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Yuri on Ice interview translation - PASH! 2017/03 (p11) (Q&A part)

Here’s the Q&A part that was published with the episode commentary and I didn’t have time to translate the other day.

Regarding the question about Chris’ acquaintance, you may want to read the report of the other day’s talk show to get a more complete idea.

(Side note: I still haven’t had time to answer some of the questions I received, please wait a little… I will also work on the very long interview with Kubo on the magazine Febri from tonight. Interview rush this month, really.)

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Mitsurou Kubo presents Q&A exhibition!!!
We asked Kubo-san about curiosities that didn’t fit the commentary, in a Q&A format.

Q. Why is Victor cold to JJ?
A. He genuinely doesn’t care (LOL). He doesn’t even remember JJ’s name correctly, but that’s because he is the type of person that doesn’t try to remember things he isn’t interested about. It’s not like he’s looking down or him or doesn’t get along, he really just doesn’t care. Until this point we hadn’t clearly shown Victor not being interested in someone, so I was thinking about a character who wouldn’t feel hurt even if Victor didn’t care about him… and realized that it could only be JJ. In fact, he wasn’t really bothered.

Q. What is Victor to JJ?
A. I think he is someone he has to challenge. The type of person he wants to confront and beat when they’re both in their very best condition. He would never want to win because Victor is in a bad condition or just out of a slump. More than admiring him, I think he wants to be his equal rival. And he believes that if he does his best he will get the gold medal. Therefore, to avoid looking at Victor like someone who is no match for him, he takes the liberty of speaking with him in that overfamiliar way. But I think that JJ is currently the one who is fighting against the fear of losing more than anyone else. It also looks like he didn’t really have a good relationship with his previous coaches and people didn’t understand him.

Q. Is Victor worried about the “whorl” of hair on his head?
A. More than Victor, this is something many Russian people care about. Though in Victor’s case I think it’s more like his hairline than the whorl (LOL). But I think that having such a weakness makes him a fascinating person. Before the FS in episode 7 Yuuri even presses the top of his head while a large audience is watching. In this scene I wanted to do something that people wouldn’t actually do in the real figure skating world, I had fun drawing it.

Q. We want to know more about Otabek!
A. In his private life he is also a DJ, and he’s kind of a street style guy. He actually has many mischievous friends. That’s why he finds Yurio really cool, because he has so many things that Otabek doesn’t have and admires. And he’s also the type who doesn’t give importance to hierarchies, so Yurio was happy that he wanted them to be equals. So you figure what happens when he asks him “will you come or not?”… (LOL)

Q. Who is the handsome guy always together with Chris?
A. He’s a man from the Swiss Skating Federation. I created him because I didn’t want Chris to feel lonely (LOL). I’m not going to say anything about what his relationship with Chris is, but we believe that he’s a former ice dancer that belongs to the Federation.

Q. We want to know some secret anecdotes about the last episode!
A. When I wrote the storyboard, I added “They say Katsuki is retiring.” as a subtitle. For Victor’s line I also considered “the ‘katsu’ in ‘Katsuki’ is the ‘katsu’ from ‘selfish’!*”, but I thought “nah, Victor is not that good at Japanese” and I didn’t use it (LOL). Also, in the storyboard there was a scene where Yuuri, before skating, is trying to tell Yurio that he’s going to retire but in the end isn’t able to tell him. But there was no time, so it was cut in the anime…
[*translator’s note: “Selfish” in Japanese can be said “jibunkatte” 自分勝手, where the kanji for the “kat(su)” part is the same kanji as the “Katsu” in “Katsuki” 勝生. I’m glad she didn’t use that because it would have been impossible to translate properly… though Victor does still use the word “jibunkatte” in the episode. Also, in the end they are supposed to be speaking in English together, so yeah. By the way, the subtitle she originally thought, which in Japanese is “Katsuki, intai suru’tte yo” is probably a reference to the title of the novel “The Kirishima Thing”  that in Japanese is “Kirishima, bukatsu yameru’tte yo” and was adapted into a movie. The ’~tte yo’ wording has kind of become popular after that.]

Q. How did you decide the way Victor cries?
A. I drew it so that Victor’s tears wouldn’t stream down his cheeks but “drop from the tip of his eyelashes”. Sometimes people who aren’t used to crying do not move their facial muscles and don’t wipe their tears, so they just trickle down. The way Victor cries is something I had already roughly sketched in a meeting with the director.

Q. Why didn’t Phichit talk to Yuuri about his dream?
A. I think the reason Phichit-kun still hasn’t talked to Yuuri about his dream of holding an ice show in Thailand is that he too wants to surprise him. They have this kind of relationship. I think that all skaters, even if this time they couldn’t achieve their best results, are thinking about what they can do to create a skating world that they can enjoy even more than now, and about what they can do for their home countries.

Q. Why does Michele speak in the Hiroshima dialect?
A. In the setting he is from Naples and speaks English with an Italian accent, so to express that I decided that he would speak in Hiroshima dialect.

Q. Tell us how you feel now that the series is over and about the future!
A. I am very well aware that you are all hoping for a continuation of the show, and with director Yamamoto we always talk about what we would like to do if we ever have the chance to work again with the staff that has gathered to make this series. We still do not know if a “St. Petersburg arc” would be the best. However, it’s definitely not something that I can do alone, and to draw this series again we would need to collect a lot of information and find many new things. It wasn’t a series that was possible to create just inside my head. But we must create something convincing, otherwise people are not going to follow us, and it wouldn’t come true. More than anything, the thought that we might not see Yuuri, Victor, Yurio and the other characters again makes us sadder than anyone else. Actually, I’m going to go on a trip abroad with the director soon (LOL), and we are planning to talk about the future too. I hope we have time to discuss carefully about what lies ahead for “Yuri on Ice”, and I’ll be happy if you keep on supporting us in the meantime.


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Anthem Stephane Lambiel and Daisuke Takahashi | Victor and Yuri Rotoscope animation

Incredible, just incredible! It’s tenfold beautiful if you watch the behind the scenes of when Kenji Miyamoto (Yuri on ice skate program choreographer) created the choreo for them here:

Imagine:

-Viktor creating skate programs based on Yuuri making him cry (ep 12)
-The short program’s song is “After The Final,” and the free skate program’s song is “Let’s End This”
-Viktor “I am extra” Nikiforov decides his costume is based on a white robe(???)
-“What’s your theme this season, Viktor?”
“Oh, you know, ‘selfish boyfriends who make decisions all willy-nilly but they’re not actually selfish’”
“That’s very specific, Mr. Nikiforov”

anonymous asked:

HEY DERE do you have any bottom/omega Victor fic recs? Pls save my thirsty soul

                                           omega!victor fic rec


a match worth waiting for  by  fan_nerd

summary: a collection of fics centered around a/b/o dynamics. victor is an omega; yuuri is an alpha.

comment: i fucking love this series, every fic takes you through a stage of victor’s heat and it’s hot and sweet at the same time. A+++++

To Cradle You and Softly Sing by riventhorn

summary:  Yuuri has never felt much like an alpha. But now Victor has started nesting in preparation for his heat and clearly thinks that Yuuri is going to be the one who helps him through it.

comment: very cute and in character!

Joy to the World by  ayyyywhatsup

summary:  the lives of Alpha Yuuri and Omega Viktor

comment: also super cute and in character <3 :)

An Examination of Stamina by Viktor Nikiforov  by  Anonymous_Ostrich

summary: "Viktor…" Yuuri’s voice was low and gravelly, his teeth grazing the bend of Viktor’s neck, “Is it really okay to keep going?” His cock stirred inside of Viktor, still rock hard, still eager. The feeling of Yuuri’s semen trickling slowly out of his stretched hole made Viktor shiver, and he grabbed Yuuri’s chin in his hand, yanking his face up so that their eyes could meet.

“I’ll say this once, Yuuri. Give me everything you’ve got. Don’t stop even if I beg for you to.”

comment: FUCKING HOTT! this isn’t a traditional a/b/o fic but it’s tagged alpha!yuuri and you’ll see why ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

— shameless self-promotion—

HARD;targets by SLUT

summary:  Yuuri goes into his first rut at the worst possible time and Victor Nikiforov, well, he’s always nice to his fans.

— shameless self-promotion—


                                          bottom!victor fic rec


The Early, Awkward Years by Nomanono

summary:  Victor Nikiforov wasn’t always smooth and suave. His singular focus on skating created a pronounced inability to people, and Chris winds up bearing the brunt of his sexual incompetence.

comment: this is a chris/vic fic and its the funniest shit you will ever read in your life! ugh it’s sooo gooood!

Blind to the World an Inch from His Face by badcontent

summary:  Nothing is ever the way Yuri pictures.

comment: super realistic smut and beautifully written, it’s a must read!

Snowbound: A Tale of Eros and the Ice Prince by Caeseria

summary:  It’s Christmas – and Victor’s birthday – and Yuuri and Victor decide to spend it in Saint Petersburg. When a massive snowstorm knocks out the power, Victor decides to pass the time by telling Yuuri a story; a Tale of Eros and the Ice Prince.

comment: ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! also a must read <3

Call it What You Want by SubwayWolf

summary:  Yuuri’s first up-close encounter with Viktor Nikiforov happens in a janitor closet, and he’s joined by Chris Giacometti - but it’s close enough to the dream than anything.

comment: nothing but dubious filth with victor getting spit roasted by yuuri and chris ft. a broken condom if you’re into that ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

kiss & cry by lostincostco

summary:  “Oh,” Yuuri says wonderingly. “You’re crying.”

comment: my crying!kink was very happy while reading this, fucking hot!

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.

Q: Should Yuzuru put quad lutz in for next season?

So much overthinking as the person I am, with the lack of news during off-season, thoughts about technical aspects of next season have been wandering around inside my head for quite a while. 

Anh the big question for me as a Yuzuru’s fan is what should he do with his layout for next season? Should he add a new quad in or not? 

In a TV show and a magazine interview after WTT, Yuzuru said that he has no intention to put quad lutz in his program for Pyeongchang (though that quad was so beautiful, no pre-rotation and his toepick for inward, wtf). Also, I recalled from his FaOI talk with Nobunari and Shoma, he wrote for his goals that he want to consolidate what he learned so far into the program for Olympics 2018. All these made me have a very strong feeling that he is actually serious about not putting quad lutz in.

That’s fine, “no quad lutz is fine”, I thought. But what’s he gonna do with next season program and how will it be better from this year’s? Turned out, his layout already maxed out its value for a program with 3 kinds of quads he got (mostly for the LP): 

  • He’s only allowed to repeat 2 kinds of jumps, one of which is undoubtedly 3A given how much he loves it and how comfortable he is with it 
  • He got 2 quad salchow this season, and the biggest change can only be from 4S to 4L or doing a hard combination for 4S-2T. 

As for the situation we’re in and also for context, I find it very helpful to look back at the 13-14 Olympic season. The 2 main skaters that I’m gonna discuss in that season are Patrick and Yuzuru (for obvious reason). After taking the silver at Skate Canada and Trophee Bompard, Yuzuru got gold at GPF 2013 and then at Sochi, overthrowing Patrick’s throne that had been going on for the past 3 years. And the reason Yuzuru was able to do so were:

  • He got a really good SP that he could skate well and skate consistently, which creates a lead for him after SP 
  • By doing more difficult elements and placing them in the second half of the free program, he got an advantage in BV comparing to Patrick, which also allows him to win with a not very clean program (as I saw him struggle to skate clean his LP that season) 

For 13-14 season free program, the difference in BV of Yuzuru and Patrick was around 8 points, the total GOE for Yuzuru was 8-14 and Patrick was 17-18. So with a quite similar TES and a lead in SP, Yuzuru was able to win Patrick who was deemed unbeatable. 

For this season, this is some averages (just estimation, not exact) I got for the three skaters I think have the most potential for gold in Pyeongchang (this is only for the free, as to me their SP are around the same score): 

  1. Yuzu BV 103, GOE 20-23, PCS 94-97 
  2. Shoma BV 104, GOE 7.5-15, PCS 91-94
  3. Nathan BV 104, GOE 9-12, PCS 84-88
  4. Boyang BV 103, GOE 9-15 , PCS 83-86

My guess are that Nathan’s gonna add another 4Lz (layout like the one for Worlds this season), Shoma’s gonna add 4F, and Boyang’s gonna add another quad too (not sure about him, 4Lz/4L). This will up their BV by 8-10 points alone, assumed they don’t add any other changes and they have the same level of skating. However, things never stay constant. The three younger skaters still have a lot to improve on their PCS and how many GOEs they can take, so those number will definitely increase next season. 

I don’t underestimate Yuzuru’s ability to evolve, it’s just that he’s much closer to the point of “perfection”, according to CoP. In recent years, the maximum GOE he got was around 70-80% of max GOE for the whole free skate. And even if he got 10% more on GOE, which I think is “wow”, that’s an increase of only 3 points. His PCS is already around 97-98 points and I doubt that it can go any much higher.

 So assumed that he does as I said, keeping the quad lutz out of the equation, then Yuzuru might fall into the seat of Patrick in 2013. He’s an awesome skater, and it’s clear that no one can beat him if he can skate clean both programs. But from my short time as a fan, as much a believer I am of him doing the best come back from behind ever, I seriously won’t bet my money on him skating 2 programs clean under such pressure every time. The stress that he put on himself to skate clean SP in WTT 2017 and its result is a good evidence for this, I think. I think he knows much better about his hot-and-cold moments and as someone who used the BV card just a few seasons ago, he shouldn’t put the Olympic gold medal on such a risky bet like that in my opinion.

Of course, all my worries will be for nothing if he got an amazing SP from Jeff and leads the way with a few points in the SP. But those things, you never know until the season starts a while. I’m kinda worried because he seems to struggle a little bit with his first season for an SP, but me in my wishful thinking mode will hope that Jeff and Yuzu will go back to programs that Yuzuru can rock it CLEAN (they wanted LGC to be a challenge and it definitely was XD). I don’t really worry about Shae, so mehh… the choreography should be fine, it’s just about the jumps.

Again, so much uncertainty, and the ability of younger skaters to compensate the gap in quality with the BV of their quads as mentioned above put me into panick mode cause I really think he should put quad lutz in but there is no sign he would do so. Yuzu, I know you’re a smart ass, I just don’t know what’s in your mind right now =.=

Yes, that was all those clogged in my head *relieved*. But whatever happens, I’ll  still be happy I think. Either seeing that beautiful quad lutz in competition or witnessing a smooth and complex skate by Yuzu, so come fast next season!

 * this started out as some thoughts I have after Yuzu mentioned he wouldn’t include 4Lz in his program, then I kinda asked around tumblr a bit, only to realize I couldn’t include all my arguments and confusion in such small spaces. In the end, after 2 long weeks, I’m just like “Whatever, I’ll write this down and let them butcher my opinion.” So come join the discussion and enlighten me, guys! (that is if you’re still here at the end of this long ass post) *

Practice: Yuri Plisetsky x Chubby!Reader

Request: your writing is amazing!! true talent! do you think yuri p would be okay with a chubby girl?? i never have any confidence in myself due to my chub and i’ve been feeling sad lately.. please, a scenario with yuri and a chubby curvy gal!! nsfw or sfw, doesn’t matter ^^

“Yuri! Come watch this movie with me!” You sang towards the blond boy standing in the doorway of the living room. His eyes were focused on you, sitting on the small couch. Tightly wrapped in several blankets making only your head and arms pop out from under the pile. On the table in front of you was a cup of tea, steam rising from the hot liquid. There were movies scattered around you, and you still hadn’t figured out which one to watch. 

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Seriously, if after reading my last post people still keep on misunderstanding my opinion then I have nothing more to say because probably nothing I say will ever convince them or satisfy them. People who understand my opinion correctly have probably understood it ages ago and don’t need any more explanations. This blog is supposed to exist to post translations and not to discuss about the same thing forever.

This is my final post about this topic (mostly addressed to the anon/s who messaged me after my previous post), and anyone is free to agree, disagree, misunderstand once again or whatever. If you don’t like my translations, please read other translations or learn Japanese yourself.

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damnavidans  asked:

Fake dating or fake married for the fanfic trope thing. Tell me all about it fam.

i would totally write this, and i would write it about otabek altin convincing yuri plisetsky to come train in almaty and pretend to be his boyfriend to get his parents off his back about getting married.  otabek would pretend he was doing yuri a favor as a friend, because of yuri’s terrible, awful, no good, very bad crush on katsuki yuuri.  everyone would lie to themselves multiple times about their own feelings and desires and there would be a lot of kissing in front of others’ for others’ sake, but maybe yuri would ask otabek if they could try in the dark of the guest bedroom too, just to get better at it, just to make it more convincing, because yuri’s always been a performer of the highest degree, and anyway, it would start out like this: 


the practice opening for the gala exhibition at the grand prix final takes all day.  it’s less working on routines and more working on entrances, timing, you skate here, you skate there, stand and wait in this spot, now stand and wait in this other spot.  it’s tedious.  the event organizers try to make jokes and keep the energy up, but everyone is exhausted post-final, and yuri is on edge having come in bronze–bronze–this year to yuuri and otabek.  he won’t even allow himself the excuse that he’s grown roughly four inches in a year and is still adjusting to his center of gravity like a lovely duckling mid-transformation into the ugliest swan, but the lack of control over his body and the weight of bronze on the podium two months before the olympics has left him unsettled and itching down to the bones.  

otabek lingers around him too much.  he won silver.  good for him.  yuri tries not to focus on him and stares past toward yuuri, who still skates humbly like he just stumbled into the rink and accidentally quad-flip-triple toe looped into another world record.  

“i think you might need a change of scenery,” otabek says, right in his ear.  he’s suddenly directly next to yuri, who has been leaning petulantly back on the guard rails for the past five minutes. 

“what are you talking about?” yuri asks, trying not to jump with surprise or be obvious about anything.  he looks cross-eyed to the ceiling with meaning.  (he’s always been bad at playing dumb).

“you’re too distracted in st. petersburg to overcome the weaknesses in your form,” otabek says.  he’s terribly forward about most things, and that’s one of the reasons he’s yuri’s only real friend.  yuri feels like he can rely on otabek, if nothing else.  “part of it’s your coach.  yakov’s never been good at guiding skaters through growth spurts.  he certainly didn’t know what to do with me, and he got lucky with victor.  but georgi didn’t make the podium for almost three years after juniors, and mikhail retired before he turned twenty.”

“you think you know what’s good for me?” yuri says it like a challenge.

“no,” otabek says, but he’s smiling.  he doesn’t smile often.  yuri likes it when he does.  “but diversity is the spice of life, and all that.  you’ve only ever had one coach.  i’ve had several.  katsuki’s had three.”

yuri thinks about it for a second.  it seems like rational advice, which is what he would expect from otabek; rivalry in the form of kindness from someone who just wants to beat him at his best. 

“it also might help if you’re not constantly distracted by your crush,” otabek says, switching to russian and speaking a little lower.  he doesn’t say ‘crush’–there’s not really a direct translation.  he says ‘sighing over’ in an ugly, sympathetic way and he stares directly at yuuri when he says it.  

“you’re talking out of your ass,” yuri replies.  “you don’t know what you’re talking about. ‘sighing over.’  like you would know anything about that.  i’m upset you would think that would have anything to do with me, like i’d let another person–”

“we all do,” otabek says easily, cutting him off.  and that’s a surprise.  otabek loves his bikes.  otabek loves music, and skating, and creating something in between the two that is uniquely his.  otabek loves eating his mom’s buarsak on cheat day.  otabek doesn’t love people.  

one of the coordinators calls his name overhead, and he pushes himself away from the guard rails and yuri, but turns around as he skates away.  “i’ve heard there’s a pretty decent coach in almaty.  i could give you his number.  if you want that change of scenery.”

Why I feel that YoI betrayed its own narrative - part 1

DISCLAIMER: I love Yuri on Ice. No, listen, you don’t understand, I! LOVE! YURI! ON! ICE! Deeply! It’s very special, extremely important to me. It has touched my heart in ways that few stories have, it’s one of my favourite things across any media. There’s not a single character I dislike. I’ve recommended it to everyone I know. I have cosplay plans. My phone’s ringtone is History Maker. Every night before bed I read fanfiction. I ordered the official soundtrack. Currently on my desk sits my mini christmas tree sporting an acrylic charm of the main trio and Makkachin. I’m wearing Yuuri on my shirt as I write this. Ok? We’ve established this. I love, adore Yuri on Ice, and I wish I could be feeling for the finale the same levels of pure joy the episodes have been giving me every week since it aired. But I’m not. 

Yuri on Ice is one of the best shows I’ve seen in my life. It’s brilliant and beautiful in many ways but the writing in particular has always stood out for its cleverness, realism and heart and how it was masterfully building up a carefully crafted narrative full of underlying themes for 11 episodes. 

Episode 12 on the other hand felt rushed, anticlimactic, out of character for our main leads and not at all up to par to the quality of the writing in previous episodes. There was a clear direction the story and character arcs were moving towards that suddenly shifted so abruptly I have to believe this was not the originally intended ending and was instead a rushed job of a sequel bait. If it was the intended ending…that means they lied to us for 10 episodes.

Getting it out of the way, I still stand by everything I said here. The story was building up to Yuuri winning gold. The screenshots I collected in that post aren’t even all the instances of the story reminding us that it’s building towards gold for Yuuri. It’s been a constant and steady progression. 

This is my breakdown of why I felt ultimately disappointed with the YOI finale. I’m going to go through the entire series to explain exactly why I think the ending we got was not the one we were supposed to get (much less the one the narrative deserved). This is a gigantic analysis so I’ve decided to divide it in parts. It’s going to go like this:

  1. Yuuri Katsuki’s character arc
  2. Yuri Plisetsky’s character arc
  3. Victor Nikiforov’s character arc
  4. The resolution of Victuuri
  5. Missing pieces and inconsistencies

HUGE THANKS to @soobaki for doing the beta on this monster and for the constant emotional support as I wrote it!

Before we start, I just want to leave this screenshot here and I want you to keep this in mind as we go. Because this is what we were promised. 

Warning: this is a long post.

Yuuri Katsuki - on learning that he is good enough and proving it to the world 

YOI starts with Yuuri at this lowest, physically and mentally like he says. At a pivotal moment in his life and career as a professional athlete, his beloved pet dies, he binges on food to try to heal the hurt, his insecurities get the better of him and he ends up suffering a humiliating defeat at the Grand Prix Final, locks himself in a public bathroom to cry, apologizes to his mother over the phone for failing, gets yelled at and told to quit by the junior gold medalist Yuri and, when he finally crosses paths with Victor, his idol and inspiration, he doesn’t even recognize him as a fellow competitor. It’s a rough start for Yuuri, but that’s because his journey is one of growth, more than any other character’s.

While we have our three main characters whose stories are tightly woven together, Yuuri is the true protagonist of YOI’s central narrative. It’s his journey we follow most closely, it’s his POV that we see most of the episodes through, the very title of the series is his free skate’s music. That said, it’s important to point out that Yuuri, unreliable narrator that he is, does not identify himself as the protagonist of the story. He is the top male figure skater in Japan, yet refers to himself as a nobody, just one of the “dime-a-dozen” skaters competing in the Grand Prix. He doesn’t acknowledge his achievement of making it to the six Grand Prix finalists as such, he only sees his failure in placing last. He is severely lacking in self-love and self-awareness. Anxiety will do that to you.

Still, he is willing to take action to change. Contrary to what Yuuri himself will constantly tell us, Yuuri is not weak. He is stubborn and brave and he persists, even in the face of defeat.

Victor shows up at a point where Yuuri is willing and ready to take action to get his life and skating career back on track (after all, as we are told and will later witness, Yuuri is a competitive person and hates to lose) but is not sure on what exactly he should do. People keep asking him and all he says is he needs time to think about it. Victor decides for him - they will win Yuuri the gold medal at the next Grand Prix. Note that while this was a goal decided by Victor it is a goal that Yuuri will eventually embrace. This is the story goal - getting Yuuri a gold medal at the Grand Prix final. It’s a story goal that the series reminds us of every single episode. Yuuri’s character goal, which ties into the story’s, is to achieve self-love and self-actualization, and in achieving both his character and story goals he would prove his own self worth, not only to the world but to himself.

So what is the conflict then, in Yuuri’s story? What must Yuuri overcome? Primarily, it’s his own anxiety. 

Spelled out for us, the only thing Yuuri is lacking to finally WIN, is confidence. Yuuri has the skills, he has the experience. So the series spends the rest of the its time building up said confidence to get Yuuri’s emotional wellbeing in peak condition to match his physical skills. I must emphasize, everything so far is about getting to the story goal of Yuuri winning the Grand Prix Final.

Going back one episode though, to episode 2. The ending of episode 2 is the first time we see him openly and firmly express a desire out loud, with none of the unsureness that was present when he told Yuko he wanted to get his love for skating back, and that is to win the Hot Springs on Ice match and to keep Victor around. 

This is Yuuri answering the call of the narrative. This is when his journey towards the story goal truly begins, when he admits that he wants to keep on winning.

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anonymous asked:

Will you be translating bahamut event stuff?

I see that people have already translated the most amusing parts, so I’m not sure if anyone is interested in the rest.. There are funny lines here and there, but the main plot of the story is them trying to defeat some random demons, and the parts where you most laugh your ass off are already all over the net so you wouldn’t find anything more hilarious than that.

This is my personal character summary after going through almost all the story (I think I’m close to the end but I only started the game last week for this collaboration so I suck and have no resources lol):

-Yuuri: He spends like the first 10 chapters thinking it’s just a dream. He’s completely oblivious to the girls but is clearly annoyed when Victor gets intimate with the other boy (Yurimaru). He is mostly calm when thinking about girls’ boobs but panics when Victor tells him to touch him.

-Victor: His stance is “who cares whether it’s a dream or not, let’s just have fun!”. He learns to use magic right away and of course is good at it. He basically seduces everyone regardless of the gender and gets intimate with Yurimaru more than once.

-Yurio: He’s angry the whole time. Seriously, the whole time. He gets just a little less angry in the second half. He is annoyed at everything and wants to get back to the normal world as soon as possible. He is the one who starts most of the quarrels, especially with Yuuri and Yurimaru, and is also mostly oblivious to the girls.

-Yuri (Yurimaru): An angel who was also summoned there by mistake. He is named “Yurimaru” by Victor since his name is also “Yuri”. He is kind of confused when Victor hugs him but most of the time he’s just trying not to get on people’s nerves (especially Yurio since he got a taste of his wrath in the beginning of the story).

-Piashy (no idea of the spell): She summoned all the others by mistake to help her chase away the demons rampaging through her land. She likes “beautiful things”, especially beautiful boys and girls. She is always nervous whenever she sees something that excites her and in this story she is basically the token fujoshi.

-Lily: She’s a fairy who was also summoned there. She can use magic but talks like a young girl and everyone treats her like that, especially Victor who refuses to talk about sexual things with her. She creates skating shoes out of ice for Yuuri and Yurio to use to fight demons.

Oh and minus points for both the girls having high-pitched voices that hurt my ears. Yurimaru is voiced by Hiro Shimono. Again, not sure how many people would be interested in reading about this, it’s mostly just very random fantasy stuff..

EDIT: I forgot to write something important (?): apparently the story is set around the very beginning of YOI, because in this setting Yuuri and Yurio still haven’t found their eros/agape. (I guess this is also why Yurio is so angry and Yuuri panics when he has to touch Victor)

Wakaba`s Interview for Canon

Wakaba Higuchi, a 2-time Junior World Medalist, had a senior debut this season, medaled at her first senior Grand Prix in France and got a silver at Nationals for the second time in a row. She has just returned from her first World Championships and shared some of her thoughts on present and future.

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Yuri on Ice interview translation - Spoon 2Di vol.21 (p22-27)

Here you have the loooong interview with Mitsurou Kubo that was featured on Spoon 2Di vol.21 (released at the end of December). It was 6 pages on the magazine… I know that some bits have already spread around, but it’s a very interesting one so I really wanted everyone to read it in full and not just tidbits, hence I translated it first even though I still haven’t finished the previously released magazines (sorry again Georgi..). It’s also the first interview with her published after the end of the series, so with comments covering up to the very end and the “future” too!

EDIT: I originally referred to the manga storyboard drawn by Kubo as “name”, which is how it’s technically called in Japanese, but it seems that it was a little confusing, therefore I changed it back to “storyboard”.

Obviously this will be the last interview of the year. In Japanese “happy new year” (before the old year has ended) is said “yoi otoshi wo” (よいお年を), therefore I necessarily need to make a stupid pun and say to you all “YOI otoshi wo!”. Let’s hope that the next year is a “yoi” (=good) not to mention “YOI” one too! I’ll be back with more translations whenever I have time of course.

Enjoy! (it’s under the cut because it’s long)

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i dreamed up this really angsty yurio X reader fanfic but ill never write it without frying my keyboard with my tears so here's what happened.

{CAUTION: ur gona want to get ur self a nice cupa coffee or tea or water and enjoy this long little piece.}

you’re a Russian fashion designer who runs a very high end boutique bUT, you’re also a figure skater who’s in the Grand Prix and your performance is in a week and this is continually stressed throughout my drea- the story.

You’re always over working yourself and Yuri is your sole bff- since you’re always making business meetings or working or skating- and he has a key to your boutique and just marches in to get his measurements done. He knows where the measuring stuff is by now, and he gets it ready so you can jump straight from the project you’re working on, to him.

Yuri is super blushy and its like a totally over-exaggerated anime scene where like you lean in as you s l o w l y wrap the tape around his waist and stand ever so close to his lips as you measure his height. Also, this is when Yuri rants about his day to you, but you’re so focused that you don’t notice him stopping whenever you get really close.

*TRUMPETS* TIME SKIP ITS THE MALE GRAND PRIX- the female takes place in a week- probably not irl but

o h. w o w would you look at that Yuri has success fully lost his free skate outfit the nIGHT OF THE GRAND PRIX. and now it’s morning and he sTILL DOESN’T KNOW WHERE IT WENT. Yakov yells his head off as Yuri asks and calls everyone he basically knows to see if they know where it is. nada. The fiery red and magenta costume is MIA.

when he calls you there’s a split-screen *shrug* and you’re laying down on your front desk facing the ceiling with your head hanging off it. v exhausted expression. worked all night. Yuri is v panic now and you’re just trying to contain your yawns. Yuri hangs up and it cuts back to you hanging up the phone and closing your eyes..

*LATER IN THE DAY* Viktor agreed to let Yuri use one of his old costumes again- but Yuri’s coaches as well as Yuri know he won’t get a perfect score with the costume change. 2 performances until his turn. He has been salty all day. Tears are about to start dripping down his face-

BUT THEN BUH-BAM.

You grab Yuri’s hand from behind him and push him with the costume right into the men’s bathroom. He tries to tell you to get out of the men’s room- as if that’s the problem here- but he can’t see your face or get a word in edge wise with you screaming how the costume works again while sHOVING him quickly into a stall door and throwing the costume in there too.

*HEERE STARTS THE ANGST*

“So, *zip* where’d you find it?”

Silence. This is the first time the camera *shrug* has gotten a steady look at you. Your eyes are completely black underneath. 3 fingers have band aids wrapped around them. Your lips are c h a p p e d. And your body is shaking.

the camera *shrug* zooms in on your c h a p p e d lips and eye-bags.

“You left it at my place.” A steady tone leaves your voice, but an unstable expression is plastered onto your exhausted face.

The moment Yurio comes out, you waste no time pushing him in front of you again, this time to the ice rink. You were almost there, right in the middle of the lobby area with the dinner like feel, almost to the door that lead to the stadium.

“-HEY my hair!”

‘shoot’ You say you’ll do his hair yourself- not like it was the first time you’ve done his hair anyways. You keep Yuri facing foreword as you flat iron his strands as fast as you can. Yuri starts babbling about his routine, as you feel the sleepiness gaining on you.

*HO BOY*

‘tssss….-’ you bite your lip to prevent a squeal.

‘plsh-!’ b a d idea. your bottom lips bursts instead, blood dripping down your chin.

“Huh- are you okay??” You hold back tears and give Yuri a solid 'mm hmm’ as you push him- now much weaker- out the lobby and into the cold rink area. Quickly, you turn the other way as he turns to attempt to get one last glance at your gorgeous face. You wave your hand above your head as you yell out encouraging word to him, and walk out of sight.

Yuri is so happy. He got his costume back. His coaches and family and friends are relieved. Otabek’s free skate is closing. It’s his turn to shine. It was hopeless at the beginning, but thanks to you, he had his world back in his control again. Everything was perfect.

You hang your trembling head in the lobby, the flat iron in one hand, your phone in the other. You had just gotten a call from an extremely important client who was expecting her velvet skating gown t o d a y. You hadn’t even finished the initial sketches. You hadn’t even practiced your skating routine. Heck, you haven’t even gone skating in d a y s.

the camera *shrug* is on the floor, just your feet in view. silence, as you take a step in one direction- 'DAMMIT’- you jet off in the other direction, unclear which door you had gone through.

*TIME SKIP* THE STADIUM IS EMPTY.

Yuri had waited hours for everyone to leave. He refused to believe you wouldn’t come watch him. You both always came to each other’s big competitions no matter where you were, or what you had to do. Plus, Yuri had meant to tell you something.

That you, had fueled his gold winning routine. That you had inspired him to skate to his fullest, not letting anything ruin his dream of winning gold his senior debut. He realized, you had always been there for him. Always listening, daydreaming, creating, skating: you were juggling so much, but you would drop everything to take care of Yuri’s concerns. He wanted to tell you he finally realized- but where were you?

Yuri stood in the middle of the ice and spun around, still in his free program costume and skates. aha! there. in the top row, 9th chair from the door, there you rest.

Yuri bounced up the steps after clicking on his skate guards, his gold clanging against his chest. “[y/n]! [y/n]!” He repeated like a child. “[y/n] [y/-” he lost his breath, unable to finish your name. He first saw your bleeding lips and black bags, and rage bursted within him, assuming you had been hurt. “WHAT HAPPened. WHO DID THI-”

Yuri froze. Silence as he scanned the rest of your sleeping self. He looks down at the sleeve of his outfit, down at a red stain on the the red flames. The camera *shrug* goes into his eyes and it flashes back to after you got the call that Yuri lost his costume.

You had taken a deep breath after hanging up, and pulled yourself up and back to your desk. You dug through your cluttered files to find that costume pattern again. You stayed up all night- your 3rd all nighter in a row- working non stop. No food, no water, only bathroom breaks. Your sewing machine wasn’t working fast enough, so you decided to hand stitch it as fast as you could. Pricking yourself several times, running low on energy, your trembling body couldn’t handle anymore. But, you remembered why you were remaking this outfit in the first place. You loved your friend Yuri Plisetsky, and every time you thought of him blabbing to you about how he’ll win Finals, you found the strength to keep going.

camera *shrug* flashes back to Yuri covering his mouth, looking down at you slouching peacefully in the stadium chair. He picks you up and onto his back, as he charges out the stadium and down the street- still in his skates and costume- to get you to the comfort of your boutique bedroom. “[y/n], I’m such an idiot…” He shakes his head to avoid running into people in the hazy blur of confusion and tears.

So close, yet so far.

That v important client, an old, plump, fancy looking old lady dressed in lavender velvet with an orange tabby peaking out of her purse. Yuri stopped, almost tripping over his skates, to stare and aw at the car while frantically searching for the keys in his costumes hidden pocket.

The old lady stared yelling. People stared at the out of place commotion as Yuri argued back and forth with her. “There is no WAY my dress cannot be done by today!” “She’s been working nonstop for DAYS AREADY SHE NEEDS A FU-” and on and on, until.

Yuri spews out insult after explanation, not noticing that the old lady has stopped talking. She finally puts what’s in front her together: his costume. the girl on his back. her condition. his medal. flashback.

“But that’s absurd! That design is so lovely! And to only be used ONCE??” 'sorry Madame, but that’s my policy. i make each costume once and only once. inspiration shouldn’t be oversqueezed. if you don’t have any inspiration, you’re as good as dead..’ “What’s that daring?” ’-you’d turn into a robot!’ “A robot??” 'beep. boo beep bop.’ “Ohohoh! Darling you’re too much!” 'ahe, so is your bill…’ “What??”

end of flashback. The old lady turns away. “I won’t let this go unheard. My workers shall see to it that this dress be made ASAP…which, will take about 2 weeks. So be ready.” And she walked away, into the sunset. Leaving Yurio with his mouth agape, “wait leave the cat noo”

You wake up the next day and frantically try to get out of bed to make up the days of work you missed out on. But Yuri catches your drowsy figure before plopping you back into your comfy sheets and blankets Yuri wrapped you back in, while informing you of how you would be missing the Grand Prix, and the Old Lady’s visit. He had slept on the floor while you were surrounded with a castle of pillows and sheets.

“[y/n], I’m sorry I didn’t notice you working so hard for me- not just today but whenever I have a petty problem, you never fail to fix them right up, even if it costs you more than it should.” 'Yuri-’ “No. I’m such an idiot. There’s nothing I can do to fix anything now..” ’…huh- Yuri wha-’

*CRACK* RIGHT DOWN THE CENTER. 'YURI WHAT THE HECK DID YOU JUST DO-’ “It’s hasn’t decreased in value, and, I sure as hell don’t deserve the entire thing myself.” Yuri handed you one half of the gold medal. You gingery grabbed it with your stil shaky hands. “Listen.” He now had a strong tone. “Don’t for a second think I would want you to be hurt. Especially not for my sake. Okay?…oi, heard me sleepyhead?”

your gaze seemed ghost like as you stared through the broken gold medal piece. 'But, b-but your always here to help me out too. You get yelled at a million times just to help me out with something, and your always checking in and defending my reputation when I should be the one out there.’ Yuri opened his mouth to speak, but you held your hand up. 'I love you. I know that.’ His jaw dropped agape, 'But as a friend as a lover- I don’t know.’ He gently rested his head on your legs, staring out the window, 'I just need to find the word I’m looking for. Okay?…yo, you heard me asswipe?’ “hEY WHERE DI D THAT-”

YURI DIDNT VISIT YOU FOR 2 WEEKS AFTER THAT. You wanted some space to get back into the flow of things. You two had never been apart that long. He felt terrible, especially at himself. Next time you two saw each other was at a red carpet for the Grand Prix finalists. The paparazzi took pictures in pairs, and the other female finalists had gone out of their way to leave you the odd one out. That when Yuri stepped next to you, all happy too happy to leave JJ as the odd one out, and to see your stunning outfit that had ironically matched his. That was the first time Yuri Plisetsky had ever said he loved you.

*1 0 Y E A R S*

the camera *shrug* is on the floor of a dock at twilight. there are two sets of feet. one with platform boots, and the other in converse.

it zooms in on the platforms. looks like they’re facing each other, holding hands.

’…and all those years ago, I was looking for the word to describe this..’ then, it zoomed to the converse. “I-I’m guessing you found it then, right?” Back to the platforms. 'Yuri..I’ve been searching for the right word all these years..“

The camera zooms up to reveal the black skinny jeans tucked into the black platform boots, a cat sweater and short blonde hair as well. Tears were visible in the eyes of the young adult, as he covered his mouth with his hands.

The camera now panned up to revealed the black converse’s owner. A young girl wearing black leggings and a [c] flannel, kneeling on one foot. She could barely choke her words out of her grinning face, as she watched the boy smile through tears in front of her

And, it’s soulmate!’

"on my love"

So I just remembered something. In one of the early episodes, Victor was watching Yuuri skate to “Yuri on Ice”. There was a part where he thinks, “this is the part where I show up right? why don’t you look more excited?” But before that, Yuuri had only told Victor he had changed the theme to “on my love” but he didn’t mention who or what it was for. So how did Victor figure that out? – Anonymous

Complete headcanon on my part: When Yuuri was creating his skating routine, he would have consulted Victor on it. Victor might have asked him about the music and the details of his routine; the meaning of his routine would have come up in conversation somehow and maybe that’s how Victor knew. – ji

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