Let me tell you why Yuri on Ice won’t have the standardised uke/seme bullshit
BECAUSE OF THIS
AND THIS RIGHT HERE.
If you look at these scenes, what do you feel? Do you think Yuri would perfectly fit the Uke role?
Let me tell you WHY that’s not the case.
One thing that always ruined the yaoi anime hype for me was that it has ALWAYS been obvious who will symbolise the feminine side. There has ALWAYS been a character that either looked rather feminine or just acted the obvious uke way. By that I mean:
- getting embarrassed or red cheeks very easily
- not taking the initiative in physical interactions (or doing it but getting overly flustered)
- usually symbolising the emotional side of the relationship
But guys, as much as we like that kind of yaoi, we know exactly that’s not how it works. In a real, healthy relationship, both sides are able to flip the switch. The uke isn’t always uke and seme isn’t always seme.
YURI ON ICE, my friends, THIS AWESOME DIVINE PRESENT GIVEN TO US IN 2016 SHOWS TWO MEN IN A RELATIONSHIP AS EQUALS.
Remember the beach scene where Victor was Yuri’s emotional support? Remember Victor actually being most of Yuri’s emotional support as a coach every single time before he enters the rink?
Look, don’t get me wrong. I agree that Victor is very dominant. I also agree that Yuri has this shy vibe on him. But you know one thing that this brilliant anime has? CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. You could obviously label them at the first few episodes. Then the dynamic began to change and now you can no longer say who exactly is uke/seme. That’s because Yuri and Victor are able to take on BOTH of these roles.
My point is, they keep surprising us as fans and each other exactly because THERE IS NO OBVIOUS UKE/SEME RELATIONSHIP HERE.
IT’S A WELL-BALANCED, HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP.