This episode was exactly like watching skating on television. After all, it is a sports anime, but I have trouble focusing when watching television unless I have something to keep my hands busy, like knitting. Unfortunately, I’ve been too sick to knit (working on Ravenclaw scarf), so I kept starting, wandering away for some tea, getting annoyed that I’d missed Yurio breaking Victor’s record, and then remember it was an anime and I could rewind at any time.
Victor gallantly kisses Yuri’s hand, Michele stares dreamily at the ring and says he and Sara should get matching rings. I guess they’re not broken up any more. Michele uses ‘washi’ to talk about himself because he is a creepy old man at heart.
Yuri’s eyes are alight with determination, while Kenjiro is really into cheering for senpai.
Serious ring kissing, and then Yuri skates. He does okay.
Yuri and Phichit, hanging out in Detroit, deciding to go for the gold. The grey hamster looks concerned because he is psychic and he knows that Yuri will break Phichit’s heart one day. Sometimes I think I should make gifs because this is cute, but would be approximately 86% cuter with the little hamster tail wagging and the hamster ears wiggling. I should make some gifs while I still have access to Adobe, lord knows it’s not something I’m going to pay for on my own.
Yurio literally kicks Victor and Yuri out of the kiss & cry and I start writing a fanfic called ‘A Yurio Christmas Carol’ where some ghosts take time out of their busy undead lifestyle to teach Yurio a valuable lesson about kicking things.
The other hamsters were cuter. Because the show is ‘Yuri!!! on Ice’, Yurio does much better than Phichit.
Much better, new world record, he’s the new Victor, etc. Is this going to end with Yurio getting the gold while Yuri gets Victor? Or will poor Yurio choke like JJ? Probably not, that would be a little too repetitive, but there’s always injury. If there were a season 2, then we might find out why Victor was warning Yurio about his knees.
Surprise 1: Chris wears glasses! I love glasses, total glasses fetish, if they’d stuck him in glasses earlier in the series, he’d probably be one of my faves. As it is, I feel fairly indifferent to people who slap their own asses.
Surprise 2: Chris has a hot boyfriend! He has to be a boyfriend, he’s holding the cat carrier and only true love would motivate someone to help out with the arduous and tricky task of placing a cat into a carrier.
The most disturbing moment in this episode and yes I am including the post-credit scene in my assessment.
YURIO WTF PUT YOUR FEET DOWN
Otabek skates… the Otabek & Yurio friendship doesn’t really work for me because it just happens. He shows up, they’re suddenly BFFs, and that’s that. It feels like he’s there so that Yurio doesn’t lose out on the relationship side–Victor and Yuri are together, so Yurio needs someone too.
Oh, JJ. I said they were setting you up as an asshole so that no one would be sad when you lost. It will be hella sad when Phichit loses, but no one will cry for you.
JJ chokes. Is it even called choking in ice skating? It seems that he got distracted and started overmonitoring his movements.
One mental-Yuri is disdainful, the other is leering.
Who cries for JJ? Canada does! Look at this poor guy. He went to a lot of effort, probably had to pay an extra baggage fee for that giant flag. But JJ recovers! He makes a (sort of) comeback thanks to everyone singing along with King JJ. It’s one of those clap your hands if you believe in fairies, sing if you believe in Santa moments.
There’s winning JJ-style and losing JJ-style.
I may not know very much about skating, but I do know that if that is the worst score of your career, then you are very, very good.
After the credits, Yuri dumps Victor. Why is this scene after the credits? Cliffhanger! Giri-giri drama! All through the episode, Yuri has been watching Victor watch the skaters. Is Yuri going to free Victor to return to skating? That would be silly because Victor is 28, which is like 82 in skating years. Even if the series ends with Yuri and Victor apart, there will be hints of reconciliation–it won’t be permanent. I hope it’s not some overly ambiguous smiling at each other on the beach at Hasetsu, but if it is, so be it.