Happy Second Anniversary!

Still on hiatus…but I did want to remind myself once again how much I love this show. So to celebrate its second anniversary, here’s some of what music producer Tominaga Keisuke said about the piece that defines the show:

When I first met with the director and Ms. Kubo to discuss what they wanted for this song, they told me that “In terms of the flow of the program, there is a mountain at the start, followed by a valley before another, large mountain at the last.” So that’s what the shape of the song is based on. Based on their portrait of Yūri’s character and the rough manga storyboard for the scene where he said “I have decided to call that emotion ‘love’,” Umebayashi and I started putting the song together, using the image of “the memories of one’s life flashing before one’s eyes, and the memories of all the kinds of ‘love’ within it.” What they said about the emotion that Yūri “decided to call ‘love’” seared into my mind: “It’s something that he still doesn’t understand, an incomplete, vague, grey entity.” That image of “grey love” has had a large influence on the musical motif of this song. That greyness implies that there’s “love, discord, happiness, pain…it’s a love that includes all of these feelings lumped together.” Because of that, I think that this song more easily connects with the memories, touch, seasons and feelings of love of the people who listen to it. And by-the-by, regarding the scene in episode 4 where Yūri listens to the song that his friend, the music college student, writes for him—that piece is the very first demo that we made. Although the progression in musical phrasing is far from complete, you can hear that the chord progression and rhythm were already in place by this point.

— from Pash! January 2017, reedited for the Go Yuri Go!!! Fanbook, p.13

I also want to talk about something the composer of this piece, Umebayashi Taro, touched on in the guidebook, about how the program that choreographer Kenji Miyamoto put together was something designed to reflect the skating that drew Victor to him, the way that Yuuri uses his body to bring the music to life on the ice. Over the past two years, I’ve heard Japanese figure skating commentators say similar things from time to time, mostly in relation to particular skaters. I do recommend keeping an ear out for this if you ever tune into Japanese coverage of figure skating competitions and ice shows!

 

About karice
MAG fan, freelance translator and political scientist-in-training. I also love musicals, travel and figure skating!

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