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Yuri on Ice interview translation - PASH! 2017/03 (p10-11)

The second part of the episode commentary by Mitsurou Kubo! I have now fixed it with all the italic & bold parts as in the magazine (in the magazine they are actually bold & bolder). If you have any questions please send me a private message and I’ll reply when I have some time.

You can find the first commentary about episodes 1-6 here.

Just a note: when she quotes lines from the episodes I’m not using any of the “official” English translations, I’m translating them as I would translate them myself, so they might not be like you are used to hear them, but I think you will understand which lines they are anyway.

The translation is under the cut because it’s long.

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Yuri on Ice interview translation - PASH! 2017/05 (p24-25)

I am pleased to bring you the very first interview with director Sayo Yamamoto!!! You don’t know how much I’ve been waiting for this… This one is pretty general because of course she has never been interviewed before so they are asking her the basics, but it’s very interesting to finally hear things from her perspective too, since she’s the one who started it all. More interviews with her will be appearing in other magazines in the near future, I’m looking forward to those ones too.

Also, I believe a bright future is to be expected for Yuri on Ice, since she seems to have lots of plans…!! (I was shivering typing out the translation, lol)

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Interview (first appearance in media!)
The world of “Yuri on Ice” that director Yamamoto wanted to create
With 8 notebooks full of notes in one hand, director Sayo Yamamoto has answered our interview for the first time. We have asked her how this new animation that no one had ever seen before was born.

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So, is OtaYuri canon now?

As far as I understood Kubo-san, Otabek is definitely head over heels with Yuri. She didn’t mention if his feelings are reciprocated. 

Your opinion? Did I get anything wrong? 

It would go well with the late official art, picturing Yuri and Otabek in that restaurant/café in Saint Petersburg together, dont you think?

My report of YOI at AnimeFest in Dallas

Sorry I posted my AnimeFest report on twitter, but I forgot to post this on tumblr.

I went to Dallas for AnimeFest from 8/17-8/20. I had a lot of fun there! I met Sayo, Kubo and Hiramatsu-san, and got autographs from them. Also, I met a lot of friends from twitter and chatted with them. I had very good time at AnimeFest.

I took my Itabag.

I prepared special gifts and Thank-you letters for Sayo&Kubo. I printed out my photos at 深巷子, the hot pot restaurant in ep 6. I also printed out some of my YOI analysis and attached them to the letter.


The first day of Animefest, I got Makkachin from Kubo-sensei and Sayo’s signature on the Victuuri wedding tapestry and young Victor wearing flower crown from Hiramatsu-san.  I gave my gift to Sayo and showed her my Beijing photos. She was smiling and very happy.  the https://twitter.com/Annaanonly/status/898294686825291778

The second day, I got special Guang-hong eating Jianbing from Kubo-sensei and handsome Yuuri from Hiramatsu-san.

https://twitter.com/Annaanonly/status/898643517056180225

I brought the cover page of BD vol.3 for autograph. In my turn, I told Kubo-sensei I was from China and wanted her to draw a Guang-hong. She was very happy to heard that. When she saw my ID, she said “I know this account. You are a heavy Yuri on ice fan.(in English) I was so excited!! Maybe she had read some my tweets?? I also asked Sayo to write “中国” (China)next to her signature.

The girl next to me brought a “Overcome Chihoko” T-shirt for the autograph. Kubo-sensei drew a naked Yuuri on it. When Kubo-sensei gave it back to the girl, Kubo-sensi said “Top Secret” (in English). Hiramatsu-san drew a Victuuri in hot spring on it.

https://twitter.com/Annaanonly/status/898646451059793920

On the last day, I got the signatures of YOI ENG voice actors. I also took a picture with Guanghong’ ENG voice actor, he can speak Chinese XDDD So I asked him to write “季光虹” on the poster.

I met a lot of wonderful YOI cosplay at Animefest. Here are some of them.

Super sexy Chris with Champagne.

Victor dressed as A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Beautiful lady skaters 💗

Yuuri and young Victor in Eros costume~

Could you recognize this is “Overcome Chihoko” XDDD

Yakov yelling at Yurio XDD

Yurio and Otabek in love XDDD

You must know that Kubo’s live drawing of Yuuri sold for $6,900, and I was there at the auction. Although I didn’t bid, the auction was so exciting!

The panels and live drawing were also amazing! You can read more of the report on my twitter.

The report of second living drawing report https://twitter.com/Annaanonly/status/899316561550483457

Animefest 2017 Top YoI Moments #1: Yamamoto Sayo’s otaku laugh

So, I believe that we’re not to post the content or pictures of the three panels that Yamamoto Sayo, Kubo Mitsuro, and Hiramatsu Tadashi were in - which is too bad, because they were amazing! But I think it would be okay to share this bit.

So, director Saya Yamamoto does not, in fact, have a poodle head, as Kubo’s portrait of her would lead you to believe. In fact, she looks rather glamourous! Kind of an Angelina Jolie vibe! She has beautiful long dark hair, wore shades, has a calm deeper-toned voice, mostly sat there looking like a model all long and thin, and generally had a quiet, cool mystique about her. Therefore, when Kubo san mentioned the first day that Yamamoto san had a “trustworthy otaku chuckle” and Hiramatsu san said that she was generally serious, but smiled a lot more when talking about skating, it was hard to imagine. But that all changed during the third panel.

In that panel (the Q&A one with the English voice actors), while talking about struggles directing anime, Yamamoto san said she what she really liked was figure skating, and she laughed about it. Oh my goodness. How she laughed. It was this almost creepy fangirl giggle, the one where you’re thinking about something you love beyond all reason and just can’t hold in your feelings about it anymore, and it all just bubbles out, without any conscious thought of how it sounds to innocent bystanders. You know? Maybe it’s just me? But I found it endearing. Yamamoto san’s one of us, y’all. 

(And just as good was Hiramatsu san’s face during her giggle fest - he was grinning at the audience from ear to ear, a “See, what did I tell you?” look plastered all over.) 

About the picture - this is from the Friday YoI cosplay photo shoot, but the three creators brought their own Makka-box to two of the panels too! 

anonymous asked:

I love that Kubo-san said it's considered perfectly normal in that world. There wasn't a single instance where Viktor and Yuuri being in a relationship raised any eyebrows for being two men, from society or even Yuuri's family...just for being both of them, coach and student, figure skating legend and 'dime-a-dozen skater', maybe even Russian and Japanese but that's about it. That's the kind of normalization we're all striving for isn't it. I haven't seen this in any other media tbh.

I think there is definitely a place for stories about homophobia and queer struggles as it’s important not to erase those issues from media completely but as a queer girl I also love finally having a cute queer story that doesn’t involve any of them because important as they are, there are far more queer stories to tell than just the sad ones 

anonymous asked:

I'm really confused as to what is going on with Yoi can you please explain to me what is happening?

So today, 29/4 an event called Yuri!!! on STAGE was held in Japan. Basically the seiyuu (voice actors) of almost all the characters and the creators (including people like Kubo-san) came together on stage to answer questions, play games, talk about the show etc. They also performed a live drama (they read from a script as the character they voice) and that fucked us up real good. We all died. You might have noticed some art of naked Viktor and screenshots of Tweets about shenanigans haunting Tumblr. The event was divided into two parts, the afternoon one and the evening one. The “live event” took place in Maihama Amphitheater but there were a lot of other theatres across Japan live streaming it! It will also be available as a DVD/BD in two months. At the entrance before the event there was an exhibition of merchandise, like the new Viktor GEM Figure and actual, sewed wedding tuxedos for all the main characters from the collaboration of YoI with “With a Wish”! As expected, at the end of the evening event there was also a big announcement: a Yuri!!! on ICE movie. We don’t know anything about it other than the catchphrase “We can’t be stopped” and the fact that it’s going to be new, animated content! Obviously the fandom combusted after that. That’s it. That’s what we’re all screaming about! 

Animefest 2017 Top YoI Moments #5: The YoI Fan Community

So, despite the long lines and tension of will-you-won’t-you-get-in, being surrounded by people who love YoI as much as you was breathtaking. 

It was singing the History Maker opening at the beginning of panels with hundreds of other fans, who all know it by heart as you do, after huddling over your screen alone for the simulcast with no-one else to gush with. Surreal; more than one person said it gave them chills.

It was staging a scene from memory like the photo above, recreating the ep 10 Yurio escaping his tracking Angels. Amazing! (And that’s not even the Angel’s final form - check out the Saturday photoshoot where she has a custom dress - made from Yurio pictures!)

It was listening with bated breath to every word Yamamoto-san, Kubo-san, and Hiramatsu-san spoke, and gasping and oohing and awwing together at all the right places (and sometimes even before the English translation came), and being shocked at each end that it was already over - hadn’t it only been five minutes since it started?! Where did the time go?

And that’s not even mentioning all the fun random conversations and impromptu dances of YoI cosplayers - in photoshoots, next to queues, anywhere.

Thanks, everyone, for being amazing and dedicated fans, and for letting me experience it all with you. <3  

So, this is VERY fast sketch on the story, that Kubo posted on his Twitter yesterday. And if this story wasn’t just a trick to increase sales of last vol., /please, be not, it would be too cynically 😦/, it’s amazing. It’s broke my heart, but still lovely
I’m just hope that helped a little bit to find this boy, Kubo-san
//it’s not usually IR post! I shipp them so hard, but not now. Now I put another meaning in this art

Yuri on Ice interview translation - CREA 2017/03 (p34-35)

Second part of the YOI interviews featured on CREA. As for the one with Kubo, more than “interviews” they are like “mini articles” that incorporate what the interviewed people said. The interviews are with Kenji Miyamoto (choreographer), Eiji Abiko & Junpei Tatenaka (figure skating animators), Yuuko Sagiri (original costume designer), Keisuke Tominaga (music producer).

Random note: thanks to this magazine I was finally able to know that Sagiri’s name is “Yuuko”. When I translated her interview on Pash I did lots of research but wasn’t able to find out the pronunciation so I used Yuiko because that was what came out searching for the name alone, but now it’s confirmed that it’s Yuuko so as soon as I have time I’ll edit that interview to fix it. I swear all magazines should be obliged to provide the pronunciation of names, because sometimes it’s really hard to find out how the kanji are pronounced when it’s not famous people with Wikipedia pages and such…

By the way, the issue of Pash coming out today (Feb. 10th) has an article I was really looking forward to (the second part of Kubo’s detailed commentary on each episode), so I’ll probably spend the night translating it when I get home from work. Also because I want to post it before the YOI all night event on Saturday (I’m going to the live viewing).

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The reality as expressed by 5 people who created “Yuri on Ice”

Reality #2: Choreography x Kenji Miyamoto
“The footage taken with the camcorder was the key to create realistic and powerful anime scenes”

Profile: From Hyogo prefecture. After retiring from competitive ice dance in 2006 he started working as a choreographer and commentator. With director Sayo Yamamoto’s “ENDLESS NIGHT” for the first time he was involved in creating figure skating choreographies for an anime.

The choreographies for all characters’ programs were created by choreographer Kenji Miyamoto. He created them integrating the music with the information he received from director Yamamoto and Kubo regarding the characters and their programs. What was different than usual is that the songs for the FS were 4 minutes long instead of 4:30 minutes.
“In the anime characters need less strokes to speed up, so it’s possible to use less ‘transitions’, the movements connecting different techniques. I cut down on those and made the programs more compact.”
Miyamoto was filmed with 4 fixed cameras and 2 portable camcorders as he danced all the programs, then the footage was edited into a multiframe video based on which the animated figure skating scenes were created.
“I believe that the footage taken with the portable camcorder, that filmed me up close, is what made it possible to create realistic and powerful tournament scenes.”
After watching the finished anime, Miyamoto commented that the characters’ monologues during their performances are realistic.
“When you are performing lots of things are whirling around inside your head. In my case it wasn’t words but still pictures, like photographs. I was happy that they expressed the athletes’ feelings.”


Reality #3: Animation x Junpei Tatenaka & Eiji Abiko
“The performances look realistic thanks to Miyamoto-sensei’s choreographies”

Profile: Animators working for the anime production company MAPPA. Specialized in sports and action scenes. They both created animation for director Sayo Yamamoto’s “ENDLESS NIGHT”.

Animation of the figure skating scenes was created by action specialists Junpei Tatenaka and Eiji Abiko. “It’s the first time that we digitally create 2D pictures after deciding the camerawork. It was very difficult because we had to figure out how to do everything”.
Tatenaka, who was already a fan of figure skating, says: “For the moments I believed to be the ‘highlights’ of a performance I would add 1-2 extra stills. This way, I was able to draw out a little what in the live footage only lasted an instant.” They actually made jumps much higher than they are in real life.
“While being aware that real skaters wouldn’t jump that high, I still wanted the scenes to be striking, therefore I was always looking for a good balance between realism and what could be allowed in animation.” (Abiko)
They both agree that Miyamoto’s choreography footage was the most important factor that allowed them to create realistic performance scenes.
“When there was a key point in the music, Miyamoto-sensei would pose with all of his body creating a beautiful line, from his fingertips to the tips of his toes. It was very easy to draw.” (Tatenaka)


Reality #4: Costumes x Yuuko Sagiri
“I think the only difference is that there were no budget restrictions (LOL)”

Profile: Ballroom dancing costume designer working for the ballet & dance supplies maker Chacott. She has designed figure skating costumes for athletes such as Nobunari Oda and Akiko Suzuki.

Yuuko Sagiri, designer of the athletes’ costumes, created the designs giving importance to functionality that would improve a skater’s performance and to elements that would make the character’s personality stand out, just like she does for real costumes. She chose materials, cuttings and decorations that would actually be employed in costumes used for real performances.
“Normally I objectively watch an athlete’s past performances to understand their level and what kind of movements they are skilled at, and this is then reflected in the design. This time I based the design on the characters’ setting materials, the information I received from the director and the choreography footage by Miyamoto-sensei. I think the only difference is that there were no budget restrictions (LOL).”
Regarding Yuuri’s costume, she mentions that she wanted to reflect the fact that he is psychologically weak and gains weight easily.
“I added shining decorations on his chest so that his face would look bright even when he is tense. The cuts on the waist are to make him look slim.”
Actually, she also designed a costume for Yurio’s exhibition. Sagiri said that she created the design thinking of what “Yurio would really want to wear”. We’d definitely like to see him skate with that costume!


Reality #5: Music x Keisuke Tominaga
“I added melody to the beautiful lyrics that is ‘Yuri on Ice’”

Profile: From Kanagawa prefecture. Music producer. He founded PIANO INC. in 2012 and is the current representative director. His main works include the Pocari Sweat 2016 commercial “Kimi no Yume wa, Boku no Yume.”, the TV anime “Zankyou no Terror”, etc.

When creating the music for this show, music producer Keisuke Tominaga constantly asked himself whether it was music you could dance to.
“I would move my hands, feet, my whole body, sometimes even checking the rhythm like a conductor or a dancer. Figure skating has many elements that resemble ballet, so to express the elegant movements of the body I used many tunes in triple time like waltz and bolero.”
Most of the classical and orchestra tracks were created by Taku Matsushiba, while the vocal tracks and modern band songs by Tarou Umebayashi. They worked on the music as a team, always communicating with each other.
“The world created by Kubo-san and director Yamamoto was like realistic and beautiful ‘lyrics’, and I feel that our role was to create a ‘melody’ for those lyrics. In fact, when I joined together Yuuri’s FS song “Yuri on ICE” and Victor’s recorded voice for the first time, the lines sounded just like the words of a song, and I can’t describe how moved I was. I believe that this strong, deep expression that you would not be able to obtain with music alone is what realistically affects the viewers.”


Bonus in case you haven’t seen it already: Sagiri’s design for Yurio’s exhibition program.

Victor Nikiforov’s Competive Skating Career... Where do we go from Weir?

Some insights into Victor’s Skating Career because Kubo-san is the best and follows the IRL Skating schedules and events.  *See previous meta post!*

At the age of 16, Victor wins Gold at the Junior World championships in Bulgaria : 

If we look at the schedule of events below, and using the information we already have that ages Victor at 27 in 2014, this lines up perfectly with the 2001 Junior World Championships in 2001. 

I think the timing is important and it’s no coincidence that Victor and Johnny Weir have a lot in common. I’m not sure where I saw the information, but I remember seeing something about Kubo-san admitting to using Johnny Weir as inspiration for Victor’s skating career. 

1) Weir is openly gay (The English Dub version has Victor talking about ‘lovers’, not specifically girlfriends, and it is suggested that the proper interpretation of the Japanese Victor uses suggests non-gender specific terms such as ‘lover’. So he could easily be Bi, too but I think the hints are pretty strong for Victor’s sexuality to lean more toward strictly attracted to males. Whatever the truth may be, he’s got his heart set on Yuuri in the end.) 

2) Both Victor and Weir won gold at the Junior World Championships at the age of 16. 

3) Weir was praised for bringing ‘flash’ into a sport that was seen as boring - and was further praised for his artistry and interpretation. He was the rock-star on ice of his time, like Victor is in YOI. 

4) Weir was a self professed Russiophile and learned to speak the language fluently. He dated and married (and eventually divorced) a Russian named… take a while guess. That’s right! Victor. In addition, later in his career he was coached by Victor Petrenkov, the world renowned skater and partner to Weir’s skating Idol, Oksana Baiul. It’s no mistake our boy is named Victor, and not just because it means ‘winner’. 

5) Weir participated in the 2014 Sochi Olympics and we can infer through the clues left by Kubo-san that Victor did, too. 

  • Victor competed in and won the 2012-2013 season Grand Prix Final, where Yuuri had qualified for the GPF for the first time in Sochi. The Sochi GPF was a test event for the Sochi Olympics and was held from Dec 5-8, 2013. 2012
  • The Sochi Winter Olympics were held Feb. 7-23, 2014 only a few months later. 
  • We see Victor wearing the Sochi Winter Olympics Uniform during the 2012-2013 GPF in Sochi, so we can infer that he was on the Olympic Athletic Team warming up for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. His wearing the Uniform was a big publicity stunt and advertisement for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. 

I think there is little doubt that he actually participated in the Olympics. 

If we take all the information we have - Victor 16 at the Sofia, Bulgaria Junior World Championships and 27 at the Grand Prix Final, we can follow this logic and we arrive at this: 

**NOTE: Someone brought it to my attention I was a little off. I’ve edited to fix it! Sorry if this ruins your day b/c you no longer share a birth year!!** 

Victor’s Birthday is Dec. 25, 1985.  OOPS YOU GUYS. Victor’s late birthday threw me off. His birth year is actually 1984. 

And if Yuuri is 4 years younger, his is November 29, 1989. DOUBLE OOPS!! which makes Yuuri’s 1988! 

((I hope this makes all the astrology geeks happy. Go to town with this info, my friends. I know I will. ))

Since Victor’s career seems to be modeled heavily on Johnny Weir’s, it doesn’t surprise me that Victor suggests to Yuuri, during practice, that Yuuri’s stamina is probably in part to not having any major injuries (and being younger).  If we know that Weir’s career was fraught with major injuries, and we know the parallels between Victor’s career and Weir’s - we can also infer that Victor has likely suffered several major injuries in the past that might limit his physical abilities. 

  1. He’ll also be pushing 29 years old (nearly 30) in the next Grand Prix final. That’s old for most competitive figure skaters - and Yakov isn’t joking when he worries that if Victor takes time off he won’t be able to get back in. Victor’s at the tail end of his competitive career. 

I expect when we see him retire, he’ll take up coaching and choreographing - perhaps following Weir even further and becoming a judge and commentator for competitive skating in the future as well as having a prolific career as a professional exhibition skater. 

Comprehensive YOI Timeline

こんにちは みなさん!HI There, everyone! 

I’ve spent an unhealthy amount of time on dissecting the first 5 episodes of Yuri on Ice while working on building up my Yuuri muse, and I’ve come up with what I think is (at least so far) the most comprehensive timeline for the YOI universe that I’ve seen so far, leading up to the Grand Prix Final in Barcelona. 

Someone save me. I’m burying myself in this show! 

Anyway. I kept fussing with it as I found new information so instead of trying to reblog with new information when I find it I’ve decided to add a sort of live-document page to my blog. CHECK IT OUT! 

As I come across new information or clarify information, I’ll make sure to update the post and put the newest date on the link-button so you know it’s been modified. I’m including as much as I can for all the Skaters as I pick the series apart. Obviously there won’t be as much information on Phichit or Leo de la Iglesia as there will be for Yuuri, Victor and Yurio, but I’ll try and get what I can in there. 

As time and motivation allows, I’ll add links to official ISU /JSF websites and resources, links to interviews from Kubo-san as I stumble on them, etc. 

I hope you find this useful and I hope you enjoy! Feel free to hit the follow button, send me asks or messages or questions! I’m eager to make new friends in the YOI fandom. 

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