FaOI Toyama Day 3
Yuzu opened up with 4T - pause to think "hmm what should I tag onto it today? Oh, I know!" - 3A. And apparently a high kick, but my brain shortcircuited so it did not register.
He was very intense in the intro, but a bit more subdued in the opening, probably saving some energy. The roll today was really slow and he stayed on his back for a while, before reaching an arm up and finally getting up. He was super into it for the final choreo part, though.
Mai did her new program again. It probably is La Gitana. I'm not sure how I feel about it. In Hero, I kept thinking how beautiful she was, but in this I just keep thinking how tiny she is. She's a doll, virtually.
Deniss did Bloodstream. All clean, jumps working pretty well. In some ways, the other program is more memorable for some reason. Stephane was watching rink side.
Satoko did her new Ex, which it turns out is choreographed by Stephane. Seems very appropriate. Stephane continued watching.
Johnny's Love Story… I don't love it and nobody can look flattering in a skintight white costume. But the flowy wrap bit looks really nice during spins. Really, really nice. And the ending pose is superb. So… yeah, conflicted.
Zhenya was very into Faith today. She seemed more passionate and intense than on previous days.
Tatiana and Maxim's I Will Always Love you, beautiful again.
Nobu's Ghost was great. The first jump is so dramatic and the spirals are awesome.
Jeff beautiful as always.
Rika's SP I liked better today. I still don't like the step sequence, it's very underwhelming for such an unusual song. But the rest seemed more in tune with the music.
Liza… she gets the mood up, for sure. Not a program I'd probably intentionally look up again, but she definitely got the mood going.
Alina's Carmen is probably the most frustrating program in the show for me.
I LOVE Akiko's Danse Macabre, though the costume still bugs me.
Stephane was great as usual. 2 2As and a 3T-2T-2T combination in his first program.
Plushenko ended his program on his back again, then started doing sit-ups and then push-ups. Everyone was laughing.
Scott and Tessa are just amazing. I love them a lot and love this program!
The second half started with Elladj and the ensemble skaters again. They were awesome as usual!
Kaori did her shinobi program again. I would have preferred Sister Act, actually, but the warrior image really works for Kaori.
Javi did Malaguena again. With a beautiful 3A. I cried lol
Toshi with Satoko is just so beautiful. If they haven't already, they have to show that! It'd be a crime against humanity to never show that (or Tegami with Akiko).
Between the two programs, Toshi did an MC, talking about how his heart was full (of emotion). And he led us into a Yuzu call, 5 times. We also screamed a lot and for a moment it felt more like an X Japan concert than an ice show lol All those things Toshi screamed (screaming from the stomach and don't leave anything behind and so on are his usual lines at X concerts lol At least we didn't get "abarenbou shogun de ikeyo!" lol)
I cried again during Tegami. I'm not even sure why, but that song and program gets to me so hard, despite being fairly upbeat.
Then Johnny came with his Fuego and it was fun time again. There are many things in this program that I don't think anyone but Johnny could ever pull off. So it's definitely a very Johnny program.
Zhenya was wonderful again in her Russian program.
Nobucruise had a gunfight battle with CEO Makabe yesterday… Today CEO Makabe kept shooting Nobu and Nobu kept bowing to him LOL. Also at the end, instead of bowing, Nobu shoots each of the four sides of the audience and the audience pretend to be shot and it's hilarious. Then he rolls down the ramp backstage.
Liza's new program is… interesting. I prefer it to shallow, but the music cut bugs me lol though it's part of what makes it different. It seems to fit her better, though.
Rika's The Greatest was also nicer today.
Maxim and Tatiana's second program… I mean it's beautiful and the song should get to me, but it doesn't. I don't know why.
Luca and Anna however, are incredible! I love this B&W program like crazy!
Alina's Bad Guy is a million times better than Carmen. It fits her so much better. There are still moments where she focuses on jumps and loses any connection with the music, but it's overall still better than Carmen.
Stephane is exquisite and so good at getting the crowd to respond! I also love the percussion part of that song to bits, and what he did with it.
Scott & Tessa beautiful again for Never Enough and I was already getting emotional again.
Then came Masquerade.
It was controlled but intense. So intense today, he put everything in it. I didn't even use my binoculars, I could see and feel that smoldering look from where I was just fine.
The 3A was gorgeous, the 3F so easy and the delayed axel exquisite. The hydroblade was a bit longer than Friday I think, and there was moment where he and Toshi were face to face again, but it was shorter.
He threw the glove with a lot of strength, then collapsed to his knees and leaned forward to rest his forehead against the ice. Everyone on their feet clapping and crying. He stayed like that for a bit, then got up, a bit wobbly and actually ripped off the other glove, too, before bowing. Though bowing this time was just mask on and bow the head.
Then as he applauded Toshi, Toshi opened his arms and Yuzu went to him and they hugged and it was beautiful. They also did the little bowing dance, still.
Then Yuzu left and Toshi gave a deep bow then left as well.
And the musical producer started playing on the piano and it was Masquerade, the piano version, but so soft and melancholy that I just started crying and I think most people did.
And that went on for a minute or two and just crying and then Yuzu came and everyone screamed and Mayuko came and I went wtf? through the tears, but then Yuzu got into Origin position and my brain had another misfire because for a moment I couldn't comprehend and then it hit me and everyone just screamed so hard and he did the opening and step sequence with live violin, but I can't honestly give you details because I was crying so hard by then and screaming and then he finished and the audience just blew up again, applauding and crying, screaming… as he left again, I turned to the lady next to me and we kind of fell into each other's arms, both crying so hard… I've never hugged a total stranger like that before, but it such a natural reaction…
The organizers actually gave the crowd some moments to recover before they started the finale.
Highlights… Javi dancing a bit with Kaori this time - she was far more receptive to his good time seeking than Satoko lol
Yuzu did his PW lunge, then just sort of bowed before spinning. He seemed exhausted and rightfully so.
Not many jump attempts today. I think what Zhenya jumped was sal, but I'm not sure if she actually did 4 rotations. I think Alina landed her attempts and Rika, too? I don't remember.
Then it was Yuzu… I had slight doubts if it was flip, because the steps were far less clear or he was more hesitant. But the first was a pop and the second a fall. After he fell he lay there for a moment and I thought he might throw another tantrum, but he just got on his knees and apologized. And yes, Plush was giving him a lot of tips and instructions.
Then Yuzu sent the rest of the skaters to the aside to get proper cheers and then they all rushed back to him and had a lovely group hug! (Alina was late for it lol)
Then Yuzu gave high fives (Javi only got high fives today). He bowed to Plush and they hugged. He twirled Anna. And he also hugged with Johnny. Also, Nodari offered him a quick lift so they did that - Pyeongchang style, but it was really brief. Oh, he also hugged Elladj and Phillip, I think.
And then it was arigatou gozaimashita and it was over...