I went to the evening show. There were two pairs of acroboats Besedin/Polishuk and air acrobats Chesna/Chesna. I saw the first guys last time something like 10 years ago or somesuch. They were then doing Swan as well. But for a reason- this show number indeed is a true crowd pleaser full of life and enjoyment. Chesnas were scary. They don't use any security. And considering that they do their tricks 5-10 meters above the ice, well... Beautiful number on 'Nutcracker' and the audience enjoyed it a lot as well. Gev is just some break dancer, off ice and on ice. There is no figure skating. Miyu Honda was "warming up" the audience before ths show started. She landed 2L and 1A, did very good bielmann. Little charming cutie.
Pechalat/Bourzat skated 'Dirty Dancing' in the first half, were quite dull, especially him. In the second half they did the collaboration with Fujii and that boring ballad somehow inspired life in their routine-like performance. Savchenko/Szolkowy skated Morricone in the first half, in the second one- some supposedly entertaining stuff. I lost the account of how many times they did 2A throw jump, obviously targeting 3A. Sooner or later it became non-interesting to look at their efforts, especially because the lack of 3A is the least of their concerns. There is simply no Pair, no Two and no passion/chemistry/whatever in their progs. Robin is just a skating body who clearly wants to retire a.s.a.p.
VolTran in the first half skated collaboration with Jenkins. I am absolutely not a fan of any vocals, any singers in ice shows. Life orchestra is fine. But nothing more please. Singers, stage dancers, music clips on huge screens is just one big distruction for the audience and for the skaters as well. Tanya with Max did good lifts, a death spiral, on a throw jump she touched the ice with both hands and fell on a knee. I still thinks that Max throws her too high sometimes. In the second half they skated their EX in a gorgeous haute couture outfit. They did double twist, their lifts, and good clean 3Loop throw jump. The number was like one whole stream of beauty, emotions and elegance.
Sarah can jump only 2A now, sometimes 1A, she doesn't possess any other jump. Well, at least she possesses one. Miki possesses zero. She skated with Jenkins "Amazing Grace" in the first half and then "Bolero" in the second. Did a couple of spins of 1-2 level and then she was just stroking around the ice. I don't believe that the skater who doesn't perform any jumps can seriously consider to go to Olympics. Arakawa was as usual, no matter what music is playing, she is skating her ice princess set. She fell on 3S once, in a finale she challenged combo 3T-3T but the second jump was downgraded and two-footed.
Suzuki was opening the solo numbers in the show. She presented her new EX, the dress didn't look that awful as in that FB pic. The color is strong, the top is sligtly heavy perharps but doesn't spoil the general impression much. She did 2A, 3S was with second toe touch. The music and her skating was dramatic and very sensual, hit each note really well, especially in sequeces and footwork.
Mura in the opening did 3L, 3S, quite confident and solid. In his collaboration with Fujii he fell on 3A but then did it well in a finale. He also tried a quad but singled it. Yuzu skated in the first half that lousy Blues that exposed the negative sides of his posture instead of hiding them. He fell on the opening quad, landed 3A and 3Z-3T successfully. In the second half he had a collaboration with Fujii too. What an idiot designed that blouse for him? It's not a male shirt. It's a female blouse, compared to which PChan's shirt for SP looks like a parade of masculinity. Obasan surely liked it with their "kawaii". As if he shouldn't mature and should stay girlishly looking boy to please their weird taste. Stupid women. Yuzu did 3S (planned 4S maybe), then fell on 3A. He looked quite slow and sweaty at the end. Fujii's balads are unbearable yawn-ish crap. There is not so much to expect from any skater in terms of PCS. In a finale Yuzu landed 3A clean. Then he did 4T well but he sat a little too deep, still he went for a sequence and added 3A after 4T but had a step-out, two hands on the ice and a knee too, i.e. counts as a fall. In general his body is the same, with weak muscles and round-shouldered posture. He requires a special care, with a nutricion that makes his muscles and skeleton look stronger and actually be stronger. As well as choreo classes. But nobody cares. His only coach who did care was taken away from him and his current dude looks at him at as a paycheck. Basically Yuzu is alone.
Stephane skated collaboration with Jenkins "Bring me to life" in the first half, in the second- "A Chorus to life". He doesn't jump much anymore, besides 3T and 2Z. In a finale he did a combo 3T-3T and challnged a quad 4T, landed it with under-rotation and a step-out. Still seems like not that bad for a retired skater. I mean kicking quads around, even not super clean ones. His spins are all their and didn't get any worse. As well as his musicality, connection to the audience and catching the character of the tune. He is slightly heavier in skating than Dai, and not that seducing in terms of pasison on the ice. But nevertheless Steph is a diamond in figure skating history, the place that he took fair and square.
Dai was skating the last and showed up in gray, so uncommon color for him. The shadow is similar to silverish details in his Moonlight Sonata costume. Dai can pull any music. Unless you ask him to pull the stuff which level of art is below zero. Then you see how much not enough art in that pop crap. Because you have a chance to compare the artist Dai with some silly pop song. On the entrance into 3A his blades swung a little, probably a crack on the ice or whatever. He kept going and did 3A with his terrifically beautiful and high position in the air. He touched the ice with his hand though, that tiny accident on the entrance might have caused it, or not. Then he did 3F well. But the highest jump of the night from him was Russian split jump. It wasn't just high but also the way how he landed it- not on a foot in the same direction but he turned in the air and landed it on the opposite blade. I haven't seen this trick from him much before. Then his footwork and steps that don't need any commments. In a finale he did 3F again and tried a quad but fell. He was quite in a cheerfull mood in general and it was nice to see that knowing how much down he looked at PIW just a month ago.
AOI is much more expensive, luxury and sophisticated show compared to SOI. It's like a fancy restaurant after McDonalds. Even Jenkins and Fujii couldn't spoil all the fun. The show will be broadcasted next weekend, have no idea what show exactly. Then vids will show up on youtube I am sure.
=======================================Prince Ice World.Day 3PIW corps de ballet can't stop surprising me. Yesterday Soshi Tanaka did 3A, with a little step out though. But how about the fact itself that the skater who retired 11 years ago and who never won anything at senior level, challenged the element of major difficulty in shows. Maybe this will help some people to finally understand why I look down at a so-called WC who takes it lazy both in shows and competitions, knowing that why to bother if everything is granted in advance.In the morning show Kanako again had a step out on 3Z and did 3S with no combo. In a finale she did 2S as a "warm up", then 3S. In the afternoon she fell on 3Z, did her combo 3S-2Lo-2Lo very well. In a finale she did 2S, then again her brand combo 3S-2Lo-2Lo. Her spins are a little slower and the posture got worse. I am not sure if it's just her dress or she got slightly bigger. She told fans that her study at the university is rather "taihen" but she is managing. Akiko in the morning skated her EX "The Unmbrellas of Cherbourg" and in the afternoon she had a collaboration with a violinist Furusawa for her "Lavender" EX. Her "Lavender" was rather well done. In both shows she went for a safer route of 2A and 3S, this time with no falls. Shizuka was as usual, with the difference that in the afternoon show, where she skated her cyber "Swan", she added 2T to her 2A.Takeshi had a good day and skated clean in both shows, demonstrating once again his high and powerful jumps of Plu&Yag era. In the afternoon finale he challanged 3A, with step out. Sasaki was having fun all around, did both 3Z and 3F with tano, didn't succeed in 3A (fell). Tatsuki was awfully perfect again in the afternoon. He was perfect in all 6 six shows that I attended. The only mistake he did was yesterday morning- a step out on 3F. Also, his blade hit smth. while he was entering 3Z from the spiral, so he couldn't do the jump because there was a railing already and he had to turn, then the timing was missing and he had to do the elements that were assigned with the music. I know about 3Z because I saw 4 shows previously, so I know that the jump must be there. Those who hadn't seen his EX before, didn't notice that one jump was missing, so flawlessly he did that switch. In the morning finale he did that 3Z from the spiral, giving a chance to people to see that nice entrance into the jump. In the afternoon finale he did 3A twice, one after another. His spins are so fast and light. He does feel very comfortable in his new EX that he choreographed himself, knowing very well his likes and strengths. Mura also had a good day with his clean performance in both shows, with the set of 3F, 3Z, 3S and his brand wow 3A. He challenged a quad in both finales and did it but touched the ice with the second toe a little. Overall, good work in the shows, Tatsuki and newly-wedded Mura-kun! Daisuke skated Moonlight Sonata in the morning and again like on the previous day was absolutely flawless in his magnificent performance. He did 3F, 3L, his fabulous 3A, fast spins and emotional steps where each beat of music matters. In the afternoon he chose to skate Stroll, which was absolutely the right decision to close the show session with this sparkling prog. Like a glass of champagne. He showed us once again what an artistic and versatile skater he is- three different progs in 4 shows, and all in different characters. He skated the original version of Stroll, the one that he showed in FrOI in August. Did all elemets clean except that 3A was slightly two-footed. He also challenged a quad in a finale but didn't succeed, downgraded it and two-footed in the morning and fell in the afternoon. I first thought that it might be the general physical tiredness that makes him be perfect in the morning shows because he is simply fresher. Or maybe Moonlight Sonata is better designed for Dai by Morozov, so he blends in it harmonically. Dai did look down though, either due to being physically or emotionally or both exhausted. And judging by twitter I wasn't the only one who noticed that. I hope he WILL find the time to take a break over summer to kick that fatigue away. PLEASE, DAI!!! So many people love you and wish you all the best that the life can bring. He is truly worshiped and adored by his tasteful fans, and not without the reasons. I updated vids and pics, the same channel, the same album (see my previous posts here for the links). BIG THANKS to PIW Team and guest skaters for all great work you did!!! I was having a wonderful time and see you all in July! Day 2PIW are too good to skate locally. Have no idea why they don't tour internationally. Besides the stuff that I wrote in the previous post, Nanri this afternoon did 3A and did so easily, as a matter of fact. Kanako in the morning show did 3Z with step out, on 3S she had an unsecure landing, so she didn't add a combo jump. In the afternoon she did 3Z with step out and one hand touched the ice. Her traditional combo 3S-2Lo-2Lo was good. She tried to skate like a grown-up and mature. Her technical set for PIW shows is the most difficult one followed by Mao (wasn't on the cast today). Akiko on the other hand chose the safest route a la Arakawa, of 3S and 2A and messed up, big or small, in all 4 shows that I have seen by now. This morning she had a shaky landing on 3S, 2A was okay. In the afternoon she did 3S and had a step out on 2A. Again steps out in a finale. Takeshi skated very well his EX with 3T and 3S, powerful eagle, expressiveness and confidence of charm. In a finale he challeneged a combo, in the morning the second jump was 2T only, in the afternoont he added 3T but it was ur and with step out. Never mind. He retired years ago. Sasaki was a crowd pleaser himself, full of joy and optimism. In the afternoon show he skated a different EX, where he makes fun of high school boys and girls. The girls' part was super extravagant, with a spiral and a bielmann spiral backwards, then a layback spin, etc. No need to say how he entertained the audience. He did 3F shaky and a good 3Z tano in the morning. In the afternoon 3Z tano was with step out. In both finale he tried 3A but fell.Tatsuki again went practically clean in both shows. In the morning all jump passes were perfect: 3F, 3A, 3S, 3L from a spiral. In the afternoon he had a little deep sit on 3A but not that much. The prog is so beautiful that I was almost sure that Steph somehow was involved. Guess what. When I asked Tatsuki who choreographed this new EX, he said him (!), himself. Alone with no one's help. I was like "
eek!" and had to re-ask. And he said yes, that's all him. Maybe Daisuke should ask Tatsuki to choreo his new progs?Mura presented his new EX in a shirt that he obviously borrowed from Kozuka's closet. The music choice is rather heavy for galas, but he went on jumps because that is what he could do better than other stuff. In the morning he did 3T, 3Z, his amazing 3A, fell on 3F, then did 3S. In the afternoon 3A had two hands on the ice and 3Z was with step out. In the finale he did a quad, two-footed. Never mind too. Because he looks so happy, basically shining with happiness when showing his marriage ring: http://twitpic.com/cnv0tn . He also said that his family is expecting a baby girl: Mura-chan. Daisuke showed up in the dark in the costume that I immediately identified as Moonlight Sonata. But when the music started, the audience, who (myself including) probably didn't expect him skating that SP, exploded into ovation. He didn't fail us and skated awfully well. Did a 3F, a gorgeous 3A and 3L, steps and spins were die for, especially the final footwork, the one that I fell in love with the moment I saw it for the first time. In a finale Dai did a really good combo 3F-3Loop (!), the one that I haven't seen from him for a while. I told him that his MS is a masterpiece and pointed out that so many people love him, and he smiled. So did the happy I. In the afternoon show he skated Tango, spins and steps were as great as usual, as well as 3F and 3L. But he singled his 3A, so did 1A instead. You know how upset he feels when he fails smth., especially in shows. In a finale he went for trixel again but did 2A only, then tried another one almost immediately, rotated 3A but fell terribly painfully. I hope he is okay and wasn't hurt. Dai still looks a little skinny but healthier than in London or even WTT. Still I think that that mistake on axel in the afternoon show might be the result of general tiredness. I ranted again to him that his tango is so passionate and how he can do that I wonder. He made a trickily enigmatical smile but didn't tell his brand secret. Anyway, tomorrow I am going to both shows too! Then the updates will follow.Day 1I went to both shows on April 28th. Prince Ice World corps de ballet is keeping its traditional amplua- spike of youth, athletism, devoted presentation and hard work all around. A good deal of male skaters did 3T, 3S and 2A, Nanri did 3Lutz. Which is a set for gala EX of some so-called "world champion" whose name shall not be named here. Their theatrical line is never cheap, i.e. no 50cents T-shirts. Each exit is in a new outfit that they wear for a couple of minutes. This season they had an excursus to the past, as well as looking for the future (last season the theme was Summer Oly in London). Junko is very positive and joyful in her skating, while Ota takes the lyrical part with her amazing spirals and spins. Soshi Tanaka with his Roxanne is some collage of cocky Plu and sensitive Dai (and he actually looks like the one: http://www.princehotels.co.jp/icesho...wt/piwt_21.jpg ) Takeshi knows how to hook me since he again took Italian vocals with their opera flavours. He did 3T and 3S quite solid, his powerful eagle as usual full of masculinity and reserved passion. In the morning show's finale he tried 3T-3T combo but had a big step-out on the second jump. For Shizuka I need to make a paste of "ice-princess music, prety dress, 3S, 2A, ina bauer, spin, posing, end" in order not to type the same stuff again and again. There is no changes in her skating, which means she can't or doesn't want to skate something diffferent. Fiona with Dmitry were the only representatives of "skating in pair", so they could entertain the not-spoilt-by-pairs J-audience easily, with all their pair elements and acrobatic tricks.Sasaki was all Sasaki: cool, fun and full of electric energy. He did 3Z, 3F tano, in the afternoon show's finale he went for 3A but fell. Akiko has a new hair-style and now looks like a 45yo obasan. She skated ice-princess stuff (Costello's "She") in a white dress, the choreo was probably done for 5 minutes, so conveyor-ish it looked. In the morning she had a shaky landing on 3S and singled her axel. In the afternoon she fell on 3S, did 2A. In a finale she tried 3S again but had a huge step out with both hands on the ice. Kanako skated some black-gold dress a la Disney image with a black scarf, a little heavy image but she tried to be expressive. She did 3Z, her 3S-2Lo-2lo combo, camel spin was not good. In the afternoon she had a step-ut on 3Z, in a finale did 3S clean. In general her attitude was very enjoyable.Tatsuki presented his new prog, music is the soundtrack for J-TV drama "白夜行" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inTyy05Ra0k He was in a deep-blue top with a crimson glove on one hand. Did everything clean in both shows: 3F, 3L, 3A, 3S (had slightly deep sit in the morning show though), combo spin and spins were really nice, as well as "telling" the story with soft arms and hands. He had a moment when he was shaking a hand similar to Dai's move in "Pagliacci", and he finished the prog lying on the ice with a torso a little up, like Dai in the mid of his "Tango." In general he was very light and really involved in music. Also, the quality of his jumps means that he has a rather serious approach for the next season. Mao had a really good day. She was like a skating piano music itself in her Chopin's Ballad, with all its sophistication and romantism. In the morning show she did a good 3F, then doubled her loop, then did two 2A, magnificient spirals and spins. Her doubled loop was her only mistake of the day. In a finale she, probably feeling disappointed, did 3Loop again and landed it clean, making the happy face expression like "Yatta!". In the afternoon show she was absolutely clean in all jump passes, then she did 3F in a finale and she probably planned to add the second jump, i.e. make it a combo, but the landing on 3F was perhaps not that solid, so she didn't add the second jump. I told her that her Ballad was a masterpiece but I am not even sure that she could hear me well in all that fanfest all around. I made some videos and pics with fans but no vids/pics do her any justice- it's a known fact that she is much more charming in real life. Also, her hands are very warm, like Dai's hands. As if there's sunshine inside them that makes them be so warm-hearted/handed.
Next time I will go to PIW shows in May 3th and 4th, with Dai and Mura (no Mao). Then updates will follow.