My first time watching a competition live! I was so excited!
I only took pics during warm up because I wanted to enjoy his performance.
First there was some chaos. I had to get to the rink by bus and there was some marathon and the road was blocked. Apparently this
was news to the bus driver because he promptly turned back, stopped and
told us to get out. Great. Just walk. For 4 km. Along the highway.
Fortunately there were 2 guys I could share a taxi with and one of them
was the choreographer for the Gala event!
Arrival: I was not prepared for how close you get to the skaters I mean after I just bought my ticket I went for coffee and Takahito passed me. And when I sat down there were Shoma and Mihoko chilling in the corner. I almost spat out my latte.
I managed to meet up with @fyshomauno so we could watch the event together! It was fun and she’s really nice. Thank you for watching the competition with me.
Warmup: Takahito looking good. I hadn’t seen much of him before but I liked him. Shoma falling on his ass worrying striking terror into my heart.
5 skaters is really not a lot for a competition.
Ok the new costume doesn’t look that bad irl. I actually like it. Not as much as the regular one but he’s so sparkly! Also new hairstyle! We’ve come so far since the asian success perm.
He is so fast. You don’t really see it on the broadcasts because the camera follows but watching live and in direct comparison with the other skaters he speeds across the ice like lightning.
I totally teared up during his performance and I was not the only one. No clean skate (Will we ever see it happen? Fingers crossed for worlds) but still amazing to see him live. And I felt like he put on some extra touches to the program expression wise.
Holy shit 300 points! WTF. I did not expect that.
Shoma mysteriously disappearing during the award ceremony and then
sprinting back like the hounds of hell were on his heels, to get to the ice was so funny. The series of medal ceremony mishaps continues.
Feeling like I’ll probably know the japanese anthem by heart at the end of the day.
Taking photos of skaters is hard. I only got the hang of it after the men’s competition T_T Focusing on jumps was a mistake. Now I got a bazillion pics of Shoma either a) wearing a facial expression of excruciating pain b) with his limbs in the most awkward positions or c) like he’s facing a 1000 mph jet blast. Strangely the pics of Takahito turned out fine.
Strifehart Week: Day 4 - Final Fantasy VII or Final Fantasy VIII
Another quickie because I’m not feeling too great about my art lately.
Anyway, I’m only about a two thirds of the way through 8 and as much as I am enjoying it, I definitely prefer 7. So here’s a quick scribble of Squall being in 7, he’s probably sharing a dorm with Cloud, looks out for him a lot on patrol because Cloud is certainly not used to the city yet(that and he is smol and cute).