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That’s an interesting thing to note!

You’re referring to this pose, right?

It is pretty different from the poses with his arms forward in ep5 (when he accepts Yuuri’s determination/refusal to ease the program) and in ep7 (when he tackles Yuuri onto the ice).

You definitely bring up some good points. I agree that Victor bringing up the coaching topic is because he felt that he needed to prove his worth. To me, it was as if he wanted to be the first to address the topic to show that he’s seriously thinking about how to be better - “You don’t have to say anything! I know what I messed up on!” That kind of sentiment.

I feel like after the last competition, Victor wanted to do an even better job this time around, so when he had to leave, and he saw Yuuri struggling and pushing through by force of will, he must have felt a heavy ball of complex emotions. Guilt he couldn’t be there like he promised, guilt he couldn’t help Yuuri when he needed it, frustration that for all he tried, and how much he studied this time around, he couldn’t do his role as a coach again, relief that he gets the chance to continue supporting Yuuri for a little longer (and he wishes he could continue to care for him for forever), pride in his beloved Yuuri managing to bring out those emotions of love in his FS, and yearning to hold him.

I love that we are able to see moments of Victor’s weakness. He knows that he’s an inexperienced coach, and we’ve seen how he tries everything to help Yuuri only to end up floundering and needing reassurance himself. This is another one of those moments where we see a glimpse of him stretched thin and needing to see/physically feel that Yuuri is OK.

Yakov didn’t do too much as Yuuri’s temporary coach this time around (he was apparently pretty quiet during warm-up, offered his presence at the beginning of the program, and then gave pointers in the Kiss&Cry), so I’m not sure how much that showed Victor his weaknesses as a coach here. If anything, I think Yuuri hugging Yakov set Victor’s heart at ease that he did the right thing in asking him for help.

I do think that Yuuri genuinely appreciated Yakov. A coach at the very least serves as a second pair of eyes and should be some sort of moral support. If a skater’s coach is busy with another student, sometimes the skater sits alone in the Kiss&Cry or is occasionally accompanied by a representative of their skating federation. Yuuri could have easily been left alone since his primary coach isn’t there, and no one would really think it odd. You’ll notice that Yakov didn’t sit with Yurio in the K&C (leaving Yurio with Lilia and a pile of cat plushies)- this is because he was doing what a good coach with multiple students does: leave the finished skater with their scores and send off their next student with some supportive words. He might not have done everything that a primary coach does, but that he took the time to be with Yuuri at the start and end of his skate, and give criticism for the sake of helping Yuuri improve, is more than some would do.

So I’m sure both Victor and Yuuri are very grateful to him.


I kind of went on a tangent from where you started, but I am interested in body language, so if you ever want to point out more (or if you see someone who analyzes it and writes great meta) feel free to send another ask! 

anonymous asked:

@ the creepypasta kin: I know how you feel. I'm creepypasta kin too, and I get that it's tough. The fandom is nearly dead, and everyone thinks you're an edgy kid. But don't feel down! Your kintype is fine! Hell, I'm almost 18 and I'm still kin with a Creepypasta character. And hey, I'm sure you'll find your canon mates (that is, if you're looking for them!)

anonymous asked:

Question for you: Do you only post current gifs of Rhett and Link or do you sometimes watch an old episode and post a throwback? Also, I just discovered this blog and it has made my life 10x better, keep up the good work!

While I prioritize new content, I do post things from older videos on slow days and weekends, it’s just that Buddy System has taken over temporarily.

If people have individual gif/set requests from older stuff I’m still open to considering those in the meantime, though.

Lovely in their Oddity - Victor and Johnny

(I think Tumblr is just eating asks because I’m not getting the second half of them…) I also hope you don’t mind, but I’ve turned this into a meta/info post. For those who haven’t read this comment on the homage, please do so. It well articulates why the homage means so much to so many people, as well as explains a little about the angry/hurt emotions of a good portion of the figure skating community with what happened to Johnny Weir.

I’m so glad other people are considering this, too.

Some time ago I was asked about my thoughts on the costumes for Yurio and Yuuri’s SPs, and I responded saying that I was reminded of Johnny Weir’s avant-garde and barrier-breaking costume style. Meta from early in YOI’s season shows most people drawing the connection between Victor’s skating legacy and Plushenko’s. However, connecting Victor to real-life skaters’ personalities or skating styles wasn’t possible until at least episode 3 when we saw his choreography for Agape and Eros and his former costumes. Beyond the competition legacy and Plushenko’s love of Japanese ice shows, there isn’t much that is common between them.

With regards to program content/mood, you could try to argue that the trajectory of Plushenko’s career seems similar to what we’ve seen of Victor’s – Plushenko was more feminine in his early years (Biellmann spin), and took a more masculine approach later – but considering that we’ve only seen one of Victor’s full programs, we can’t say whether or not his style in later years is primarily masculine.

What we can say is that Victor is more apt to straddle the lines of representation. He’ll likely play a role without regard for social constructs as long as he can surprise the audience. You get the feeling that he does his own thing (which obviously Yakov isn’t happy about as his coach). Plushenko, in contrast, is a fairly masculine skater, and for all his wonderful footwork and skating skills, he isn’t the kind of skater you would call “gorgeous” or “graceful” like you could call Victor. Meaning that while we could say Victor’s accomplishments and status in the figure skating world (Living Legend) resembles Plushenko’s, we can’t say that his skating style or persona does.

Connections with Weir

With this scene in episode 7 in particular, we can draw more conclusions about young Victor’s personality: 

  • gracious and encouraging to his younger fans/rivals, 
  • colorful/non-standard designs for his costumes means a flair in his personality,
  • not being afraid to wear things that bend the norm - even in the early-Senior years when judges form impressions - means some amount of bravery (or “foolhardiness,” as some would call it).
  • loved by his fans. That flower crown and bouquet didn’t come from the event organizers for being first place - they came from fans and he decided to have them for official pictures instead of holding the ISU given bouquet.

Victor treats the ice rink like a stage and performs various emotions for the audience while maintaining the highest-level program possible. While the insane Quads aspect is different from Johnny Weir, other aspects (designer taste, being charming to his fans, a performer on the ice, comfortable with himself, says things as they are when giving critique) really reminds me of the way Johnny carries himself.

For those not familiar with Johnny Weir (the first and last link are short and good), he’s the kind of guy who doesn’t shy away from who he is.

In his competitive career, his skating style included a mix of masculine and feminine elements, but leaning way more towards feminine. He could portray grace (2006 Olympics SP “The Swan”)(2004 U.S. Nationals FS “Dr.Zhivago”), as well as sensuality (2010 Olympics SP), as well as power (seen with his wonderful 3A). He’s one of those few men skaters you could label “gorgeous” not because of butter-smooth edges and intricate step sequences, but because of his balletic movements and overall artistry (2010 Olympics FS “Fallen Angel” with commentary).  

With the way he skated, and his costume choices, there was a huge splash made in the Men’s skating field. In fact, in the later half of his career he faced pressure from the press to publicly state his sexual orientation, and received criticism for withholding it from the world. Some people even went so far as to say that his refusal to clearly label himself was because he wanted to get attention (as if being the three-time U.S. Champion and World’s Bronze medalist wasn’t enough). He was called “too tight-lipped,” “coy/teasing,” and “too effeminate/flamboyant to be a good representative of the gay community”(basically: “you’re too gay to represent all gay ppl - tone it down”). During his career he would state over-and-over that he would rather be known as himself and not be forced into a box. Johnny never wanted to be an activist - he just wanted to live his life - but being in the public eye meant expectations to tell all, and when he wanted to keep any privacy, he was attacked. It was shortly after his career, in his autobiography, where he decided to clearly write that he is gay – not because it was a burden to him or some big secret he wanted to get off his chest, but because he had heard of an increase in the suicide rate of gay youth and wanted to provide some sort of hope with his story.

Johnny’s one of those skaters who has stood firm in his beliefs and been unashamed of who he is. Regardless of derogatory words, threats to his family, and complaints, he always skated as he wanted.


On a lighter note, it’s a well-known fact that he’s in love with Russian culture and has been in love with it from a very young age. Johnny taught himself the Cyrillic alphabet, learned to speak some conversational Russian, trained with Ukrainian coach Galina Zmievskaya  who spoke Russian with him, has done collaborative ice shows with Evgeni Plushenko, and visits Russia often. He is additionally interested in Japanese culture, and is a well-loved skater in Japan who brings crowds at ice shows. Honestly, they couldn’t have picked a better person to act as a frame for young Victor. 

As for Victor’s designer-level taste I mentioned earlier… This is probably more to make Victor an elegant-idol type character than it is an allusion to Johnny’s lifestyle, but even so, it’s nice to note the similarity. I mean, there aren’t many figure skaters who have high-style taste. After retiring from amateur (competitive) figure skating, Johnny went on to become part professional figure skater, part NBC commentator, and part fashion designer. His everyday fashion and costumes are still avant garde; his apartment is in New York City. Victor is much more subdued in his everyday fashion style than Johnny is, but we’ve seen his apartment, the Channel lip balm, the super expensive coat, and the stupidly expensive coat-stand-chair. 

Closing Remarks

Now, we haven’t seen much about Victor’s backstory yet. We can’t tell what kind of skating style he had throughout his career, what he’s faced in the skating world with regards to media/more-experienced skater’s opinions of him, or what factors have shaped him to be who he is now. I’m not drawing a one-to-one comparison between Victor and Johnny Weir because we all know that no skater in YOI is based on a single real-life skater.

But I would dare say that Johnny’s fame in the Japanese skating community (for his cheerful outlook, flamboyance, and beauty), and reputation in the skating world (for his steady resolve to be as he is) influenced the creation of Victor’s persona as a man who is strong-willed, a genius, unabashedly does what he wants, and looks gorgeous while doing it.

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(Anon, if you want to go ahead and send that second part of your ask - if you remember what it was, that is - feel free and I’ll add it here or answer in a separate post.)