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PostSubject: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:21 am

Mao_Asada_sunrise wrote:
Can we make a brand new thread for the upcoming season for Mao?
Here we go!

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20150730-00000003-dal-spo

It says Mao’s LP is with vocal in the latter half.  Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Thu Jul 30, 2015 11:35 pm

silenceisgolden wrote:
Mao_Asada_sunrise wrote:
Can we make a brand new thread for the upcoming season for Mao?
Here we go!

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20150730-00000003-dal-spo

It says Mao’s LP is with vocal in the latter half.  Smile

Thanks for the information silenceisgolden. I wonder if it will be Maria Callas singing?
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:31 pm

Unfortunately, it says nothing about singers in both SP and LP.  Frustrated
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:29 pm

rosewood at fsuniverse posted these short video clips of Mao's new Madame Butterfly program.

Choreo seq: http://videos-b-10.ak.instagram.com....36513930_n.mp4

Transitions towards the end, and spins followed by the finish pose: https://igcdn-videos-c-10-a.akamaih....31873464_n.mp4

taken from this website: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/inde...n.95911/page-4 post number 103

Mao looks really expressive and balletic in her flowing extensions and body movements through both clips like a stream meeting its destiny in the sea. She stretches and articulates each gesture carefully and gracefully, as a bird gliding in arcs through the sky in her final arabesque spiral and I spin. Finally, she draws the curtains down on her performance with her right arm and hand as she kneels in her final plaintive pose.

rosewood also posted this short clip of Mao practicing a 3F / 3T combo.

http://igcdn-videos-c-19-a.akamaihd....18917738_n.mp4
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:52 pm

Here is the best version of Mao's Puttin on the Ritz I could find.

Mao "Puttin' on the Ritz"
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x302p6e_2015theice-mao-asada_sport

Honestly, I love Mao's Puttin on the Ritz performance here. I adore Mao's long extended fan spiral (which I don't see much these days) with the cane behind her back. I also like her high leg kick to the percussion of the drums and rhythmic twirls after her 2A with turning steps into 3 Toe. She also did a kneeling spread eagle as a transition into her 3F which was really dexterous. Her rapid tap dancing steps and dashing runs across the ice were merged in smoothly with the spirals, spins, jumps, cane twirls and sinuous arm movements. It was just smooth, groovy, cool and a little amusing with a lot of nifty moves and great skating skills so that everything blended together into one seamless whole like a long run of notes on a jazz saxophone. I also really like her expressions, fast dance steps facing the audience and her jump with the cane in both hands.
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Fri Aug 14, 2015 6:48 pm

New product line from "MaoMao by Arena" (there's a video footage of photo shooting):

http://www.arena-jp.com/maomao/

Also, the updated news about Japan Open. Now the Japan team has: Mao, Satoko, Shoma, and Daisuke M. Perhaps Mao will be the team captain this time?

http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/japanopen2015/skater.html
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:58 am

Daisuke M? That's interesting. They're not going for Mura?
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Sat Aug 15, 2015 5:57 pm

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Daisuke M? That's interesting. They're not going for Mura?

Actually, it's not too surprising, given that Daisuke has recently announced his new managing company with IMG. It's going to make JO interesting though, as both him and Shoma have the potential to take the 2nd spot to the WC2015 team, I think.
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:23 pm

Mao's new CM (not really sure what's the CM about, English cram school?) But the skating and the green dress is so beautiful:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nig8hGVlWXs

Making of the CM (the ideas of skating movements are all created by Mao herself)
http://youtu.be/PV_Zl2iGOMc
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:15 pm

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Making of the CM (the ideas of skating movements are all created by Mao herself)
http://youtu.be/PV_Zl2iGOMc

4:17
"Go for it!!" - Her english handwriting is cute.
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Tue Aug 18, 2015 10:38 pm

silenceisgolden wrote:
Mao_Asada_sunrise wrote:
Can we make a brand new thread for the upcoming season for Mao?
Here we go!

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20150730-00000003-dal-spo

It says Mao’s LP is with vocal in the latter half.  Smile

Thank you so much!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Thu Aug 20, 2015 6:55 pm

Here is a video which shows Mao, Carolina and Joannie preparing for their Benedictus routine, riding in a car and a full performance. The part I like the best is when Mao speaks a little English at about 3:00. Her Japanese accent sounds beautiful when she speaks English.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt6iUjCtSco

The instagrams with clips of Mao's Madame Butterfly don't seem to open when I copy and paste for some reason, but you can find them at the clips at this site:   http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/index.php?threads/the-mao-cheer-thread-2-her-beauty-is-her-biggest-weapon.95911/page-4
at post number 103

Look for Transitions towards the end, and spins followed by the finish pose: https://igcdn-videos-c-10-a.akamaih...-16/11726053_111478869200210_1631873464_n.mp4

Choreo seq: http://videos-b-10.ak.instagram.com...-16/11867685_152616578406270_1236513930_n.mp4

They open on this site. Thanks again to rosewood for posting.
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Sun Aug 23, 2015 3:25 am

Fireworks named “3A in the Sky” (from 1:00) with the music Rach 2.
The  craftsperson who made this program must be a Mao fan. Many Hearts
The event was held at Ohmagari, Akita pref. yesterday.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcLy3awDfao
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Sun Aug 23, 2015 9:14 am

And another fireworks manufacturer made this one
titled  “An ice fairy wearing aurora” using Jupiter.  Love Hearts
(from 1:07)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGjCrpAazVo
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Sun Aug 23, 2015 11:04 pm

Here is another fireworks inspired by Mao’s program, Masquerade Waltz.

It's incredibly gorgeous!  Shocked


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiaYale0rLY&feature=youtu.be

The event was held at Oga, Akita pref. back in 2010.
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:33 am

Here is a very long and touching article with Tatiana Tarasova talking about Mao. I have edited the original translation quite a bit to make it easier for me to understand in English and cut out a few parts to make it shorter. It is an interview from November 2013 done for a Japanese audience.
Thanks to the original poster and translater Akira Andrea

http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/inde...d-about.89905/

Part 1: The portrait of Mao Asada by the story which Tarasova talked about.
November 12th, 2013

Photography: by Masaaki Sasaki
Coach Tatiana Tarasova
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/phot...3350000-p1.htm

Interviewer: by Masaaki Sasaki
■ Mao is an irreplaceable special person

"Mao has been a genius from child-hood. Her movements on the ice were splendid and her skating was flawless. She engraves all steps with a high level of difficulty, and her jumps, too, have high precision. And, above all, she was the 'musical' skater. She could express herself to any kind of program musically."

(The program which Asada is going to reveal at the free skate in the Sochi Olympics is Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No. 2" choreographed by Tarasova.)

"I will not accept a performer who can't completely perform what I coach. If I hadn't discovered from childhood that Mao would become a splendid skater in the future, I wouldn't have partnered with her. Whenever I listen to the music, I can see Mao beyond the melody. Because we have partnered for many years, Mao understands how my choreography will make her perform. I can always get great satisfaction from her."

"To choreograph calls for making a costume and finding music for her. This time, I chose the musical number of Rachmaninoff which will suit her. It will become the performance which remains in the memory of everybody. Through this musical piece, she will express her entire figure skating life so far. To overcome difficulty is the theme of this program. If Mao can complete the entire performance while skating to the melody of Rachmaninoff, she will have overcome difficulty. She will express the life of a person and the life of a top-ranked skater."

"Mao is irreplaceable, a very special person. I sincerely pray that she can smile with the best smiling face in the Olympics. If she is in good condition as she usually is and she has prepared thoroughly, she will leave with a good result. As for anything else, God only knows what will happen in the future.

Part 2: The portrait of Mao Asada by the story which Tarasova talked about.
November 13th, 2013
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/news...3070000-n1.htm

(In The Grand Prix Final which was held in Tokyo in December in 2005, Tarasova was shocked by the skating of Mao Asada overcoming Russian Irina Slutskaya who was the Worlds champion: a 15 years old girl won the championship there.)

"In that season, Slutskaya was in very good condition. Winning the championship in every event, she had gotten a record score. Mao was approaching Slutskaya technically, too. It was skating which transcends her generation."

Sochi will practically be the third Olympics for Mao. As for the time in Turin, she was only a few months from reaching qualification age. At that time, I proposed, saying "They should make her participate in the Olympics" to the person concerned. Because I state my opinion clearly, I said "Age is unrelated". But, she wasn't admitted.

“Although she was defeated in the Grand Prix Final, Slutskaya didn't show that she was in a despondent state in Turin. However, when I think as someone who has coached Slutskaya, I think that there was a psychological influence on her. She could not block it out. Mao defeated Slutskaya.”

(Beginning in the 2007/2008 season, Mao received genuine coaching from Tarasova. It polished her expressive ability and artistic skills, moreover.)

“When Mao was coached by someone else, I choreographed the music of the short program for her. After I had spent time working with Mao for several weeks, I got a telephone call from the coach, saying, 'Mao seems to have become a different person'. Mao is a practice-aholic. By performing like male skaters, she expanded my image as a coach.
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:37 am

Part 3: The portrait of Mao Asada by the story which Tarasova talked about.
November 14th, 2013

Interviewer: By Masaaki Sasaki
■ Mao, fall in love.
(Aiming at Vancouver Olympics in 2010, Mao Asada partnered with Tarasova. In the living room, the teacher-pupil relationship between them used to become a popular topic of conversation. Tarasova sent advice to Asada then, namely, she said, "Mao, fall in love".)

“It is so-called love to continue to think seriously about someone. Love leads to some change and gives some inspiration. It reanimates oneself. It makes power pervade. Love is the most splendid thing that exists in this world.”

(Tarasova encouraged Asada all the time. She hugged Mao even in the presence of other people who won with a high score in an event.)

"I tuned in to Mao all the time. Therefore, a word wasn't necessary just before the competition. I gazed into her eyes and grasped her hand. Sometimes, I spoke a short word to her. It was only one word. It was very few words that I spoke through an interpreter at a rink. When I would like to speak a word to her, I learned the word in Japanese. Mao felt what I would like to say and understood it."

(In the Vancouver Olympics, 3 years before which they wrestled absorbedly with, Asada won the silver medal)

"She succeeded in landing the triple axel jump once in the short program and twice in the free skate. It was not the level which Ladies can do. The situation of Mao's practice was what really surprised me. There were few mistakes and the preparations to land it three times in the Olympics were completed. This is the record which no man has been able to reach and it will not be broken for many long years from now on, too."

“On the day before the free skate, I thought that she needed to rest. But, I couldn't cancel the practice because there was the request, too, from a Japanese person concerned. As a result, Mao made a mistake in the second half because she ran out of energy during her free skate due to fatigue. I think that there was enough of a chance that she could win in the games. After the Olympics, I retreated from the post of coach because there was a responsibility for me, too, who couldn't cancel the practice the day before the free skate.”

(Asada who left Tarasova after the Vancouver Olympics fell into a slump. In December 2011, her mother Kyoko who had supported the competitive life of Asada passed away.)

“Mao was together with her mother whenever she came to Moscow and I met her mother with reverence. She was moderate, was very intelligent and was the person who gave Mao power.”
“Kyoko gave me a letter before passing away. It was written with words of gratitude but it wasn't touched with even one word about a disease. Later, I found that this letter had been the sentences written by a person who suffered under a long illness. She was a really strong person mentally. The death of her mother was a huge tragedy for Mao. Then, I, too, left from Mao. We were a source of energy for Mao. Therefore, I could also understand why Mao fell into a slump.


Part 4: The portrait of Mao Asada by the story which Tarasova talked about.
November 15th, 2013
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/news...3030000-n1.htm


It will be over ten years since Tarasova began to watch the talent of Mao.)

“Mao is already 23 years old, isn’isn't she? She has continued to compete for over ten years in the front of the sports world. It's no piece of cake to stay in the best condition for such a long period. Losing a darling mother in this period, Mao received a big shock. Nevertheless, she always participated in events all over the world and maintained her position as a top-ranked skater.”

“It is great. Mao presently gazes at her own past once more and must display a performance that restores everything. It is difficult but she can do it. This is because she is a person that never neglects to put forth an effort and who continues to grow.”

(In April this year, Asada decided that she would finish her competitive career after this season. She revealed her inmost feelings, saying, "As a culmination of my skating life, I would like to give my best performance in the Sochi Olympics".)

“As for a so-called career, there is no end. Our skating life doesn't finish. Mao finishes life as an eligible skater and only shifts to another stage. She will surely perform in ice shows all over the world. It is as if she makes her own theater. It will become a big experience for her.”

(Before getting the gold medal which is her earnest wish, the rivals lie ahead. Tarasova disclosed that she is conscious of Yu-Na Kim of Korea, too.)

“After Vancouver Olympics, I think that she needed to take a long rest. Yes, it's like Yu-Na Kim. She interrupted her participation in competition for over 1.5 years. I think that it was necessary to give the mind a rest, for Mao, too. It was a big tragedy for her to have lost her mother. There was the alternative in which she would have participated only in big events, such as Worlds, after the Olympics, too. In that case, she wouldn't have participated in other events. Her competition schedule might have been planned by mistake. If I would have planned it, I would have released her from competition.”

("I defend Mao all the time.")

“I think about Mao even when she isn't near because she participated in events with a costume that I presented to her last season, a 'costume with feathers,' which seems to suit her program, "Swan Lake".
I like her performance very much. If she could continue to win, the programs I choreograph will also be victorious.”

(Tarasova spared the time for this interview, saying, "To pay tribute to Japan which is Mao's homeland". When I asked her to "Please give Mao advice, ", she answered as follows after being silent for a moment.)

“Mao! Recall that time when you successfully landed that triple axel twice in the free skate. Recall that time when you achieved what no one else can do. Then, risk all for your goal.”

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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:38 am

As usual, Mao looks so naturally beautiful in this photo. Here, she appears positively dreamy in her yellow pleated dress, a vibrant vision of loveliness on the edge of the wilderness, especially surrounded by all the green trees. Thanks to yhma fan for posting this picture.

http://41.media.tumblr.com/4dc1f050d7919d15756ac28d795d1512/tumblr_nu3k48Him21uv57j0o1_r1_1280.jpg
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:54 am

Mao the action star!
She is really cool in this commercial video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJXIQ_U-org

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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:05 am

“The third swan”  Laugh    
Good job!

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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:13 am

Here is footage of Mao doing a beautiful triple axel! Such a fine combination of light grace and power, erect posture, symmetrical air position and beautiful flow in and out with great depth of expression before and after the jump. This must be the start to Mao's Madame Butterfly performance. https://twitter.com/moco0611chi/status/642357013230432258
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Sun Sep 20, 2015 3:58 am

Here are some clips of Mao's triple axel and triple flip and loop:

triple flip and loop: https://twitter.com/fukura_sparrow/status/645307686146347009

triple axel (different angles on the jump): http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x37...い_sport

They both look great.

Thanks to cohkaix for posting.
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Sun Sep 20, 2015 12:34 pm

Her jumps look awesome. She's doing a 3a, 3f+3lo, and 3lz SP? Or 3s?

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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Sun Sep 20, 2015 2:06 pm

l-spiralmao wrote:
Her jumps look awesome. She's doing a 3a, 3f+3lo, and 3lz SP? Or 3s?

Also, how do you report spam?

I am almost 100 percent certain that these elements and choreography are what Mao will have in the LP because I have heard in several places that she will have the same layout as she did for her Sochi and Worlds LP and it was under an advertisement for the Japan Open which only includes the LP . I think the 3A, 3F and 3L, and 3S (since these are her best triples) would be a perfect layout for her short, but given the even harsher edge rules it may be better for Mao to forego the 8 triples and do 2 double axels. I think the rules may have been changed to make it more difficult for her to win: even harsher rules on the lutz, increase in the value of the triple toe (which her top opponents do).  But, Mao's jumps look beautiful and rotated in these clips.

I have no idea how to do a spam report, but I have noticed some problems with this website being redirected to unwanted websites or not opening in some parts of the world.


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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2015-2016 Season!   Mon Sep 21, 2015 12:04 am

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Mao the action star!
She is really cool in this commercial video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJXIQ_U-org


I absolutely love this photo. Do you mind if I use this as my profile picture?
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