Yuri!!! on ICE - A bit of supplementary Figure Skating info
I couldn’t help it, I started making a quick reaction post for the first episode and it turned into some sort of guide/pointing out details…This is some background knowledge about the real-life skating world that made the first episode more enjoyable for me, and I hope that by sharing this with my fellow anime fans some people might also smile at all the little details and references that the animators put in - because they really did their research.
(This kind of turned into an essay, but…)
If you want to know more about what makes Victor so amazing (“Quad what-now? What does 300-whatever points even mean?”), why Yuri actually is pretty-darn admirable (“But he failed! And split up with his coach! That’s not a cool MC!”), and allusions to real-life situations/people, read ahead. I’ll split it up into sections:
The Grand Prix Final - what Yuri and Victor’s scores mean,
Yuri’s hometown situation=reality of Japan small town,
Victor’s jaw-dropping World Championships program - is it really that special? (Yes, it is.)
- Victor-Yuri = Plushenko-Yuzu? (connecting similarities here)
GPF - let me tell you the numbers
- Of the dozens of Men’s Singles skaters, only 6 people make it to the Grand Prix Final each year. They’re chosen based on a point system. The simplest way to get to the GPF is to win both of your assigned Grand Prix competitions. If you get 2nd place, 3rd place, etc., things start getting complicated. I won’t go into details, but basically, getting into the GPF is already a pretty big deal. Yuri is actually pretty amazing.