me,an intellectual: Phichit Chulanont is a Thai skater and the first Thai and South East Asian male skater to qualify for the Grand Prix Finals. He is also the first Thai/South East Asian to have ever landed a quad. It’s been stated multiple times that he has rewritten Asian history. He is also the first Thai to skate to songs from The King and the Skater, which features a Thai actor. Throughout the series it’s been shown that he is an incredibly hardworking and determined skater; he’s a well rounded, well written brown South East Asian who defies many stereotypes. It’s a big step considering Japan’s colorism and anti South East Asian racism. Phichit Chulanont is so important to Thailand, to South East Asians, and to brown Asians. Reducing him to an SNS obsessed “Captain of the Viktuuri Ship” is so incredibly harmful and disrespectful to him as a character and the people he’s representing.
fake names that skaters have used to check into hotels:
Yuuri: has never used a fake name. He doesn’t believe anyone is interested enough in him to use one.
Victor: while skating, always checked in as “Makkachin Nikiforov”, with a big wink to the front desk employee. As a coach, his current fake check-in name is “Makkachin Katsuki-Nikiforov”, with a big wink to the front desk employee.
Otabek: he doesn’t typically use one, but when he was training in Canada JJ once checked him into a hotel as “Borat” and Otabek was FURIOUS.
JJ: he used to check in as other famous Canadians but once he checked in as “Justin Bieber” and caused an international incident in South Korea. So now he just uses “JJ Logan” as a nod to the greatest Canadian superhero of all time (besides JJ himself, of course).
Chris: checks into hotels as “Victor Nikiforov”. Or “Surya Bonaly”. Depends on how he feels that day. NEVER Stéphane Lambiel, though. (Lambiel knows what he did.)
Phichit: he rotates through a series of obscure characters in “The King and the Skater” series, with the occasional famous instagrammer thrown in. (But never anyone who endorses fitness tea. Phichit knows it’s a scam.)
Yuri: not old enough to have a hotel room in his name just yet, but he’s already thought about it and likes the sound of “Liger Von Darkness”. Maybe “Tiger Ovechkin” to mix things up occasionally.
Yuri on Ice BD audio commentary translation - Volume 3
Translation of the audio commentary of the BD/DVD vol.3, by Mitsurou Kubo and Junichi Suwabe, voice actor of Victor Nikiforov. I really wanted to post this before the weekend because I’m not going to be home a lot, so I decided “well, I might just not sleep tonight and translate this instead”… This time there are some parts that I translated almost integrally. They talk a lot about Victor, especially Suwabe’s struggle to get into the role. It provides insight while at the same time not providing… since apparently it’s very hard to guess what is “right” when talking about Victor. I’m sure you will get what I mean if you read what they say…
The commentary is only for episode 6. Episode 5 has no commentary. It’s not a full translation but I summarized most of what they said, and as I wrote above some parts are almost completely translated. As in the previous ones, the format is different from normal interview translations, and you can find my comments too (mostly in brackets).
Translation under the post because it’s long. Enjoy!
I would love to se top ten pranks Phichit and Yuuri pulled on each other?
Top Ten Pranks Phichit and Yuuri Pulled On Each Other:
10) Phichit once complained too
much that the Viktor poster Yuuri had up was freaking him out and Yuuri refused
to take it down so Phichit stuck removable googly eyes on it instead to make it
9) The one mentioned in a
previous top ten where Phichit took a video of Yuuri looking very cute while
sleeping before proceeding to chuck a bucket of ice cold water onto him
8) As part of a revenge prank
Yuuri replaced Phichit skates with an identical pair owned by another skater at
the rink that were just a bit too small and watched Phichit suffer the whole
training session after convincing him that it was the same pair and Phichit’s
ankles must just be getting fat
7) Yuuri once stole Phichit’s
phone and got into his Instagram. The day before Phichit had posted a picture
of him looking good captioned ‘I woke up like this’ and Yuuri took and posted a
really awful one of Phichit sleeping and drooling a bit after a long night studying
passed out on his desk and captioned it ‘He didn’t wake up like that
6) Phichit replaced Yuuri’s
workout clothes in his bag without Yuuri noticing until he got to the dance
studio and was too embarrassed to be late by turning back. Since he couldn’t do
a pole dance lesson in jeans he had to do it in booty shorts with ‘are you
nasty’ written across the back. His instructor thought it was hilarious and it actually made
dancing easier than doing it fully clothed so the prank kind of backfired on
Phichit because Yuuri started doing all his lessons in shorts (although not
5) In return for the booty shorts
thing one day, after Phichit had been out to a party the night before even though they had early
morning training the next day, Yuuri stole all his clothes including his sport
clothes and hid them out of the apartment so that Phichit was forced to go to
training in his party clothes. Celestino’s general reaction was ‘Phichit
Chulanont if you think I’m letting you get on the ice in ripped jeans and a
crop top you are very wrong and you are on fitness training for the whole day.’
4) Phichit did the classic ‘replacing
the shampoo with hair dye’ except he did it two days before a big competition
and Yuuri was very close to having to skate in public with bleach blond hair.
This was when Celestino officially banned the prank wars for good
3) Yuuri once stole Phichit ‘King
and the Skater’ DVD and replaced it with a disk containing a compilation of videos of Phichit falling over on the ice. Phichit might have more recordings of Yuuri
decking it but Yuuri had a few good ones too
2) Once Yuuri hit his head really
badly after failing a quad flip and, seeing a perfect opportunity, convinced
Phichit that by hitting his head he had forgotten how to speak English. Phichit
spent the whole day fretting over him and trying to badly google translate
everything Yuuri said and it only ended when Yuuri broke character and started
cracking up that night
1) Once, about a year after
Phichit found out about Yuuri and Viktor, Phichit broke into Yuuri’s locker at
the skate club and turned it into a typical high school crush locker with loads
of pictures and posters of Viktor with little hearts drawn all over them and ‘Yuuri
Nikiforov’ postits and stuff. All the skaters who saw it the next day thought
it was hilarious but then a couple of years later Yuuri and Viktor actually got
together and they wondered if maybe it was a sign
i woke up this morning and realized NOBODY HAD ASKED ME TOP FIVE THINGS PHICHIT LIKES ABOUT HIS SMOL ANXIOUS BOYCHILD and I stared up at the ceiling and shook my head
ANYWAY NOBODY HAS ASKED BUT I’M GONNA DO IT ANYWAY: THE MEG STORY
1. The difference between Public Yuri, who is kind of reserved and haughty looking and goes his way through his crowds of admirers like a majestic stag carrying his heavy crown of antlers through the mists of the forest, and Private Yuri, who trips over thin air, cries over shitty Russian cartoons he thinks maybe Victor Nikiforov may have watched, and in general acts like a newborn fawn terrified of the hard, cold world around him.
2. How, when Yuri is tired and hungry, he gets really, really quiet, and when he says anything it’s just an unending stream of salt about people he doesn’t like, and when you give him a granola bar and a place to sit down quietly, he falls asleep like a cranky two year old, his cheeks flushed with temper and exhaustion, still holding the half eaten granola bar.
3. If you catch him just at the right mood and moment, he will sit down on the couch with you and let you cuddle him for hours and watch The King and the Skater and the sequels without a word about them, and also he’s very warm and always slightly soft and very comfortable, even in the middle of competition season.His hair smells nice, too.
(3a. Victor Nikiforov discovers this, only with shitty Russian dramas, and keeps sending Phichit baffled texts like how is he so beautiful????? look at his haaaanddddd and sending Phichit closeups of the beautiful curve of Yuri’s sleeping hand on Victor’s chest.)
4. They did community service at a shelter and Yuri went down under an actual tsunami of dog and stayed there for like two hours, laughing and talking Japanese babytalk. There was a pitbull. The pitbull tried to adopt Yuri.
5. Yuri skates out to the center of the ice, takes a deep breath in, and begins to skate. Every time, Phichit swears to God he sees wings on his back.
because i’m still sad over how little screen time seung gil got
-phichit has the most fun ever seeing seung gil’s reaction when calling him ‘jagiya~’ (dear) when it’s just the two of them -seung gil can’t tell if he’s happy or jealous of how well phichit and his dog get along -sometimes he feels like he has two dogs -phichit just barely cares when he hears this, replying that seung gil is a lot like his pet and then they take a selfie together with a doggy ear/face filter -they walk the dog together sometimes, at night so they can hold hands and chat in low voices close to each other -seung gil’s clothes are a huge turn off it just goes from sexy times to sns time -it’s fine if seung gil doesn’t talk much, phichit understands -and when he does, he’ll ask questions -(though sometimes he does want seung gil to say it out loud, and he’ll bait those words out of him any way he can) -seung gil quickly learns that phichit is no actual angel but boy does his heart tell him otherwise -seung gil is so done with all the cute things phichit does -phichit is so done with seung gil’s closet but what can he do -seung gil is starting to learn from phichit how to be flirty and romantic and phichit is an unhappy flustered mess -when they first started dating, every time phichit got nervous he’d dodge the issue by taking a picture of seung gil’s face -the first time phichit saw seung gil smile he had a mental breakdown -seung gil finally dealt with all the criticisms over the lack of expression in his programs and did one that really expressed the sexual allure of man and boy was phichit allured -meanwhile phichit learned how to be quiet with his emotion and performs one of the most beautiful and thoughtful programs ever -phichit is always trying to sneak vegetables into seung gil’s diet -sometimes seung gil is afraid he’ll be swallowed up by phichit’s charisma and flair. just one moment of weakness and he’ll fall too deep for this person he needs to beat -sometimes they steal a rink away for an hour to themselves and just skate together, hand in hand, helping each other with jumps and enjoying the presence of each other -they’re fine spending so much time apart, occasionally messaging each other. they knew what was coming when they entered the relationship -whenever they hang out phichit is always (trying to) hang off seung gil for his warmth -or his dog -seung gil refused a selfie with phichit once and it was terrible, he was hounded so long, he’ll never say no again -usually phichit sits in seung gil’s lap to keep him from escaping from quality time together but once seung gil sat in his lap and phichit got turned on in like 0.2 seconds but then he kept making a big deal out of it like “HOLY SHIT SEUNG GIL THIS NEVER HAPPENS I NEED A PICTURE” and seung gil just gets up and leaves him to take care of his own problems
Hi I love your writing and had this thought for a top ten. I have no idea if you are still taking top ten requests but I thought I'd give it a try anyway. So we all know what an amazing friend Phichit is but what I'd like to know is when Yuuri been amazing for Phichit. So top ten Yuuri is a great friend to Phichit moments. I know you have a crazy schedule so I would more than understand if requests are over!
Top Ten Times Yuuri Was a Great Friend to Phichit:
10) Every time Yuuri turned up to one of Phichit’s skating
events, which was whenever he possible could, and cheered him on like the world’s
proudest parent from the sidelines
9) When the person Phichit was dating (who was a foreign exchange
student) moved back home Phichit got really down for a while and Yuuri bundled
him up in a blanket, stocked up on ice cream and had a movie marathon to take
his mind off it
8) Yuuri constantly indulged Phichit’s social media love by
playing along with all his games and challenges. Especially the one that
Phichit set up for the Yuuri fans following him called ‘Find Katsuki’ where he
would post lots of normal looking pictures but with Yuuri hiding somewhere obscure
in the background that you could only see if you looked hard. Like peeking out
of the crack in the wardrobe door or sitting at the top of a tree hidden in the
branches. It was a game Phichit’s fans loved to play because Yuuri was pretty inactive
on social media so spotting Yuuri in photos was already a game at official
events and the like and Phichit’s Instagram game made it extra entertaining. it also got Phichit a lot of extra followers.
7) During exams Phichit was usually pretty ok but sometimes
he would get really stressed studying and Yuuri would provide him with a
constant stream of coffee and food to keep him going
6) Yuuri held a special hamster funeral for Phichit’s
hamsters when they died because he was too upset to do it himself
5) Once Phichit ended up getting yelled at by Celestino for
something and Yuuri immediately did something even worse to get Celestino to
yell at him instead and get Phichit off the hook
4) Yuuri learned every single skate routine in the King and
the Skater so that he could skate them with Phichit
3) Once Phichit was having a really bad day and Yuuri flew
straight back from the competition he was at to spend time with him and cheer
him up even though he was still supposed to be in the country for a few more
days because Phichit was more important
2) Yuuri learned Thai for Phichit so that he could comfort
Phichit when he had nightmares and Thai was the best way to calm him down when
he was still half asleep and scared
1) Yuuri absolutely destroyed anyone who was rude to Phichit.
Once at a competition one of the older, more experienced skaters was being
really nasty to Phichit and calling him and nobody who would go no-where and
Yuuri ‘I’ve got more gold medals than all of you’ Katsuki overheard and walked
up to Phichit like ‘you were fantastic, you totally deserved that medal’ before
casually looking over at the other skater with a smile ‘oh hi…I’m sorry, who are you
Yuri on Ice BD audio commentary translation - Volume 4
I absolutely wanted to post this within today because this evening I want to work on the Pash interview with Sayo Yamamoto… This BD volume has lots of choreography footage so that will take a while to translate, and I’m going to give priority to the interview.
This commentary is different from the others because it’s not just Kubo with another person, there’s 4 of them. Luckily enough they don’t really talk over each other (except for one part, lol), but in the second half I translated most of what they say as dialogue because I felt it was more fitting. In the dialogue parts my notes/comments are in brackets.
The commentary is only for episode 7. Episode 8 has no commentary. It’s not a full translation but I summarized most of what they said, and some parts are almost completely translated. Fans of Phichit, Guang-Hong and Leo should definitely read it as it’s a rare chance to get comments from these voice actors. Also, their reactions to the last scene are hilarious, that’s a must read too.
The commentary is by: -Mitsurou Kubo -Kenshou Ono (Phichit) -Yuutarou Honjou (Guang-Hong) -Shunichi Toki (Leo)
Translation under the cut because it’s long. Enjoy!
This is for @kazliin amazing Rivals AU. Write a meme-fic because well… it’s 4am here my brain isn’t the best
Also, happy birthday Kaz!
“The King and The Skater is playing at the cinema tomorrow, do you want to go there?”
Phichit blinked in confusion. There was something weird about that question, such as since when did Yuuri know about current events in Detroit? After all, the festival of foreign films wasn’t something Yuuri usually picked on.
“Sure,” he replied, finally took off his shoes and went to the living room where Yuuri was buried under textbooks. “What time?”
“Is 6 pm okay?”
Phichit nodded and Yuuri smiled, before he went back to his notes and thousand of textbooks. Honestly, it was friday night and Yuuri was studying instead of relaxing. This calls for a drastic measure. “Wash your face Yuuri, it’s time for our skin to glow.”
He should have known something was up when Yuuri asked yesterday. He should have known. Now, looking at the disappointed expression on this guy’s face, Phichit didn’t know if he should laugh or pat his back sympathetically.
But Phichit didn’t care. Third-wheeling the supposed date aside, especially since Yuuri was oblivious in the first place anyway, The King and The Skater was playing and Phichit wouldn’t miss it for the world. “Hello David, I’m his roommate, Phichit.”
Phichit was a great friend. Which was why he was sitting on the toilet, scrolling down SNS because The King and The Skater might be more important but he also wanted Yuuri to have a boyfriend. Based on their interaction in the cinema, it seemed Yuuri was comfortable enough to be close to the guy, but then again Yuuri tutored him for six weeks so it was a given.
Maybe then Yuuri would finally forget Nikiforov.
(He doubted it.)
30 minutes was acceptable, he supposed, or Yuuri would be an anxious mess from worrying if Phichit was somehow swallowed by the toilet. He opened the door, humming to himself, and came face to face with an irate Yuuri.
“What the fuck!” Phichit clutched his chest in surprise.
“Sorry,” Yuuri didn’t look sorry at all, amusement flickered on his face until the irritated expression was back. “Let’s escape from here.”
Okay, first of all, “Why? What about David?”
“Tell you later,” Yuuri replied. They surreptitiously called the waitress, who was giving them a look of suspicion. “We’re from table 9,” Yuuri gave her money to cover all their meals, “please take the rest, and can you please show us the backdoor?”
Behind him, Phichit mouthed, “bad date,” and the waitress looked amused.
“Sure, it’s that way, sirs,” she pointed the door from the kitchen, and Phichit waved to the chefs on the way out. “Should I inform the man that you left?”
“No problem, sirs,” she smiled. “Good luck for the Grand Prix Final,” she said before she closed the door on their faces.
“Well, seems she’s your fan.” Phichit shrugged. He hoped she wouldn’t tell anyone about what happened though, he knew Yuuri would die from embarrassment if it happened. “So what’s the deal with David?” He asked when they were a block away from the restaurant.
“He said Viktor was overrated and the judges always give him scores more than what he deserves,” Yuuri’s frown was back with a pout as a plus.
Oh Yuuri, Phichit fought the urge to hug him fondly. It’s always about Nikiforov in the end, isn’t it?
But there’s one thing more important than another hopeful person who wants to be Yuuri’s the one.
“Did you shove the breadsticks to your purse?”
Yuuri stared him with a look. “I shoved some in my pockets, did it count?” Yuuri showed the breadsticks in his jacket pockets and Phichit took one out.
“You,” Phichit chewed the breadstick, tasted heavenly in his mouth, “are the best friend anyone could ever have.”
“You too,” Yuuri said bashfully, with a hand full of breadstick.
I found hilarious your description about Yuuri's top photos taken by Phichit. So... Can you please make a top ten of those, please? Thanks in advance! I really love your fic and love u for being this amazing.
The Top Ten Most Liked Photos/Videos By Phichit To Date:
1) The ‘my best friend could kill a man with his thighs’ one mentioned in an earlier ask
2) The ‘Yuuri drinking vodka straight out of a bottle during finals week’ one mentioned in an earlier ask
3) The ‘Yuuri flipping his shit because he spilled coffee all over his laptop and broke it’ that brought in loads of offers of free laptops from companies again mentioned in an earlier ask
4) Yuuri and Phichit reenacting the ‘Shall We Skate’ scene from ‘The King and the Skater’ which was also when they had to officially clarify that their relationship was platonic because that scene was really really gay and they absolutely did it justice
5) Yuuri and Phichit dressed to go out to a halloween party at collage (Yuuri lost a bet so Phichit picked out his costume. Let’s just say ‘sexy’ was definitely in the title of the costume he bought and forced Yuuri to wear)
6) Phichit wearing his first gold medal at a skating event and Yuuri looking like a proud parent beside him
7) A video of Yuuri asleep on his bed just before Phichit chucks a bucket of water over him during one of their epic prank wars
8) A picture of Yuuri literally asleep on the ice of the rink during the exam period when he was stress skating and not eating enough
9) A picture of Yuuri and Phichit on Phichit’s first day of collage looking extremely happy
10) A group selfie with loads of other skaters during Phichit’s senior debut
+ no.1 of all time) A picture that does not exist in the timeline yet but one day in the future of the Rivals series timeline will eventually exist of a certain situation where Yuuri and Viktor look very happy together and Phichit is in the corner looking ecstatic as a best *ahem* “friend” ;)
Yuri on Ice BD booklet translation (with Jun Shishido & Yuusuke Tannawa interview) - Volume 4
The full translation of the booklet of vol.4 is finally done… Actually, one of the reasons it took me so long is that I spent most of the time I was home from Thursday to Sunday watching Fuji TV’s live coverage of the World Championships, lol. And I’m glad I did because it was really exciting. It does make a difference to watch it live without knowing the results… I will work on the audio commentary and choreography part in the next few days, and hopefully on other stuff too.
The booklet has 3 parts: 1) Character introduction for Phichit, Chris and Guang-Hong. 2) “Topics”, in other words random curiosities. 3) Interview with chief director Jun Shishido and screen designer Yuusuke Tannawa. Most of you will probably have no idea who they are (and their titles are by no means a good explanation of what their actual role was), but I really recommend reading this interview because it gives more insight on the creation process of YOI and maybe it helps understand how hard it is to animate figure skating. The parts in round brackets are exactly like they are in the original text, it’s not something I added.
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He’s going to leave a mark in Thai’s skating history with his blades!
Phichit Chulanont voiced by Kenshou Ono
Profile Date of birth: April 30th, 20 years old Height: 165 cm Blood type: B Thai
Introduction A new hope for Thailand, that didn’t have any skaters who got remarkable results. His popularity is quickly growing also thanks to his spontaneous and pleasant skating style that mirrors his friendly personality. This season he is skating both his short program and free to songs from the movie “The King and the Skater”, which is something he had always dreamed of doing. He is the first Thai skater to have succeeded in a quadruple jump and he also obtained his first Grand Prix victory. He is continuing to rewrite Thai’s figure skating history. He used to train under Celestino in Detroit, but from this season he has moved his base back to Thailand. He loves hamsters and has a lot of them. Posts about them can be seen on his SNS.
The lethal weapon made of sex appeal that shines on the ice.
Christophe Giacometti voiced by Hiroki Yasumoto
Profile Date of birth: February 14th, 25 years old Height: 183 cm Blood type: undisclosed Swiss
Introduction 10 years since he moved to the senior class, he is one of the world’s best skaters fighting for the top. Beside his quadruple Lutz and his characteristic sexy moves, he is also praised for his unique and precise spins. As a veteran, he never breaks down too much, but he is a slow starter and tends to not perform at his best in the Grand Prix series, which is held in the first half of the season. Last year he came in 2nd in both the Grand Prix Final and the World Championships. With his long-time rival Nikiforov missing this season, he is one of the candidates to snatch the king’s throne. He is a popular skater who captures the hearts of women all over the world with his passionate and alluring performances that ooze the sex appeal of a grown-up man. He has a cat.
To become, one day, China’s hero.
Guang-Hong Ji voiced by Yuutarou Honjou
Profile Date of birth: January 7th, 17 years old Height: 160 cm Blood type: O Chinese
Introduction A growing 17-years-old who moved to the senior class this season. In the Grand Prix’s America tournament he placed 3rd, achieving the amazing feat of standing on the podium on his debut performance. The success rate of his quadruple jumps, which he started training for this season, is also high, and as China’s new ace he is expected to grow further in the second half of the season. He has a shy personality, but at the same time he also uploads many selfies on the SNS. It seems that he also bought a lot of clothes during his training camp in Canada. Together with his friend Chulanont from Thailand and Japan’s Minami, he is called by fans “one of Asia’s 3 cutest skaters”.
TOPIC 1: Grand Prix Series It consists in a total of 7 tournaments: 6 tournaments held in different countries every year from the end of October to the end of November, and the final that sees the 6 skaters who got the highest scores in the other tournaments as its participants. The 6 tournaments are always held in the same countries (the order may vary), but the location of the final changes every year, and this season it’s Barcelona in Spain. The participants are chosen based on their results in tournaments regulated by ISU (International Skating Union), their world ranking, recommendations by the host country etc.; however, each skater can only participate in a maximum of 2 tournaments. In addition, only up to 3 skaters from the same country can participate in the same category of the same tournament. The period when the skaters’ allocation is announced is somewhat of a festival among skating fans.
*It’s night in Japan when the skaters’ allocation is announced *The first 6 tournaments are held in 6 countries over the span of 6 weeks *In every tournament skaters receive points depending on their placement (15 points for the 1st place, 13 points for the 2nd place and so on), and the final ranking decides who will participate in the final
TOPIC 2: Quadruple Jump (*at the moment of the Russia tournament) One of the techniques that decide the game in male figure skating is quadruple jumps. Since the number and type of jumps greatly influences the score, recently it’s common for skaters to include multiple quadruple jumps in their programs. However, according to the rules the same jump can only be repeated a limited number of times, therefore skaters try new types of jumps and train hard to be able to have more quadruple jumps to put in their programs. Currently, 5 types of jumps except for the Axel have been successfully landed in official competitions. The one with the highest score is the Lutz, which top skaters such as Victor, Giacometti and JJ are using in their programs. The quadruple toeloop, which has the lowest score, is successfully used by young skaters such as Kenjirou Minami, Guang-Hong and Phichit too. Yuuri can jump the toeloop and Salchow and is currently training to master Victor’s trademark flip. After the Lutz, the flip is the jump with the highest score.
*Yurio in his junior years getting scolded for jumping a quadruple that was not planned *Seung-gil is the first who successfully landed a quadruple loop *Emil is a jumper that has 4 quadruples in his free *JJ jumps an amazing quadruple Lutz in the second half of his program *Victor uses as his weapons 4 types of quadruples, except for the Axel and loop (in the EX he landed a loop too)
TOPIC 3: Support Item (cheering goods) It often happens to spot flags and banners used as cheering goods in figure skating venues. After a performance flower bouquets and plushes are also thrown into the rink. Banners do not only feature the skater’s name and flag; sometimes they have a message or a portrait of the skater with which people try to show their support, and in some cases they are even made using photographs. Yuuri is often thrown plushes of food. The bouquets and plushes are picked up by children who are learning skating, usually called “flower girls” and “flower boys”.
*JJ’s cheering group, called JJ girls. *Yurio’s hardcore fans are called Yuri angels. *Flags are basic items. Some fans bring different types. *Present snacks from fans for Yuuri who is on a diet? *After popular athletes skate the flower girls and boys have a hard time picking up everything *Sometimes skaters will actually put on the items that are thrown into the rink
TOPIC 4: Kiss & Cry The kiss & cry is where skaters wait for their score after a performance. The name comes from the fact that it’s a place where athletes can experience both happy and sad feelings. Normally the skater and their coach will sit there, but in some cases there might be people from a country’s federation or the choreographer too. In many venues there will be a microphone, therefore skaters can also send messages to their family and fans. If you listen to the broadcast closely you might be able to hear the athlete and coach reviewing the performance or other conversations.
*Sometimes the coach might strike a pose too *It’s also a place where athletes vow to make up for a defeat *”Please support me!” addressed to the viewers *The JJ style gesture in the kiss & cry is a recurrence *Michele’s sister Sara can be seen in the kiss & cry too
Chief director / Screen designer Jun Shishido & Yuusuke Tannawa interview
I want to make the gag scenes dynamic. (Shishido) The opening of episode 11 was possible thanks to the viewers’ response. (Tannawa)
Shishido: I’m the chief director, but in fact I did a lot of things. Director Yamamoto was too busy, so she mainly did sound and editing, and then since it’s an original story she focused on the story composition… Tannawa: Shishido-san was like the site supervisor. We would ask things related to the story itself to director Yamamoto, but the one who actually took action and gave directions was Shishido-san. Though in the credits I appear as “screen designer”, the anime’s screen design was created by the director of photography, and my job in this series mainly consisted in creating the footage for PVs, OP etc. and checking the final product before delivery. I started working on the PV at the beginning of 2016. I asked director Yamamoto what kind of layout she had in mind, and decided how to set the visuals of the series. Regarding the contents of the episodes I also discussed with Shishido-san about various topics – for example, “this processing can be done with camerawork, this expression can be recreated with CG” – and shared this information with the involved work groups.
-Trial and error to create the huge amount of skating scenes.-
T: In figure skating athletes perform while continuously moving around, therefore it was extremely difficult to understand where an athlete was and in what direction he was skating in each frame. In the 1st episode we created a CG model of the skater based on the real choreography footage and had it skate in a rink created with 3DCG, then we followed it with tridimensional camerawork and used that footage as a base for the animation. It was a very elaborate process. However, we realized that it was impossible to continue using this method with the production schedule of a TV series, therefore we switched to a different method where we would create camerawork on a general background map. Also, after episode 5, for certain characters we preceded the creation of the key animation with 3DCG. The final animation is all done by hand, but by having a base to use as a reference it was possible to calculate the available time frame and create the animations accordingly, thus shortening the working time. S: Even if you suddently ask the 3D staff to create figure skating animation, of course they have almost no knowledge of the jumps and techniques. They create the animation based on the reference footage, but they cannot express complex details such as how athletes balance their feet the moment they jump, so for that I and (figure skating animators) Abiko-san and Tatenaka-san adjusted the animation. Among the people working on the series, the only ones who had technical knowledge about figure skating were the 3 of us and director Yamamoto. And it’s not something that you can just explain verbally, so we took on all those jobs ourselves. We checked… everything, probably. Actually, until episode 4 the skating scenes were all created by Abiko-san and Tatenaka-san, so I didn’t need to check them, but from episode 5 the amount of skating scenes became so huge that we asked Tannawa-san and the others whether we could get help from the CG team… I completely trusted Tannawa-san, because I knew that if we explained what to do he would understand what was needed. T: I basically asked what they couldn’t do, and we did all we could to make up for that and reduce their workload. We would never have finished the series otherwise. That’s why for this anime no one ever said “isn’t that your job?”. For every episode, everyone just fought toward completion. S: Everyone took responsibility for their job and worked with extreme care, like no one was going to double-check what they did afterwards. We thought, “if we don’t do our best, this series will not make it to the broadcast, therefore we must all be responsible and work hard”…
-A scene you especially paid attention to.-
S: All the storyboards for the skating scenes were drawn by the director, but I drew them for quite a lot of daily life scenes. I especially like the scene where Yurio gives a pirozhki to Yuuri (in episode 9). I was particularly careful to make Yurio look cute. I wanted to show that, even though normally he is rude (to Yuuri), he actually rather trusts him and they do get along. I also like gag scenes, so I had fun with scenes such as the hug competition at the end of episode 9. Gag scenes do not need to be drawn as neatly as serious scenes, therefore I decided to animate them in a very comical and dynamic way. T: I paid a lot of attention to the opening. The way we changed it in episode 11 to reflect the current story development is something I myself suggested to the director. Actually, only the opening of episode 1 was still incomplete when it was broadcasted. From episode 2 onwards it was always the same footage, but the viewers wrote a lot of comments about it (and were wondering whether it was changing every time). Since everyone was watching it every time without skipping it, we decided to really change it in the end. S: My favorite character is Georgi Popovich! He’s a man who can talk about love seriously. He actually makes a few appearances since the 1st episode. When we were working on episode 1 we only had Kubo-sensei’s character plans and the storyboard saying “a character named Popovich is standing here”. We made him stand out a little because we understood that he would show up in the story later on. And what a character he was, when he was introduced in episode 6! T: He was so striking that I was actually shocked! I like Popovich too. Also, among the programs, I like Yuuri’s FS “Yuri on ICE”. It’s the first song I listened to working for this series, and at that time I used it for the PV without knowing that it was going to be Yuuri’s FS. In the PV Yuuri is skating in Hasetsu with his slender appearance from episode 3 onwards, and (the character designer) Hiramatsu-san commented “it’s a wonderful video, but now we have to make him fat”. I remember thinking “what is he saying??” (LOL).
-The power of the support that reached the studio.-
S: When we were creating the anime we were so busy with the work at hand that we didn’t really realize how much of a response the series was having. However, we received lots of presents, food, goods and letters of support from fans. T: Even items based on the contents of the series, like (retort-packed) borscht. That made us feel that fans were really supporting us because they liked the series, and it boosted our morale. Knowing that there were so many people watching and cheering on us motivated us to our best even it meant working overnight without sleeping. S: The charm of this series is the love of the original creators, director Yamamoto and Kubo-sensei, that you can feel from it. It’s just so strong. T: It also feels like you are touring various countries to follow Yuuri and the others and watch their matches. You can watch it with the eyes of a spectator and think “I didn’t know a lot about this athlete, but now I see how he skates”. I think that another element that allows viewers to really get into the world of the series is how not only the matches but also the skaters’ practice scenes and the back yard are drawn with lots of details. Everything is detailed, even the different shape of each skater’s blades. The director herself is full of very sincere love for figure skating, and that was transmitted to both the staff and the viewers. S: The animation studio had a very nice atmosphere. It’s the first time that I’m working with Tannawa-san, but when I saw his work I realized right away that he was someone I could trust. Trust and unity are something you find in the staff of many series, but for this one it was especially strong.
On a side note, Kubo & Yamamoto went to see the Worlds in Helsinki and are now in St.Petersburg. I am confident it’s tourism but with a spoonful of location hunting… (What a timing, though. I hope none of you or your acquaintances were personally affected by what happened the other day in the subway)