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  1. Planned content is up? Only time will tell if the 4Lo is a lie or not
  2. Tumblr alogorism bot....I relate.
  3. Yuzuru has a lot of fans that are young and active on Twitter, because it's a niche interest so online communities are the only place you can really discuss the sport, plus we've got motivation because FS is a sport that is often overlooked. The difficulty of the sport is under-estimated. Our stars are under-valued. We have that push to make our voices heard. Also, I don't think it's unfair to compare Yuzuru's fandom with Kpop, particularly in this case. Kpop fandoms have to be really internet savvy and frequently utilise highly organised mass streaming events or voting campaigns. That's why a Kpop group can get a million more votes than Justin Beiber for an MTV choice award or something. A lot of western music fans just don't have the same degree of online presence OR just don't have that use of the internet drilled into them, since KPOP fans do this basically daily for 3-4 weeks during a promotional period to try to get their faves a win on the music shows. A fair number of Yuzuru's fans, newer fans at least, have that kind of fandom background. I'm sure a decent chunk of his Japanese and Chinese fans are used to this kind of behaviour tbh. And even if not, that is kinda what we are doing - kinda organising for fans to go and just be loud about wanting Yuzuru to win even if it doesn't work out to be a real voting situation.
  4. I think the Korean girls all use the same dressmaker and boy do they make some lovely dresses. They are all so pretty
  5. She did well! Her FS was really good! I think she finished 5th or 6th?
  6. Just wanted to share~ This weekend Korea had there ranking competition before nationals and one of the junior girls had a very....Swanyu-inspired costume
  7. He won't be Yuzuru should sue for libel/slander. I'm so angry at the cosplayer guy and the media dragging Yuzuru into it.
  8. Of course he has been quietly engaged in charity for 4 years helping children in Sendai to skate. No bragging. No fanfare. Just putting money into the rink so the resources are there, and running a fund to help kids access those resources. He is such a good, warm-hearted person and he has really given so much to Japan and the sport.
  9. I'm not so worried about GOE because Nathan should struggle to get above a 3 and shouldn't get close to a 5 without some kind of miracle and even if he did get 4s on his jumps...he can't in his steps and spins. Besides, he's only capable of hitting those high GOEs on maybe 1 or 2 elements. Shoma is in the same boat GOE wise but he can get high GOE on his steps and spins and earns decent PCS. Nathan receives good PCS and is bound to get heaps of bonuses if he lands enough quads but he's never going to score on par with Yuzu unless the judges just give up even attempting to seem credible. Average skate vs Average skate, Yuzuru should outscore in GOE. Best vs Best....sorry but no one should come close.
  10. I agree, with a change in mindset I think Yuzuru will be much stronger At the very least, strong in a different way, since he's always been strong. More finding that he can succeed without that feeling of being backed into a corner and that his true best can be found when he is skating with joy and passion, not out of desperation.
  11. I think Yuzuru is kind of keeping himself free of any kind of commitment. He will 'probably' be retired in 5 years, he doesn't know if he will do Beijing, when asked how long he will continue to skate for he doesn't know or his answers are vague. Because if he says 4 more years and go to Beijing...he can't skate free of pressure and expectation, he's got to do everything he can between now and Beijing to make sure he can go and win, and has to skate with that goal in mind. [I think] he wants some time without that pressure and to be able to decide when the time comes - which is sensible. As fans we should just take everything season by season and stop worrying so much about the future. Again...this season hasn't even started for him yet can we just enjoy this season without constantly talking about whether or not he will retire. He's likely just not wanting to make any promises because he can't know how his health will hold up. I personally have a strong feeling he will have fun for 2 seasons, reassess in 2020 and if he is still in good health and in a good position to win another Olympics, he'll go for a 3rd and 4th season. I can't really imagine him going for that 3rd season and not going for Beijing tbh. I have had the feeling that Yuzuru was feeling a sense of rebirth since he debuted Haru yo koi. I know some people got a different, more ominous feeling from it, but I felt like it was a celebration of a fresh, happy new chapter in his competitive career. He's allowing himself to skate for pleasure and compete for his own joy and satisfaction again. This is a good thing and I'm excited to see it
  12. On Yuzuru's English: I'd say he's maybe intermediate level since he has a fair grasp on sentence construction and a decent variety of vocabulary including technical terms within his field but also some beyond-the-basic words for general, everyday use. He does make some grammatical errors or lose a word or struggle to communicate exactly what he's thinking, so he is not fluent, but with some studying or things like watching tv with the purpose of developing his English, he could get there. His pronunciation is good though not always totally clear, clear enough that it's not a problem though. I do get the impression that the English he has is the English he's picked up through immersion more than actively studying. If he does study English, I'd hazard a guess that he maybe doesn't study often or particularly seriously and, of course, lapses to Japanese whenever he can (which is totally natural). His casual speaking skills are likely fine but, naturally, when stressed or tired or distracted he is more likely to make errors and he seems unconfident when speaking in public - which makes sense because his public speaking is usually to media where it's more important that his thoughts are communicated as accurately as possible. He does seem to have good listening skills though because he shows understanding for questions asked in English as press cons before the translator has even started and waits to answer out of courtesy. Since I don't think he studies much my guess is that his listening and speaking skills are far ahead of his writing and reading though you never know because most find writing easier than speaking. I find people really exaggerate both his ability or lack of ability when it comes to English, thinking he's either more fluent than he lets on or completely unable to communicate. The truth is, I think, in the middle. His skills are fair and about as much as he needs to comfortably get through his daily life.
  13. haha it was from 2010. no worries.
  14. I was watching a ballet video earlier and the dancer said 'am I an athlete? I think yes, but the athleticism is a means to an end for the artistic image' and to a degree, it reminded me of Yuzuru but his view is less that athleticism is a means to an end so much as the athletics, technical and artistic are all totally interwoven. If you're missing one aspect, everything else suffers. though I suppose the same is true in ballet
  15. he's said he wants to get a +5 on his 4A we.......still have a 2 season minimum. We'll see after that. Hopefully, this season is really fun and inspiring for him
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