Xen

    Team China

    So uh, according to his weibo, Han Yan is not retiring? He's just taking a season off or so to heal up, and then continue competing, hopefully with aim for Beijing. His coaches are now also Pang/Tong.
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    [Tv Broadcast] Fantasy on Ice 2018 in KOBE

    I have a new batch of smelling salts at the ready. =D It'll be fine. Besides, you have to revive for the yearly calendar release and media day reports.
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    General Yuzuru chat

    The first competition I watched on TV after Sochi was CoC, right at the start of the men's LP...not sure how I managed to continue watching after warm-up. So safe to say, it takes a lot to scare me nowadays.
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    [Tv Broadcast] Fantasy on Ice 2018 in KOBE

    Thanks! This helps a bit more, because now I can watch the program trying to spot these bits you pointed out. =D I can probably appreciate it a bit more. Also, not a huge fan of adding lyrics to the music, but I was thinking, would a violin version of the melody be more effective at conveying the emotions of the piece? The more I hear the piece, combined with the overall *whiteness* of his costume, I think it's more like the first flowers of spring fighting through the piles of snow on top, struggling before (at the end note) emerging victorious and blooming against the bright sunlight of early spring, where there is still frost and some snow on the ground. Think of it like those time-lapse videos of crocus flowers blooming in snowfields. This is the imagery I get now when hearing the piece, where the Ina Bauer is the tip top head of the crocus finally poking through, and the spin is the joy of the flower bud finally opening up and displaying itself into the sunlight.
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    [Tv Broadcast] Fantasy on Ice 2018 in KOBE

    I'm actually wondering if a strings version of this song, violin preferably, would draw out the emotions a bit more. It's a really emotional piece.
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    [Tv Broadcast] Fantasy on Ice 2018 in KOBE

    I get where the image of the waves come from. The hydroblade worked okay, I'm not sold the placement of the IB, and not sold on the placement of thee traveling camels. It's probably a program that will need to grow on me the way H&L did. At some point I liked Reqiuem and H&L separately (music alone or Yuzu alone but not together). I guess, maybe this is my least favorite music piece of this trio (with or without lyrics, the music just doesn't resonate with me, I actually feel nothing, especially if I don't tie it with what the music originally was made for). So yeah, it's probably a music thing. If you don't really like the music much, then the program as a whole resonates less. Still though, probably artistically beats out a lot of other programs we'll see this season.
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    [Tv Broadcast] Fantasy on Ice 2018 in KOBE

    Oh I can too. But right now, I'm watching it the second time, and I think I might have pinned down the reason why. Lovely as the piece is, and lovely as his skating is, this might be one of those piano pieces/music which could be called "too busy for skating choreography." Yuzu does hit notes when he lands jumps, flourish his arms and so on, but there are a lot of runs in the piano piece itself, which doesn't really allow for room to breath...which is what you kind of need. And overall the piece itself feels kind of flat for me, like there's no climax, up/down etc with the piece, which wouldn't work if you wanted to hightlight movements and so on.
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    [Tv Broadcast] Fantasy on Ice 2018 in KOBE

    Yeah...I think there are parts of the program where the piano notes and his movement are jarring (ie the Ina Bauer placement with the piano notes). I'm not sure if I'm actually going to be a fan of this program, assuming he makes it his official ex. It doesn't leave much of an impression for me, and even though I've just seen it, I don't remember anything of the program (other than he did a lovely hydroblade and an IB). *turns in her fan badge*
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    [Tv Broadcast] Fantasy on Ice 2018 in KOBE

    I'm kind of curious what the new layout for this program would be if he makes it an official ex, it doesn't look fully finished yet? And please, someone redesign those sleeves-it's just...too busy (a part of me thinks something similar to his Believe piece, simple, flowy would work better).
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    [Tv Broadcast] Fantasy on Ice 2018 in KOBE

    Man, war stories from Sasha Plushenko, the one man who can claim he once rejected Yuzuru Hanyu. XD But no necklaces...I'm not used to this yet.
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    [Tv Broadcast] Fantasy on Ice 2018 in KOBE

    Haaa...Sasha ignoring a Yuzu hug caught and recorded for all posterity.
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    [Tv Broadcast] Fantasy on Ice 2018 in KOBE

    Okay, this one isn't as bad as dory...thankfully. But the fish analogy was still spot on. I would love to see Satomi Ito render or redesign the costume, the ruffles on the arms and around the waist are a bit too busy, for my liking, and works against his lines.
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    [Tv Broadcast] Fantasy on Ice 2018 in KOBE

    Wow....god pray for us the day Yuzu learns the audience killing method from Plush....
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    [Tv Broadcast] Fantasy on Ice 2018 in KOBE

    Nice, beautiful, and such a contrast in styles between Stephane and Deniss.
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