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6 hours ago, Henni147 said:

I think, the different strengths of these skaters are distributed as follows:

Shizuka: flexibility and extension of spins and spirals

Plushenko: champion aura, big jumps and consistency

Stephane: spins and skating skills

Jeffrey: skating skills and transitions

J*hnny: flow and body positions

Dai: musicality and performance (but he was far away from his best here imo)

 

In a way I can understand why Plush, J*hnny and Stephane were Yuzu's idols. As skaters they really stood out in those days. As a person Stephane would have been the best choice, though...

 

 

I can see some artistic inspiration from Sasha Cohen as well, although he's never talked about her. I have a suspicion that his determination to skate to R&J at the Olympics might have been inspired by watching her at Torino. Her program was also choreographed by David Wilson, and perhaps why he had to beg a reluctant DW to do it.

 

1 hour ago, Henni147 said:

PS: The only competitive program I left out is R&J 2.0... Gomen Yuzu, I don't know why, but none of the versions has ever really grown on me... :13877886:

 

 

My favourite version is the one from Finlandia. specifically Tessa and Scott reacting to it and not looking very happy...and the girl whose jaw drops at his 4T and she dramatically pushes her mouth closed, lololol :wink_star: 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Henni147 said:

To close this day: I got tired of searching single YT videos on TV with the remote control. So I finally made a playlist with my personal favorite Yuzu programs. The mandatory "daily Yuzu meal", as my mom says.

 

I tried to pick one performance of each of Yuzu's senior programs (both competitive and gala/show).

To be honest. With some programs this is simply impossible, because there are too many great ones.

Like... Seimei made it to the list 3 times. My personal favorite is probably MOI 2019, but I just didn't have the heart to leave out NHK '15 and Oly '18.

 

In case of Otonal it was extra tricky, because every performance had something that the other didn't. For me, ACI '18 had the best music cut and choreo, COR '18 probably the best spins, the SC '19 run-through the best jumps and skating quality, SC '19 comp the best atmosphere, NHK '19 the cleanest full performance overall and MOI '19 encore the best step sequence... In fact, I rewatch the SC RT and MOI the most. :tumblr_inline_mqt4grU8ua1qz4rgp:

 

PS: The only competitive program I left out is R&J 2.0... Gomen Yuzu, I don't know why, but none of the versions has ever really grown on me... :13877886:

 

 

I tried to pick the highest resolution and recording quality for each skate that I could find on YT. The list is sorted chronologically by date of the performance. I'm curious, if you share my choice or can recommend better versions. I'm always open for good suggestions!

 

Yuzuru Hanyu 羽生結弦: Recommended Performances

 

Thanks for pulling all these together in one place! You've captured almost all my favorites. 

 

I'm especially glad you chose NHK '15 Seimei rather than GPF '15. Even though the latter got the bigger score, I love NHK for the freedom and exuberance of it. Two weeks later, he was so intent on surpassing himself that the GPF version has an air of tension that makes it, while perhaps technically superior, less fun for me. 

 

I also totally applaud your choice of SCI '19 practice Otonal: a world-record performance if ever I saw one!!! As for Otonal NHK '19, I prefer CoR '18 for a couple of reasons. First, Yuzu seems to inject an extra dose of drama when he skates in Russia, and that Otonal just radiates drama. Second, because of everything that followed: the injury, the struggle to increase his base values while wrestling with at least one program (Origin) that didn't play to his strengths, the ISU's determination to under-score him. That CoR Otonal was the last time we saw him truly happy with a performance for what seemed like an eternity. 

 

(An aside on the Russian drama factor: I've always loved CoR '17 Swanyu for the same reason.)

 

Just one last observation: Although I will cry when Yuzu r*****s from competition, I look forward to seeing him revisit all his iconic competitive programs as exhibition pieces. The most fully realized versions of PW, Seimei and even H&L, for me, are the gala versions. And I'd add to that list the CiONTU versions of RJ1 and Sing, Sing, Sing. 

 

ETA: My favorite RJ2 is the Olys practice.

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Henni147 said:

To close this day: I got tired of searching single YT videos on TV with the remote control. So I finally made a playlist with my personal favorite Yuzu programs. The mandatory "daily Yuzu meal", as my mom says.

 

I tried to pick one performance of each of Yuzu's senior programs (both competitive and gala/show).

To be honest. With some programs this is simply impossible, because there are too many great ones.

Like... Seimei made it to the list 3 times. My personal favorite is probably MOI 2019, but I just didn't have the heart to leave out NHK '15 and Oly '18.

 

In case of Otonal it was extra tricky, because every performance had something that the other didn't. For me, ACI '18 had the best music cut and choreo, COR '18 probably the best spins, the SC '19 run-through the best jumps and skating quality, SC '19 comp the best atmosphere, NHK '19 the cleanest full performance overall and MOI '19 encore the best step sequence... In fact, I rewatch the SC RT and MOI the most. :tumblr_inline_mqt4grU8ua1qz4rgp:

 

PS: The only competitive program I left out is R&J 2.0... Gomen Yuzu, I don't know why, but none of the versions has ever really grown on me... :13877886:

 

 

I tried to pick the highest resolution and recording quality for each skate that I could find on YT. The list is sorted chronologically by date of the performance. I'm curious, if you share my choice or can recommend better versions. I'm always open for good suggestions!

 

Yuzuru Hanyu 羽生結弦: Recommended Performances

 

 

You're a braver woman than me, I'd die dithering :10636614:

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6 時間前, Henni147さんが言いました:

To close this day: I got tired of searching single YT videos on TV with the remote control. So I finally made a playlist with my personal favorite Yuzu programs. The mandatory "daily Yuzu meal", as my mom says.

 

I tried to pick one performance of each of Yuzu's senior programs (both competitive and gala/show).

To be honest. With some programs this is simply impossible, because there are too many great ones.

Like... Seimei made it to the list 3 times. My personal favorite is probably MOI 2019, but I just didn't have the heart to leave out NHK '15 and Oly '18.

 

In case of Otonal it was extra tricky, because every performance had something that the other didn't. For me, ACI '18 had the best music cut and choreo, COR '18 probably the best spins, the SC '19 run-through the best jumps and skating quality, SC '19 comp the best atmosphere, NHK '19 the cleanest full performance overall and MOI '19 encore the best step sequence... In fact, I rewatch the SC RT and MOI the most. :tumblr_inline_mqt4grU8ua1qz4rgp:

 

PS: The only competitive program I left out is R&J 2.0... Gomen Yuzu, I don't know why, but none of the versions has ever really grown on me... :13877886:

 

 

I tried to pick the highest resolution and recording quality for each skate that I could find on YT. The list is sorted chronologically by date of the performance. I'm curious, if you share my choice or can recommend better versions. I'm always open for good suggestions!

 

Yuzuru Hanyu 羽生結弦: Recommended Performances

 

 

I have a list like this too. It includes all his exhibition skates as well. :loveshower:

 

The only senior program I left out is Zigeunerweisen...:ninja:

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Speaking of Sendai and the exhibition, everything is ready for tomorrow!!:tumblr_inline_mto5hwcNlg1qid2nw:

 

 

 

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12 hours ago, fyere0 said:

I can see some artistic inspiration from Sasha Cohen as well, although he's never talked about her. I have a suspicion that his determination to skate to R&J at the Olympics might have been inspired by watching her at Torino. Her program was also choreographed by David Wilson, and perhaps why he had to beg a reluctant DW to do it.

 

I actually had the same thoughts, when I watched Sasha Cohen, but I didn't know that David was her choreographer. That explains a lot. What an irony that both Sasha and Yuzu fell on their opening jump and stumbled on the Flip. This program is really cursed (for Shun as well btw) :laughing:

 

PS: I occasionally rewatch Finlandia, too (Tessa and Scott are priceless), but the program just doesn't get me. It's probably the music itself that is not my cup of tea (sorry Nino).

@ZuCritter Thanks for recommending the Oly practice. That's a nice version indeed. A bit sad that he only skated half of the program with many gaps inbetween. In his black training gear the program looks much better than in his competition costume...

:dontdothistome:

 

 

12 hours ago, ZuCritter said:

As for Otonal NHK '19, I prefer CoR '18 for a couple of reasons. First, Yuzu seems to inject an extra dose of drama when he skates in Russia, and that Otonal just radiates drama. [...] That CoR Otonal was the last time we saw him truly happy with a performance for what seemed like an eternity. 

(An aside on the Russian drama factor: I've always loved CoR '17 Swanyu for the same reason.)

 

Just one last observation: Although I will cry when Yuzu r*****s from competition, I look forward to seeing him revisit all his iconic competitive programs as exhibition pieces. The most fully realized versions of PW, Seimei and even H&L, for me, are the gala versions. And I'd add to that list the CiONTU versions of RJ1 and Sing, Sing, Sing.

 

EDIT: As for the skating itself, I like COR Otonal more than NHK, too. However, for some perverted reason YT has deleted every single official broadcast recording and none of the fancams could really capture the fantastic details of that performance imo. Yuzu is so small most of the time, especially during those marvelous spins... and you can't see his happy smile during the step sequence really well either. This one is probably the best, but the long warm-up recording is a bit annoying in a playlist:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR3R-QmDBuo

 

That's the main reason why I picked NHK instead. Also, that version deserves more appreciation than it got imo. Yuzu might not have been in the happiest mood, but the skating and jumping quality were really strong. Better than SC comp.

 

In case of Swanyu, I prefer both Oly and Torino GPF over COR. I particularly love the smoothness and delicacy of his movements in Pyeongchang. He took his time for every single move and the simple dimmed lights supported the impression of a beautiful fragile swan dancing on a frozen lake in the starry night.

In Moscow the skating was good, but the escalation with the changing camera angles and that deep pink lighting in the arena totally killed the mood of the program for me. He's not skating to Barbie Girl.

 

I 100% percent agree with you that the remastered programs in the galas are the best. I LOVE all of them, especially from the last two years! PW at Skate Canada, Seimei at MOI, H&L at 4CC. They are all absolute masterclass, especially in terms of musicality and performance. I admit that I like 4CC H&L even more than the Helsinki skate despite the spin wobble (probably because of the camera and better lighting).

I wanted to add the CiONTU skates, too, but there is no decent recording on YT...

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3 minutes ago, hananistellata said:

Today is Olympic Notte Stellata's third year anniversary, isn't it? 

As a celebration I'll be watching Swanyu on loop today, just like every day.

I love my emotional support program so much. :tumblr_m9gcvqToXY1qzckow:

 

I posted this breakdown of the historic markers in Notte Stellata on the Planet some time ago, but since it's the anniversary of this magical performance, I share it here with the annotated video again :grouphug:

 

 

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1 minute ago, Henni147 said:

 

I posted this breakdown of the historic markers in Notte Stellata on the Planet some time ago, but since it's the anniversary of this magical performance, I share it here with the annotated video again :grouphug:

 

 

Oh! I saw this on Twitter, I retweeted it too. It was such a beautiful analysis, thank you so much. :tumblr_m9gcvqToXY1qzckow:

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