Because I love this child and he needs more love, especially his relationship with Yuuri ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
While Phichit is an incredibly friendly lovable cinnamon roll, he won’t stand for anything threatening his best friend Yuuri, even if the threat happens to be someone Yuuri loves. Yuuri clearly adores the Victor he knows now (just as much as he idolized the distant figure in the past), but Phichit won’t forget how much Victor hurt Yuuri in the past, unintentional or not.
I headcanon that on top of being a skilled figure skater, Phichit is an academic genius who skipped grades and entered college in Detroit super early where he met Yuuri, which explains their long acquaintance despite the age difference. He is very, VERY protective of Yuuri. I’ll put up a more detailed headcanon post later (and if there’s interest, possibly prequel comic of pre-YOI anime Detroit college days).
On the topic of story threads I somehow forgot despite how important they are.
This is a thread I somehow all but forgot until episode 12, even if it’s actually one of my favorite details about Yuuri and also one very important to him getting to a healthier place mentally. We learn very early how much of a contradiction our protagonist can be, how Yuuri both puts so little confidence in himself and his skating and also has dreams of not just reaching Victor through his skating but also of winning, of becoming even better than Victor one day.
Who even his first year in the GPF, was aiming for gold. Even if he never voiced that before this year, before he had Victor’s confidence to help him, he tells us he didn’t go into the GP thinking he’d lose.
So a very important part of that becoming better for himself, of winning for himself, is not making Victor an end-post but instead a marker. Of trying to aim past him, and not just trying to reach his level and stay there.
So when Victor actually calls him on it
On only reaching so far
And calling that enough
That is so fucking important for Yuuri’s character growth.
Because Yuuri can only get so far until he fully does try to reach even higher heights than the Living Legend himself. Until he’s willing to consistently see himself as someone who could be competition for Victor.
And that’s part of why Victor not retiring is going to help Yuuri in his too large dream for just one person, of striving ever onwards.
Okay, okay I can’t hold it in anymore. I’ve kept this little au idea in secret for quite some time now, with only some friends knowing of it in Skype chats. I’ve even wrote some small ficlets over it and shared them with some, and I’ve been so anxious to share it with anyone else haha. But now I’ve got some courage to do it.
And I’m only gonna…put the main idea out and some little stuff out for now since it’s really late where I am right now haha. But yeah, it’s an AU based solely on Mabel.
But onto the main idea of the au (that I still can’t think of a name for lol): but basically it involves Mabel and her parents and Dipper getting into an accident, with Mabel (at the age of 5) being the only survivor. And as a result, Stan ends up taking her in and being her guardian. And does EVERYTHING he can to provide for her and keep her safe and happy in GF. It’s a big Mabel and Stan bonding au, basically (though Ford does show up later too.)