and all the other skaters

Okay, so my mom also watches Yuri on Ice and I just wanted to share something about her reaction to episode 9.

In general, she loves the anime - the skating, the animation, the characters, the humor, just everything. She says it’s her favorite and the best anime she’s ever seen (she watched like 20 other series upon my recommendation, including all the big sports anime). When I asked her for her thoughts on episode 7 she said she really liked it and she liked the way they handled Yuuri’s anxiety and his fight with Victor and all the other skaters. Then I asked her about the kiss (she didn’t initially notice that it was kiss and thought it was just a hug) and she said “Well, I think it was really nice how Victor ran to Yuuri and tackled him out of joy and everything but I’m not really into watching two guys kiss.” This saddened me a little, but I couldn’t really be mad at my mom and I ended up explaining why it’s a big event and in the end she understood and said that it was actually really cool of them to do that.

Now, when she watched episode 9 I didn’t have to pry to get her to speak. She called me on the phone (we live in different countries at the moment) when she finished the episode and just went “Okay, this was a really moving episode. I really loved Michele’s Free Skate and the part when Yurio went out and found Yuuri and gave him the Japanese-style pirozhki and tried to comfort him and and the last scene in the airport where Yuuri and Victor locked eyes the moment they saw each other and just desperately ran into each other’s arms, that was really sweet, and and then Yuuri asked him to be his coach until he retires and Victor said that he wants him to never retire and God, it was just so sweeeeet. They’re so sweet and beautiful.”

And I think that’s the proof that love wins. That a single scene can make my 58-year-old mom recognize a gay couple and call it “sweet and beautiful” and actually call me up just to fangirl and squeal (I shit you not when I say she squealed) about how she loved the scene and was moved by it.

Sometimes we don’t need explicit kiss scenes to prove that our ships are real and beautiful. Sometimes a really well-made scene of being reunited at the airport will be the thing that makes the real difference.

HERE, you know why I like this image so much, It’s becase it makes you wonder how the rest of the world or rather JJ sees the other skaters.
mean, we all know them pretty well at this point, Phichit is beautifull, loves social media and is the ultimate best bro, Yuri is rude but deep inside he just really loves his grandpa, piroshki, and cats, Otabek is shy but just wants some frinds who are not self centered  assholes, Chiris is the weird dude you keep away from your kids but is actually just a bit eccentric and he does makes you unconfortable from time to time but he means well, Yuuri is anxious but really caring, a cinnamon roll turned sinnamon when the time calls for it.
But the way he sees them there is just priceless.
Phichit looks like a regal prince lookin at the lowly peasants over his shoulder.
Yuri looks like the ruthless russian punk, ready to crush your spine a and your dreams.
Otabek is the solider fueled by determination looking down at those who even try to swipe the floor he walks in.
Chis is looking down at you refueled, he’s been here for a while an the fact you even think to be in the same level is just pathetic.
And Yuuri, Yuuri is my favorite, he looks like a BAD BITCH, he’s the hot mean girl at highschool, he’s Heather Chandler when you tought you could invite him to prom just to kick you to the ground and step in your face with six inch heels while he laughs at your tears.
And the fact that JJ sees them that way is both sad and hilarious like, just get over yourself and get to know them they don’t bite.

Edit: a lot of people have pointed out that JJ has ideed tried to meet the other skaters and the way anxiety has to do with all of this and you are totally on the right. My apologies JJ, and anyone with anxiety ofended by this. Now I kinda want to see Yuuri and him get along
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I think these are reasons why Yuri said what he did at the end:

1) The marriage condition: It was obviously said by Victor because of his complete faith in Yuri. At the time, Yuri likely saw no issue with it. but now that he flubbed and his anxiety and fears are rearing back, that “when he gets a golden medal” might now look to him as a threat. As if Victor won’t stay with him if he doesn’t win and retires.

2) Victor watching other skaters: So bad enough that he hadn’t gotten a good score, but then he saw Victor concentrating on other skaters

Like Yurio, who surpassed Victor with the routine he’d given him. Had Victor chosen Yurio instead of Yuri, he would be triumphant at that moment, instead of on the ‘losing’ side (in Yuri’s mind)


And his interest in all the other skaters…it likely made Yuri wonder if he really did deserve to have Victor all to himself. Victor loved skating, he could have been competing against all those people…or at least coaching one of them that would make him prouder. Instead he was stuck sacrificing his career for Yuri

Therefore: perhaps Yuri’s last worse in the episode were both his low self esteem assuming anything between him and Victor would be over if he retired, but also his attempt to ‘help’ Victor, believing he would be happier away from Yuri; back to being a skater or even someone else’s coach.


*and if somehow someone has interpreted this as my blaming Victor’s actions…you’ve misunderstood

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Ok, Yuri on Ice Pokemon AU I’ve been thinking about since episode 3, where everyone gets at least one ice type in their teams because ice skaters, and the action is more focused on Pokemon Contests than battles.

Yuuri:

  • His family raises Swinubs because of their ability of occasionally finding hot springs while rooting for food
  • Yuuri’s family believes that the reason their hot springs still prospers while all the others in the region closed is due to Yuuri’s Snorunt
  • Yuuri rarely catches Pokemon in the traditional way, most of his team are Pokemon he befriended that decided willingly to go inside the Pokeball. He is a very caring trainer and a natural at dealing with Pokemon, but he is still very insecure in his own abilities
  • He is not the biggest fan of battling because he doesn’t want his Pokemon getting hurt, but he still engages in it because some of his Pokemon like it and he wants them to be happy. It’s his biggest shortcoming when it comes to Contests
  • Yuuri was inspired to become a pro Coordinator by watching Victor’s performances when he was young. He also took a liking to Furfrous and started raising and training one of his own (Vicchan) to be his main contester
  • He did terribly at his Grand Festival run because, shortly before it happened, Vicchan passed away due to illness 

Victor:

  • A legendary Top Coordinator who started very young and won the Grand Festival in multiple regions. He also remains the undefeated Pokemon League Champion for five years and counting
  • Has a competition-retired Furfrou (Makkachin) that he now keeps as a pet
  • He mostly keeps League battles and Contests separate but some of his Pokemon double for both (like his Ninetales)
  • As a coordinator, Victor likes to surprise the audiences by using his Pokemon in unexpected ways instead of going for the obvious 
  • Has grown dispassionate with both battles and Contests and starts considering dropping out of the circuit all-together and go traveling with his Pokemon
  • He watches a video of Yuuri and his Pokemon doing one of Victor’s routines with his Ninetales and decides to retire from competing in Contests to coach Yuuri instead and make him and his Pokemon win the next Grand Festival
  • Victor gifts Yuuri with a Dawn Stone to evolve his Snorunt into a Froslass, which would become one of Yuuri’s main Pokemon in the upcoming competition

Yuri(o):

  • His entire team consists of cat Pokemon
  • Yurio enjoys battling more than Contests but he has a natural talent as a Coordinator. He was scouted by Yakov when he was young and has been training as a Coordinator under him, but he often skips on training to go challenge random people to battle
  • He met Victor through Yakov and quickly decided he would be his rival. Victor calls Yurio “little Litten”, much to Yurio’s annoyance
  • Victor is his goal, both as a Coordinator and a Trainer. He wishes to end his reign as the Pokemon Champion and is actively collecting Gym Badges during Contest off-season so he’ll be able to challenge him
  • During Contests, Yurio tends to focus on showing off his Pokemon’s strength and power and his routines tend to be very showy but also sometimes reckless
  • When Yurio was young he made Victor promise to choreograph a routine for one of his Pokemon for Yurio’s debut at the Grand Festival. When he finds out Victor decided to mentor Yuuri instead he challenges Yuuri
  • After being defeated by Yuuri, he decides to take Contests more seriously and makes it his goal to beat Yuuri at the Grand Festival

Did anyone else notice that at the beginning of the season, Eros (selfish, immediate, sensual love) won, while at the end of the season, Agape (unselfish, giving and caring, unconditional) won?

I can’t help wondering if the series was always meant to book-end like this.

Things start out with Victor and Yuri having selfish desires of each other, whether they realise it or not - Victor’s coming on to Yuri quite strongly, and Yuri wants Victor around. 

It takes a while for them to end up on more or less equal footing, too.

But by now, there’s a lot about their love that’s unconditional - they learn from each other, they’re patient and kind and support not only Yuri, but also all of the other skaters. 

And not just that - but also, as viewers, our view of the skating world they’re in shifts from only seeing Yuri, to seeing everyone.

Yuri doesn’t need his Eros to seduce Victor anymore. Victor is already seduced. Theirs isn’t a deeply passionate love that has the fire of something only just started anymore. It does not need to.

But what is becoming more important thematically, is ‘agape’. The idea of loving someone unconditionally. Regardless of whether they win or lose. No matter how many arguments. Even if they don’t live up to your expectations. Even if them winning means your defeat.

So, yeah, I think that Agape winning over Eros in this case is a really clever move, as well as one I’m cheering for Yurio with.

Headcanon that...

Yuri was over in Otabek’s hotel room to watch a movie together the evening after the gpf short programm to get away from all the other skaters.
Two thirds in, Yuri falls asleep leaning against Otabek. Otabek waits until the movie is finished and he’s sure that Yuri is deeply asleep, until he stands up carefully, picks him up like the sleeping beauty he is and carries him to the bed. He lays him down and puts the blanket on him, to make sure he’s warm and comfortable.
Once Otabek is convinced that everything is fine, he proceeds to sleep on the couch.

The competition among skaters portrayed on YOI is so healthy in nature.

They all want to win, but they want other skaters to do well and give their personal best as well. They want to have the best score, but they want high standards from other skaters to try and best.

They want to compete but they don’t want to kick anyone down in the process. They don’t bully others. We see so much of mean tactics shown in sports based stories, but this story shows what really sport is all about: Motivate others and yourself through it.

Each of the skaters have their own hurdles to surpass and beat. They don’t see others as their hurdle but their own previous performance as the one to overcome.

They don’t see other skaters as enemies but fellow sports people with flaws like them. And I love this whole aspect presented on this show so much.

BUCKLE THE FUCK UP TUMBLR SPOILERS FOR YURI ON ICE EPISODE 8

FiRST OFF IT’S A YURIO EPISODE WHICH IS WONDERFUL

MY SALTY ON THE OUTSIDE AND SWEET ON THE INSIDE SON. HE IS NOW A MEMBER OF MY FAMILY

ADORABLE CHILD

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH

NOW TO VICTOR AND YURI

YES

GOD YES

THANK YOU GOD

YES YOU FUCKING DO THAT YURI

VICTOR YOU ARE THIRSTY AF

SO HOT FOR YOUR BOYFRIEND

CALM THE FUCK DOWN THOUGH VICTOR YOU ARE IN PUBLIC. 

PROUD DADS

WTF IS EVEN HAPPENING AT THIS POINT

NO! I WANTED ALL THE FAN THEORIES TO BE WRONG!

BEST BOYFRIEND

BEST BOYFRIENDS

THEN VICTOR ASKED YAKOV TO BE YURI’S COACH FOR ONE DAY AND THAT WILL BE A DISASTER BUT I DON’T EVEN CARE BECAUSE THEY ARE THE BEST OF BOYFRIENDS TO CARE SO MUCH ABOUT EACH OTHER AND WE’RE LEARNING MORE ABOUT YURIO AND HE’S JUST AS ADORABLE AS WE ALL KNEW

BUT PLEASE LIVE MACCACHIN! 

Not mentioned: All the other skaters because between weird relationships with sisters and JJ….eesh I don’t wanna talk about them.

The first time Yuuri won gold at the Grand Prix final, Victor actually hadn’t been able to attend thanks to a bad case of appendicitis. Without Victor there to share it with him, Yuuri broke down on the podium. In the end the other skaters all swarmed the ice to give him that group hug he’d once tried to get. Yurio (the silver winner) didn’t actually let go of him until they were back in Russia and he could pass Yuuri into Victor’s arms himself.

Anon wanted more Pliroy with Victuuri parents and who am I to deny this beautiful AU to them
Or, I was inspired by an ask to make this post, I gotchu covered anon
  • OK SO, all the other skaters know that if u wanna ask Yurio out you gotta ask The Parents (aka Victor and Yuuri) first and they’ll deem u WORTHY (or not) of dating their son
  • They think Victor is the most chill about Yurio dating but OH THEYRE WRONG
  • “Don’t date other skaters, they’ll shatter your heart in an instant.” “VIKTOR DON’T SCARE HIM. Just. Choose wisely ok Yurio? We don’t want you getting hurt!”
  • Yurio: I hate both of you and I hope you know that
  • most of the time Yurio isn’t even in on it, he’s just v clueless about people wanting to ask him out (like, he’s aware of his good looks, but dating doesn’t cross his mind much since he’s more focused on skating)
  • So when Best Bros JJ and Chris (ya that’s gonna be my hc until the anime disproves it) are talking and JJ goes “Man I’m gonna ask Plisetsky out tonight, he’s a real beauty.” “Oh, don’t you know??” 
  • Even after Chris tells him, JJ goes in anyway bc no king was gonna get intimidated by Mista living legend and his somehow-not-husband-yet
  • Yurio is taken aback for a moment because he’s like “wait,,, they actually let you?? huh…”
  • Im a fan of the hc that Yurio doesn’t yet have feelings for JJ so he doesn’t accept right away
  • But you know what they say about characters who don’t have feelings for each other
  • THEYRE JUST ONE FAKE DATING AU AWAY FROM NEVER LETTING EACH OTHER GO
  • what do you mean no one says that
  • what’s in it for JJ though? He won’t deny he was looking for a pretty face to show off when first approaching Yurio but he’s liking this plan of his ok
  • “wait, you wouldn’t accept so easily, whats gotten into you?” “what, now I can’t help a fellow skater out? I’m wounded–”
  • “Okay, how bout this Kitty, I play into your pretend dating game, and you help me out” “I KNEW IT, what is it you sick fuck want–” “You come help with the charity work when Skating season is over” 
  • “wait what”
  • “Yeah, we’re in need of volunteers.” “…no ulterior motive?” “I’m a man of my word”
  • Cue Yurio and JJ start “dating” so he can prove to his not-parents that he’s got this
  • spoilers: he dont got this
  • VICTOR AND YUURI ARE FREAKING OUT
  • “Out of EVERYONE who’s tried to date you, he’S THE WORST OF ALL”
  • Yurio plays into it like “But he does charity work! (:”
  • “…I can do charity work….” Victor mumbles under his breath
  • BONUS: Phichit is the Cool Uncle who is helping Yurio get laid and covers for him with Victor and Yuuri
...I know where the pole came from!

I am 100% convinced that Christophe Giacometti has a portable pole in his hotel room, saw an amazing opportunity with drunk Yuri Katsuki, and he took it!

Imagine this:

Yuri, obviously very drunk and still drinking, begins to dance and challenges all of the other skaters to a dance off. Yuri started in ballet before switching to figure skating after all so it’s entirely plausible that he explores and practices other dance forms to improve his presentation scores including pole dancing. Christophe is an extremely sexual person who would totally bring a portable stripper pole (they are lightweight and completely collapsible so they are easy to store and easier to assemble) to keep in his room during competitions. Intoxicated Yuri is breathtaking and all of those skaters get to see the range of his talents, abilities, and stamina without his performance anxiety and insecurity for possibly the very first time since he debuted. Twenty-three years old and drunk, Yuri had the stamina and ability to break dance with the Russian Punk Yuri Plisetsky, ballroom dance/partner skate with Viktor Nikiforov, THEN strip while performing an erotic pole dance with Christophe Giacometti. Hands down, Yuri Katsuki is amazing! Yuri!!! on Ice is amazing! I feel like I can live again.

anonymous asked:

Head canon: instead of becoming coaches, Yuuri and Victor become commentators but instead of commentating, they just talk about how much they love each other

yES its all like:

Viktor: See how *insert skater name here* landed that quad flip!
Yuuri: Yes, it was really clean!
Viktor: Remember when you changed your quad toe loop to a flip just for me in competition?? *heart smile*
Yuuri: I remember that…
*getting all lovey and fluffy instead of commentating the routine*
Yurio: *snatches mic out of their hands* JUST SHUT UP ALREADY

ok, but don’t imagine Victor messing up all of his jumps at some point of s2 because he put so much effort in Yuuri’s program he didn’t have time to practice properly

don’t imagine all Russian team being so sad and confused

don’t imagine press and other skaters suggesting he did that so Yuuri could win

just DON’T imagine anxious Yuuri being so angry and hurt because it’s easier to believe them than to admit his idol isn’t at the top anymore (and it may be his fault)

please don’t imagine Victor crying and not knowing what to do because whatever it is that Yuuri will believe it still feels like loosing him

don’t imagine Yakov being the only person who knows what happened but not being able to motivate Victor anymore

just don’t

Headcanon: Phichit told no one about his dream of a hamster-themed ice show in Thailand. When he secures funding, uses the power of his beautiful face and sunny disposition to convince all the elite figure skaters to come to Thailand and perform in the show during the off-season. Absolutely no one knows what this show and/or what the plot is about until they get to the dress rehearsal.

For everyone who refuses to wear the hamster costumes, Phichit casually mentions all the “fun times” they’ve had together and “how it’s a shame they don’t want to spend more time with him” as he’s just flashing all these embarrassing pics on his phone. Other skater leaves conversation wearing the hamster get-up, feeling like they’ve been blackmailed but they’re not quite sure.

Reasons I Want a Yuri!!! On Ice Season 2:
  • VICTOR SKATING ALL SEASON YES PLEASE
  • Heart-to-heart conversation between Yuri and Victor
  • More beautiful choreography and music!!
  • Yurio and Otabek being BFFs
  • More sweet Victuuri moments
  • Yuri and Victor annoying everyone in St. Petersburg
  • Yuri comforting a physically drained Victor anyone?
  • More sweet couples
  • wHO WAS THAT GUY WITH CHRIS????
  • MORE ART/FICS/AMVS FROM THIS TALENTED FANDOM GODDAMN
  • Making assumptions for the next episode only too be shocked and delighted
  • Victor and Yuri teasing each other please
  • Proud but competitive fiances
  • Seeing the fandom blow up over silly little things that seem so important (cough the whistle cough)
  • More accurately portrayed anxiety
  • ASDFGHJKLKJHGFDS MORE BEAUTIFUL COSTUMES
  • More characters who aCTUALLY CHANGE THEIR CLOTHES REGULARLY
  • Minami (hopefully) being able to compete against them all too
  • SEEING ALL OF THE SKATERS BEING HAPPY AND HELPING EACH OTHER ONCE AGAIN

We all know that Yuuri with “After the final, let’s end this” he meant his professional career and not their relationship. He wanted to ask Viktor to step down as his coach after GPF for a while, he thinks that he’s holding Viktor back from competing and everything else.
The fact that Viktor disappeared during his interview to watch Yurio made him think that he regretted becoming his coach, that he let him down, he didn’t live up to his expectations. To add more Yurio even broke Viktor’s world record.
So Yuuri might think Viktor wants to go back skating to beat that record again.
But what if Viktor real intention was to create a new living legend aka Yurio? 
In the last episode he said “If i’d stayed in Russia as a competitor, Yurio wouldn’t be this motivated to fight”. Even Yakov was reminded of Vitya during Yurio’s skating.

Also Yuuri seeing Viktor all thrilled and inspired by the other skaters’s performances didn’t help either, that made him think that Viktor wants to go back competing even more and that he is just pulling him back.
But what if Viktor was actually inspired by the short programs to make even more breathtaking choreographies for Yuuri?
In regards to this he said “I can only find new strength on my own. That’s what I always thought. Now I feel new emotions flowing into me through Yuuri. What should I give Yuuri now?”
The point is that Viktor surely doesn’t have the intention to leave Yuuri, not when he was in love with Yuuri even before the show started, that he finally made his beloved Yuuri fall in love with him and even got an engagement ring.
He can go back skating but he probably doesn’t want that anymore.
The problem is Yuuri’s anxiety and lack of confidence tbh I relate to him a lot :’)
They just need to discuss things over calmly. Yuuri still doesn’t know how much Viktor loves him and chose him over his career. Viktor won’t give him up after they came so far together!

Anyway I don’t know what they will do after the Grand Prix Final, the only thing I’m sure of is that Yuuri will show us a perfect performance of Yuri on ice and that they’ll get married!
Honestly since Kubo wanted to make a sequel but Yuuri wants to retire I wonder if Viktor will convince him to keep skating? Because Yuri on Ice is not the same without Yuri skating :’)
Or what about Yuuri and Viktor pair skating next season to surprise us even more? Am i getting ahead of myself? Am i being illusional? :’))
I know that pair skating consists of a man and a woman but let me dream and cheer myself up after this episode bye