FINALLY went and saw Beauty and the Beast today...
… and I feel like there are some thing that I should bring to your attention.
- “belle” was so wonderful and colorful and just exploding with creativity
- there was literally a harry potter reference iM DEAD
- i genuinely like Gaston?? like he doesn’t seem bad at all until the end?? when she denied him he literally just backed off??
- belle’s weapon of choice is a stick so
- “so let’s go to the east wing, or as i like to call it, the ONLY wing” lumiERE YOU’RE NOT SLY
- okay the scene with lumiere right before “be our guest” was amazing
- “if the master finds out what you’re planning, he’ll blame it on me!” “yes i’ll make sure of it”
- “a broken clock is right two times a day, but this is not one of those times”
- “mm, i don’t have taste buds but I’m sure this is exquisite!”
- oh and lumiere dabbed
- belle being So Done with adam for the entirety of the movie
- honestly i just loved plumette like she was so cute
- gaston (the song) made me want to dance on top of tables so
- belle’s little giggles after the beast walks away from her in the library
- FRICKIN EVERMORE.
- lefou’s slow but AMAZING character arc (”i was on gaston’s side but we’re in a bad place rn”)
- maurice’s conversation with d’arque killed me omg
- “grandmother?!” yeah you go mrs potts attack everyone
- belle being SUCH a badass during the fight scene
- tbh i wasn’t ready for gaston’s death i just wanted a character arc
- okay so was no one weirded out by agatha just standing there?? like did belle not notice that there was some creepy lady staring creepily at the rose and making creepy faces?
- uM i wasn’t okay with the dog being upside down fight me disney
- but the scene where they’re all freezing and the scene where the curse is lifted was SO CUTE aH
- i have SO MUCH to say about LeFou because omg he was so cute with gaston but that little tiny part at the end when he was dancing with that other dude was amazing
-okay but prince adam’s growl at the end had me so shook? boi who gave you the right? i was not prepared?
- emma and dan belle and prince adam are legit goals. the dancing scene at the end was wonderful (”how do you feel about growing a beard?”
- WHERE TF WAS HUMAN AGAIN? LIKE DID THAT SONG NEVER EXIST? WAS THAT SONG A MASS HALLUCINATION?
- also same at madame garderobe for always carrying around her dog
- okay. let’s talk about how many diverse characters there were including a mAIN CHARACTER BEING GAY AND ADORABLE. like the librarian was supposed to be an elderly white man but nAH HE’S AFRICAN AMERICAN AND YOUNG
- basically disney hit it out of the park and i am now in love with this movie ant it’s cast
Archie, Veronica, Jughead, Kevin, Cheryl, and Y/N are spending the night at
Y/N’s house. Kevin suggests Truth or Dare at some point and they all decide to
play. Shenanigans ensue and eventually certain feelings are shared, but will
they be taken seriously or laughed off? Possible angst.
x Reader (maybe)
Multi-fic: Yes? I’m splitting this up into a couple chapters so *finger-guns*
Riverdale fic so sorry if anyone here sounds a bit OOC. Also, I don’t really
write so *shrugs* be nice please. I had this idea just pop up and HAD to write
This was a horrible idea. Truly horrible. It hadn’t even
been a half hour into the game before people started getting crazy and clothes
were lost. It had started out as a simple sleep over. I just wanted all my
friends to be in one place for once without someone trying to rip another’s
throat out. My parents had left for the weekend so we were all situated in the
living room, Cheryl and I sat in the loveseat, Betty, Veronica, and Archie were
on the couch, Jughead was on the recliner (legs crossed and on his laptop), and
Kevin was perched on the coffee table between the couch and recliner.
Within ten minutes of the game starting Veronica had dared
Betty to keep her shirt off for the rest of the night, Kevin had dared Archie
to take his pants off, Cheryl dared me to lose my shirt, Betty (with a face so
red you’d think she would’ve passed out) had dared V to ditch her dress, I got
Kev to take his shirt off, and Archie got Jug to lose his shirt. Jug had just
dared Archie to not be an idiot for the rest of the night, which made everyone
laugh. Everyone except Cheryl was somewhat nude and embarrassed.
“Y/N,” Kevin called my name. “Yes,” I answered, staring
right at him, trying to be cocky. “Truth… or dare?” He asked, a twinkle in his
eye. Everyone stared at me as I debated my choices. I decided I didn’t trust
that twinkle, and no matter what choice I made I’d be in trouble. “Truth.” I sighed.
Kevin’s face almost split in two at my answer, his grin enormous. I tried not
to gulp in fear. “I want you to tell everyone here what you really, truly think about them. ‘Fuck,’ I thought. ‘Not good.’ I looked him dead in the eye as I said fine, and
re-positioned myself on the couch. I took a deep breath before looking at him
and speaking. “You’re first then hun,” I said as a small smile grew on my face.
“Kevin, I love you, and I mean that in the most platonic way
possible. You were the first friend I made here, and my best friend, and I’ll
never forget the way you introduced yourself,” “Oh god Y/N please no!” Kevin
cried, a blush creeping up on his face. “Y/N yes,” I mocked. “It adds to the
story. Anyways, we were five, I had just moved to town the day before. I was
walking through the park when all of a sudden I see this kid come running
towards me at full speed, only to fall flat on his face three feet away,”
Everyone started laughing while Kevin’s face grew redder. “Y/N!!!” He wailed.
“Hush!” I said, still chuckling. “I ran over to him to help but he just sprung
up and grabbed my hand and started shaking it. ‘Hi, my name’s Kevin, what’s your name? Wanna play!?’ I mocked in a
little kid’s voice. Kevin hit me with a pillow. “I didn’t sound like that!”
“Kevin shut up or she’ll never finish.” Cheryl spoke. “Yeah,” Archie spoke up.
“I kinda wanna hear what Y/N has to say about me too some time tonight.”
Kevin made a zipping motion with his hands over his mouth
before sitting back down, playfully glaring at me as well. “I told him my name
and he said it was very pretty, and then he asked me if I liked boys, girls, or
both. I was really confused at the time but Kevin just repeated it and told me
he only liked boys ‘There’s a word for
that you know, it’s called gay, and that’s what I am, so are you gay too?’
I just shook my head and said I didn’t like anyone.” I gave a light chuckle.
“Kev gave me a weird look before he shrugged and said that was fine, and to
come to him if anyone was being mean to me about not liking boys or girls. I
knew at that moment we were going to be best friends,” Betty and Ronnie
“Aww-ed”, Cheryl rolled her eyes, but I could see the smile in them, Archie smiled
and Jug gave a smirk.
“You’ve always been there for me Kev, every time I needed
you, and I feel honored every time you come to me because you need someone. You pushed me out of my comfort zone
so many times, and for the most part you knew when to back off. You’re so sassy
and confident and I’m so jealous you have the confidence to be who you are. You
always try to look on the bright side of things and keep everyone in a cheery
mood. You’re amazing and wonderful and I never wanna let you go.”
I paused to look at Kevin, his eyes were watering up and I could
tell he was trying very hard not to cry right then and there. “You mean the goddamn world to me Kev, you’re the twin
brother I wish I always had. I’d crawl on broken glass for you. I’ll always be
here for you whenever you need someone to vent to, or if you ever need someone
to have your back in a fight.” We smirked at each other, my eyes starting to
water up as well. “I love you Kevin Keller, with every fiber of my being, and I’ll
be damned before I let anyone hurt you.” As soon as I had finished Kevin jumped
at me, a couple tears streaming down his face and falling on my shirt as he nearly
squeezed the life out of me. I hugged him back immediately and held him just as
tightly, a few tears of my own falling as well. “Oh, I love you too Y/N! You’ve
always been like a sister to me. I swear you mean the world to me too!”
kissed me on the cheek as we pulled away. When I looked around I saw that
everyone had gotten misty-eyed, even Jughead, who was trying (and failing) to make it look like he
hadn’t been paying attention the whole time. Kevin eventually made his way back
to the coffee table, wiping his eyes before looking straight at me. “I swear to
god Y/N if the rest of your speeches go anything like this I’m grounding you.”
Everyone laughed while I looked around the room, trying to see who I would
talk about next.
A.N.: Okay! First part is up! Let me know what you guys think and who Y/N should talk about next *wink* Also if you wanna be tagged that’s more than fine just let me know please!
omgosh a taeyong au where both of you are the “leaders” of a dance crew
and oo there’s such so much sexual tension 👀 a make out sesh would be
great hoho thank u!!
You hate Lee Taeyong because Lee Taeyong thinks his dance crew is better than yours, and Lee Taeyong is stupidly hot when he dances, and Lee Taeyong has a face you want to kiss and Lee Taeyong stole your heart in 3 seconds and you should hate him but you don’t. You’re ridiculously in love with him.
I feel like this is not what you asked for but… here this is anyways…? this gave me so many step up vibes and now i want to go watch the whole series. Enjoy!
hi wassup it’s your local farmer issy, I’m here today to say something important, a change to my blog that could be v huge idk (?)
I won’t continue writing, it’s something I have been thinking about for weeks now and I finally came to a resolution, I don’t feel like doing it anymore because it doesn’t feel fun anymore, I have always loved writing, I have done it since I was 13 years old and I’m finally coming to a closure today
Writing has always been a stress releaser for me, like a little scape of reality but it doesn’t feel like that anymore, I started to feel uncomfortable and so pressured because as you may have seen, I was a really slow writer and seeing other writers update so often was really frustrating, how can’t they do it so fast and I can’t? I won’t lie here, the lack of feedback and nice comments has played an important part in this decision, it’s not the same when you feel like no one is really reading your work or enjoying it at all
I think it’s time for me to move on and live a less stressful life, always wondering if the thing I just published was good or always being self conscious that I wasn’t good (I always struggled with some grammar and vocabulary lolol), I will always thank you all for welcoming my trashy writing with open arms, it was my first time writing in english and my first time writing again after two years of not doing it, I improved so much in this year and got to speak way better
This was always a hobby so I knew I would stop at some point, I just wish it had lasted longer but oh whale
I will finish Perfect Man, I will only rush a little bit the ending, and publish the yoongi soulmate au and the Jungkook werewolf au I have been spending so much time in those hell no I’m leaving them like that lol, it will help me to have like a closure ???
My blog will remain exactly the same, I will be shet posting and meme posting like always, I won’t be deleting my works in case I become nostalgic and want to re read something for the sake of old days lolol, I will make a lil post to explain the ending of the insanity called love as I got many asks about it and it doesn’t feel fair to leave it like that bc I’m not going to write the sequel I promised (I’m sorry about that)
So yeah, well, you can unfollow me if you wish, I won’t hold grudges (????), I’ll keep trying to make original content so you won’t get bored of my blog,
Thank you so much for the support you gave me over this year!!!!! I will always cherish it so much in my heart and keep it as a warm memory ❤️
I always wanted to be part of a writer collab omg
Maybe one day I’ll decide to write again but I see that day really far ;u;
Thank you so much for all the support, I love you so much ❤️
“Get Out” is the Horror Movie Black People Have Waited For
HOLY SHIT. Sorry. I’m still in Post-Terrific Flick Syndrome. Corny maybe, but I digress. My heart’s still pumping from what may have just made me believe in horror movies again. As a black woman horror fan, your mind tends to wonder about the fleeting possibilities of having a horror movie speak to you or at least send the message you would love to tell to the white majority- who have gifted us with decades of the black person being the first to go in this popular genre, but have absolutely no idea how we can feel some type of way about it. Get Out is the answer to our prayers.
From the genius mind of Jordan Peele (aka the second half of comedy duo Key & Peele and my new muse), the psychological thriller tells the story of a black male, Chris (played by Daniel Kaluuya), who reluctantly travels with his white girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), to meet her parents before realizing there’s some deeper shit going on with them and the very few black workers.
First off, this movie gave me CHILLS. Goosebumps around every corner. I can’t even count the many times I sat throughout the movie with my grandma- yes, my grandma, who also enjoyed it- and felt so uncomfortable all because of the stares and creepy smiles you saw throughout the film. Satire-like truth.
And the best part? It was all so…familiar. The microaggresions, the suspense, the unspoken fear and anxiety of being an outsider- a black person- surrounded by an ocean of eyes, white faces, all prodding and asking questions, comments that are supposedly supposed to be compliments while all-in all, making you feel like a rare spectacle in their high society zoo. Jordan Peele’s excellent creative work shined out, he definitely put his all into his first piece. It was like a black person’s secret nightmare being held in front of them like a mirror. My eyes never left the screen. And it’s that relevancy that makes this thriller special in a Trump Age. A scary movie about racism that gives white people a taste of their own medicine. This couldn’t have been released at a better time.
And the music? Flashback to Insidious-level creepy. The violins popped in enough to make you feel the level of creepiness Chris was on in every part of the film. HEART-PUMPING!
Daniel Kaluuya’s Chris and Lil Rel Howery’s Rod were my absolute favorite performances. Rel’s character always came in with the right amount of comedy at the right time, very spot on and another shot out to Jordan Peele for great directing technique. And I gotta give a lil’ praise to Catherine Keener, who in my opinion, was the creepiest of Rose’s parents with her cringing teacup tapping (I can still hear it! That hypnosis scene tho!).
A final shoutout goes to the cinematography for the chilling, almost noir-like lighting with many various shadows, darkness and the dreaded paralysis of the hypnosis scene (Literally. Again, that hypnosis scene ).
If you have read and are just as excited to see Get Out as I was before this morning, I highly recommend you do so immediately. RIGHT NOW. You may also find yourself in Post-Terrific Flick Syndrome.
Cause Get Out is THREE SNAPS UP (in a Z Formation).
i guess i feel this way because i gave up everything i had for you. i emptied myself; i poured myself into you, thinking it was for the benefit of roots. you were merely a drain. you took pieces of me. you left me with absolutely nothing. and i hope when you look in the mirror it upsets you; that you see so many parts of me that you can barely even recognize yourself. and i hope you want to give them back. but as much as you want to, save it. you cannot make up for lost time. you can’t give back what’s already been taken.
I received two great requests from this prompt list, so I decided to write them into one. (”You are cordially invited to go fuck yourself” and “You shot me?!’). It’s just under 1,500 words long and features blood and guns.
Bucky offers to teach you self defence, but you can clearly take care of yourself.
Can we talk about this line? Mick Rory had possibly the worst life of anyone on the team.
He was abused as a child, like Snart, but he didn’t have a Lisa. He didn’t have a sister who loved him and doted on him.
We haven’t heard much about his mother, but I think it’s safe to say he experienced the least amount of love of anyone on the team.
He’s been the most alone.
His only friend was Snart, and as amazing as that friendship was, they were fighting half the time, and frequently trying to kill each other.
Plus, the pyromania-the uncontrollable obsession with fire-messed with his head.
He has lived most of his life with his parents’ deaths on his shoulders.
He, more than anyone, could use his past as an excuse for who he’s become.
We’ve seen others try it. Snart, especially, comes to mind. I love Snart as much as the next person, but for most of the show, he was blaming his every life choice on his father.
But Mick? Mick doesn’t.
He’s done bad stuff. He’s hurt people, and he’s robbed them, and he’s killed them. He destroys things, he burns things, and he betrayed the very people who took him in.
And he OWNS that.
He still has to learn not to let it define him, but the very fact that he’s willing to accept that part of him… So many times, with redemption arcs, we see characters blaming their choices on a rough childhood, or people letting them down, or other outside forces. The fact that he isn’t, that he’s willing to accept that HE made his choices, and no one else “gave him no choice”….
I’m so proud of my precious, murderous pyro baby. That’s all.
It really did. So many aspects of it brought me joy. But what I’m the most grateful for is Even. Even Bech Næsheim gave me so much hope. I’m also a fucking tall blonde ‘97 part of the LGBT community with a mental disorder. And I cannot express how much it means to me to have a literal representation of myself and people like me on a TV-show. Every time I see posts, gifs, stories, art or whatever from people who love the character of Even I feel myself smiling, because I’m learning that I can be loved, no matter how much I sometimes dream to be someone else. Skam taught me that I was worthy of love no matter who I am and this is the most beautiful lesson I was ever taught.
Summary: Aang comforts Katara after everything that’s happened at the Southern Water Tribe.
Word count: 1,743
Author’s note: The first 11 pages of “North and South: Part Three” gave me so many happy feels. I really loved that moment where Aang and Katara waterbended together and how the two of them spent time with Hakoda. So I started thinking and wondering what happened during the night (after Malina goes to see Hakoda) and before morning (when Aang and Katara go to teach the girls with Pakku). This would be how I imagined the events unfolding. I just felt like writing again after a long while and my writing juices were flowing in all the right directions.. I didn’t even need to edit a lot, the text came together from beginning to end exactly how I put it down in this order - I’m proud of that. Also, I shed a few tears while writing the beginning of this story.
into the house full with people looking for my friends, the music was blasting
through the speakers and then I finally spotted Jack’s blonde hair. I pushed my
way through the people I didn’t even know and finally got to the circle of my
are here!” Jack grinned at me hugging me with one arm.
finally,” I laughed. I said hello to everyone around and then I was about to go
back to Jack, but I felt my phone buzzing again.
It was the
guy I was seeing lately, and I immediately hid my phone from Jack not wanting him
to see his texts, because he totally hated the guy.
from him?” I heard his voice and glancing up I saw his frustrated expression.
tonight I’m all yours,” I smiled tugging the phone into my pocket ignoring the
text and forced myself to put everything that was running in my mind in
connection with Josh into the back of my mind and enjoy my time with my
Gilinsky were finally home and the party was kind of for them, but I was almost
100% sure that they didn’t even know half of the people there. I had known the
guys since forever and even though we didn’t really like each other when we
were younger, we became close friends since puberty hit us. We left the
childish rivalry behind and realized we are actually cool and we started
hanging out together.
wanna go outside a bit?” Jack asked leaning closer to my ear so I could hear
what he was saying. It was starting to get really crowded inside and I could
use some fresh air, so I nodded my head and we made our way out to the terrace.
There was a pool in the backyard and drunk people were jumping into the water
in their underwear as we sat down to the comfy sunbeds.
does it feel to be home again?” I smirked at Jack putting my phone down next to
me and looked at him.
relaxing. Don’t get me wrong, Europe was amazing, but I was really exhausted by
the end of the tour.”
Jack had to travel around the world!” I mocked him making him roll his eyes,
but then we both laughed.
“I told you
to come with us tho,” he reminded me. It was true, he asked if I wanted to go
with them, and it felt great to know that he was thinking of me even in the
middle of their tour, but I had to reject the offer.
has to finish college, I can’t just take a months long vacation from school,” I
he sang sipping from his drink.
talking about how the tour was and what happened while they were away, but then
I saw one of my friends walk out and I had to exchange a few words with her, so
I excused myself and ran over to her for a moment. When I returned Jack was
still there, but my phone was in his hands and damn, he saw the texts Josh sent
“Is this a
fucking joke?” he asked with a straight face. I was mad that he completely hurt
my privacy and read those texts, but I was more ashamed of what Josh was asking
me to do through them. I grabbed the phone and sat back down.
have seen them,” I mumbled locking the screen of my phone.
can’t be serious, you have to dump him!” he said, or should I say demanded as
if he had anything to do with it. He was the one who didn’t ask me out whenever
I hinted that I would absolutely date him. He just pretended like I didn’t say
anything and after a while I gave up and started to see other guys, but now he
had a problem with everyone. I admit, Josh wasn’t the best catch, but Jack had
no word there.
business, okay?” I snapped at him.
dude asked you to send him nudes, this is so disrespectful, I don’t even know
where to begin! And I hope you weren’t considering to send anything to him.”
I didn’t answer
him right away and I guess it said enough to him. He stood up, leaned down and
with one fast move he took my phone away.
fuck Jack?!” I screamed as I knew that he was about to go through my camera
roll and it is really awkward to admit, but I really did have some
inappropriate photos of myself in case I would change my mind.
I tried to
get it back from him, but since he was much taller than me I had no chance
snapped finding the photos and as he froze at the sight of my almost naked body
I could finally grab the phone and take it back.
“You had no
right to do that!” I screamed at him and I felt my face turning red from the
embarrassment and anger too.
to send those to him?” he asked gesturing towards my phone.
of your business, Jack. Just because you don’t like him you can’t tell me what
I do with him,” I said annoyed by his attitude.
“It is my
business! Don’t fuck with me Y/N!” he shouted making me even more angrier.
love you, damn it!”
went wide just like his at the realization of what he just said. I raised my
eyebrows as his lips parted trying to find the right words.
I didn’t mean to tell it to you this way, to be honest I didn’t even want to
“Why? Why didn’t
you say anything?” I asked in confusion. I gave him so many chances to make a
move but he didn’t seem to be interested in me, yet he just confessed his
feelings for me.
not like the guys you used to date,” he answered looking down at his feet. My
eyes softened at him as I took in what he said. He was right, the guys I used
to date were at least twice as big as him and they had nothing in common with
Jack, but this is why I didn’t stay with them. I loved how idiotic he could be
sometimes and how he always managed to make me smile no matter what. I didn’t want
to date someone like Jack because I knew no one would replace him in my heart.
it from me all this time?” I asked sighing at the thought that maybe we could
have already been together for a long time.
“Yes. I had
a crush on you since eighth grade,” he admitted. “I get it if you don’t want to
talk to me anymore I jus-“ I didn’t let him finish his thought, I closed the
gap between us and throwing my arms around his neck I pulled him to me kissing
I guess I
surprised him, because he was taken aback from my move, but I waited until he
realized what just happened. Eventually he put his arms around my waist and
kissed me back. I forgot Josh and the damn nudes immediately and I swear I hadn’t
been happier in my life.
to kill you for making me wait this long,” I mumbled when we finally pulled
I was a pussy,” he chuckled and I couldn’t help but smile.
“I hope you’ll
man up and ask me out after this,” I giggled.
but can I ask you something first?”
nodded looking into his eyes curious about what he wanted to know.
send me those nudes? Because you look absolutely hot on them.”
you Jack,” I laughed smacking his shoulder. “You have to earn them tho.”
sighed. “Okay, no problem. I’m good with what I got tonight.”
7. What part of your muse’s backstory makes you smile? 8. What part of your muse’s backstory makes you cry?
7) Anything and everything having to do with Dean basically being Sam’s parent. I love all the flashbacks of Dean cooking for his little brother, or when he tried to give Sam a nice Christmas even though they had no money. When Sam didn’t want what Dean cooked for him, Dean gave Sam his own food instead. These things just give me so many feels.
I imagine Dean taught Sam to walk, to talk, to read, to ride a bike. Probably taught Sam how to drive and tried to get John to hold off on teaching Sammy to shoot as long as possible. Sure that part is my own headcanon into MY Dean character, but for me, Dean being Sam’s parent just really makes me happy.
8) The fact that he never had a chance to be a child. John from day one made him take care of his baby brother, he had to learn to hunt from really early on. He was raised as a soldier, not as a child. That makes me sad (not really cry). Dean just has no self worth and I think a lot of that stems from him being put last in his family as a child.
This isn’t a thank you letter, not a quick reminisce on what you gave to me. Because I have given so much to you too. This certainly isn’t a break up letter, a parting of ways and a tearful goodbye. I see many miles for us in our future. This is simply just a letter. Sometimes, you just need to write a letter because you have no other place to put your feelings. So here’s to you, running.
You’ve taught me more than I could ever imagine. You’ve taught me to not give up when things get really hard because that normally means great things are coming. You’ve taught me that when I put my heart into something, I need to put every last piece of my heart. No halfsies, no mostly’s. Running is an everything you got, end on empty kind of sport that doesn’t take no for an answer.
I’ve let you into my being more than I ever have with anything else before. I don’t open up easy, but you wormed your way into the deepest places inside of me to the point where I know this is a life long relationship. This also means that you’ve broken me down like nothing else has. You’ve reduced me to sitting in the shower crying or having to pull the car over on my way home from practice just to control my emotions. There is something so raw inside of me when it comes to running that I just don’t know how to control.
I’ve given so much to you and you, in return, have given so much to me. You’ve given me some of the best memories, some of the best friends, some of the best days. I truly don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t find you. So thanks for everything running, and here’s to the future.
Yuri on Ice interview translation - Animage 2017/01 (p18-19)
Interview with Wataru Hatano, who sang the ending song “You Only Live Once” and is also Georgi Popovich’s voice actor. 2/3 of the interview is about the song and 1/3 is about his role as Georgi. After hearing other seiyuu/staff’s impressions on Georgi, at last we get to know what the person who actually voices him thinks, lol. I was planning on posting it right after his birthday but then I gave priority to other stuff like the BD contents etc… Here it is finally. It was published on the Animage that came out at the beginning of December, so it only covers up to after ep 10.
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Wataru Hatano ED artist / voice of Georgi Popovich A song that allowed him to look into his individuality
The recording of the ED song that allowed him to take a new look at himself.
—The ED theme “You Only Live Once”, that you’re singing as “YURI!!! on ICE feat.w.hatano”, was created by the “Yuri on Ice” music producer Keisuke Tominaga. What did you discuss about with Tominaga-san during the creation process?
I had previously received a demo tape with the provisional song, but the first time I met Tominaga-san was on the day of the recording. The first thing he told me is that this song was made for “Yuri on Ice”, therefore we would need to get as close as possible to the show. PIANO already had a clear idea of the image of the song and what it was meant to represent, and I was told “we are going to modify your voice and use it as an element, in a good way”.
—Weren’t you reluctant to have your voice modified?
Actually I thought that it was interesting. As voice actors, our voice can also be considered an “element” of a show, and I personally think that it should be that way, so I thought it was worth giving it a try. Since it was a very different approach than what I had previously experienced, I thought that the methods I had used that far wouldn’t work this time, therefore I made sure to closely listen to Tominaga-san’s advice during recording.
—What kind of advice did you receive from Tominaga-san?
If I put too much of my individuality in the song, there were parts that wouldn’t match the melody properly after my voice was modified. However, if I didn’t convey any feelings at all, then it would become like a Vocaloid (LOL). The main problem to solve was how to “control my individuality”.
—You basically had to adjust how much individuality to show in the song.
If I sang like I normally do I would use vibrato and “shakuri” (pitch shifting up) to add feelings to the song, but this time I couldn’t do it because it would stand out in a weird way when my voice is modified. Tominaga-san gave me many little advices like “sing this part long and steady” or “here only put some personality at the end of the line”. It was quite a meticulous recording, as I would basically sing and record the lines one by one.
—So you recorded the song in more takes, with care.
The English pronunciation was especially difficult…… We had to re-record some parts like “You Only Live Once” at the beginning over a dozen times. But it’s definitely something we couldn’t have been able to do if Tominaga-san hadn’t been there.
—It was a recording with limits, basically the opposite of singing freely, is that correct?
For character songs you are often requested to fully pull out your individuality and the character’s qualities. But this way of singing was also quite new to me and it was a really good lesson. For the first time I was able to realize what “habits” I have when I sing, and it was a good occasion to take a new, more objective look at myself.
—So you mean to say that through the song you were able to look into your own individuality?
Yes, in fact when I heard the completed song I was surprised at how it turned out, also because it almost didn’t sound like myself, as if I wasn’t the one singing it. I think it was a very valuable experience.
—What did you come to notice about your “individuality” when you recorded the song?
I have the habit of conveying the message contained in the lyrics by singing in a strong subjective way. But this time I realized that, by singing objectively, you can deliver the message in a more profound way. This is what this experience taught me. Sometimes, instead of “pushing forward”, you can deliver the feelings in a song’s lyrics by “pulling back”.
A song for all figure skating lovers.
—What impression did you have of the lyrics?
When I received the lyrics, at first I thought that they were singing the feelings of the protagonist Yuuri. But when I went to the recording the staff told me that “the lyrics are not meant to be associated to a certain character, but to apply to all people who practice figure skating”… and I was like, “ok now I see”. To interpret the lyrics I started from the translation of the English parts, but indeed I thought that it perfectly suits the transient image of figure skating. —What are your favorite lines?
All the lines are beautiful, but the one that left the strongest impression on my mind is “I don’t mind getting hurt if it’s to shine” (“kagayaku tame no kizu wa itowanai”). I genuinely think that it’s a nice phrase. I also like “resound, thunderous applause, so loud that I’ll feel rewarded for all time spent so far” (“ima made no hi ga mukuwareru hodo hibike thunderous applause”). I think the English expression “thunderous applause” really represents the world of figure skating and I like it.
—What do you think about the melody?
The first time I listened to the demo tape I thought it was an instrumental song. Like, “wait, there’s nothing to sing here” (LOL). But of course, it did contain a sung part. The voice was extensively modified and almost sounded like one of the instruments, so I didn’t notice. That’s why in the beginning I had no idea of how I should sing it, and until the recording day I received no suggestions at all.
—Indeed, listening to the finished song it sounds like your voice has become one with the other instruments.
The part at the start of the song too, in the lyrics it’s supposed to say “Oh… You Only Live Once”, but we actually overlapped other sounds taken after that, like “wooh wooh” and “yeah yeah”, so that who listens cannot catch what is actually said. It’s interesting how many ideas they came up with to better represent the atmosphere of the show.
—Yuuri’s voice actor Toshiyuki Toyonaga-san also said that if he were a figure skater he “would like to dance to the ED song sung by Hatano-san”.
Really? I’m happy to hear that! All of the “Yuri on Ice” songs are wonderful, and I’m honored to hear that among all those he picked “You Only Live Once”.
—The ED footage by Yuuichirou Hayashi is also splendid.
Everyone has such nice expressions. When “You Only Live Once” overlaps with Yuuri, Victor and Yurio’s wide smiles, among the popness and freshness of the song there’s a lingering transient feeling too…… You can feel the love of all the staff for this show.
—What concept did you choose for the song’s MV?
What I told the director is that, since the song is made to be close to “Yuri on Ice”, I would have liked the MV to be the same too. It starts with me walking in a monochrome, colorless city, looking in the distance with a distressed expression, and as the song gets picks up the pace it becomes more carefree. I start spinning around and spreading out my arms. This time we created one MV by overlapping lots of shots. We did it on purpose not to insert an exact story in it, so I’ll be happy if you watch it imagining the story as you prefer.
—What about the coupling song “Sing and Dance!”?
I chose it among a few available candidates. Since “You Only Live Once” recalls the icy coldness of the rink and people shining toward their dreams, I wanted the coupling song to be more straightforward, more like “Let’s all dance and dance together!”. The music was composed by fu_mou, who is also a DJ. When I asked him what genre would this song be considered, he told me “tropical house”. The word “tropical” became a hint for me when I was deciding how to sing it.
—Like in the image of tropical islands?
Positive and frank, with an excitement that pushes you forward. That’s what I pictured when singing it. It’s house, so it has a fast beat and your body automatically starts moving. It gives you a different impression than “You Only Live Once”, but when you listen to them one after the other I believe that their images are connected.
—It sounds like you gained many things from this recording.
It was an occasion to look into my individuality and I could get to know some interesting people. Starting from the composer Genki Hikota, all the members of the music production team PIANO are very young. I heard that Hikota-san is a DJ that works overseas too, and I was wondering, what if when I meet him he’s like “hey, man!”, like a totally loose guy (LOL). But he was actually a very polite person. He is very talented and also has a good personality. It’s amazing that people like that really exist. When he did the track down and the song was born, he shook my hand and told me “we should work together again”. At that time I thought, “I see, it’s because this song is created by people like him that it manages to be so open and clear”. Something in common with Popovich, who manages to turn damage into strength.
—In the anime you are playing the role of Georgi Popovich. I understand that your singing voice in the ED was modified, but still, it sounded so different from Popovich’s voice that I was surprised.
I was surprised too (LOL). The instructions I received from the sound director are to “use a more threatening, low voice. His creepiness must sound amusing”, and that’s why I played him like that.
—The character himself means to be totally serious, but that ends up being funny instead.
I’m just doing my best and being faithful to the script, but for some reason…… the moment I step in front of the mike, I see the other members of the cast looking as if they’re trying not to laugh (LOL). I’m happy to see that but it’s also embarrassing.
—How is Popovich seen from your point of view?
He’s able to express with his skating the feelings that he experiences in his private life. Since he pushes out his feelings very forcefully when he skates, I didn’t have to hold back when I was playing him. Most of his lines while he is skating are monologues, but I’m being careful to say them energetically, as if he’s almost about to speak them out loud.
—At first sight he looks reserved, but when he performs he expresses his attachment toward his ex-lover with tears in his eyes.
The short program was still ok, but in the free he was seriously creepy (LOL). However, normally if something bad happens in your personal life you tend to lose your energy even toward work, but Popovich on the contrary is able to turn it into strength when he skates. I can understand that feeling because I have experienced it too. Actors are curious persons. When they are deeply wounded by something that happened in their personal life, when they are in distress, they can pull off better performances than usual.
—It’s like using adversity as a spring to push forward?
I think that maybe, when you reach an extreme condition your mind becomes keener than usual. In that sense, Popovich is a person able to turn a crisis into a chance. That’s why after he has finished his program I’d like to tell him “you gave a nice performance”.
—Are there other characters that caught your interest?
They all have very particular personalities, so I find them all interesting. It’s like if you don’t have a strong personality you can’t survive, but if I have to choose I’d say Yuuri and Yurio. Maybe it’s because I’ve watched the series from episode 1, but they touch me emotionally. I especially love Yuuri’s skating song “Yuri on ICE”. When I heard it in the broadcast I thought “beautiful!” and I almost stopped breathing. Many fans were saying that they are happy because the title of the show was actually connected to the story, and I do think that it’s really a song made for this anime.
—What image do you have of figure skating?
I was born in the Nagano prefecture. The Winter Olympics were held there when I was a student, and in general I’m familiar with winter sports. In the area I lived speed skating was popular, and I myself took classes for a few years. That’s why I’m also familiar with the temperature and coldness on the rink, and since they are both skating, I can easily imagine the environment surrounding Yuuri and the others.
—Did you start watching figure skating after being involved with “Yuri on Ice”?
The Grand Prix series is taking place just now, at the same time as the airing of the anime. I’m watching it on TV, and sometimes when I watch it I think “maybe in the real world too there are skaters with strong personalities like in “Yuri on Ice””… (LOL)
—Lastly, could you tell us about the future highlights of the story?
The Grand Prix Final will gather characters with very bold personalities and amazing skills. I think what everyone is wondering since episode 1 is “how will Yuuri fight?”, and “what will Victor do?”. In a world where scores decide the ranking, all skaters shine in their own fleeting moment…… This beautiful world is going to be portrayed in the anime. Please make sure to watch over their performances to the end.