What hit me the hardest in the airport scene was Victor’s expression when he runs to Yuri. Victor’s almost always cool and confident, or flirty and silly. A few times we saw him shocked, worried, or confused, but he’s never looked utterly vulnerable like this:
Just from being separated from Yuri, he looks so desperate to hold him again, like he’s broken without him. There’s so much concern and yearning in his eyes.
And then he stands there with his arms open, silently pleading for him, like Please I need you
SO I WAS WALKING INTO THE STORAGE ROOM TO GET MY INSTRUMENT AND I HEARD A FRESHMAN SAY “and then when he was like, marriage proposal, I nearly died-” AND I WHIPPED AROUND AND SAID “OH MY GOD ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT YURI ON ICE” AND THEY SCREAMED YES AND WE JUST HAD A BONDING MOMENT
I usually post tons of screenshots, GIFs and sometimes cuts of the skaters’ program after watching each episode of Yuri!!! on Ice, but not this time.
To be perfectly honest, I had to sit down for a few minutes to calm myself before I can even start typing here. This episode is just…too powerful for me to simply sit back and enjoy like I do for most anime I have watched and am watching.
I’m not sure whether I have already sorted my thoughts enough to write this post, but I hope I can get my message across.
First of all, let’s start from this…
While this scene really made me feel sad, honestly I didn’t think twice about it.
I mean, we have seen how far Yuuri and Viktor’s relationship has developed in the last eight episodes, so I thought Viktor’s words and act here were as expected. We have probably seen many similar scenes in other romance stories, so this wasn’t surprising for me.
Furthermore, throughout this episode, Yuuri seems pretty calm - still quite nervous, but at least much calmer than in Episode 7. He warmed up as usual, he quietly watched other skaters’ programs, even commenting on Yurio’s stunning performance.
I did feel worried when he flubbed his jumps during “Yuri on Ice”, especially when he only placed third since we all know there’s no way JJ will mess up. Thankfully he managed to get into the final (poor Michele), but what changed my mind completely was when I saw this scene.
I didn’t get it at first. I thought he was just thanking Yakov for being there with him in place of Viktor. And when he said “Viktor will go back to Russia soon”, I thought it means Viktor will come back there after checking on Makkachin’s condition.
Also, when he started hugging everybody afterwards I just laughed it off because honestly it looks funny.
But that wasn’t it. After watching this episode until the end, I gradually started to get that since the first scene, this episode was trying to tell us something.