I just had a conversation with a friend in which I was taken aback by her declaration of being Team Phantom and she could not believe that I was Team Raoul until we both decided that actually, we’re team Meg Giry and called it good.
I think we can all agree that Yuuri’s speech was a central scene this episode, and although I’ve seen a lot of people giving great explanations about Yuuri’s use of 「愛」 in his speech and the difference between 「愛」(ai) and 「恋」(koi) there aren’t many people who go further into his speech than that.
Firstly I’ll just briefly gloss over 「愛」 and 「恋」because what they each connotate in the Japanese language is important to the Yuri!!! on Ice plot
「恋」is kind of like a physical love. It describes one’s longing for someone, but lacks a deeper emotional bond. Used for boyfriend/girlfriend/partner.
「愛」 is a deep love, it encompasses 恋 but also describes emotional love. While it does mean you long for someone, it kind of implies that you’re willing to do, give, or change something to be with them. Used for family/spouse.
***note: on the contrary, while「恋」does imply a physical romance/love, 「恋人」refers to you’re true love, you’d call your fiancé or spouse that, and「愛人」implies someone you’ve had an affair with. So when Victor uses the word 「恋人」…. ;)))
So when Yuuri says
He’s saying his「愛」is not just the physical and emotional love he has for others, his love is literally his relationship with Victor, it is literally his family, and that it is the complicated/abstract feelings he has for others around him (aka Yuuko, Minako, Nishigori). It is a tangible THING such as actions and words as implied by Yuuri’s use of 「物」 instead of 「事」which would describe an idea or a concept.
Another interesting thing to note is when Yuuri says he has “no name for this emotion”
At first I thought Yuuri might have been downplaying his emotions but then I realised it wasn’t that, it was that Yuuri really just doesn’t know exactly what 「愛」is just yet despite describing it briefly before because he’s still exploring what it truly means for him.
Before Victor, we all know Yuuri had a big crush on Yuuko, hell, he was going to confess in the first episode. But that’s all it was, a crush, which would take neither 「愛」nor「恋」, but 「好き」(suki).
Now I’m sure you know the difference between 「愛する」and「好きです」but just in case
「好きです」refers to a wide range of types of “like”. You use it for objects, hobbies, and topics, or people-wise, friends and crushes.
Through Yuuri’s speech, we are witnessing his growth and exploration of what 「愛」is, what it means to him, and who the word applies to. Most prominent are his developing feelings of 「愛」towards Victor. The phrase
Does mean “to hold on to”, but it also means “to fasten” or “to tie”, and this implies that while Yuuri does not want to let go of Victor, neither does he want Victor to let go of him. Yuuri wants to create a mutual bond with Victor, and he has decided to call this bond 「愛」.
As a side note, here’s further meta on Yuuri and Victor’s developing relationship, shown through the episode preview. It’s very short but I do think it’s a cute example of them becoming closer to each other.
i’ve seen a couple posts going around about dennis saying he hates mac/dennis not returning mac’s feelings but like
i’ve been interpreting this less as “dennis hates mac” and more as “it’s easier for dennis to say he hates mac than to admit how badly he needs him, and it’s a lot less terrifying than facing the reality of their relationship now that mac is out”
macdennis shipping aside, its clear they’ve always been very codependent, borderline in a relationship with each other, and i could see dennis panicking now that he doesn’t have the comfort of knowing nothing will ever come of it like he did when mac was still in the closet
Back when Jack and Kent first started dating, they set a date to come out, draft day 2014. They’d be in the league for 5 years and everyone would be distracted by who got picked first rather than pay attention to them. After that it became like a mantra, whenever they missed eachother and wanted nothing more than to go on a real date they’d text it “2014.” Whenever they wanted to kiss eachother or hold hands in public, they’d whisper it, “2014.” It reminded them that they wouldn’t have to hide forever. When they won the memorial cup, holding it high above their heads, and Kent wanted nothing more than to kiss him then and there. But instead he dreamed of 5 years from then, being on the same team, with the Stanley Cup, and finally kissing Jack for everyone to see. Instead, he won alone. He had a great team, and it was more their victory than his, but they didn’t matter because they weren’t Jack. He went to the kegster, drunk, and angry, and sad, not because he hated Jack, but because years ago they had made a promise, and he knew it wasn’t realistic to keep, but on lonely nights or in crowded rooms he found himself whispering “2014″ to keep himself calm, even for years to come.
Hm. Guys? I just re-read the screenplay and Grindelwald spent all of two days in New York. He didn’t impersonate Graves for months. Newt arrives in NY the day after we see Grindelwald fighting those wizards at the beginning of the movie. Fantastic Beasts spans over two days. I’ll make a detailed post about this later, but we can already say that :
- Grindelwald took Graves’ place very quickly. If the man was only impersonated for two days, then it makes sense that no one noticed he wasn’t himself.
- Graves - the real one - obviously knew Credence before. Grindelwald just met him as was probably usual for the both of them and told him to find the child.
- We still don’t know where Graves is
- Grindelwald was probably in a rush. It makes sense that he got a bit carried away in trying to find the Obscurus, and therefore Newt was able to find out something was wrong. Grindelwald was stressed out. Probably had no idea how to do Graves’ job and just took it because it was a high position in the government, therefore he’d have access to more information and more freedom to move and do as he pleased.
“I obviously immediately recognise the name and know that you are thirsty for a girl, and I am not going to say a fucking thing because I am a beautiful troll. Also I am already dating her. So. You know. Double bonus entertainment points here.”