these things are always my favorite. from the top left: skating, jumps, spins, steps. yuuri’s strength is pure (清潔な ‘immaculate, clean’) sex appeal and his weakness is mental. victor’s strength is surprise, whereas his weakness is cooperation.
edit: part 2! part 3! translation of the paragraphs above the charts can be found in the notes!
I don’t understand people who are really baffled by other languages like “wAit!!!! This letter…. makes a DiFfereNt sound in ThAt lanUuuauuage wAT???! The rulEs for garammmer and spilling is diFfrrfrent???” like yes Sharon those things are what make it…. a different language
it’s 100% canon that Yuuri and Victor learn each other’s languages and I love to think about them surprising each other with it?
because just imagine half-asleep Yuuri mumbling something in Japanese and Victor chuckling and answering him in the same language and Yuuri being suddenly very awake and affected and very very in love
or Victor and Yakov discussing some parts of Victor’s program in Russian and Yuuri casually adding his comment and Victor just staring at him for a second while Yuuri is blushing and internally freaking out he said it the wrong way
idk I just love to think of all those small moments and I’m so sure that after a couple years they’ll probably stop talk in English and use some weird mix of Japanese and Russian instead and for some reason it makes me really happy to imagine this
When people get all snippy about enforcing antiquated grammar rules, all I can think of is Edmund Spenser.
In the 1590’s, some dude named Edmund Spenser decided to write a flowery epic poem, basically a transparent allegory praising Queen Elizabeth. Fair enough. He was like, “I want this work to be remembered forever, so I don’t wanna use, like, MODERN SLANG or the CASUAL DISREGARD FOR GRAMMAR or FOREIGN INFLUENCE that THESE YOUNG UPSTARTS keep using. Nobody will read or understand their stuff in the future. I know, I’ll write in the style of Chaucer, because Chaucer is a ‘well of English undefiled.’ Now my piece will be a classic of pure and untainted English. 👌👌👌”
So he wrote this semi-incomprehensible fake-Chaucer poem. But FUNNNN FACT, guess who else was writing poetry in the 1590’s? Some young upstart using modern slang and casual disregard for grammar and foreign influence named William Shakespeare. And his stuff was good enough that a huge chunk of literary education is devoted to understanding his use of language… meanwhile, who’s ever heard of a Spenser Theatre Troupe, a Spenser Studies degree, or Spenser in the Park?
So ease up on that grammar policing. Shakespeare is widely praised for his inventiveness with language, creating and popularizing tons of new words and being the first recorded example of loads of common slang terms. Let’s appreciate it when 21st-century creators do the same!
“Why are there so many of them”
“They look like girls”
“Why do they wear make-up if their boys?”
“Why listen to kpop when you can’t understand it?”
“Why are you listening to Chinese music?”
“What does the K stand for?”
“Why do they look so young?”
“Why are they wearing school uniforms?”
“I didn’t know Asains rapped!”
“I thought all music was in English”
“Why like someone that can’t even talk the same language as you”
“The nicknames are so weird”
Logan makes every other superhero film in the past fifteen
years look like a cheap parlor trick. For two hours and twenty one minutes, it
locks you in and makes you watch a movie that doesn’t work the way it’s supposed
to. It’s uncomfortable and messy and it doesn’t satisfy. Wolverine’s claws are
uneven and his kills are ugly. People die with no last words, no proper sendoff
and no closure. Logan provokes
visceral reactions time and again, not because it’s violent, but because it’s
painful, and everything else now looks plastic by comparison.
the top, let me say I hope this doesn’t come across as some edgy rant arguing
for more gore and profanity in superhero films. That’s not my point. I should
also confess that I have no experience with the X-Men comics, or with comics at
all for that matter. I’m not arguing that The
Avengers would have been better with a few more fucks given. All I’m saying
is that Logan changes things, and the
rest of the genre needs to take notice and adapt.
expect words like “raw” and “gritty” will be thrown around a lot in discussing Logan. I’m hesitant to use that
vernacular because it’s the same language people use to describe The Dark Knight, and the two really aren’t
that comparable. They both step outside the box of contemporary comic book
movies, but where TheDark Knight is a thriller, Logan is a western, and therein lies the
difference that makes Hugh Jackman’s final outing so important.
the modern Hollywood superhero archetype, the greater message to the audience
is apparent to the characters. Superman is a symbol of justice and goodness,
and he understands that just as well as we do. In The Dark Knight, Batman represents the basic human struggle between
morality and chaos that thematically pervades throughout the whole film. Both
forces are at work in Bruce Wayne, and The Joker and Two Face bring that inner
conflict into the spotlight. And Batman gets
this. He understands he’s a symbol in some broader thematic picture.
a western, Batman doesn’t get it. We get it, and therefore we have certain
expectations about how Batman is supposed to act and how the plot is supposed
to go. Batman doesn’t see the deeper significance of his circumstances, so his
actions don’t match our expectations. He doesn’t stop to consider what he’s supposed to do in a narrative sense.
The Dark Knight
is clean. Maybe that’s controversial, but it shouldn’t be. Yes, Rachel dies. Yes, Harvey
Dent succumbs to The Joker’s twisted social experiment, and yes, Batman takes
the fall when he shouldn’t have to. But that all makes sense. It fulfills the
thematic ends we anticipated when we bought our tickets. We understand what Batman
and Joker represent, and we’d be shocked if the movie ended happy. In the end,
we get what we paid for. It’s clean. It satisfies.
Logan does not satisfy. It isn’t clean because no part of it
understands the rules it’s supposed to follow. Professor X insists on being
crass, pathetic and generally wrong about everything, despite our presumption
that he’s meant to be kind, strong and wise. Characters die in the middle of fights,
dazed and confused with no forewarning, no tidy arc or epiphany and no greater
thematic significance. And when they’re buried, Logan offers no words to explain why. It doesn’t resolve the major
plot points revealed in the film’s third act. It refuses to give us the
explanations we demand. Hell, the whole crux of the plot is that Wolverine’s
powers have stopped functioning properly. He doesn’t work the way he’s supposed
also expect Logan will see a lot of
comparisons to last year’s Deadpool. After
all, the two films mark the first two consecutive steps in Fox’s ongoing
experiment in R-rated superhero movies. The difference is that Deadpool puts a filter on the
established tropes of the genre, while Logan
takes a filter off.
no point while watching Ryan Reynolds bloodily slice up extras and spout crude
one-liners did I see Deadpool as some
new norm. It doesn’t feel natural, it feels off. In a good way mind you, but
off nonetheless. Logan, on the other hand, makes everything else feel off. Suddenly,
every prior film Fox, DC and Disney have ever put out in the genre looks fake.
Where’s the ugliness? Where’s the pain? I’m not asking Chris Hemsworth to start
decapitating people in Thor: Ragnarok,
but looking back now I can’t help notice all the lines, all the actions, all
the moments that felt stiff and unnatural. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has
always been primed and focus-tested, there’s no revelation there. The Hollywood
blood was visibly coursing right beneath the skin, and everyone accepted it.
But now Logan has cut an adamantium
gash and the Hollywood is spilling out, impossible to ignore anymore.
Jackman’s Wolverine holds a pedigree as old as the contemporary superhero film.
Tobey Maguire’s masked debut in Spiderman
made such a huge splash upon release in 2002 that lots of people forget it was
preceded two years by the original X-Men.
Long before Robert Downey Jr. became an idol for American children, Hugh Jackman
and Wolverine laid the early groundwork that would become modern comic book blockbusters
as we know them. The X-Men franchise built the foundation for the genre’s
multibillion-dollar card tower, and in one breath James Mangold blew the whole
thing down and showed us all what a façade it was.
until now, superhero flicks have been Hollywood’s Top 40 pop hits. Sure Batman
might switch into a minor key and Deadpool slapped a parental advisory label on
the cover, but they still played on the same stations. Logan composes in a whole different time signature. It’s new and
different and feels unnatural, and it can’t be ignored.
iNow that everyone has been revived after getting ‘good’ slaughtered by victuuri in ep.10, do you have some time to talk about Otabek Altin? The precious cinnamon roll and Yurio’s new friend?
Let’s get to know this Dark Horse.
So he’s 18, he was the first to qualify for GPF, won last season’s bronze and represents Kazakhstan.
Many of you might not even be aware of the existence of this country, so in brief: Kazakhstan is a post USSR country in the centre of Eurasia, right between Russia, China, Middle East and Europe continent.
So, why would Kubo-sensei even include someone from there?
The answer is Kazakhstan’s real life figure skating hero - Denis Ten.
Denis Ten is:
the first skater to represent KZ in international championships
currently 23 years old
is from Kazakhstan but of a Korean origin
Olympic bronze medalist, World silver and bronze medalist, 4 Continents gold medalist, Asia Winter Sports gold medalist
cinnamon roll like you wouldn’t believe how sweet
Otabek is definitely inspired by Denis, and therefore I will take his perspective to judge his background.
The thing about sport athletes in Kazakhstan is that they’re ALWAYS self-made. Neither education system nor sports practice is well-developped here yet. Which is understandable since the country is still young (25 years of Independance, yay) and confused in many aspects. That’s not fine but we manage. That however does not change the fact that Kazakh sport education is a complete bullshit when compared to Europe, USA, Asia or Russia (with the exception of boxing and martial arts, probably).
Therefore if you are from KZ and want a world champion for a kid, these are the steps you need to take:
1. Sign them up for sports club early. No team sports, only individual. Team sports have no future here yet.
2. Once they start to show a talent, interest and/or competitive spirit send them to Russia. Russia has better coaches, facilities and programme. Russia is close, cheap and easy to travel to, and not emotionally stressing for the kid, since it’s the same environment there.
3. Once they come of an age to participate in a competition SEND THEM AS FAR AS YOUR BUDGET ALLOWS YOU. USA and Canada for figure skating. USA, Europe and Australia for swimming and tennis. Why? Because it’s one thing to train in your rivals’ adobe, all of them
young talented and ambitious, being coached by their coach, at the same time as them, and completely other thing to be enrolled in a kind of sports boarding school where the coach is from some France and other students are from all over the world, struggling to get better same as you. Goverment does not provide any stable scholarships for this, btw. It’s all up to parents to find, choose and pay for. If you happen to have a kind, well-educated and persistant coach in KZ, they might win you some bonuses in a harsh battle against bureaucracy, but it will not be enough to cover for all or even half of it.
LAST YEAR!!!! You hear me?? He was 17, and already a bronze medalist when he returned to his hometown!!
That means that all the time before he spent overseas. Can you imagine that?? A 13-16 year old Otabek in another hemisphere from his home. That’s like half an equator, one ocean and 11-14 timezones away.
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struggling with language barrier (think he had time to perfect his English before? not likely), with harsh training and obligatory schoolwork - all on top of taking care of himself all by himself.
Can you imagine Otabek coming back on one of those days to an epmty room in a dorm and messages from his family. Calls might be very hard to time up with such time diference. His mom inquiring how he has been, if he eats properly and does his laundry in time, scheduling for skype calls, updating him on his relatives and friends, giving advice on treating colds and stomach ache, and all those other things that most of the boys his age get for granted.
My heart aches over thinking how lonely he must’ve felt.
And, he probably wouldn’t be able to tell them, if anything would not go well. Because there would be nothing they could do from over there, it would only cause them to worry more. Even more than they already would have been.
So there was only one way for him: to suck it up, train hard, suceed and make them proud.
He is not trying to prove himself to himself as Yuuri, nor does he need to prove himself over others like Yurio. He doesn’t want it for fame like JJ, he wants it for his family, his people and his country. That’s any Kazakh’s default mission in life - make your parents proud. Especially after he had returned home with a medal and proved himself to be capable of competing at the same level as Victor fucking Nikiforov and Christophe Jeacometti!!!!!! Him! A Kazakh boy of 17 years!! Kubo-sensei does not joke around when calling him a hero, because he is one! A hero and a history-maker, same as Phichit.
We haven’t seen his coach or team yet, but I have a feeling that it would be the same situation as Denis’s. Meaning, he doesn’t have one.
Denis Ten often travels (or used to travel) to the competitions by himself. There is no staff assigned to help him out. He is used to do trivial things like filling paper forms, booking time for practice, booking hotels, turning in audio tracks for the performance, etc. There have been numerous times when they had either messed up the music at the start of his performance or even played the wrong hymn during the awards ceremony. In his interview, Denis admitted to being totally lost at what to do at those time. There’s also no one to defend/protect him when something comes up, since there’s no one from KZ who has a weight in figure skating world.
I have a distinctive feeling Otabek will be the same.
I mean, how the hell would he be comfortable enough to rent a bike and ride all over Bar-freaking-celona, with no fear to get lost/in trouble, if he wasn’t used to this kind of responsibilities? Again, he’s 18.
At the same time Yurio is like:
Therefore his friendship with Yurio is truly a blessing. They do have a lot in common, they’re practically from the same background: the lifestyle in KZ and Russia does not really differ. It’s the same culture, the same language (KZ is bilinguial: both Kazakh and Russian are widely spoken), a really similar mindset, educational system, environment, custom etc. They’re both outsiders in the current lineup, striving to make a name for themselves. It’s almost the same as 5 years ago in that camp when both Otabek and Yurio were new to the rink in Saint-Petersburg. That’s what Otabek referring to, I think, when he says Yurio had eyes of a soldier. In that environment they’d be both treated the same, you know. Otabek as a no one from nowhere and Yurio as a that guy from Moscow. Not even sure what’d have been worse.
Also there’s a post going around about bad realtion between Russians and Kazakhs, stressing that Kazakh is an inferior race to Russians - PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE DO NOT BELIEVE IT THAT IS NOT TRUE!!!!!!!
Our nations have always been close, we have a long and complicated history but the friendship between two countries and people is very strong.
There are some issues in terms of racism on both sides but it is very rare/obscure case and is usually triggered by something.
Therefore I ask you to support Otabek Altin and his friendship with Yurochka! Please do adopt him! Please do dote on him! He really deserves and needs that!
and if you have some more feels to spare, please take a look at Denis Ten too :3
why do you cry about some Chinese girls you'll never meet?
they've been my family since day one and will always be there for me. It doesn't matter if we don't live in the same place or speak the same language. They give us hope and something to always look forward too, even when life has us at our lowest point.