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  1. Me, feeling sad and kuyashii that there are no Yuzu-related goods where I live (and that when I can find them online they're crazily overpriced). Also me, feeling grateful that I can save money for those gpf tickets...and more Poohs... wait, I have bought some pooh and yuzu chocolates. But even those things aren't sold exactly within reasonable distance from my place so I don't suffer from constant temptation😅 the only things I shipped from Japan were Yuzuru's bios and some magazines, and even for that I'm postponing to next order for when I can make it big enough to minimize shipping fees (and when I'm not saving for gpf tickets + trip). I'm belatedly realizing a CiONTU tee and bag would have been really awesome beating myself so much for not trying to get them Eta: re: the weibo pics... tbh I'm uncomfortable that they are being shared (NO pics under spoiler, in case you're worrying about that)
  2. @axelnojutsu It is! Veveco updated us in the general chat
  3. I hope Shun will do a good JGP debut so maybe international judges would notice him more than jpn ones and make up for all the time lost in reputation building I love that both Kao and Shun did/are doing RJ program nice tribute. Has Kao any chances to be in JGP? or we'll need to wait till JrNats for (hopefully) some vid? I'm very excited for all the russian boys too there might be interesting head-to-head this season...well, jr boys are always a question mark for consistency, but I'm more excited about jr men this season compared to last one and I can't wait to see the new russian ladies too (also, hoping Anastasia Tarakanova is fine physically and emotionally, I'll be overjoyed to see her in jgp but only if she is healthy and happy... and not risking jumps she doesn't have under control like UR quads) hoping for a luckier season for jpn ladies please ladies, especially you, Tomoe, please don't pop or fall curious to see who'll bring the quads and/or 3As and wait, Alysa is gonna debut too! Hoping her team won't go too hard with the jump content and will work on improving her overall technique And it will be interesting to see the judging... US ladies hope vs Russian wunderkids (with or without quads?) vs Canadian men hope... for ladies the war for 2022 may as well start here, ladies will likely be going sr by then and theorically in pole position to steal the show, if recent trends will be confirmed... tho who knows how the field will look in a couple years...
  4. Re: Sofia It looks like we have another Roxanne And the sp... they'll probably rely mostly on her ability to sell a performance... not really fond of that. Re: Alina's sp Not the change I wanted to see, I hoped she could have something more modern&upbeat and made her be more her age for a change... but glad it isn't warhorse. I can't really envision a program on that music so I'm very curious. And at least there isn't much to worry about for the music cut... I guess? For the fs, I have my reservations about using unrelated music to portray an iconic character, but I like the pieces... Re: Mai's fs One of the pieces of her fs sounds lovely but also very quiet, curious to see what Lori will do but high chances I'm gonna like it Re: Kaori's fs Wow I was surprised but somehow I can really see it working. The evolution of shinobi girl into a brooding leather-clad rebel? 😅 Re: Alyona's twilight I don't like the ex version, plus, that wasn't Bella, that looked like Dracula's daughter 😱 If they wanted to use Supermassive black hole, they could just use it. The song existed before the movies. Well, hopefully it will get better. If they wanted to go for dark&edgy, IMO they lost a HUGE opportunity giving Danse Macabre to Lilbet instead of Alyona... or heck, for a badass Young Adult blockbuster character there was Katniss... why Bella? She was a very ordinary teen without any sense of self preservation (or basic common sense... and author making her kinda powerful in the last book was just the random level up main characters always get in lazy plots... and with this I ruin myself socially, admitting that yes, I've read all the books 🤣) Re: everyone going to two choreographers Y'all forgetting Wakabs's iconic Skyfall as reason for upsurge in the popularity of Shae's choreo I think the combo of Nemesis + Skyfall felt "fresh" and it looked like Shae could "get" different skaters and showcase their strengths (or hide their flaws). Add her inclusive and friendly approach when doing choreo and I can see why one would want to work with her. And she even made work Jun's crazy (iconic) RJ😁 and ngl, I'm more hopeful knowing she is the one making choreo for Zhenya's FS instead of DW... As for Benoit, Kaori has being conquering hearts left and right and it's likely his choreo is seen as part of the reason for her rise despite her being "unrefined" (well a commie had worse words). well Amelie made me take note of her, she had such an unusual distribution of elements and after the awkward miming it really became memorable, and I utterly loved The piano, so at least for Kaori Benoit works amazingly. So IMO what people/skaters see in both Shae and Benoit is that they can take someone and made them look "more appealing" to judges and audience...also, they can take "modern" and make it good. idk why other choreographers didn't benefit in the same way from choreographing winning programs tho (sometimes I jokingly wonder if Zu having too insane stsq for SP actually scares people away from poor Jeff lol well tbh I liked what he tried to do for Vincent). Some other choreographers are 'accused' of making more 'generic' stuff... or maybe they are thought to be more suited to more "traditional" programs... But with all the work Shae and Benoit have, it will be more likely some of their programs will feel "generic" too. Caravan already didn't felt 'fresh' and it's telling that Nate always picked Nemesis as crowd-pleaser, despite Caravan music being great to make people clap and cheer. Well, Wakaba didn't have many chances to skate her new SLB programs (and she was injured), so maybe they would have looked better with more time (Energia had its appeal and Wakaba has lots of innate charisma anyway) In Benoit's choreo for Boyang, I already have a feeling of yes, I can see Benoit's hand. It can still be good, but it starts losing originality. Everyone wants to try what has worked well with judges/audience, but for how much a choreographer wants to bring something different for each skater and choose out of the box music, creativity has its limits Also... I have questions about music choices. It's good that many aren't going for warhorses, but I wonder if some choices are made more to say "look how unconventional I am" e.g. Anna S. Skating to Perfume while portraying the story e.g. Yuna Shirakawa's fs music (idk if she's portraying the story tho) Even if one just wants to skate to a piece without attaching any meaning to it (without referencing the movie, which is a legit choice and imo sometimes better than forcing a narrative/character), I wonder why we see so many pieces from movies with...very heavy themes. Do they really pick music just because they like it or they want the additional shock value of where the music comes from?
  5. Well, not surprising after Shoma had already hinted at that chance. Again, he is not alone, he has his own managment (I'd be surprised if he didn't have some kind of medical support too), he's experienced and he's gonna have Honda in his corner. I doubt that if Shoma will need advise on other things Honda will say "wait, I'm here just for jumps". And he'll be at his usual training base and, again, I bet that his old coaches would be ready to advise too, if needed. I think Shoma felt he needed to take more ownership of his skating and he felt he couldn't do that with the tentation of always leaning on his old coaches, so he decided to "leave". So now he's forcing himself to be more independent while also keeping some kind of safety net by staying one more season in familiar environment, using the time to calmy prepare for the next big step and from what he says, about his programs too, I'm really excited about what he'll bring because it sounds like he's growing so much and there are gonna be big changes I'm curious about where he wants to go next season, there's not many rinks in the world with skaters doing multiple quads... As for Switzerland, he's worked well with Lambiel in the past too, so, while the timing feels a bit late, with Lombardia trophy basically next door mid-September, it makes sense for Shoma to just train there and compete before coming back to Japan for JO (of course I'm assuming he'll go to LT) I'm honestly more worried and puzzled about Marin, who's younger, less experienced and hasn't had, thus far, the senior results she hoped for. If her issue was reverting back to old habits when in Japan, then imo the best solution would have been just not going back to Japan (or like, not for long, so old habits can't kick in and she won't train unsupervised for long). If that wasn't possible, and she is even going to increase her time in Jaoan, it makes me think that she has other commitments that still require quite a lot of her time. Or she misses home, she's very young and that's possible too (I'm assuming there are no frictions with the rink or the coach, in K&C Raf looked supportive). Idk if having two coaches (working on their own) can truly help Marin... especially since Raf has always stressed that a couple years of full training are necessary for results to show... (it looks Takeshi Honda is gonna be busy.. and does this mean Marin will train in Shoma's rink?)
  6. beautiful pic and I love the smiles...BUT! I get it, they wanted it to be a big pic... BUT STILL! (awww the emoji expresses my thoughts while also matching the costumes I swear it wasn't intentional)
  7. Is it true? https://mobile.twitter.com/Iron_Klaus/status/1150285094466281477 I have mild trauma for Boyang's ankles after gp17 series... hoping it was just a 'minor' sprain without much long-lasting consequences It would be nice to know just how many sprains skaters have on average every year so to avoid freaking out at each of them (or to freak out more for their poor ankles)
  8. It looks like Sota plans to upgrade his layout quite a lot (crossing fingeres for him to be able to do so). I liked the little inputs Camerlengo was giving (at least what we've seen), and I look forward to see the programs! unrelated, but wow can't believe Sota is on his way to offical adulthood this season the image I have of him is still the teen from youth olympics and even if he's grown a lot I still have this cognitive dissonance I like Loena's new program, I think she'll make it work (I mean, she made Celine Dion work so...) I kinda see where Boyang wants to go with the SP (tho of course i expect jumps to change) but first half is just uninteresting to me rn (at first I was kinda ?? at the split jump during stsq, I know it's there to show variety in the vertical space but felt like too "loud" for the music, and I still feel that some other type of split jump or leap could look better that...)
  9. always nice to see our fave ninja is well and on the ice what even... is that? so embarassed, I'm so sorry Zu also, it feels so weird when stumbling into Yuzu out of context
  10. yeah throughout the vids when I wasn't thinking about Yuzu being a master at everything they said, I thought "how nice of them to use all his idols" LOL well, Yuzu (and FaOI) have good taste, so it really wasn't hard to pick them... (I was only surprised at them not really going for V/M) RE: the update seminar with my unfamous deareast countryman why do I even share nationality with him Bianchetti couldn't we have Ambesi in his place instead, I'm still puzzled that: if too many UR calls were the issue, why haven't they just gone back to the previous more lenient rule? easy-peasy. were there so many more edge calls to justify a similar BV change for wrong edge too?* last season they had made NO changes to how edges were assessed, so it's very *(well, aside the flip calls madness in the first months of course, but it looeked like they stopped seeing imaginary lips so everything was back to...the usual) why do they insist a mistake like a single fall/step out/whatever is worth a fixed cap in all components? why do they say they affect SS that much? if e.g. a fall happens in stsq or ID, then maybe I can see the rationale, but most of the falls in singles and pairs are out of jumps, and I hope we can all agree that landing a jump isn't necessary condition to say someone has good ss (hello, ice dancers are out there and they aren't landing quads!!!) why do they keep the wording of the cap in PCS if there are mistakes specifically referring to highest achievable PCS only? if you truly want it to be a general rule (and reminder to judges that a fall can affect components and they should keep that in mind when giving their marks), just use a more proper wording, please and thank you. Like, place some bolded warning "serious mistakes must be taken into account for evaluation of all components, especially PE and IN". The wording as it is misleading, and anyway, it's not as if watching a skater fall doesn't at least uncounsciously change how we assess a performance... artificial caps seem lik unnecessary overkill to me, and it all just stems form judges being unable to apply some basic common sense when scoring (I mean, of course you won't give a perfect 10 to a flawed performance, c'mon! a 10 implies it can't be done any better, with a mistake it certainly isn't the case 'cause obviously at least that one skater can do better). I didn't like the cap rule last season, I like it even less now that they've made it stricter (and it doesn't sits well with me that a couple stepouts or maybe even a step out + a pop *could* result in PCS being capped at 90). Well, I can already see Yuzu with a couple mistakes getting lower components than clean 100crossovers program from xxx 'cause the rule says so¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Now, it wouldn't be an issue if components were assessed according to the criteria and real gap in skills reflected, but they are not, so it is a big issue. The feeling I have is that we're crawling back to 6.0 (the bad parts of it), when the only thing that mattered was just "looking like you landed your stuff", with all the nuances lost. why the heck do they need to review falls in normal speed only? I'm still confused about what the heck it really means that in SP GOE -5 for wrong number of rotations... if a sr male skater pops the planned solo jump to a single or double, tha'ts a 0 BV, how the heck do you even calculate -5GOE? It's still a 0. IMO they were just being redundant in what it was already a rule: in SP element not according to requirement must be -5. That, of course, also covers pops, and this last season resulted in just getting a simple 0 for the element (it's different for mistakes in the combo since in a combo if one jump still fits requirements there's the BV of that element...then you can calculate the -5GOE) ranting end for today and hopefully the week (too much to hope it's the ranting end for the whole month)
  11. yay for the seminars (sad to think that maybe most of the views will be by fans and not the officials that would really need to study their sport more...how many seminars do referees need to follow? were the judges those who only needed 1 every 4 years? which is shamefully low, especially since ISU keeps changing things every season...) I'm kinda laughing that for the personality/individuality criterion for PE they picked both Zuzu's idols I mean, yeah, they did have quite a personality, both of them (also appreciated that they had Jeff's SE for deep edges... just like I loved how that they had used him in those old ISU tutorials about transitions) eta: also loved use of Stephane for composition (OT: was Stephan who did choreo for Tomoe's Blue Danube? 'cause I love it) anyway, watching those seminars I feel very keenly that Yuzu gets shortchanged a lot for many of those criteria...not that I didn't know already, but it's always painful when you realize that ISU people know the theory but seems to be severly lacking in application... like for the variety/contrast in movements/energy, Yuzuru has that in every program and not just as a change of pace of the music but in the way he performs... heck, after Origin 3F3T for example, I dare any judge not to friggin' see that there is big contrast happening right there, and the amazing thing is that Yuzuru doesn't need big breaks, he doesn't need to use a spin or to stop or insert noises here and there to tell "hey, heads up guys, I'm changing pace!", his body is just attuned to the music and the change just happens, and it doesn't feel contrieved... or LGC, which is high energy but still has noticeable changes...Yuzu starts out almost lazy (well, like a confident predator sure of his charm-lazy, but still), then the demonic pace picks up and everyone goes crazy (on a second thought, maybe judges do need a "heads up guys! I'm changing pace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!") and I'm honeslty puzzled that apparently it's hard to judge components without thinking about the quads... that's IMO the easiest type of bias to correct, easier than the one about "clean programs deserve to have a bonus in all components", and certainly much easier than the one about e.g. what kind of music you like (easier to like a perf to a music you're already familiar with/close to your "taste"). I mean, if "uncultured" audience can appreciate Deniss' or Jason's performances, or the Pumpin Kings's, why it's so hard for trained judges to do the same? and well, since they have repeatedly refused to have split panels to judge GOE and PCS, I refuse to feel bad for the judges, they brought their (admittedly big) workload upon themselves, in my book they've lost the right to complain or use exahustion as an excuse the sad thing is that judges aren't those being affected by their choice...yes they have to bear a few (not really well-paid) days of tiredness, but it's not their sweat&blood of years and their dreams that are at stake... (ok, I might pity the officials/judges/representatives who actually made the proposal for split panels, not their fault that most of their colleagues are dumb/masochistic/prefer to have something to justify why they can't follow one standard)
  12. ....HOW? it's really teeny-tiny.... teeny-tiny Zuzu with his glove-throw face on I love the detail edited 'cause it's never a good idea to post before checking for typo and once I see one I can't stand to see the typo mocking me
  13. thank you again @faeline! it looks like buying a new hard drive was a good investment
  14. I've lost track of all the versions uploaded, but just in case, pino uploaded both full Toyama broadcast and cuts of Op + Yuzu programs in 1080p full versions (I think the first version is maybe without commentary? at least google translate of the caption + my ears seem to say so) in this thread cuts: Op + Cruel Angel Thesis KuriMemo Masquerade + Origin Origin only! as always, many thanks to uploaders!
  15. thank you so much! it's always a pleasure to have some insights about Yuzu's mind!
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