In Japan, there is a category of Manga or Anime, or maybe novels, called "Spokon", mixed word of Sports+Konjo (meaning guts), featuring heroes or heroines who devote themselves in sports.
For example, "Captain Tsubasa, AKA Flash Kicker", "The Prince of Tennis", "Aim for the Ace!", "Star of the Giants" (a bit old one ), and also there are figure skater stories including "Blizzard Axel".
Interestingly, there is an Italian Wiki about this. Maybe you can google this into English.
Lots of Japanese (including me ) are thinking Yuzuru's life is nothing but a "Spokon"
Sometimes what surprises me is that he is still 19.
Considering his age, I think there is still a lot of room for improvement and I hope he will accomplish whatever he needs ,beyond my imagination
You mean he didn't mention his beloved Pooh, earphones, or games in the interview??? I am quite glad he at least have these things aside from skating that he loves.
I heard lots of famous Italian footballer read Captain Tsubasa when they were children and wanted be like Tsubasa-kun. This surprised Japanese people and made us happy as well. Also, the reason why Italian valleyball team has become strong is that girls loved Atacker YOU. It's so interesting and we are glad to hear that. Actually, I loved Atacker YOU (don't ask my age please), and my favorite is "Aim for the Ace!"
It is true that many children start a certain sport because of Manga or Anime in Japan, although there is not so many figure skating stories, maybe because figure skating was not a major sport here.
In any case, the keys of Spokon is sweat and tears, rivalry and friendship, and defeats and victory.
I really thought his victory of the Worlds 2014 was nothing but the Manga world
Not really related- I have not read any of the manga mentioned here (or heard of some of it even), I've only read recent sports manga
I love sport manga: Captain Tsubasa, Dash!, Hikaru no GO (can be called a sport?), Chihayafuru (<3), anything by Adachi Mitsuru, OOKIKU FURIKABUTTE, KUROKO NO BASUKE , 21 Eyeshild, Prince of Tennis (the frist series), Giant Killing, all are great.
There is actually a manga about Ice Dance called Kiss and Never Cry
Back to Yuzuru, now they are bashing his body type which I find quite absurd. I mean it's not much different from bashing lady skaters for their weight.
I am so for Yuzuru because of his stubborn on the layout. I mean, seriously I think he could just win with his previous layout of last season, why make it higher I don't get it. So worried for his body.