Greetings from New Zealand. I am no Doctor (shoutout to Dr H) but I am fairly certain a pandemic ought to be declared. My experience seems to follow the familiar pattern of exposure to a loved one's favorite, Yuzuru Hanyu (more power to him - awesome skater!), only to be immediately ensnared by the curious skating magic of his compatriot Shoma Uno. This occurred during Olympics 2018 and I have since been waiting for symptoms to subside. I recollect watching World Champs being a particularly painful time. Having read here of others' experiences, I see now that I may as well give up any hope of recovery. It seems that I am Shoomed. Alternatively, well and truly sucked into Shoma's swamp.
I stumbled across this fanfest months ago, and it has become my almost daily pleasure to come and share in the positive & supportive atmosphere y'all have created here for Shomajesty's loyal subjects. Thank you all for helping me survive my first off-season. Reading about Arriba's recent Sho-watching adventures at Glacier (thanks for sharing!) was a particular treat. And it was jerrymouse's question about folks' favourite programs, a good few pages back now, that convinced this shy kiwi bird to venture out from the undergrowth and create an account (props here to the adminfolk for sorting out my bumblings).
That said, I was compelled to spend much time reviewing, trying to establish a definite favourite (no easy task) from the list of usual suspects. Absolutely LOVE Blessed Spirits and Legends - so much energy, so masterfully channeled. Also a big fan of La Vie en Rose and This Town - such fluidity, appearing almost effortless. But I have to admit, it is Loco that must claim my numero Uno spot. When I first saw this program I was VERY unsure about the music. I have since found that Piazolla's challenging music, Mihoko's fitting choreography, Satomi's delightful costume and Shoma's powerful skating combined beautifully to create this program so sublime it now stirs my heart every time. Also, Cantilever Heaven!
I just wanted to introduce myself, and now I have blathered too much. This is all Shoma's fault.
I enjoyed reading your post so much, you do not know! Yes it is Shoma’s fault! What you describe of your experience is very much shared here, I believe, including the programs that left an impression and became favorites.
Postings range from very serious earnest appreciations of the skill, power, and eloquence of this incredible skater, to pure imaginations of him personally and what he is thinking!
…And, as I recall, there’s one more element of a fan’s life. Our struggles…
As fans I can laugh sometimes of the difficulities we impose upon ourselves! (For Shoma’s free at Lombardia, I will be struggling…well hopefully not…at an airport pulling out the laptop in the lounge and praying for stream to work! …There have been occasions when I have begged for the help of the catering employee to fix my connection) (And it was my son that informed me that stream is impossible with on flight connections…)
I have read others struggle to sneak a peak at their work. And of course planning when going to a live competition can be enormous work though it is without question always worth it.
We are able to “talk” a lot or recede into listening mode while at busy times in one’s own life; just like in real spoken conversation. All is allowed! But I believe it will always be a treat to read and hear from you!