Fuji TV is unbearable. With their loads of commercials, fluff and other nonsense, they must be thinking that their TV audience are not fs fans who want to watch as many skaters as possible, but some bunch of boring cows who cares only about household products, greasy food and other crap, while fs comes just "in package". Even Asahi (GPF) was slightly less annoying. TV Tokyo- almost elegant . JSport is probably the only one who know what the word "sport" stands for.
They didn't show Steph in Gala, who judging by the photos was skating Ritz (not enough tv place with 2 skaters in 20 minutes coverage ). Mao was charming and very positive, skated clean and inspired the audience. I am specially grateful when girls skate smth. different than ice princess stuff. For the encore she skated the last part of her current SP and was on fire. Yuzu skated his EX in that shichi-go-san girlish kimono, was singing together with the music and the singer (live band), had some sloppy landing on the last jump. In general I think he feels much better in this EX than in any other of his current progs. Maybe that's why he chose R&J final part for the encore. What a huge and pleasant surprise it was! The old guy showed up with all it energy and charisma, even the hunchback on his sitspin somehow almost disappeared. Why Abe could do that? Still when he finished he looked very pale and wet. Mura did very well in his "Talking to the Moon", did what he wanted including his fantastic 3A. Dai skated Tango with live band. He is probably using a new hair product now. That gorgeous brunette in the argentinianish costume was too seducingly good . He had a small step-out on 3A and it always amuzes me how upset he feels when he is not perfect in galas, even more upset than in competitions. That's why the audience worships him that much. For the encore he skated Mambo which was a kind of surprise considering that normally he skated the last part of his SP this season. But Mambo is sooooo popular among the audience in galas that it probably was some kind of request from the people of frozen Sapporo who supported him so faithfully . How could he refuse. Kanako and Akiko skated their EXs, seems they were like clean, but I didn't really follow them. Sometimes it got too difficult to bear Fluff TV without knowing when the next skater comes.
Dai's EX: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KURspQLLvYE