Kubo Mitsurou on Yuri!!! on ICE: an early interview

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And here’s my ‘Anime Writing’ post for this week! This interview, from Spoon.2Di vol.18 (published September 30, 2016) is one of the earliest interviews that Kubo Mitsurou did for Yuri!!! on ICE. If I’m not mistaken, it’s her second magazine interview, after the short one in the October edition of Pash!1 In it, Kubo explands on the way all the stars lined up such that, in the summer of 2014, she embarked on a journey to help Director Yamamoto Sayo create the figure skating anime that the latter had long been dreaming about. If you prefer to read the Japanese original for yourself, aliasanonyme has shared the scans here.

This is the full translation of the interview that I discussed in this editorial. As I mentioned there, I originally intended to post it back in January, until frog-kun advised me to write a more in-depth piece about the mistranslations and misinterpretations we found. I only addressed one of them in the editorial, but if you’re curious about the other major mistakes, you can take a look at them here.

But if you’re only interested in what Kubo herself said about Yuri!!! on ICE just before it started its broadcast, you can find it right here, just under the cut.

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That’s what she said?! Kubo Mitsurou and Yuri!!! on ICE

If you’re a member of the hard-core Yuri!!! on ICE fandom, what has happened over the past few weeks can hardly have escaped your attention. On February 7, the March issue of CREA saw Kubo Mitsurou—who’s credited for the original story and the scripts—indicate that Victor and Yuuri can be thought of as “soulmates,” inciting cheers and celebrations in various places around the web. Then on February 10, her comments in Pash! about the rings being akin to items worn by “members of the same circle” created a fair amount of consternation amongst fans who believe Yuuri and Victor to be engaged.

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(Thank you to @sounatsu_ for passing me this scan from CREA!)

The fallout was immediate. Some fans started criticising Kubo for again leaving mixed messages over what she really stood for. In response, others pointed out that what she said did not negate “just how much Yuuri and Victor truly love each other,” an interpretation that the show itself amply supports. But the order of the day seems to have been confusion—one person even asked that a major YOI translator not to translate what Kubo said about the rings so as “to keep everyone in YOI fandom happy.”

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Kenji Miyamoto on skating as the characters of Yuri!!! on ICE

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Kenji Miyamoto with Japanese junior skater Koshiro Shimada (source)

My plans for blogging and translating have been all over the place these last few weeks. I’ve actually been sitting on an early interview with Kubo Mitsurou, but the editorial that I’m drafting to accompany it is still in the works. The skating songs and Rakugo Shinjuu interview that I highlighted last week are also in various states of progress, and one of them should be finished by early next week. But then I started reading this interview…and got to a point where I couldn’t stop laughing for about a minute. Imagining Yuuri and Yurio as those animals…oh, Kenji-sensei!

In any case, this is the last interview from the “Miracle on ICE” special that came with the Jan 2017 issue of Animage. After I translated Kubo-sensei’s long interview back in December, Toraonice has slowly been working through the rest. If you’ve missed them, you’ll be able to find all the links in the masterpost.

I honestly wish I’d found time to translate this interview back in December. Being a former figure skater himself, Kenji-sensei has always been the one best able to share just how realistic Yuri!!! on ICE has been, and he goes into far more detail here than in any other interview I’ve read so far. The wrap-up posts I’m planning will be dominated by just how much I love this show as a figure skating fan, but I’m tempted to just let Kenji-sensei do all the talking for me! So please enjoy this interview, and let me know what you think of it in the comments!

I skated the choreography as if I were playing the characters themselves.

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A little update on where I’ve been…

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If you’re wondering where I’ve been the last few weeks…well, the picture above just about sums up how I’m feeling at the moment. I usually take a one or two week break from posting after finishing up my 12 Days of Anime posts…but the start to this year has been crazy. The immediate reason, of course, was the Rakugo Shinjuu interview that I translated—and in some ways, it’s kind of fitting that I’m talking about it again this week, given what happened in episode 5.

I had been looking forward to having a rest after that, to recoup and catch up on a long backlog of anime and translations. But then Lauren Orsini published a piece arguing that screenwriter Okada Mari’s work on the latest Gundam is entirely in keeping with what we’ve seen in the franchise so far. And that’s how my 15th post on Anime ‘Writing’ came to be. I had to do a fair amount of research for the piece—Iron-Blooded Orphans is NOT “Mari Okada’s Gundam”—but it worked out, since I was long overdue for another editorial on screenwriting in this medium!

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But putting aside the Okada interruption, I’d actually planned to have the Ishida x Hayashibara interview translated before starting on my 12 Days posts. So why did I find myself still wrestling with it on the night before the second season started? Well, if you follow me on twitter, you’d know the answer to that. For those of you that don’t, however, here’s what else I’ve been doing over the last few months: Read more of this post

Kubo Mitsurou talks Yuri!!! on ICE’s ending on the radio show!

And now, here’s a little interruption I planned into my year ender once I found out that Kubo Mitsurō would be appearing on the final episode of Yuri!!! on RADIO on December 26. This is a semi-translation of the main discussions that she had with radio host Toyonaga Toshiyuki [Yūri] and Uchiyama Kouki [Yurio], touching on the anime’s ending, what’s next for Yūri, Victor and Yurio (^^;), how she became BFFs with director Yamamoto Sayo and so-on-and so forth! Kubo-sensei is such an warm and excitable individual that some parts of the show are worth listening to, even if you don’t understand Japanese, so please see if you can find it!1

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Disclaimer: As usual, this is entirely my own work. But please don’t take what I’ve written here as exact translations of the whole thing, because I didn’t parse every single line—if you do spot anything I’ve missed or misinterpreted, please let me know. And finally, please do not copy and paste more than one or two lines anywhere else, though feel free to link to the post itself if you wish. —karice

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Kawamori Shōji: The Making of Macross F the Movie

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“When I’m in the studio, I find myself coming up with new ideas.”

Macross Frontier the Movie: The False Songstress was released in Japan on November 21, 2009, just over a year after the controversial ending of the TV series aired on broadcast television. This interview with Kawamori Shōji, who is credited as director, screenwriter and for the original story, comes from the film’s Perfect Triangle guidebook, which was published on December 18, 2009. In it, he talks about the changes and adjustments the film’s staff made and had to make to bring the story of the Vajra war to the screen in this shorter but more elaborate format. Read more of this post

Kenji Miyamoto: from Choreography to the Rink!

Two more days until Yuri!!! on ICE 9! To help tide us over, here’s another interview with Kenji Miyamoto, from the December 2016 edition of Pash! I’ve also added quite a few links to the Masterpost, so be sure to check it out!

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Kenji-sensei with Yuzuru Hanyu on Kenji’s Room

From Choreography to the Rink!!!

Here, we talk directly to Kenji Miyamoto-sensei, who choreographed all of the programs that appear in the show! Just what kinds of emotions and toil did he go through in order to complete those 20 songs? Read more of this post

Kikuchi Yasuhito on making Macross F: The False Diva

Interview with Kikuchi Yasuhito (Technical Director1), from The Macross F The Movie Official Guidebook: Perfect Triangle.

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“Turning those strange ideas into reality is what my work is all about.”

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A director and episode director, Kikuchi Yasuhito’s association with the Macross series began with The Super Dimensional Force Macross Flash Back 2012, where he was an in-betweener. As a director, he’s worked on titles like El-Hazard: The Alternative World and The Legend of Black Heaven.

Putting together all the materials to produce new visuals

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Kawamori Shōji on writing Frontier, from 2059: Memories

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Sorry to have kept you waiting! Amidst all the Yuri!!! madness, I’ve finally made it back to my project on Anime ‘Writing’, with the bonus entry I promised over a month ago. This time, let’s take a look at Kawamori Shōji’s comments on each and every Macross Frontier episode, from the TV series guidebook 2059: Memories. The first five entries are revised versions of what Gubaba posted years ago on a discussion forum…and I must say, I think I understand why he didn’t continue. The text is smaller than that of the main interview, so these were a *lot longer than I thought they were at first glance. So please pardon any strange sounding expressions…by the time I finished it, I really didn’t want to give it another run through! Read more of this post

Kenji Miyamoto literally worked his butt off for Yuri!!! on ICE…

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From this video: Rie Arikawa and Kenji Miyamoto performing at Worlds, 2002

A couple of week’s ago, manga artist and co-creator of Yuri!!! on ICE Kubo Mitsurou drew our attention to some of her old tweets. In them, she chronicled former ice dancer and choreographer Kenji Miyamoto performing the programs he’d created so that the animators would have video to work from. Let us now join her in celebrating Kenji-sensei’s heroic efforts back in spring!

NB: I’ve put Miyamoto’s name in first name-surname order as per ISU skating protocol. All other Japanese names are in traditional word order.

Let’s film the choreography!!

We rented the skating rink overnight to film the choreography. Kenji Miyamoto-sensei told us that he’s the type who improves when someone praises him, so we’re like “That tight ass looks absolutely fantastic!” This pic shows Kenji-sensei warming up.
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