The other Japanese men (outside top three) are all quite good but in terms of base value and PCS are approximately on par with strong contenders from the US, Russia and sometimes Canada. This has been borne out by international results too. The men's discipline is very inconsistent and someone like Kazuki or Keiji for example has as much chance of e.g. a Grand Prix medal as coming 6th or 7th depending how they do on the day. Think about Jason Brown, Mikhail Kolyada, Jin Boyang, Keegan Messing (solid top 5 or top 10 territory) - or the newer faces like Roman Sadovsky, Deniss Vasiljevs, Tomoki Hiwatashi, Andrei Mozalev (top 10-15 territory if they're feeling good) - and the field starts to look cramped. As we haven't had a proper international competitive season, we're not sure how the new seniors stack up or what sort of competitive shape everyone's in (seen more of Russia/Japan, but the North Americans and Chinese have been relatively quiet).Depending on Nathan and Vincent's performance, it could possibly be a Japan 1-2-3 at Worlds or even the Olympics. This is one of the deepest teams I've ever seen.
Kazuki needs to stop popping jumps, but he has one of my favorite free programs. He has loads of potential, but mental therapy sounds like a really good idea. Keiji had a rough NHK Trophy, but I agree he's improved a lot recently. I think Yuma will continue to hand it to the seniors, simply because he's so talented, but I think Kazuki and Keiji absolutely have the potential to beat the other juniors. They just need some confidence.I am really hoping for the senior men to go through some sort of mental therapy together, because they're handing it to the juniors on a silver platter, if National Athletic Meet and Nationals is anything to go by. Juniors tend to be more carefree generally, but the senior crop really need to build some confidence to stand up to the young ones and their quads. They all have the goods, but not the nerves of steel they need. So far only Keiji is posing a threat to junior men. Kazuki is a partial hot mess, Sota is unfortunately a big mess at the moment. I'm sad to watch that as I have a soft spot for them. I can't wait for them to get their jumps together again. IDK about Koshiro now, one competition is too little to tell. I'm not a fan of his current skating, but he seems to have improved his mental resilience so the jumps might come.