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  1. Wasn't what he wore in Hokkaido similar? That seemed to be an unusual mix of jacket and cardigan into one item, too and it turned out to be something expensive... I think... All in all, if I look too closely at the outfit, it could have been much better, but in the same time, it's different from most stuff he's worn so far, so I like it lol
  2. Yeah... I'm kind of addicted so I think I'll try getting them anyway... but maybe not as hard as others (I also need to get another clearfile holder to store them in...) And I had been planning not to spend that much money on magazines and goods anymore... then Kiss & Cry comes up with two large posters, Lotte comes up with clearfiles... what next, I wonder?!
  3. The tweet was deleted it seems, but here's the lotte link: http://img.lotte-shop.jp/hacf1910.html The hair is still a bit... but loving the casual wear ones! (Just for being casual wear, if I look too closely at what he's wearing... lol)
  4. Slightly but not really OT, seems Toshi is releasing a second cover album and it will include Zankoku na tenshi, Mannatsu no Yoru no Yume, FaOI versions of Masquerade and Crystal Memories as well as some other awesome covers (Nagori Yuki - Toshi did a cover of this some 25 years ago and I adore it - Bohemian Rhapsody, AI's Story etc.). It's kind of funny for me, because when the first album came out, I was very but after hearing several of the covers at FaOI, I'm not really excited about this one! Trailer of Zankoku na tenshi: Btw, it's Toshi's birthday today *wonders if Yuzu might work his magic and have some sweets sent to him again lol*
  5. As far as I know, there is none. IIRC, before Worlds, the injury was mentioned as a small thing that was healed over the early period of 2016, so as far as anyone new, Yuzu was 100% healthy in Boston. It was only some time after that that JSF released the information on the lisfranc injury and only in Japanese media. Western media I think rarely picks up stuff like that. And even then, it wasn't until the beginning of the following season, when Yuzu spoke about it in Ice Jewels that anyone knew just how bad it had been. I only became a fan in December of 2016, but I remember reading threads of that period and it was just total silence after the first announcements, saying what the injury was and that Yuzu was receiving treatment in Toronto. There were video messages at FaOI, but no info and no sighting until 24H TV, I think... Western media never knew of any of it, I think, just like they know nothing of a lot of other of Yuzu's hardships (like the surgery complications, as well as what came before it, for example).
  6. Personally, I think I have less of an issue with what she's saying than I do with the way she is saying. It's just piling everyone together. I am sure stalkers do justify their actions similarly. But does that mean that our actions are the same and deserve to be compared? I might scream in excitement at seeing an amazing costume on a skater I love. I will not chase after his car or stalk him to his home, or yell out my feelings. I agree there need to be boundaries, but we're not really discussing those boundaries. It's all about the screaming at ACI and how disturbing or not that was. To me, it's not on the same level as some other fan actions. I would probably prefer it not to be quite so wild and maybe if I had just watched it on TV, I might have cringed. But I still wouldn't compare it to the stalking, especially when there are fans explaining why they themselves reacted as they did, with actual arguments, not just "he was so hot, I couldn't help it!" We couldn't help it, yes, but for different reasons. For that alone, I would give at least SOME of the audience the benefit of doubt. Or at least I like to think I would. As for "who can afford it", I think she might actually mean that ACI is a more affordable event, so even fans who don't usually get to go to competitions and see Yuzu can go, so they might be less familiar with skating etiquette and more excited to see him than the more seasoned crowd. Which, fair enough, though last year ACI was my first ever competition and most 'skating etiquette' is just good old common sense. But if so, say it like this. I'm not a native English speaker either (though I have been learning English since I was 6, so I guess I might be closer than some others), and I can be very bad at expressing myself, too, but on a forum, words are all we really have to communicate with and it's up to each of us to try to avoid misunderstandings. And as a bottom line, I actually think we SHOULD discuss proper and improper fan behavior. I know some fans frown at the idea of fans policing fans, but truth is, if we don't, behavior we all find abhorrent will never go away. Like stalking. I'm sure we all agree stalking is bad. But what exactly does stalking imply? And some fans might genuinely not realize why what they're doing is bad. I'm thinking we could maybe make a thread and suggest 'behavior rules for Yuzu fans', with arguments. Why we should do some things and not do other things. When and where and how should we exercise more self-control? Then make a list of those generally agreed upon, and pros/cons lists for those that get debated. I'd be willing to open such a thread, but I'm not sure I would have enough time to properly handle it...
  7. Honestly, as someone who screamed at ACI, I feel offended to have that be equaled with running after Yuzu's car, stealing seats, or loudly screaming "Look at me, I love you!" You're generalizing, by assuming people who screamed at ACI are the types of people who do those things. I'd says it's very easy to judge without having been there and to me it's the same kind of judging like that Seimei cosplaying girl at Rostelecom 2017 suffered: people saw her crying and assumed she was crying because Yuzu lost. You saw/heard people screaming at ACI more than usual and assumed they're all misbehaving fans. There were circumstances which amplified the reaction. It doesn't mean everyone suddenly stopped acknowledging Yuzu as a talented double Olympic Champion and just saw a sexy guy that made their ovaries explode. To me, at least, the lines are generally very clear. Was ACI an overreaction? Maybe, and I've admitted this before. Was it understandable? Yes, I believe it was. Will everyone agree on that? Of course not. Different people have different temperaments. Maybe some of them would never lose their composure like that. I didn't last year, but did this year. Maybe my threshold is high, but this year it wasn't high enough. I don't know. What I do know is that I cannot agree that the screaming at ACI is as bad as the other examples of bad behavior you gave and I resent the comparison. I also felt the urge to boo at ACI, but I did not. Because Yuzu would not appreciate it. But the total silence as the technical controller and who else extended greetings to the athletes was telling. I also think you really need to get over the notion that affordability means anything. That's a sort of elitist mindframe, like richer people would never stoop to act as badly as the poor people do, that I cannot believe still exists in this day and age. You can be absolutely sure that those screaming included both rich and not so rich people. Although admittedly, I did not inquire about the income of any of the fans I've met at ACI. I am probably the poorest of them, but then again, it was also my first time screaming like that. So not sure what exactly that is supposed to say about me... I think bad fan behavior needs to be discussed. Stalking, in any shape or form - to me, chasing after his car is a form of stalking - needs to be pointed out and discouraged, rather than swept under the rug. But IMO, there were worse things happening at ACI than the screaming. The screaming was a genuine, honest reaction, and it was ALL about Yuzu, not getting his attention, at least from where I stood. If there were other instances of something else, like competitions between fans, to outscream each other, then, yes, that I disagree with. But in that case, I'd rather those cases be singled out, rather than just going after EVERYONE who screamed, because that's just not fair to those for whom it was a genuine and perhaps not entirely voluntary reaction. And we know Yuzu is a fan of cheering and screaming himself, so I don't think he'd want people holding back on genuine reactions, as long as they don't get too over the top. As for concentration, I think it's good for athletes to experience stressful situations, too. As long as nobody is screaming with the purpose to disturb, timing the screams to jumps, it should be good practice, to learn to block it out. Even if it's done with the purpose to disturb, it's good practice. An athlete who can master the art of ignoring those who try to intentionally destroy his focus will be unbeatable. But that was not the case and I honestly doubt any of the other skaters minded it much. If anything, it meant the attention was not on them. As for Yuzu, I've already been there, so I won't repeat myself. Only he knows how much he minded it or not. Either way, I doubt it set the standard for future competitions, so we are probably over-analyzing.
  8. Actually, it was later discovered that Yuzu sort of appeared in YOI himself. There's a shot where a character is holding a magazine that looks a lot like an anime version of LGC Yuzu. So one can argue that, like Stephane and Nobu, who appeared as themselves, Yuzu also exists as himself in YOI (only I guess he's competing in a different dimension lol as he should, since he's on a different level from everyone else )
  9. Yuri is not based on Yuzu. They have very little in common and what they do have in common, so do many other real life skaters. I admit after watching Yuri on Ice and before knowing anything about Yuzu, I thought the same, but it really only takes a few minutes to realize they have nothing in common. Every character in Yuri on Ice borrows traits from real life skaters, but generally they're mixed together, creating brand new characters. So you might recognizes bits and pieces of real life skaters in YOI characters, but that doesn't mean they are based on those skaters. I don't think anyone in Japan would really do that. And with Kenji involved in it and supposedly sharing bits of information, too, it's even less likely they'd make any one character based on real life people. I do wish YOI fans would do a little research before commenting, because, honestly, I am not embarrassed that I ever even wondered whether Yuri might be based on Yuzu - though in some ways, it's natural to wonder, given that Yuzu is the most popular skater. If anything, I'd say Yuri is based on male Japanese skaters ASIDE from Yuzu, given the struggles he has to be competitive, something that Yuzu never had, and that's a reality that was there, before Takahashi and then Yuzu and Shoma, but mostly Yuzu, took male Japanese figure skating to the very top. It really takes only a little bit of research to learn that. But I do agree, YOI is a good opening to get into figure skating. As long as you don't take it too seriously... quads are made to look ridiculously easy there. Yuri doing a perfect 4Lz at the end of his program when he'd never landed it before (IIRC) is ridiculous, for example. (Personally, I think I rather see Yuri Plisetsky - ignoring his rudeness, which is so very not Yuzu - as based on Yuzu. The young prodigy who breaks barriers and sets new standards in the sport. But then Victor has shades of Yuzu, too, and even JJ has shades of Yuzu, but with each of them, there are other things you need to ignore to see the similarities.)
  10. He was only talking about the protocol itself in the beginning. The interviewer gave it to him and said something like "You probably don't want to look at it, but..." and Yuzu said "I don't want to look at it". He did say that both toeloops (I guess he meant the quads) getting UR calls hurts - though if he also said that as far as he's concerned they were clean, they cut that part out. He did acknowledge the mistakes on the loop and salchow and said he wants to land those properly. I think he also said that he wants to do his layout cleanly, before advancing to a more difficult one, but there was a but and then I didn't really understand. I think he maybe meant that having more jumps in his arsenal gives him the possibility to change the layout if something doesn't work so well and something else works better, and I think that's when the stock question came up. I interpreted it as the interviewer asked him about his stock of possible layouts and Yuzu refused to give out any details, hence the "various" answer. But I have no idea if this is correct. He sounds calm and confident, actually, although the way he keeps saying that Worlds taught him that he can't win with just GOE always hurts to hear. He seems calm about it, though, like it's a conclusion he's accepted by now and is working on moving past it. The 4A talk is the same as before. He confirms he can rotate, but says he hasn't landed it yet. There's the talk about needing 90% of his physical strength just to rotate at this point, so he needs to increase that to also be able to land it. He says landing will be a whole new challenge and he'll only know how difficult it will be when he starts on it, but at the same time he feels like he should be able to land it. Overall, he sounds more positive to me than he did in 2017 (I never mentioned it then, but his interviews around and after ACI and around and after Rostelecom in 2017 creeped me out, there seemed to me to be a sort of dark mood around him). Not counting last year, because last year he was just burning with his revived ambition to win it all lol But I think he is also maybe a little more mature and calmer now. And UR calls or not, he's still the guy training 4A and quints, even if in harness, and that's something he'll be satisfied with, regardless of judging. All that is from memory, though, so hoping for a proper translation, too. But the 4A and quint thing reminded me... after reading some FS discussions on reddit, I was surprised not to find any mention of Yuzu's quint talk or his progress on 4A, there (not in general threads, maybe there are more dedicated ones). So I checked that other big FS forum and nothing there, either, in the general threads. So it made me wonder if non-Yuzu fans genuinely don't know or are just ignoring the information, like pretending it didn't happen means it didn't lol. I can't wait for Yuzu to be asked about quints in press conferences, forcing the Western world to face the facts. Even if he's only training them for his 4A, someone training quints in harness makes the gazillion of not so great quads being thrown around kind of not seem quite so amazing anymore. To me, at least. Oh and if anyone likes, I could try to make a spoiler post later today about some highlights from the DVD, the stuff that was new to me.
  11. Wow 3 pages since I went to bed, all on how awful that costume is Personally, I'll pretend it does not exist (at least until I get my chocolates and I'll have to deal with the pink version on one of the packages...). I think Yuzu's story would deserve a TV series, because there's just so much to include. But I'd still prefer it to be documentary style. He's been followed by cameras since he was 10 and I'm sure he has tons of private footage as well, with his team (probably) always filming his practices so he can check them afterwards, so there's no way they wouldn't have enough footage to make a documentary series. Movies tend to get too overdramatic and the differences between whomever they would choose to play him and the real him would be grating, plus stories almost always end up at least slightly fictionalized when turned into movies. Even documentary movies tend to become slightly overdramatic and can at times not include as much info as one would like. I'm writing this with the X Japan documentary movie, "We are X" in mind. It's actually a really cool documentary and a great quick glimpse into the world and drama of X Japan and I can see why it won an award at the Sundance Film Festival, but there was a lot of stuff that did not get included and aside from Yoshiki and Toshi and some mentions of hide and Taiji, the other members only appear very marginally, and it definitely leaned towards the melodrama, but then again X IS drama, so.... But the bottom line was that the documentary was too short to include all info it should have. Still, seeing something like that about Yuzu would be really great, IMO. If the director weren't focused on music documentaries, I'd even be tempted to write to him, now that I thought of it lol Btw, the director is American, so the result would get attention in the West. (I do recommend the movie to anyone who wants to know more about X, even though they don't mention Toshi's story as much).
  12. Brian has actually said - I think both in a documentary and, if IIRC, in the third Team Brian book as well - that even though Yuzu was on strong painkillers, I guess the strongest they could give him and still be legal and not count as doping - he was still in pain. At the start I didn't really get the feeling he was that bad - though I think he was nervous, I think he actually said he was so nervous he felt like throwing up, especially after the sal acted up in the warm-up - but afterwards, he was completely drained. He looked like he might pass out in the KnC and especially afterwards. And I think all his strength just vanished then, both as far as physical energy and emotional walls. Brian also said Yuzu was smiling at the Olympics to hide how he really felt - pain, possible some measure of despair or panic, though he probably didn't even allow himself to acknowledge those feelings - and I think all those walls he put up to appear fine just crashed after the free. Hence all the emotional reactions and the crying. He said he knew he'd won after he'd finished skating, that neither a clean Javi nor a clean Shoma would be able to beat him. But I'm sure there was still some nervousness. And when Javi also got a medal, the waterworks really started. He's cried in public before and it's one thing I admire about him, being able to cry in public like that, but never like he did at the Olympics and knowing everything he went through to get there, who wouldn't cry, really? And that brings me to a different topic, regarding the DVD/BR which I just got today and just finished watching, but putting it under spoilers, in case there are people who don't want to be spoiled on the content before they get to watch it, too
  13. Remember how Yuzu had AAA engraved on his music player - I think it was? - to symbolize 3A? Maybe he'll aim for Axel-Axel-Axel... as in 4A+3A+3A+SEQ... in ice shows, that is lol Ah, imagine if the ISU would make an exception for axels, where sequences including axels get full points like regular combinations, including 3 jump ones. Yuzu would pummel so many quad-3A-3As he'd leave everyone else way behind
  14. Actually, I was in a Javi mood yesterday and I watched Javi's Olympic FS and then I watched both of Yuzu's Olympic programs and what struck me the most as the difference between them was that Javi was visibly nervous during his FS. He was nervous and a bit unsure of himself, I think, and it showed. On the other hand, Yuzu was visibly nervous before the programs - though not as badly as he's been in other competitions - but once the program started there was no hesitation whatsoever and he was oozing confidence, even after the two mistakes in the free. Watching Javi, then Yuzu, this was really obvious to me. I also watched the end of Shoma's and I loved how he was smiling, he was just smiling throughout the end of his program. I'm sure he regretted the fall, but overall, he seemed relieved that this whole thing was over. (Maybe subconsciously even a little relieved that he hadn't won... I like Shoma, but I'm not sure he could deal so well with all the pressures and obligations of being an Olympic Champion. Even being silver medalist seemed a bit overwhelming for him, as far as the off-rink stuff goes.) I think if Javi had been less nervous and more confident, he wouldn't have popped the sal and maybe would have overall beaten Shoma. But it was still a medal and so much better an experience overall than Sochi. (Btw, Javi was still in Canada yesterday, doing some coaching with Javi Raya, but he should be off to Japan soon... I was still hoping we might get a Cricket Club brothers picture before he left...)
  15. I think Yuzu would be happy if we cheered for all skaters. He loves the sport as a whole and I think moments like ACI, where the crowd lovingly cheered for all skaters - even if a bit more loudly for some of them; personally, I was surrounded by Yuzu fans, so I don't know how other skaters' fans acted, but all the Yuzu fans around me cheered for all skaters, especially in the Men's Free - probably make him happy and perhaps even proud of his fans. I thought, from that POV that ACI was beautiful and I think, for all that other skaters' fans accuse Yuzu fans of only caring about Yuzu, displays like that, where a crowd made up of a majority of Yuzu fans, cheered for all skaters, are a good answer to them. Even if they'll happily ignore it. We just have to make sure all the cheering is respectful and as minimally disruptive as possible
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