Art Roundup: Otayuri Appreciation

The Russian Fairy Ice Tiger of Russia turns 16 tomorrow, March 1, and what better way to celebrate this than by commemorating his only best friendship! We have another art roundup in store for you, once again featuring selections from the #yoiconph2017 Artist Alley.

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Art by Kat of Bells on Ice


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Art by Latte of #WalangNikiforever


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Art by Clair of kyaatsudon


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Art by Celina Kyle of StarShine


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Art by Rosalicht


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Art by RUI of RUI x BenelLine


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Art by B-TAN of the LEAFLETS

Happy Birthday, Yuri Plisetsky! May you have less things to be angry about in the year to come. Beka, alam mo na. Please continue to be the the upstanding young gentleman that you are.

See more of this pure and beautiful friendship at Born To Make History: A Yuri!!! on ICE Fan Gathering! See you next level on March 26 2017, Sunday, from 12:00nn to 7:00pm at the Bayanihan Center, Pasig City. All of the above artists and a whole lot more will be exhibiting their work there, so don’t miss out! Check out the rest of the Artist Alley here.

P.S. For what it’s worth, 16 is the age of consent in Russia. 😉

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Understanding Figure Skating Jumps As Demonstrated by Yuri!!! on ICE Skaters

In today’s #yoiconph2017 blog entry, skate ota Judith R. walks us through the six types of jump elements found in figure skating with the help of our favorite animated figure skaters.


Understanding Figure Skating Jumps As Demonstrated by Yuri!!! on ICE Skaters
by Judith R.

Triple and quadruple jumps are arguably the most exciting part of figure skating, more so for the Men’s events where quads are slowly but surely becoming as common as breathing. Everyone gets giddy over them: casual and long-time viewers, commentators, coaches, and even skaters themselves sometimes do fist pumps in the middle of their program after successfully landing a jump. But how can casual viewers differentiate between a toe loop and a loop? How does a flip differ from a lutz, and why does a “flutz” exist?

In competitive figure skating, the six types of jump elements can be divided into two categories. There are the toe jumps, which use the toe pick of the blade for takeoff – the Toe Loop, Flip, and Lutz. The other three are considered edge jumps, which use the edge of the blade for takeoff – Salchow, Loop, and Axel.

Disclaimer: As there are no clockwise jumpers in Yuri!!! on ICE, all descriptions are based on counter-clockwise jumpers. For clockwise jumpers (such as Johnny Weir and Ashley Wagner), the mirror image is performed.


Toe Loop (T)

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Phichit, unlike the other Grand Prix finalists, has only one quad in his program – the 4T.

The toe loop takes off from the back outside edge of the right foot (meaning the right foot is tilted outwards), assisted by the left toe pick, and lands on the back outside edge of the right foot. This can be done immediately after other jumps in combinations.
TL;DR: take off with left toe pick, land with right leg

Fun Fact: Kurt Browning landed the first ratified quadruple jump, a toe loop, at the World Championships (with three turns on the landing). With the current judging system, this would have merited a 0 or negative grade of execution.


Salchow (S)

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Yuri Katsuki performs a 4S in his free skate. Prior to being taught by Yuri Plisetsky, the only quad he could consistently perform was the toe loop.

The Salchow jump (pronounced “sal-kow”) is one of the edge jumps. It takes off from a back inside edge of the left foot (where the foot is tilted inwards) and lands on the back outside edge of the right foot.
TL;DR: take off with left blade, land with right leg

Fun Fact: The first ratified quad Salchow was from Timothy Goebel during the 1998 Junior Grand Prix Finals. Moreover, this jump was done in combination.


Loop (Lo)

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JJ lands an impromptu 4Lo in his free skate. Despite the hand down, a positive grade of execution is possible due to his improvisation.

The loop is similar to the toe loop in the sense that it takes off from the back outside edge of the right skate and lands on the same back outside edge, though the major difference is that there is no toe pick assist. Like the toe loop, this jump can be done immediately after other jumps in combinations.
TL;DR: take off with right blade, land with right leg

Fun Fact: Yuzuru Hanyu is the first skater to successfully land a quad loop in competition, at the 2016 CS Autumn Classic International.


Flip (F)

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Victor performs his signature jump, the 4F, at the World Championships.

The flip is a toe jump that takes off from the back inside edge of the left foot and lands on the back outside edge of the right. A “lip” (portmanteau of lutz and flip) is when the skater takes off from the back outside edge of the left foot instead.
TL;DR: take off with right toe pick, left blade is slanted inward, land with right leg

Fun Fact: Shoma Uno became the first skater to land a quad flip at an international competition, during the Team Challenge Cup in April 2016. 


Lutz (Lz)

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In the series, Christophe Giacometti is the only skater other than Victor Nikiforov who can successfully land a 4Lz.

The Lutz takes off from the back outside edge of the left foot and lands on the back outside edge of the right. It is arguably the most difficult back outside edge jump due to its counter-rotated nature, meaning that the takeoff edge travels in a rotational direction opposite to which the skater rotates in the air and lands. A “flutz” (portmanteau of flip and lutz) is when the skater takes off from the back inside edge of the left foot instead.
TL;DR: take off with right toe pick, left blade is slanted outward, land with right leg

Fun Fact: On November 12, 2011, Brandon Mroz successfully landed a quad Lutz at the NHK Trophy, becoming the first skater to successfully land a quad Lutz in international competition.


Axel (A)

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Yuri Plisetsky successfully lands a 3A after a difficult spiral entry.

The Axel is an edge jump where the skater launches on the forward outside edge of the left foot and lands on the back outside edge of the right. Because it has a forward takeoff but lands backwards, an Axel actually has half an extra rotation.
TL;DR: it’s the sole forward jump

Fun Fact: There is currently no ratified quad Axel (4A),  but Yuzuru Hanyu attempted it in Dreams on Ice 2015 and made 4.5 rotations but did not land successfully. Had he done it in competition, it would have merited an overall value of 10 (15 for the base value, with -4 for the scaled grade of execution and a further -1.0 for the fall), just a little lower than the base value of a 4T (10.3).

And that’s it! Do you have a favorite jump? What’s your favorite jump combination? Sound off in the comments below!


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Kasaysayang Lilikhain (History Maker – Tagalog Translation)

Ano nga ba ang “ice” sa Tagalog? Literal and literary translation is always an interesting topic for word nerds, and today, on the #yoiconph2017 blog, armchair translator Trisha D. attempts to bring some local flavor to everyone’s favorite song.

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Kasaysayang Lilikhain
(History Maker – Tagalog Translation)

by Trisha D.

Can you feel my heartbeat?
Tired of feeling never enough
I close my eyes and tell myself
That my dreams will come true

There’ll be no more darkness
When you believe in yourself
You are unstoppable
Where your destiny lies
Dancing on the blades
You set my heart on fire

Don’t stop us now
The moment of truth
We were born to make history

We’ll make it happen
We’ll turn it around
Yes, we were born to make history

Dinig mo ko puso ko?
Pagod mabigo’t matalo
Sa aking pagpikit
Abot panaginip

Mawawala ang kadiliman
Kung sarili’y paniwalaan
‘Di mapipigilan
Ang sayaw ng
Pagliliyab
Ng tadhana

Patuloy lang
Ang kasaysayan
Tayo na ang manlilikha

Paiikutin
Patutuparin
Kasaysayang lilikhain

Rarepair Fic Recs: Phichuri Edition

There is nothing quite as pure and lovely as the friendship between Yuri Katsuki and Phichit Chulunanont. The series gives enough for fan fiction to play with, and that’s what Meg and May are talking about in today’s #yoiconph2017 blog entry. The purpose of fan fiction is to explore what if’s, so what if those two got friendlier and friendlier? Read on for your rarepair reads!


Rarepair Fic Recs: Phichuri Edition
by Meg and May

1. One Call Away by terryh_nyan

Premise: A what-if fic in which the triplets never film Yuri skating Victor’s routine, and over the next few months, he sinks deeper and deeper into a slump. It all comes to a head late one night when he makes a drunk call to an old friend.

What Makes It Work: Given how important the Stammi Vicino viral video is to the canon storyline, as it’s one of the key things that sets the plot in motion, it’s so interesting to see this fic take the opposite path – the one in which nothing particularly special or life-changing happens when Yuri skates for Yuko. You really feel the depth of his despair here, and it’s so touching to see him coming back to Phichit for support and strength. The emotions in this piece are handled so sensitively all throughout, and for a relatively brief first chapter the author manages to work in so many of the little nuances to their relationship that make it so wonderful–the trust, the deep-rooted understanding, the little bits of humor only Phichit can inject into a situation even when Yuri’s at his lowest.

Currently a work-in-progress, but definitely one to watch for how it’ll continue to split from the canon storyline and develop a narrative thread all its own.

Excerpt: “They talk some more; nonsense and banter and yawns on both ends. Alcohol makes Yuri sappy like nothing else. Phichit decides to blame it all on that: the contented sighs, the whispered I-missed-yous. The occasional Are you really coming tomorrow?, though, is all Yuri, and Phichit can’t help but smother laughter into his pillow every time he says it. Every time he feels his heart open just a little bit more with the next Yeah, I am.

When Yuuri starts to doze off, Phichit stays on the line. He stays and listens to his breathing, low and even, like the wind rustling outside his window.”

Word Count: 1,693 (Ongoing)


2. Sweet Like Berries by machinewithoutfeelings (NSFW)

Premise: Yuri is constantly distracted by Phichit’s lips. The problem only worsens when he discovers Phichit’s affinity for lipgloss and lipstick. Sexy things happen, eventually.

What Makes It Work: Poor Yuri is an absolute mess in this; he’s so charmed by Phichit and has barely any idea what to do about it, and that’s so adorable. The author does a great job of highlighting his nervousness and confusion (which we can probably chalk up to his initial inability to recognize Unresolved Sexual Tension™ for what it is) and playing that off of Phichit’s total, absolute comfort in his own skin. You can’t help but be happy for Yuri when the smut happens somewhere in the middle, but it’s the ending moment, where things slow down and become sweet and tender and comfortable, that really hooks the heart.

Excerpt: “Yuri burns his wrist on the frying pan staring when he first sees him walk into the small kitchen looking like that. Phichit immediately runs the faucet to cold and jerks Yuri’s wrist under the stream of water. He lets Phichit hold him with the soft tips of his fingers as the cold water soothes the burn, even though there’s really no reason for it.

‘Better?’ Phichit asks, and Yuri nods, feeling his cheeks heat up. He turns back to his pan and starts stirring with a spatula, still feeling the spots where Phichit’s fingers had pressed into his skin. Yuuri thinks that he might be in trouble. Later, when Phichit beams and praises uuri’s meal and wipes a single finger across the dish just to slide it between his lips and suck the sauce from it, Yuri knows that he is in trouble.”

Word Count: 2,209 (Complete)


3. this kiss is (something i can’t resist) by notcaycepollard

Premise: After they get together, Victor’s convinced the only way uuri could have become such a good kisser is for him to have gotten some practice. Yuri insists he doesn’t kiss and tell. We learn the truth via flashback.

What Makes It Work: Off the bat, the dialogue in this fic is ace – everyone is so funny, and their different voices really shine through. But more than that, what makes it most memorable is its exploration of the different kinds of human intimacy, and how navigating the many grey areas surrounding that intimacy with different people can be so weird and so wonderful all at once. Much of the time it’s not easy to box the people who are most important to you up into neat strictly-platonic/strictly-romantic categories, and it’s great how that insight is fleshed out here in terms of Yuri’s reflections about his relationship with Victor in the present, and his tentative, kind of clumsy, figuring-stuff-out-together experiences with Phichit in the past.

Excerpt: “They stay makeout buddies for years, whenever they’re bored or a bit drunk or just interested in spending a lazy free afternoon kissing sticky-sweet in the golden warmth of summer. They even fool around a little, and it’s fun in the way that hanging out with Phichit is always fun, not because Phichit is sweet and carefree – although he is, of course he is – but because they’ve got the kind of friendship where they can go from bemoaning the impossibility of landing a triple Lutz to figuring out exactly how Phichit likes it when Yuri bites at his earlobe to navigating all the weirdnesses of American cultural traditions neither of them understand.

And that’s why Yuri’s reticent about sharing the details with Victor; it’s not like he and Phichit were in love, or in a relationship like Yuri and Viktor somehow seem to be, but that doesn’t make it any less important, and Yuri holds it in his heart very fondly.”

Word Count: 2,439 (Completed)


4. if someone moves in ‘round the corner by mayerwien

Premise: Middle school AU where eleven-year-old Yuri and Phichit get paired together for a project, and spend a day working on it together at Phichit’s house.

What Makes It Work: The world in which this AU takes place is a huge treat to explore. Not only do you get such a concrete sense of what the greater setting is like – a feat in itself, considering it’s an unidentified city in an unidentified country – but there’s so much detail and care in the way the author crafts Phichit’s house in particular, and identifies all the little things that make it quirky and lived-in and absolutely perfect for Phichit himself. Phichit’s delightful mom and younger siblings figure prominently, as do his hamsters (of course).

Another telltale sign of a well-constructed AU is if the author is able to strike a balance between preserving the essence of the characters, and weaving entirely new situations and environments to drop them into. This is absolutely the case here, as even as kids this Phichit and this Yuri hit all the warm, sweet notes that make their friendship so precious in canon – you can clearly see how happy they make each other and how much they have to learn from each other, and all their interactions ring so true and feel so natural.

Excerpt: “It occurs to Yuri, just now, that he doesn’t want this to end. But he knows that after the project’s over, the two of them will have nothing to talk about—nothing in common again, no reason to laugh or eat ice cream or make music together. Phichit will go back to playing basketball with the seventh-graders at recess, and Yuri will go back to eating with Yuko and Takeshi, trying not to mind when they hold hands. There’s no point in hoping for anything else, Yuri tells himself firmly. Phichit has friends all over the world. He doesn’t even know me.”

Word Count: 4,235 (Complete)


5. the one with the bright eyes by strikinglight

Premise: College AU set in Detroit, in which Phichit is a photography student struggling with his final project for class, and Yuuri teaches a beginners’ class at the local skating rink.

What Makes It Work: To outsiders, it might be surprising just how beloved Phichit is in the YOI fandom, given how little screen time he’s had so far. That said, it’s never an easy feat to get into the head of a side character, but the author absolutely gets it right with this AU, exploring what might lie behind Phichit’s sunny demeanor, and taking his penchant for selfies and reimagining it as his love for photography as a craft, and as a way of seeing the world.

Phichit and Yuri start off as friends here, and it’s a joy seeing them tentatively dance around each other – and seeing how they understand each other, slowly open each other up without ever imposing, and ultimately give each other the boost of courage they need. Apart from being a poetically-written, incredibly sweet and tender Phichuri fic, this is also a story about the personal journeys Phichit and Yuri both take, with some beautiful nods to canon along the way.

Excerpt: “Phichit doesn’t know where Yuri’s hometown—Hasetsu—is on a map, or what Yuri sounds like when he laughs. He doesn’t know why his eye goes to Yuri the moment he walks into a room, when it only makes sense that someone so soft and shy and retiring would melt away into any crowd, disappear in an instant. He doesn’t know if Yuri is his friend—could be, wants to be.

He doesn’t know how to go about learning any of these things, and the hundred-something other things he hasn’t admitted he wonders about yet.”

Word Count: 17,727 (Complete)


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The Blades That Set Our Hearts On Fire: The Different Figure Skating Blade Models in Yuri!!! on ICE

We all know that the creators and MAPPA did their research for Yuri!!! on ICE, but wow, this entry by skate ota Judith R. really makes us appreciate just how thorough they were. Did you know that Yuri!!! on ICE actually features a good variety of figure skating blades? Now you do.


The Blades That Set Our Hearts On Fire:
The Different Figure Skating Blade Models in Yuri!!! on ICE
by Judith R.

It’s a well-known fact that the creators and MAPPA didn’t half-ass their research when it came to the figure skating aspect of the show. Accurate figure skating season timeline? Check. Varied figure skating programs with correct elements? Check. Showcase different figure skating blade models? Check.

Wait, what?

Figure skating blades, the little killing machines that are used to cut through the ice instead of someone’s throat. (Unless of course you plan on performing the Iron Lotus, in which case feel free to “accidentally” slice your partner’s throat with the blade.)

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No skaters were harmed in the making of this probably fake scene.

But I digress. Much like ballet dancers who darn and lace their own pointe shoes, each figure skater has a boot and blade that is unique to them. Majority of elite skaters use either MK Blades or John Wilson Blades, though those aren’t the only brands available on the market. Let’s explore the characters’ blades, shall we?

Yuri Katsuki: John Wilson Gold Seal

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This is a common choice for top skaters, including Russian Overlord the reigning World Figure Skating Champion Evgenia Medvedeva.


Victor Nikiforov: John Wilson Pattern 99

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Victor’s blade is unfortunately hard to identify due to the lack of clear toe picks or brand etchings on the blade itself. Thankfully, Denis Vasilijevs shed light on this by tweeting that Stephane Lambiel uses John Wilson Pattern 99 blades  – customized to be gold, of course. What’s interesting to note is that Victor competes with gold blades whereas other skaters use it for exhibitions and ice shows, usually after retiring from competitive skating, such as Stephane Lambiel, whose blades they’re modeled after.

(An earlier version of this section noted that the blades were MK Gold Star. Cheers to Mina and Katie for pointing it out!)


Phichit Chulanont: Jackson Ultima Matrix 2

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Jackson makes excellent skates and blades but it’s not a common choice for elite skaters. Interestingly enough, this is also Michael Christian Martinez’s blade. We see what you did there, MAPPA.


And then we have the new generation of blades, the Revs.

Revolution blades were introduced less than a decade ago but has become an increasingly common choice for skaters, especially the men, due to its lighter material and great flexibility. Better blades mean more quads and (hopefully) not as many skaters leaving the rink in a wheelchair.

Yuri Plisetsky: John Wilson Gold Seal Rev

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Yuri had his customized to be black to match what he thinks is the color of his soul. This is an upgraded version of the traditional Gold Seal blades, the one where Yuri Katsuki’s is patterned from. Maybe the creators wanted them to share something other than their first name.


Jean-Jacques Leroy: John Wilson Pattern 99 Rev

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This isn’t a surprising choice for JJ considering his numerous quads. This is also Yuzuru Hanyu’s blade of choice. No wonder they were featured on the same magazine in Episode 12!


Sara Crispino: MK Phantom Rev

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Majority of the ladies tend to stick to traditional blades, though Revs are on the rise as well. Considering her signature jump is a triple lutz-triple loop, she needs all the elevation she can get.

And that’s it! Did I miss out on any other blades featured on the show? Let me know in the comment section down below!


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Revisiting Love and Life at the Yuri!!! on ICE Talk Show Live Viewing and All Night Marathon

Wondering what that Yuri!!! on ICE all night marathon was like? Wonder no more! Kuri C., a Filipino Yuri!!! on ICE fan currently living in Japan, was lucky enough to win the opportunity to attend it! Here, she tells us all about it!


Revisiting Love and Life at the
Yuri!!! on ICE Talk Show Live Viewing and All Night Marathon

by Kuri C.

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Though I wasn’t counting on it in the first place (I had actually planned my weekend around not being able to go to the All-Night viewing at all), luck happened to be on my side and I won the lottery for the right to purchase tickets for the event. I had two, so a friend of mine came along to watch it with me. Since she was a JJ fan, she was totally ready to do the whole JJ girl experience, bringing along her own banner. I, on the other hand, didn’t have any favorites, but I was absolutely game to cheer for everyone the whole time.

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The others in the audience were just as ready. Though outside the cinema no one seemed to show that they were there for the event (save for a few low-key Yuri on Ice bags here and there), once they were settled in, many brought out banners for their favorite skater (mostly Yuri Katsuki or Plisetsky) and had special glow sticks they could program to the color of whichever skater they want to cheer on.

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The talk show came first. Though I was in the same building as the actual talk show, we were watching just a live broadcast of it at our respective cinema. Not much new information was released, but it was a lot of fun to see the voice actors and Kubo-sensei herself come out on stage to talk about the series. Toshiyuki Toyonaga appeared on to the stage with uchiwa featuring Yuri and Victor. Junichi Suwabe surprised us all with dyed hair and the Makkachin tissue case (all the while denying that there was nothing about him that was like Victor except for liking Makkachin)! Sadly, there wasn’t an actual tissue box in the case, but that didn’t matter as Suwabe had a lot of fun using it as a puppet. He had it shaking at first and said “Makkachin is trembling because of all of you!” Later on, he was a bit terrible and stuck his hand through Makkachin like a chestburster from Alien. Finally, Koki Uchiyama came on stage, though sadly he didn’t have any special gimmick to show off.

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Of the three seiyuu, Toyonaga was the most animated, stepping out of his chair several times to mimic Georgi Popovich and even get down on the floor to show off a hydroblading pose when he was asked what figure skating move he wanted to do. For the same question, Suwabe said he wanted to do a 100-revolution jump or a quadruple axel, while Uchiyama said he was interested in spins.

Some other highlights from the talk show include Kubo-sensei commenting that Seung Gil’s costume made him look like a parrot and all three VAs suddenly making bird noises. Also, a mention that Georgi and Otabek were popular with the male staff. There was talk about Chris’ mystery companion, who Kubo-sensei says is from the Swiss Skating Federation and probably a former ice dancer. He has no name yet, but because he looks like Masumi Hayami from Glass Mask, everyone had begun calling him “Masumi-san”. Later on during the viewing, the entire cinema chorused “Masumi-saaaaan!” the moment he appeared on episode 11.

Kubo-sensei also shared two very interesting stories from the European Championships which she attended earlier this month (sadly, she made sure to make it clear that her trip overseas had nothing to do with work for season 2). First off, she talked about people cosplaying Yuri On Ice characters at the event. They noticed her and without knowing that they were talking to Kubo-sensei, the cosplayers said it was okay to take a picture of them. Later on, while on a train platform, Kubo-sensei saw one of the cosplayers from that time out of costume– and apparently they had an Otabek-like undercut hairstyle. She was wondering whether to tell her who she was, but decided not to.

The other story she shared was about a skater and her coach. Carolina Kostner, who had come out of a three year hiatus, had made an incredible comeback at the competition and at the Kiss and Cry, she had a heart-shaped cushion. Later in the day, Kubo-sensei saw Kostner’s coach, Alexei Mishin, who Yakov was based on. He had the heart-shaped cushion with him. Out of the blue, he put it on his head to use as a hat to protect him from the cold.

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After the really entertaining talk show was a 15 minute break followed by the actual all-night viewing. As the release date of the third DVD/BluRay volume was in two weeks, we all got to see the entire first half of the series (episodes 1-6) in their best quality. A lot of remarkable improvements were made in the skating animation for the episodes to be released with Volume 3, and it was really incredible to see it all on the big screen. I was even surprised by the fact that I could see subtle imperfections in the technical aspect of Yuri’s Short Program in episode 5, like a two-footed landing during one of his jumps. Yuri’s ugly blue tie during the press conference also looked clearly ugly this time around with its big, awkward stripes.

But seeing everything so clearly on the screen aside, the most thrilling part of the All Night Viewing was physically being a part of the fandom! Though my friend and I were seated at the very first row (and thus we couldn’t see all the other fans behind us), we could hear clapping along with the music at times and shouts of “ganba!” and “davai!” before some performances. There were many fans who said some iconic lines along with the show (such as “be my coach, Victor!”), and laughter every time something funny happened.

Some amazing moments with the fans at the cinema include the thunderous support for Georgi Popovich during his short program. All of a sudden, everyone was just yelling “davai!” and applauding for him (though at the same time bursting into laughter during his “I’m an evil witch!” monologue). Everyone also burst into laughter at Seung Gil’s first appearance on the ice in his “sexy mambo” outfit, as we all could still remember the VAs breaking into parrot noises about it.

The most interesting bit of the night had to do with the Theme of King JJ. As English speakers, my friend and I have absolutely no problem singing along to it. The event organizers also made it very clear that we were all encouraged to sing along to it, too. Kubo-sensei also made a mention of it. However, my friend did pick up that some of the audience were worried that they wouldn’t be able to sing it because it was all in English. However, during the actual scene where JJ’s theme first came out, I was able to hear everyone clapping along to it behind us as we sang out hearts out for him. Perhaps not everyone was able to sing, but at least during the scene at the Kiss and Cry after his disastrous short program at the Grand Prix Final, when the chanting for him began, everyone followed suit and the whole cinema absolutely cheered him on.

All in all, the event was an incredible celebration of this very loved series. It was a wondrous experience to have taken part in it and enjoyed it with the rest of the fans living in Japan– not just in Tokyo, but throughout the country. After the event, I got to talk to friends who got to see it all the way in Fukuoka and in Osaka. Some of the people I follow on Twitter also caught it in Hokkaido. It was just amazing, how this one series brought us all together. Though at the end we were sleepless, tired, and aching from sitting through the whole show, we went home with great smiles on our faces.

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Art Roundup: Victuri Valentine

The first couple of fictional figure skating is celebrating their first Valentine’s Day together! Let’s look back at the most heartwarming moments of their life and love and look forward to what the next level has in store through this curated collection of art featuring just a handful of the talented artists gracing the #yoiconph2017 Artist Alley!

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Art by Starrywhitewall by Nix


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Art by Rosso Mimi of Project Senpai


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Art by Nona Draws


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Art by Moose of Wet Ice


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Art by Rosalicht


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Art by Shinjei of Gomibako


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Art by Kat of Bells on Ice


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Art by DONBURI

Kilig, much! Happy Valentine’s Day, Victor and Yuri! You may not realize it, but so many of us in the fandom get our L words from you!

Get ready for more #feels, Born To Make History: A Yuri!!! on ICE Fan Gathering is coming your way on March 26 2017, Sunday, from 12:00nn to 7:00pm at the Bayanihan Center (JYC Hall A), Kapitolyo, Pasig City. All of the above artists and a whole lot more will be exhibiting their work there, so don’t miss out!

P.S. Of course, we’re not forgetting. Happy Birthday, Chris! We’re doing something fun and fabulous for our favorite sexy Swiss on Twitter, so join us for lots of laughter and libog with #giacomettijams!