Just a tiny bit on height, distance, air position, edges on that entry spread eagle, speed on approach, flow out of it, edge control on exit, direct transition out of it, axis, upper body control, am I missing something?
And I just picked one of Yuzuru’s 3A version, the one out of a spread eagle to give a direct comparison. (I won’t even start about how Shoma smartly uses that spread eagle to push for the jump, that’s another story. But one good one since Higuchi&Co have maybe finally done something good :D Or maybe it was Alex. Probably it was Alex.)
The reason Yuzu’s 3A is considered the current best (a moment of silence for Han Yan 3A who has decided to take a break in the race) is for the total control he has on entry and exit edge, whatever transitions he is doing in and out, for the combination of height and distance, for his text-book perfect air position, for his axis, for his flow in and even more out of it and for the tiny fact that despite doing crazy transitions in and out of it, in all his senior career he almost never missed it.
But maybe you saw it backwards? After all Shoma does a cantilever out of that 3A (well, usually after the exit, when he doesn’t have to put down both his feet and push on it, because his edge control on exit is often quite shaky or the fact he can’t keep that cantilever much long because his speed out of it is what it is, but let’s not speak about these details) not a 3A out of cantilever… (I can’t image his 3A backward is much better than forwards version, tho).
I agree his 3A is much better than his 4F, but technically wise his 4F is really not a great jump. Prerotations issue aside, it’s a jump with little height and little distance, a jump that has a air time on par with his 3F, a jump that’s smaller than many ladies triples, so… yeah, his 3A is much better than that, but it doesn’t mean much.
And his 3A is better than many others around, but this tells more about the sad state of 3A nowadays than about Shoma’s 3A.
Okay, so I’ve heard a lot about how Yuzu is getting shipped here and there, and many fangirls spazzing over how much he’s like a manga character.
Personally, I don’t like the shipping part because Yuzu is a real person, and I don’t exactly like shipping real people. But that’s just my opinion.
BUT I empathize with you fellow yuzurists. I understand why it’s so difficult to separate Yuzu between fantasy and reality.
Last night, I spent a few hours (WHICH I SHOULD’VE SPENT ON REVISING FOR MY EXAMS TOMORROW HELP) analysing Yuzu’s documentaries and stuff and whatever bio I could find online. And I discovered, Yuzu’s entire life- yes, his life, is painfully similar to the storyline of a typical shonen manga. No, I am not saying that Yuzuru is a manga character. Yuzuru is real, and we shouldn’t mix fantasy with reality. But like what I said, I empathise with the mangazuru fans. Somewhat. So let’s take a look at the similarities, shall we?
Childhood- Yuzuru started skating when he was four, after watching his sister skate. Now doesn’t that sound familiar? In Area no Kishi (A manga on football), the main character was inspired to play football while watching his genius brother play. But well, it’s pretty common for kids to follow their siblings. So let’s move on.
Special talent- Indeed, Yuzu has a special skill which most male skaters don’t. Flexibility. Yuzu’s flexibility is incredible, and as Shizuka Arakawa said, a male skater with both the powerful jumps and flexibility of a woman could become the perfect skater.
Goal- Since he was young, Yuzuru aimed to become an Olympic champion. That’s the mark of a champ, and also of a hero of a shonen manga.
Obsession- Yuzu’s obsession with jumps is pretty well-known, as it has been seen in many videos and documentaries. It’s also often seen in manga characters when they are fixated with a certain skill, and end up focusing on it so much, despite working in the wrong direction. Yuzu’s jumps are great, but his obsession with quads may hurt him and also affect his skating. Of course, there’s the intervention which we’ll talk about later.
Obstacles- Ah, yes. The problems, the challenges. Yuzu’s skating rink closed in around 2005-2007 once, if I recall. It was the wake-up call for Yuzu, which also made him love skating even more. And the tragedy, the 2011-311 Sendai disaster. He almost gave up FS, but of course, he didn’t, and continued to skate while practicing for shows and stuff.
The change in arcs, plot twist and enlightenment- Every manga has arcs. And of course, in life as well. In Yuzu’s case, it was his switch to Canada. At first, he switched to Orser to help him learn and stabilise his quads. Yet, Orser made him practice basic skating skills and improve his speed. At first, he didn’t understand, and he even thought of returning to Japan. While practicing his jumps (yes his quads), Yuzuru sprained his ankle and got injured. However, he didn’t rest and continued to practice, which resulted in a less-than-stellar performance in Worlds 2013, where he was one spot away from the podium. From this, he probably realised the importance of rest and fundamentals, and under Orser’s guidance, continued to practice his basic skating skills instead of focusing only on quads.
Drive- Because of the disaster, he realised that he did not skate for himself alone anymore. He held the hopes of Sendai, inspiring his people to live to the fullest and to overcome all odds. After all, he said “I am here because of all the people in Japan who supported me.”, while dedicating his gold medal to his hometown. I’m sorry but THIS IS SO SHONEN
Desire- Unfortunately, he didn’t deliver a perfect performance in the LP in Sochi. However, this drives him to work even harder for the next Olympics, and defend his gold medal in 2018. (And of course he’s gonna try for 4A even if it breaks him but seriously please take care of your body Yuzu)
Lack of social media- We all know that Yuzu-chan is a hermit when it comes to social platforms. Because he spends all his time on training and studying. Like who needs a life because I’m the olympic champ THIS IS WHY I’M STILL BARELY PASSING IN SCHOOL AND NOT SOME OLYMPIC CHAMP I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT SOCIAL MEDIA
And it doesn’t help that he has a body with perfect manga proportions
I’ve come to the end of my rant! I definitely still don’t like shipping Yuzu, nor do I see him as a manga character. I JUST SEE MANY SIMILARITIES BETWEEN YUZU AND TYPICAL MANGA HEROES. But I don’t agree with flaming shippers and starting internal fandom wars because of why we love Yuzuru and whatnot so let’s all love Yuzuru peacefully.
And why did I make this post? I have no idea. I should be studying for my exam.
(oh yeah i found the image on google so idk who to source it to, sorry!)