^Thank you deedee for your very touching re-post.
Please let me write a bit on Dai's LP, though it's been weeks since NHK Trophy.
The 2nd Day of NHK, I was sitting with my husband very very far and above from the ice again.
During the 2nd group's 6min warm-up, Dai popped 4T into triple twice, then had a hard fall on the third attempt, (unlike the previous night's warm-up of SP where he tripled twice but landed a perfect quad there and everyone went crazy) and made us worried...Thus when his name was finally called and he greeted the crowd and judges prior to the performance, the crowd cheered for him, waving hundreds of d1sk towels with every colors everywhere, much harder than the night before.
The opening quad was successful, looked to me even higher than in his SP. Thunderous applause from the crowd, because no worry at all for UR call this time. When he took the opposite course, from when going for a flip/lutz, we instantly knew he would gor for a second quad, I heard a lot of people me included held their breath, then sighs of relief, sort of you know, to see he actually tripled it, why, he did avoid a possibly scary fall that might have caused damaging his already injured knee further, you know. 3A, a thing of beauty; high and distant which is something missing from his jump repertoire in the last few seasons.
After landing 3A and skating backward on two feet toward judges, 'oh no, Dai, you are going too far to the corner! Can't close your circle in the end!', I cried out to myself! Dai skated towards Judge #1 almost, and I, feeling hopeless, saw other judges leaning forward a bit from their seats and to the left to watch his step. But his step sequence to Come Together was just huuuge! It probably covered 3/4 of the whole ice, his every step and turn covered so much ice and he effortlessly closed his circular against my needless worry, while fascinating all the people men and women young and old sitting in the front raws. Did I say already I love his step sequence? I can watch him doing only this step all day. Lori said in a recent interview that she loves this tango-arranged Come Together, thus has been saving it standby for a suitable skater to show up for her to choreograph for many years but didn't meet any, until she finally worked with Dai this summer. ITA with Lori. Who else can do such less flamboyant but very sophisticated tango to this music!
A shame on the second 3A. That (almost going down on his injured right knee on the landing) was soooo scary to see for us all and some let out a small gasp actually, but very gutsy for him to tack 2T at the end. And the rest of the program was just like a dream for the crowd! I love love loved the choreo sequence! He skated from one end to the other end of ice like, what shall I say, a balmy breeze in the spring, or a bird flying in the blue sky in the summer; so airy and smooth, soo effortlessly and freely. There was a moment/choreography right after a short back spiral in the middle he looked up the ceiling and bringing both arms up, and it looked like he was filling the entire arena with his love for skating. Such a happiest moment for all his fans that night, I thought. Sincerely hope his performances here at NHK would give Dai and his team a confidence boost as he is heading to the Nationals the most important competition late December.
Jeremy was also great. Nobu did even better in LP. Dai, Nobu, Jeremy, their skating skills and performance ability simply stood out, compared to the rest here, or for me at least. The podium was just I had hoped for (in any order)!
"Sometimes things do not go/turn out as planned or smoothly as hoped for, and this has become kind of my norm lately. So (a bit ironically to say) the thing not having turned out as planned were like as if planned as far as me concerned", Dai said somewhere I heard...(((Daisuke))) Then he added, "How do I feel the situation I am dealing with right now? 'Damn it!' I would say." (ETA: Dai actually said 'くっそー' in Japanese, so I would rather translate as 'You shall see come Nats!') From the way it sounds, I think he does not lose his fighting spirit at least. Get well soon, Daisuke!