I've been busy for the past two days with some stuff that had a deadline and finally got that sorted so came here to catch up on the thread and found 8+ pages thinking something must have happened (not media day tho as that would trigger way more pages increase) and found this!!
Yuzu's hair style/too long/too short/with ponytail/braids/blonde/perm...
↑ The above is an AA that often being posted on japanese sites/threads that are talking about hair in a form or another. (I don't read 2ch or 5ch directly but read some matome sites).
Yuzu's arm hair kind of reminded me that he is an actual person. Millions of Yuzu's images/pictures are on the net that are unbelievably gorgeous/pretty/adorable/cute/handsome/beautiful/awesome/godlike (can carry on but I'll stop) and I sometimes forget that he is a human just like us. But when I see something like his arm hair, it makes me appreciate him even more that he's not a god. Many fans that Yuzu has, they are all different in terms of how each express it but we all share the same love (I hope). You can worship him or whatever but we shouldn't forget that he is a living human and I don't want to lose the sight of that perspective. When we live day to day, sometimes shit happens. I'm sure Yuzu can laugh at himself for his ordinary day's shit when it happens. Being athletes or idols, public figure means there are chances that people make fun of you. I think that's okay and it is not disrespectful if that's done in a way that nobody's hurt and also done out of love for the person. Yuzu is very straight when it comes to skating but everywhere else, he does have a very good sense of humour. Those pics of Yuzu with altered hair colours and things, they look harmless to me. It is really nothing compared to malicious antis posts.
As for the topic about commentators, I do not consider myself as a seasoned or well-informed fs fan so my view is fairly close to casual viewers: It is true for my case that commentators can affect views of performances to a certain degree. But I only rely on them on technical side of things like what type of jumps/combos but I never judge skater's performance with the tech glasses on (as I've never had one). But having said that, since I became obsessed with Yuzu, I started to notice the difference between his skating and other skater's. His skating skill after joined TCC improved heaps compared to pre-TCC even to my untrained eyes. Some things are obvious and others are not so obvious. To me, commentators should help viewers to understand what's going on from more professional perspective. But I believe calling out UR is not really their territory unless the judges called it (even that is questionable sometime...)
I enjoy ESP ITA because of their knowledge of the sport and the passion. They are shamelessly devoted professional fans of the figure skating. And since some of you were talking about JPN commentators, I want to add my tiny 2cents here. I try to watch as many commentators version of the same performance as possible. And JPN one is quite boring to me as some of them just quote what kind of jumps or spins the skater's doing. Or scream out "and now he jumps 4s...and landed!". It's very objective and not so exciting as you can see what's happening right there... I like Sano sensei when he's a commentator. His approach is more subjective as he often gushes out "Ohhh--that's nice, really nice" or "Yes! That jump was really good" or "You may not realise but those kinds of entries are really hard" or something. I can feel his love towards each skaters and their performances. He's like an elderly uncle of Japanese figure skating community.
Oh I almost forgot, @Xen thank you for your beautiful plea to Thy loyal subjects. I'd love to see The ode in haiku style if possible...