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Everything posted by Ikarus360

  1. https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/en/liveblog#postid:d5ac562c-fda4-4d7b-b94f-895e7591c260 Yulimar Rojas (VEN) just broke both Olympic and World records in Jumping.
  2. Another composer who worked in Tezuka animes (Black Jack and Jungle Emperor Leo). Whoever was in charge of choosing the music is obviously a Tezuka fan. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isao_Tomita
  3. They're going with something more modern this time, Baron.
  4. Regarding the "commemorating" thing, Naruhito wasn't the only one who did that. Gustavo Diaz (former mexican president) also used the word when opening the Mexico 1968 Olympics. Not sure which were the reasons, but its possible that because of the controversial massacre of students in Tlatelolco which happened just days before the opening, he decided to avoid the word "celebrating" as well. The more you know, the more you realize massive anti-Olympics demonstrations are far from being new. At least Japan didn't screwed up and killed their own protesters. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tlatelolco_massacre
  5. A bit boring they're still using London 2012 anthem arrangements almost 10 years later. At least in Nagano Seiji Ozawa made arrangements of the anthems which sounded pretty nice. This is lazy as hell.
  6. Google Translate is being messy but seems like a lot of Bento boxes which were originally intended for the Volunteers got disposed of and it has caused some controversy. https://news.tbs.co.jp/newseye/tbs_newseye4324093.html
  7. Let's hope the Paralympics ceremonies team wasn't plagued with the same curse/controversies/replacements and put a good show. I'm often surprised at how Paralympics ceremonies can sometimes end up being better than their Olympic counterparts (London 2012's opening ).
  8. Probably increased in order to prevent protests or spontaneous trying to interfere as much as possible. While we didn't saw it on TV, the protests outside the stadium during the opening ceremony were quite loud.
  9. Music used for the last scene (fireworks finale) was Symphony No. 2 at Terra by Takashi Yoshimatsu (starting at 31:11). They're a known classical composer in Japan. Fans of Osamu Tezuka might recognize him for composing the soundtrack of 2003 Astro Boy.
  10. Poor attempt from the IOC boomers to connect with younger audiences.
  11. Maybe in Nagoya/Aichi 2026 they can attempt to do what they couldn't for the Olympics. Though that also depends of who's in charge of the event since these tend to be a bit regionalistic and might mostly feature stuff from the Aichi prefecture rather than all of Japan (in the Nagano ceremonies, most of the cultural performances were folk dances/traditions from the Nagano prefecture, for example. Same with the 1995 Universiade (Fukuoka) ).
  12. Cherry blossoms only bloom in Spring during some days. Sunflower is much more appropiate and representing of a summer event.
  13. After watching some events, its the most simple look since London's, but weird enough it works alright. There are much better Looks, though.
  14. Studio Ponoc (anime studio formed by many former members of the legendary Studio Ghibli) released a 9 minute animated film in celebration of the games. Its actually pretty nice looking. Imagine if the opening show had a theme like this (though I heard Miyazaki himself wasn't a very big fan of the Olympics).
  15. If the Olympics survived a terrorist attack, a city which couldn't even finish the main venue in time and two massive boycotts, they can survive this. But heads need to roll inside the IOC asap. Time for them to wake up and realize that less and less people care for the Olympics and, not only that, but are becoming extremely hostile to their very existence. No more excesive costs, no more overdemands to the hosts, and no more irrelevant/unnecesary events which no one watches and just adds more burdens to the cities. Part of me is praying that FIFAgate 2.0 happens in the IOC in the very near future.
  16. Go be patronizing to someone else, not me. I'm going to keep voicing my opinion whether you like it or not.
  17. Good luck with that lmao. No one with actual talent and reputation wants to be involved in this steaming hot pile of garbage. Only Squeenix and Namco were kind enough to allow them to use their songs for the parade of nations.
  18. Well...I think i'm ready to finally write a review about it. Last night I was extremely depressed, in all honestly. I guess that's what the expectation of waiting so many years for an Olympics edition you longed for so much only to have whatever we saw last night does to you. Anyway. I perfectly understand the Covid situation we're still living in and that it was going to downgrade these ceremonies in scale no matter white. Whoever, while Covid is an excuse for some stuff, it is certainly not an excuse at all for things like lack of vision and disjointed segments which you can tell from a mile they were done at last second. Its as if they had no idea of what they wanted from us. For some brief moments like the sticky men doing the pictograms, it felt like they wanted to bring the goofiness/fun of the 2016 handover, but in others it felt like I was watching Nagano 98 ceremonies all over again, with so much seriousness and lack of celebration feel. I have nothing against making a remembrance of the pandemic which changed the lifes of so many, but making your whole ceremony about it when most of your watchers are trying to escape from this dreadful reality to have a moment of hope and peace was not the way to go. Then again, when all of the members of the creative team got replaced over the course of a year, many of them even at last second such as the music composer and the third director this ceremony had, I guess the obvious final result was going to be this disjointed mess. For a country which is known for innovating, they had a big chance of using technology in order to make up for the lack of use of mass performances of actors because of the pandemic fears. The drone show could had been that chance, but they blew it with the most cringest, stereotypical song you could had chosen and which only old boomers with one feet in the grave care about. The parade of nations was the best moment for me. Being a huge fan of vidya and its music, it was a pleasure to my ears to hear songs from Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Nier and even Romancing Saga being played as the athletes marched in. Also many of the athletes brought the happiness which this ceremony needed so desperately. The uniforms of the placards holders were quaint. You love them or you hate them. Kabuki segment, like most of you have already said, was a complete disaster, ruined by that piano performance. And it also felt extremely short, a complete waste of potential. The cauldron design was pretty good and elegant, typical Japanese style. A lot of people in certain websites are angry about Naomi Osaka for lightning the cauldron because of the color of her skin and for not being japanese enough, but in an event which has always been a representant of Globalism, it wasn't really much of a shock nor surprise for me. The only thing which upset me was that she didn't looked like she really wanted to be there. Also, the use of Bolero for the last lap of the torch was anticlimatic, and a song which I relate much more with France than Japan. I know many people want me to be less rough on this because of the Pandemic, but lets all be honest. This, at the end of the day, is a commercial product, and it must be judged as one. They had a whole year to make a consistent show but were much more busy in their internal feuds and Cancel Culture. The fact the Japanese government handled this catastrophically by refusing to accept the western trials of the Vaccines thus leading to a laughably low percentage of vaccinations added more salt to the wound....no wonder why Abe resigned last year. Since the Games were his vanity project after all, he didn't wanted to be remembered as the PM who screwed up the Olympics, so now all the fault will fall into Suga. Anyway, I guess my review was kind of disjointed, too....but considering the ceremony we're talking about, I think its very appropiate. I give it a 4/10. The worst opening ceremony i've seen in my entire life, alongside Nagano, except for its closing (ironic that two of the worst openers of an Olympics happened in one of the countries I simp for the most). Some have hopes for the closing ceremony, but lets be honest: do you guys really think after last night we should expect something from this team? Hopefully, the Paralympics ceremonies are much better done.
  19. The Olympics have always been about globalism. If they're mad now because a POC person lit the cauldron then don't host the Olympics next time. You knew what was going to come with the package you bought.
  20. I waited 5 years only for this massive dissapointment. It actually made me feel depressed. Here's hoping Paris 2024 learned from this mess. I think COVID was an excuse for a couple of things, but it doesn't justify the disjointed, uninspired show from tonight, specially from a country which loves to presume of being innovative and tech savvy. Japan seems to be cursed to always do crappy sport ceremonies.

  21. Just reposting the last two Olympic ceremonies for all of you guys, so we can clean our eyes from the monstrosity which was Tokyo's. PS: Dang. A lot of koreans and brazilians in the comment section are either being gleeful or also lamenting that Tokyo ceremonies were a trainwreck.
  22. Literally everyone with actual talent and prestige in Japan decided to distance from this when it became obvious the japanese populace despised the idea of hosting this event (Mikiko, Nintendo, etc. ) Doing mass, good quality choreographies requiered having a lot of people working together, which was a risk because of Covid, also because the Japanese government was dumb as hell and decided to do their own vaccine trials which led to less than 20% of people being vaccinated. Whole ceremonies team had no idea of what to do and Mansai Nomura who had zero experience into actual massive shows like this was hired for the job. Lots of members of the team getting Cancelled and/or resigning in the previous months, which totally didn't led to a lot of segments being rewritten, added and/or changed at literally last second. Yeah. All of these things honestly could only lead to the disastrous result we saw tonight. So much for the myth of Japanse flawless organization.
  23. It won't. Literally everyone actually talented choosed to not get shitstained and distanced themselves from the Olympics. And to be fair doing mass theatricals require getting a lot of people together which is also a risk because of unvaccinated people. I would just avoid more embarassment and limit the closing ceremony to the protocol segments.
  24. For all the faults this ceremony had, the cauldron was not of them, it was beautifully designed. Its a shame I was too distracted and angry with this hole mess I couldn't even appreciate it well.
  25. I don't have confirmation but Nintendo, much like a lot of other japanese companies, also wanted to save face and reputation and decided to distance themselves from the Olympics, hence why there was not a single Nintendo song in the whole parade.
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