I think he is still young enough for the role.
In any case, in choosing the theme of Romeo and Juliet again (as according to Weir, Hanyu “owns” the costume and choice of music), Yuzuru must have had some kind of feeling or statement he wanted to make by choosing the same story again. If the past has taught us anything about Yuzuru and how he skates his programs, it is that he develops and grows into them as the season progresses. Part of their meaning is in the journey that it takes him. He did that with R&J#1, he did that with PW and he is doing that with R&J#2. (Just remember the evolution from Finlandia, to Skate Canada, to TEB, to GPF and to the Olympics.) He still has time with R&J#2 to make it whole. Perhaps we should wait until he skates R&J#2 as he means it to be skated before judgment is rendered on its appropriateness to his temperament and maturity. Even as it is, the judges have given it a thumbs up putting Hanyu second to no other skater in the world.
Yeah, exactly! He has been using the SP [Parisienne Walkways] for two seasons already and seeing new programs would definitely be exciting. His FS is relatively good, but I know he can express himself in a newer and better way without the touching on Romeo and Juliet theme. I prefer his rocker/lively performances rather than his expressive/moving/touching-type of program.It will be interesting to see what they do for the 2014-2015 season. With the chance of regulations and now allowing music with lyrics I hope he gets really cool programs.
On the other hand, I don't think Yuzu was able to fully interpret NDP. His exhibition at TEB showed great improvement from last season though.
R&J n°1 atmosphere was in a certain way almost the opposite of the Etude SP , enhancing Yuzu's wild , emotional and raw side and once again the outfit matched the program wonderfully.
This is just to say that IMO it' is the choreo that must be tailored on skater's qualities and strenghts, and Yuzuru has already proved to be able to skate to many different types of music, and not the opposite, having the skater constantly trying to interpret something that is basically uncongenial to him.
I agree that Yuzuru has a wider artistic range than some would give him credit for. He has the willingness to challenge himself both technically (hence the insistence on the two types of quad jumps in his LP) and artistically. I watched a TSL (The Skating Lesson) interview of his PW choreographer Jeffrey Buttle where the latter expressed his pleased surpise that Yuzuru did not reject outright that choice of music for his SP and instead actively collaborated in the choreography. It may be hard to recall right now since the PW SP has broken a hundred in the Olympics, but there was initial criticism that Yuzuru then was attempting too much to be like Daisuke. Even the great skating blogger Morozombie, who raved about Yuzuru's 2011-2012 Romeo and Juliet program, commented that the PW SP "was tolerable in a certain way (I could at least approve of its balance between complexity and attention to the music, even if it gave a certain 'trying too hard' vibe at times)," which is indeed to "damn with faint praise." Since then Yuzuru has made the PW SP his own where his personality shines out. I hope for Yuzuru's own inner satisfaction, as well as for my own as a skating fan, that he will do justice to his 2013-2014 Romeo and Juliet program in this year's World Championships. We already caught a glimpse of what it could be at the 2013-2014 GPF.
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I'm a big fan of PW program and I would really like to see a similar choice of style for the FS next season. However, I don't know if Yuzuru can, at the moment, have a clean performance on a long program PW style. It requires a lot of energy and he often looks tired (I mean, more tired than other skaters) at the end of the his FS (I must admit this improved a little bit in the last months). But the PW style suits him. Lively, dynamic and most of all, very relaxed. I don't know and I don't think the kid was always very confident about his SP, but the moves, the choreography let the impression that he is. When the music started, it was something like "ok, look at him, he's so cool and calm and everything is fine and there's no chance he'll have any mistakes".
The problem of his current free skate is, the program is loaded with too many technical elements, with the highest TES score ever if he landed all those jumps perfectly. I get it that he need those technical elements, obviously, to beat PChan. But he hasn't masted 4S perfectly, it's like a mental block, thus he focus so much on the jumps, other than the interpretation of the program.
It's good that he is not afraid of challenges, but to some point people should know that he is still a growing kid, both mentally and physically, not just a competitive athlete. That's why I said I think David Wilson's programs are too old for him. NDP program last year was even wayyyyyyy older than his mental age at that time, thus the result we all see.
But he is growing into it, not just in GPF, but also in Sochi. Frankly, I think his FS in Sochi was more passionate than his FS in GPF despite all the mistakes. I can sense that he was desperate more than in GPF. And that means in a good way, I hope he would finally do some justice to his current free skate and move on to something new.
And yes, new costume, as much as I dislike Weir's design, I have to say his costume was so much entertaining to watch in performance. Like the kid was playing both Juliet and Romeo in one performance.
I want him to do a program to Some Nights by FUN. just because it will made me happy
I just wonder when he will cross 200 points in FS, I think he is capable of doing that in near future with landing 4s and making program perfectly.
Thanks for the welcome!
I hope Yuzu does manage to master the salchow, just like his quad toe that he has almost down to a tee. I've seen him land it in exhibitions and of course during practices but I guess the weight of the competition usually has him pretty nervous.
The 2012 Finlandia FS program has a 4T first and then the 4S. He managed to save the 4S and skated quite cleanly (despite wobbling from fatigue at the end) so my question is, why didn't he start off R&J #2 with a 4T then a 4S instead of the other way around? I think with him nailing the 4T, it would boost his confidence as well as enabling him to make the necessary adjustments to land the 4S. Plus, the 4T is the first jump in his SP so I'm sure he would land it in his FS. That's what one of the commentator said when he failed his Salchow, he said Yuzu glanced at his landing spot when he was transitioning into his 4T.