figure-skating-costumes

Yuuri’s costumes from my Viktuuri time travel fic <3 

Trying to keep elements of the canon costumes while also changing things up is hard OTL, but this was generally what I had in mind :0

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.

Watching Yuri!!! on Ice with your straight male friends

Male friend 1: I like how in anime foreigners are always screaming ‘BAAAAAKA’ in a Japanese person’s face.

Male friend 2: Why are the pants on these male figure skating costumes so loose?
me: That’s not what-
Male friend 2: They should be more like tights, right? Why aren’t they more like tights?

Victor: I was drawn to the way your body makes music
Male friend 3: That’s not all you were drawn to… *eyebrow waggle*

All the male friends: KISS! KISS! KISS! KIIIIISSSSS!!!!!
(five episodes later)
All the male friends: THEY KISSED!!!!!!!!!

Male friend 2: How quickly would I be able to find gender-bend fanart of these guys? It would basically be the first thing I would find, isn’t it?
(five seconds later)
Male friend 2, holding up phone: Yup, here it is

Male friend 4, who showed up for food/hanging out in the middle of episode 12 and had no idea what we were watching: (after 5 minutes, Victor and Yuri Katsuki are on the screen): ….are they in love?

Later, after we watched a bunch of Yuzuru Hanyu videos, one of which has the camera continually showing Yuzu’s butt even though it’s the video of when he got injured right after slamming into Yan Han at the Cup of China:
Male friend 3: Now I understand why there were so many butts in that figure skating anime

Victor has always been a fascinating character for me. And I’ve been thinking a lot about why I find his character so interesting. So in honor of @viktorweek (and specifically prompt 2 ‘Past’ and prompt 4 ‘Family/Friends’), here are some thoughts on my favorite romantic sadsack. 

Perhaps one reason I love Victor as a character is because when I started watching the show I expected something very different from what we got. In the first episode, we as the audience are introduced to Victor Nikiforov, top athlete and celebrity. This Victor is cool, calm, collected. This Victor throws a flirtatious wink at his fans and melts hearts worldwide. This Victor only smiles when he’s on the ice, receiving adulation for his prowess, and is quiet and contemplative in interviews and in his home.

And then of course, we meet the real Victor, the one who danced drunkenly with a stranger and then moved into his house after watching a fateful internet video. The real Victor is absolutely ridiculous. He’s a hedonist. He loves good food, good alcohol, and being comfortable. He lounges about in a loose robe and immediately buys a sofa to fit in his tiny guest room. He relaxes in a hot spring every night and waxes poetic about the beauty of the ocean. And he is unabashedly, overwhelmingly enthusiastic about his interests. He’s delighted by so many things, he loves to be a tourist and enjoy new sights and places. He revels in the drama of competition and approaches every challenge in as over-the-top manner as possible. He thinks about the people he knows in terms of grandiose metaphors and fairy tales.

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Fun facts about my outfit during Born To Make History: A Yuri on ICE Fan Gathering’s Hear My Heartbeat: The #yoiconph2017 Pre-Party:

❄️ The zipper goes all the way down sidewards, just like the official Chacott one

❄️ The costume production was overseen by AL-X (who also did a GREAT job with my hair and make up 💙)

❄️ I made sure that the costume is Figure Skating-compliant. The costume is made mostly out of spandex and that’s also the reason behind the use of smaller crystals to form the pattern (more aerodynamic 😉)

Continue to like this page for more content! Thank you all very much 🙏🏻❄️💙

Photo by @starrywhitewall @blackstarrr

Yuzuru Hanyu, World Figure Skating Championships 2017 (Free Skate)

This costume may be partially responsible for the existence of this blog. In that late one night I was reading various people’s lists of best and worst costumes of the season so far, and I got extremely offended by someone who not only put this on their worst list, but used it as part of a rant against “ruffles, glitter and sequins” being a plague on figure skating or some such nonsense.

To which I say, if you hate ruffles, glitter and sequins, what are you even doing reviewing figure skating costumes?

My inner six year old loves this costume, and although my inner six year old also loves Lisa Frank unicorns this is my most instinctual metric for grading, and I feel it is as valid a basis as any other. 

PRETTY COLORS, SHOULDER RUFFLE, SPAAAARKLES.

I’ve seen people complain about the shoulder ruffle, saying it seems unnecessary and even comparing it to a large tissue, but personally I’m in favor of it. It adds to the feeling of ocean waves and sea spray to me, which I have to think was intentional. 

Grade: A+

SNK Figure Skating Costumes!

It was only a matter of time before this would happen

Eren Jaeger

Mikasa Ackerman

Armin Arlert

Jean Kirstein

Marco Bodt

Annie Leonhardt

Reiner Braun

Bertholdt Hoover

Ymir

Krista Lenz/Historia Reiss

Connie Springer

Sasha Blouse

Erwin Smith

Levi Ackerman

Hanji Zoe

Mike Zacharias

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2016-2017 Color Stories | PANTONE 11-4201 TPX Cloud Dancer

Karen Chen - On Golden Pond; Mariah Bell - Roxy Heart/All That Jazz; Satoko Miyahara - The Planets/Princess Leia’s Theme; Yuka Nagai - The Ludlows; Joshi Helgesson - Let Me Entertain You; Rika Hongo - Lawrence of Arabia; Eunsoo Lim - Miss Saigon; Mirai Nagasu - The Winner Takes It All

Figure skating costumes - part 2

GENERIC QUALITIES - BRIGHT SIDE

Pretty Outfits: quite common, pretty, blah blah. They’re lovely, they’re cute - I mean, I like them but they’re nothing to bitch about.

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Amazing Outfits: they’re stunning and they leave me speechless and they are the best on earth, often worn by gods of skating, for example

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- So Cute I Can’t Even: technical definition is “adorable adorable - whatever, I’m probably gonna eat them!”

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Happy Outfits: they’re colorful and cheerful and they’re usually from OD (god I miss ODs!), but curiously they’re somehow not harmful.

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Basically, we’re done with this part. I just need to add that sometimes, when an unusual, particularly successful subject manages to wear only costumes belonging to these categories in their entire career, they have earned the title of Thou, Flawless Human Being. However, that’s not very realistic: each skater has a Redcat Alert hidden in their past.

See next part to see what I mean.

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2016-2017 Color Stories | 16-4530 TPX Aquarius

 Lutricia Bock - Love In Venice; Satoko Miyahara - Musetta’s Waltz; Yuna Shiraiwa - Night Waltz/Send In The Clowns; Evgenia Medvedeva - River Flows In you;
Amy Lin - Skyliner Elizabeth Tursynbaeva - Princess Mononoke; Dabin Choi - Doctor Zhivago; Yuna Aoki - Meditation