Rudimentary Japanese translation of some interesting points from Yuzu’s recent interviewbecause it’s quite comprehensive and I’m not sure if someone’s subbing it~~ (note: my Japanese is far from perfect so corrections are welcome- this is more of the ‘gist’ of the conversation and not word for word)
Said his season began with injury so he was essentially starting from behind the line, but also because of the hard times, he was able to grow
Re: Worlds - announcer praised his perfect FS and Yuzu said it was to the point where people were asking if he failed the short on purpose to trigger his fighting spirit lol but he admits that he probably wouldn’t have skated the FS with that sort of spirit if he had done well at the short so he needs to keep improving
Re: WTT Yuzu said doesn’t usually get the chance to watch other people’s performances from close by. Seeing the ladies skate so cleanly, he realised that the high level of this era of competition, where even the smallest mistake will cause you to drop in the rankings. In the Mens, it’s not simply that you have to jump quads, you also can’t miss. He said that was very instructive and he learned a lot
Re: New Quad Era’and the 4A. Yuzu said he’s tried it during practice in the off-season but it’s difficult – says it’s a special jump (due to the entry method) with high risk and so he has to consider risk of injuries etc. when practising it
TV station made a hologram/projection of Yuzu landing a 4A. Yuzu: ‘whoaa this is cool, I want to jump with it’
They say he has to jump 17cm higher than for the 3A. Yuzu: ‘huh, it sounds quite high but it’s…kind of really just my hair isn’t it?’ He’d also need to land 1.1m further than 3A and rotate 10% faster. Yuzu fairly unfazed: ‘Looking at it now, I feel like I…can probably jump that?’ and thanks them because he feels like he can visualise it now, thanks to the hologram lol
Yuzu’s old (first?) skating teacher was all like: ‘I feel like conversation about quints is coming closer’ lololol
Yuzu doesn’t feel particularly unnerved/scared that the sQuad are younger than him. Said he knew Shoma since very young and though Shoma is a kouhai, after fighting through the competitions together, he also sees Shoma as a nakama ( ; u ; )
more discourse on quads: Yuzu says what helps you land the quads is not really young age/experience but ‘sense’ for the jumps
The next part was hard for me to understand since I didn’t pick up on all the words but I think the gist of it is that successful jumping comes down to each individual and if you have the instinct for it, a ‘challenger’ can come from anywhere
They were like ‘can you…land the lutz in practice? should we put a circle or triangle?’ and yuzu laughed and was like ‘t-triangle….’, implying his Lutz isn’t perfect yet
‘It’s a hard jump but it’s fun! Since the season is finally over and we’re finally free from competitions, I wanted to try it.’
Says he’s not going to put the Lutz in the Olympic program - says having a lot of quad varieties does not mean you can win
they talked a bit about the 3/11 earthquake and Yuzu said bc he had the experience of losing his home-rink and still remembers the hard times that followed, he’s always quite happy and grateful to be able to practice in a rink
Has absolutely no plan for Pyeongchang at the moment LMAO
first plan for off season………wants to improve a lot of skating skills (#typical), esp 4Lz and the 3Lz because 3Lz went a bit weird (bc he’s practising 4Lz?) lmaooo
Goal for next season: ‘Towards perfection’ - 理想の先へ (literally: towards the ideal destination but he implies he means ‘beyond’ the ideal). He’d characterise this season (with the Loop) as a season of getting closer towards the ideal. Next season he wants to surpass the current ‘ideal’ he has. People say you shouldn’t have limits but Yuzu thinks it’s good to have limits, but if you set your own limits, you should set them higher than you’re able to achieve right now (I think? I’m not entirely confident I’m hearing it right)
like look, he definitely shows signs of depression, which the fandom has already picked up on:
losing enjoyment in things he once enjoyed (skating)
running out of inspiration— a lack of motivation
how miserable he looks during the first stammi vicino
his tendency to drink too much
but there are also signs of mania:
sudden bursts of inspiration/creativity: there’s only three months between sochi banquet and worlds, when yuuri goes viral. yet in that short period he started and nearly finished not just one, but two amazing SPs inspired by the banquet.
starting things but not finishing them: of course, somewhere along the way he lost inspiration and didn’t finish either eros or agape.
impulsivity: packing up everything, pretty much ending his career, and flying halfway across the world to be with a guy he danced with once at a party, because of a video.
excitement, talking really fast: the entire “do you have feelings for minako? do you have a girlfriend? any ex-girlfriends? LET’S TALK ABOUT ME! my first girlfriend—” exchange
grandiosity: viktor is sometimes ridiculous and over-the-top. that’s why we love him!
so guys. listen. here’s the timeline:
pre-sochi (depression): he’s on a downswing. skating is losing its purpose. he’s getting older. he can’t surprise anyone anymore. he’s realising that he’s been “neglecting his life and love” for his whole life, and now he has nothing.
immediately post-sochi (mania): meeting yuuri triggers a manic episode. he’s in love! he’s probably waiting for yuuri to contact him and whisk him away into the sunset on a white horse! he’s inspired! he begins choreographing eros, but wait! also agape! he’s full of ideas and creativity! life seems so promising!
between sochi and worlds (depression): yuuri never acknowledges him. this triggers another downswing. he runs out of inspiration and is unable to finish eros and agape. he looks tired and miserable during stammi vicino. he’s forgetting important things, like his promise to choreography for yuri p.
post-world championships (mania): on the day of worlds, yuuri’s video goes viral. he sees it and suddenly! it’s! a message! this has to mean something! this is a message! to him! (*cough* psychosis *cough*) off he goes! he packs up everything and flies halfway across the world. he’s so excited! to learn more! about yuuri! tell me about yourself! let’s talk about me! let’s sleep together!
yuuri seemingly rejects him (depression): he cries himself to sleep, drinks too much, seems a little more serious. reality hits him and he’s suddenly doubting whether anything meant what he thought it meant.
but then their relationship starts to develop slowly. he starts to stabilize a little as he begins to settle into life with yuuri. he’s not so depressed about the “life and love” thing, and he’s also getting used to the unfamiliar environment. he stops swinging so intensely. china happens, then barcelona.
and now we have our sweet, content, and a lot less manic vitya ^^
How Achieving Your Dreams in a Way you Didn’t Envision is Not Always a Bad Thing
Week 2017 – Day 3 – Day Prompt, Victor Prompt – Dreams, Hope/Regret
Today for Victuuri Week Day 3, I’d like to talk about Hopes
and Dreams and how not achieving what you initially desire in the form you
envision isn’t always a bad thing. In this case, we’re going to look at what
Yuuri and Victor’s hopes and dreams for their futures may have been pre-series
and how they got way more than they bargained for simply by meeting each other.
Let’s start with Yuuri. We know right from the beginning of
episode 1, even before we knew the title of the episode, that Yuuri aspired to
skate on the same stage as Victor. We’re shown how this dream was formed and
nurtured by friends and family through his childhood and teen years and carried
by his feelings through to adulthood. He did everything he could to just come
close to Victor; whether that be through his skating, having his walls
plastered with posters of him, or even getting a dog of similar breed to Victor’s
and naming it after him. So Yuuri’s hope for the future was fairly obvious even
if it did have a time limit with the nature of the careers of competitive figure
Now how about Victor? We don’t really have enough
information about his childhood to conclusively say anything for certain but, as
far as we can tell, he didn’t have as clear of a dream laid out as Yuuri did. Optionally,
you could even argue that he had a dream before but had already reached it. This
is actually one of the major facets of his characterization and development
through the series. He is the polar opposite of Yuuri in that at the start of
the series he didn’t have any
concrete hopes for his future. All he knew is that he wanted to skate and keep
skating because this was just the thing he always did and had no reason to
change it. There may have been a time when skating (or even competing) might
have been called his dream, but by the start of the series it no longer was. It
had just become a thing he did due to his pride as a skater/competitor and his
lack of direction in his life overall.
And then, of course, the series truly begins and they meet
each other. Now, we could look through the evolution of how their hopes and
dreams changed over the course of the season but I think it will be more expedient
to look at where they started and ended and compare the two.
Starting with Yuuri, what’s interesting is that through the
course of the season you almost forget about the exact form of his initial
dream: to skate on the same ice as Victor. He managed to connect with Victor in
so many other ways but he had yet to actually compete against him. He may have
felt directionless at the start of the series because he felt he had failed at
reaching his dream but the reason for that was because he already had achieved
his dream. It just wasn’t in the way he envisioned. He then became
disillusioned with his dream. That is, until Victor himself came crashing
face-first into his life.
Speaking of our favourite platinum-haired Russian, let’s
check in with Victor. Victor may not have had a concrete dream before he met
Yuuri but then they connected and he slowly rediscovered that he actually did
have a dream all along. A dream that probably comes as no surprise but is
actually very similar to Yuuri’s own: he wants to skate. And he wants to enjoy
it. Yuuri then helped open his eyes to that, he helped him rediscover his love
of skating as a whole and through this rediscovered his hope for the future.
But wait, there’s more! Everything that I’ve talked about so
far actually only brings us to the end of ep 11. By the time the hotel room
scene comes around, Victor has rediscovered his love for skating and his focus,
his hope for the future, had become completely centered on Yuuri. So far as he
could see, his future was to coach Yuuri until Yuuri eventually retired and then
figure things out from there. And Victor was content with that as long as he
could do that with Yuuri. He had even
shifted his dream that involved enjoying skating to accommodate no longer being
Yuuri, however, had other plans (which we as viewers always
knew he did). Yuuri misread what Victor’s current hopes were and attempted to
sacrifice himself in an attempt to allow those dreams to come true. Yuuri had
adjusted his dream from wanting to skate on the same ice as Victor to wanting
to make Victor happy and allow him to reach his own dreams. On the flip side,
Victor had adjusted his dreams from wanting to skate for himself and find
purpose in his life to wanting to make Yuuri happy and achieve his dreams.
So if both are wanting, above anything else, to help the
other achieve their dreams then where do they go from there? Yuuri is planning
to retire and Victor has basically already done so. The answer comes back to
those initial dreams from episode 1. The dream Yuuri has to skate on the same
ice and same level as Victor and the incomplete dream Victor had to enjoy
skating again and find purpose in his life.
Through a combination of them both working towards helping
each other and some outside encouragement, they actually end up achieving so
much more. They both manage to achieve their hope of allowing their partner to
achieve his dreams and well as achieving their own. Yuuri is finally able to
skate on the same ice as Victor, as a competitor and someone that is on the
same competitive level as him, and Victor is able to rediscover his passion in
skating. And not only that, but they are able to continue their relationship that
exists both on and off the ice.
Comparing the place they’re at by the end of the series to
where they started at episode 1, we can see that their perceived failure to
achieve their initial dreams in the form they had envisioned actually helped
them achieve them in a way they hadn’t imagined. Through the willingness to
throw away their own dreams, they managed to push each other to higher heights
and not only achieve their own dreams but cement in place a firm hope for the
end, they became the key to not only achieving each others dreams but in doing
so also opened a previously hidden door to a new envisioning of their own initial
3.3.2017 Yuri on Ice - “Enjoy Figure Skate 100x More”
with Kubo-sensei, Toyonaga Toshiyuki (Yuuri’s VA), Shunichi Toki (Leo’s VA), Yuutarou Honjou (Guang Hong’s VA), Miyamoto Kenji, & Suzuki Akiko
*My Japanese is not the greatest, so whatever I post here may be inaccurate or missing some parts because I didn’t understand everything. You have been warned!
The event started off with a short audio drama of Yuuri waking up and finding himself in a classroom, clearly confused. Leo and Guang Hong pop up and note that they had homework to do. Their assignment was to study about ice skating and there will be a final exam next week. Yuuri didn’t know about any of this and worries (me too Yuuri, me too).
Next, Toyonaga, Sunichi and Yuutarou came on stage wearing gakurans, while Kubo-sensei had a seifuku on and was carrying an ita bag! I was surprised to learn that Yuutarou is only 20 years old and a 2nd year college student! He remarked that the last time he wore a gakuran was 2 years ago (i.e. back in high school). Toyonaga tried to recall his last time wearing a gakuran, but gave up LOL. After, Miyamoto and Suzuki walked on dressed in regular clothing, but still stylish.
The lecture was divided into 4 parts:
1) I believe they talked about inspiration from real-life skaters. At first, they discussed foreign skaters like Denis Ten, Evgeni Plushenko, Stephane Lambiel, Johnny Weir, Patrick Chan, Nathan Chen, Brian Joubert, and Javier Fernandez. Japanese skaters were also brought in, like Takahashi Daisuke, Uno Shoma, and Yuzuru Hanyu.
2) In this section, the cast discussed figure skating choreography and expression. Miyamoto explained how he came up with his choreography for Yuuri’s Eros and Yurio’s Agape. For Eros, Miyamoto wanted to emphasize the body and its movement by having the hands be closer to the body, like sliding them down one’s sides. He noted that it gives a sexy feeling haha. On the other hand, Agape was choreographed oppositely by having the hands and arms more distanced from the body and paired with fluid, graceful movements. Suzuki demonstrated how even changing the fingers/hand’s position slightly can give off a different vibe. They also brought out a real-life version of Yuuri’s FS outfit and it was GORGEOUS. SO SPARKLY. I WANT. Here they wanted to demonstrate how even the costume design is important in emphasizing the overall feel of a skate program. Miyamoto receives inspiration for his choreography from animal shapes, such as a bird’s wing or a fish’s fin. (Can’t help but think of Seunggil’s parrot outfit now…) As for Suzuki, she gets inspired by her environment and natural scenery.
3) Here, I think it was about the relationship between the skater and their coach but I’m not too sure. Communication between these individuals is important, and as an example of coach-skater behavior, they showed a clip of Viktor backhugging Yuuri before his SP. It’s funny how almost everytime Yuuri/Viktor/Viktuuri moment appears on screen, they show Toyonaga’s face LOL. Anyway, Suzuki was asked about what things she says to her coach and vice versa before she skates. She said that she says ittekimasu and her coach replies with itterasshai (so cute!).
4) Lastly, we learned about jumps! Suzuki explained the difference between a loop, flip, lutz, and axel. Basically it boils down to which side you do the take-off and the skate’s inside/outside edge (not sure if this is 100% correct!). The VAs were so cute attempting to do the jumps >//< After they were quizzed by being shown a clip and having to guess what jump it was. Shunichi’s was probably the hardest because his question was a combination jump lol.
In the end, we took one final look at Yuuri’s FS and also watched Yuzuru’s SP. All the cast members gave their last words and thanks. The ending was so cute because the “lecture” Yuuri had was just a dream and he ends up late for practice with Viktor in real life. (So he woke up from a dream inside of a dream….inception, anyone?)
If you made it this far, thank you so much for reading and please stay tuned for any new posts I make about YOI events! (＝⌒▽⌒＝)
^ Goods sold at the event
^ The pamphlet/id cards they give you + stickers I bought
It was a huge honor to photograph Foster Huntington & his Cinder Cone Home for this weekends Sunday New York Times (Story Here). Foster left the hustle of NYC to live in my own home of the Pacific Northwest. His treehouse was an incredible location and I only wish I could have spent even more time there just hanging out, skating, or enjoying the wood fired hot tubs. Super huge thanks to Eve Lyons for the dream assignment and to Lauren Colton for assisting.