Nobu: Huh? This is the same as last year’s… Did you just bring that same board back?
Shoma: I added another exclamation mark.
N: What is the meaning of that?
S: Well… I just thought it shouldn’t be the exact same as last season’s *laughs*
N: Does the additional exclamation mark mean that’s how much more determination you’re putting in?
S: That’s true, my feelings haven’t changed from last year, but I realised how important the feeling of wanting to attack is for me throughout last year, so although it’s not very interesting, I want to move forward without changing that feeling.
N: And you landed a new quad right as the season started. I really do think you are filled with a lot of talent, but what do you think you need in order to compete in this Olympic season?
S: Ummm, stability. The first competition went well, but I’m pretty certain that I was just lucky then, so I myself don’t even know how it went so well, instead of feeling accomplished. With that in mind, I performed very poorly at JO this time, but I was able to reconfirm my current ability, so I think the things I need the most right now are practice and stability.
N: Have you decided your goal for this season?
S: I’m not really deciding on a goal. To me, this season is a checkpoint.
Kakuzawa: Those are some amazing words.
N: A checkpoint. Please keep up your hard work! I will be rooting for you!!