In regards to Yuri on Ice the song
Hear me out. Okay for Yuuri’s Free skate song, Yuri on Ice. It’s so layered and interconnected. I’ve listened to this song ever since and wanted to do a little analysis of exactly which parts specifically are connected with each episode. (Ever since Victor was like, “Why’s your face so stiff/tense? You make it seem like you hated me when I first appeared in front of you) So here it is, I’m not even sure myself at this point but just my thoughts/rambles and I needed to get this out lol. (Btw, I’ve indicated the times so it may be good to listen to the song while you read this so you can hear the parts to it yourself too!)
00:00-00:53 (Pre-Anime-Ep 1) The Piano starts out by itself here – (When “Yuuri was fighting all by himself”) the keys are soft here but still beautiful in its regard. Yuuri is one of the top skaters so of course he can hold his own (melody in regards to the song). The only thing that was holding him back was his lack of confidence (which is indicated by the majority of soft notes).
00:54-1:17 Ep 1-3 - The violin comes in confidently with the drums (in a steady beat). This is where Victor’s sudden entrance comes in along with Yuuri’s support (all the love that surrounds him), his family and friends in the background. The drums remain a constant in this part nonetheless. This is the underlying support for Yuuri no matter which path he chooses (Ex. Mari’s talk with Yuuri). But so far, here the violin and piano’s sound is very distinct from each other as if it’s going at their own melody/pace. This is the part where Yuuri is still at unease in front of Victor. He’s a god/idol to him here still, so their melodies aren’t quite entwined yet.
1:18-1:31 – Ep 4-7 – The violin and piano here finally starts out with the same note and are accompanying each other. But they aren’t quite there. The harmony is not as in depth and intricate yet.The piano is starting to be more confident in its tone though. This might be where Victor and Yuuri have had their talks (Ep 4 and 7) and this is where Victor gets to know what Yuuri is really thinking. Their relationship and song really starts shifts at this part.