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  1. Anki

    General Yuzuru Chat

    Or maybe they promised him the CM and interview will all be about his figure skating and not really the product XD Nothing better to bait Yuzu than figure skating....but they must be paying a good sum or gave him something he really wanted (maybe charity) for him to come out of his cave to even make blog posts. I recalled after the Olympics, there were news that the amount of fee for his commercials are in the top ranks in Japan.
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    General Yuzuru Chat

    Being the fact he is actually an ageless alien from another planet? Hence , why no suit fits him either...He doesn't have the body of a normal human being XD
  3. Anki

    General Yuzuru Chat

    No he talked about figure skating only (what else could you have expected? He ain't giving his secret away)
  4. Anki

    General Yuzuru Chat

    If I remember right his data for Sochi Olympics is 171cm and 52 kg, yet here when he is 15 and 169 cm and 52 kg, which means he did not gain weight at all during those four years of what should have been puberty ? Yuzu you are too scary...
  5. Anki

    General Yuzuru Chat

    Had he went the route of ballet or contemporary dancer, he would have equally excelled. However, ice skating has Olympics, which spreads his fame around the world more, so I'm glad he ended up in skating. My sister who don't usually follow skating and accompanied me to the competition, basically said she thinks he outdid all the ladies in terms of grace and elegance at the competition gala, including even the ice dancers ( and I agree with her)
  6. Anki

    2019 Fantasy on Ice

    Do you must have a Japanese credit card and mobile phone to enter the lottery?
  7. Anki

    General Yuzuru Chat

    He had already beaten Patrick in GPF 2012 where he was silver and Patrick was bronze (Takahashi was gold), and if not for the knee injury he suffered before Worlds 2013, Yuzu could have had been a gold contender. I recall after Worlds 2013, Yuzu seemed to have lesser ice show placements, which received some complaints from other skaters' fans, and JSF's response was given he is a potential gold medal contender, he needs to be given time to heal properly. So at that time, JSF already placed their hope on him for the Olympic gold. Of course, had he missed 2013 GPF, that might have dampen some of JSF's faith, but if he had won Nationals, he would have gone to the Olympics even if he did not make GPF 2013 due to the selection rules.
  8. Anki

    General Yuzuru Chat

    I think Yuzu will be more excited at Disney than Shoma XD has he ever mentioned he went to Disney before ?
  9. Anki

    General Yuzuru Chat

    I know which TV snippet of Hanyu as a kid you are talking about (but I am finding it hard to find again), but in my memory I thought Yuzu was asked what is your dream/goal, and he said to win the Olympics, and the interviewer asked him 'when?', and Yuzu answered "in the Olympics after Vancouver (at that time Sochi had not been decided as the host yet), and I will be 19!" something like that. Also David Wilson said in his interviews that Yuzu wrote an email to him at the start of the 14 Olympic season along the lines of "I do not want to wait till 2018, I want to win the Olympic now, so please please help me). So I think he had his mind set on gold only at Sochi from the very start. In fact I would say whilst he always planned two golds, his thirst for the 2nd one probably only intensified due to the not so great free skate at the first Olympics.
  10. Anki

    General Yuzuru Chat

    I think Otonal is one of, if not best SP of Yuzu's , so no he shouldn't change it just because, I wouldn't even mind if he used it again next season (or alternatively, Origin) so he can focus his time on landing the 4A, his real target. It's not the first time Johnny has dragged Yuzu into unfavorable comparisons, some even with other disciplines. I recalled in 16 GPF he commented that Evgenia has better chance to win the Olympics than Yuzu and we saw what happened in the end. Or in another interview in the past he stated Yuna was the bigger deal because she gets mobbed everywhere while Yuzu wasn't necessarily, and we know who can't go anywhere without security guards today. I think Johnny meant what he said yesterday, not just to please NBC, but as per the examples above, his predictions can go pretty wrong. However, I am used to the two-faced nature of people around Yuzu so I am pretty chill over his comments. Call me cynical, it's for the same reason I don't take any of the TCC family love or Plushenko's gushing seriously, cause at the end of the day in sports, its each athlete for himself, regardless of currently active ones or retired ones.
  11. Anki

    General Yuzuru Chat

    I have actually seen amongst fan-wars of Korean and Japanese idol group cases of extreme Antis who later admitted to be mentally ill from hating someone so much that they had to get treatment, and then after treatment regret they ever became like that. So yes, a lot of extreme antis are probably mentally unstable to start with or on the way to become mentally unstable, hence why they are irrational. Here, I am not talking about the usual fan of another skater who happen to not like Yuzu's style or feel threatened and criticise him, but the antis that actually spend more time than even Yuzu fans in watching his routine or reading his latest interview just for the opportunity to find anything they can twist negatively. In my opinion, that is already a level of obsession on the verge of mental problem, and you will find in some cases, they have forgotten to even care for the original rival skater they were supporting. When you win as many competitions as Yuzu, you are bound to hit a couple of nutcases like that, people who took the defeat of their preferred skater way too personally. If I don't like a skater, the normal reaction is I don't want to watch said skater's routines more than once let alone follow his every move or interview.
  12. Anki

    General Yuzuru Chat

    Wow I know he must be disappointed that he missed GPF again, but I didn't know he would be so kuyashi he is already declaring goals for one year later when he hasn't even finished this season yet lol I don't think we will ever see the emergence of `i dont care about wins and records, I'm skating for myself ' Yuzu ever again
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    General Yuzuru Chat

    Judging from the Christmas decorations on the wall, this should be recent right, not some old video only released now
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    General Yuzuru Chat

    The size of the Japanese market for figure skating vs the rest of the world is probably another reason there is little need for Yuzu to extend his fame beyond Asia. Japan is probably by far the biggest market for figure skating now - you see other countries skaters flooding into Japan to earn money from Japanese ice shows but not the other way round. Wasn't the rating for Yuzu's segment of the Olympics like 46%, and it was midday not even during prime time? that is like half of Japan watching his wining moment. The average rating of Japan's World cup game is around the same figure . If I recall correctly, the worlds and GP series where Yuzu competed can have average ratings of 20-30% (even during midnight hours), whereas the ones where he didn't compete (such as GPF 17 and Worlds 18) had on average single digit rating to 10+%. So whilst Japan loves figure skating in general, a lot of the popularity also is in Yuzu himself as a person that cannot be passed on to another skater even from his own country. I remember Yuzu's childhood coach telling him to not be the coach of a particular skater in the future, but rather be in a role of a producer in spreading the popularity of the sport. For my own selfish reasons, I hope whatever he comes up with after he retires (be it the opening of a skating school or developing skating shows) cost a lot of money so he is forced to be more active active commercially and appear on a lot of Japanese TV shows . Cause Japan has a lot of wacky and funny game and TV shows that i am dying for Yuzu to appear on one day when he has time. He is pretty quick-witted and has such exaggerated reactions and expressions that he will be comedy gold on those shows.
  15. Anki

    General Yuzuru Chat

    The answer to that would be Yuzu hasn't signed with any big agency. A lot of skater's fame are also due to their agency's heavy promotion in the media, creating buzz, sporting rivalries, and extending their commercial activities. If he had signed with a big international sport agency like IMG, given his achievements, they would have made the whole world know him as the GOAT by now. Those earnings ranking publications also get their data from agencies, hence you would not see Yuzu in one - how much he earns only he and the tax office knows. Yuzu achieved his fame and popularity of today without any agencies' help, so imagine what it would have been like if he had an agency that promoted him further. But I can understand why Yuzu doesn't want an agent given he likes to be in control of his life. As someone whose job previously had some association with agents, sponsors and celebrities, I can tell once you sign with one, you have no freedom - they dictate what you say and do in the public, and how to run your career. Judging from internet activities and attendance at competitions and ice shows, if we are talking about the amount of dedicated fans that will follow him around the world, I think Yuzu beats Yuna in that respect, even if comparing across the two eras. Not to say he has reached a certain level of popularity in China like no other skater has, which is new potentially big market, with next Olympic at Beijing. It is a pity he doesn't try to commercialise on his fame as much as he can, but also remember a lot of sponsors add extra pressure on the skater and distract them from their skating with commercial activities. I think Yuna is a rare case of where extreme commercialisation of her fame hasn't affected her performance much, but there are many times where too much pre-Olympic puff and pressure end up costing the gold medal - Michelle Kwan and Mao Asada are examples that come to mind. In that way I think Yuzu's has been clever in taking the minimum amount of sponsorship to earn enough for himself but not so much it affects his focus on skating After his PC win, he, as far as we know, hasn't take up a single new advertisement, despite based on Japanes news, the amount of money Japanese companies are willing to pay him is top tier, not just amongst athletes, but all Japanese public figures. That is a crazy demonstration of having no interest in money if you ask me - most Olympic winners go crazy on trying to cash out their title as much as they can. But I wouldn't be surprised any sponsor that signs him now would require a commitment to not retire by a certain time, which is probably why he didn't take up any - I am sure Yuzu wants to run the rest of his career on his own terms.
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