Haha…so…*guiltily posts this months later* I had this in my drafts 70% completed since episode 10 came out, but with episode 11 and 12 the fandom exploded on other issues, and I thought it was kind of irrelevant since the rings have so many layers of meaning already. But in PASH magazine’s March issue, Kubo-sensei actually brings this up.
I ended up cleaning this post and after finding out that @sachiro was going to make a similar post, we decided to have “pair posts” to submit for victuuriweek. You can read their yoi meta here , which discusses and connects specific moments throughout the series to the points I’ll lay out in the second half of this post.
About Yuuri’s charm. Yuuri has a figure skating precedent for buying jewelry to act as a charm - it isn’t a
“lots of good stuff around here…yeah, rings can make good charms, right? idk, but I’m doing it anyway.” Here’s yet another layer.
Charms are a legitimate THING in figure skating.
You won’t read about this in figure skating intros or on Wikipedia, and you won’t hear commentators talk about it either (if it’s brought up, consider it a stroke of luck and immediately save that video/interview forever). Unless you follow skaters to the point of knowing about their personal lives, then this is one meaningful aspect of figure skating that is easy to miss.
Yuri and Otabek going to like… some sort of fair/festival and Yuri tries to win a Big Ass Stuffed Tiger™ from one of the games. He fails miserably and his frustration doesn’t help (but let’s face it, those games c h e a t.)
So Otabek steps up like Mr. Bad Ass and flips his sunglasses up onto his head (because we all know he’s also a little sarcastic and probably enjoys subtly trolling Yuri) and he the Big Ass Stuffed Tiger™ (even though it costs him what probably amounts to around $50) and this thing is totally bigger than Yuri but he proudly walks around the fair with this Big Ass Stuffed Tiger™ and keeps randomly burying his face in it with a blush because IT’S NOT LIKE HE TOTALLY LOVES IT.
(Alternatively, this works with Leo and Guang-Hong, only it would be a fluffy-ass teddy-bear.)
Viktor coming home late one day after he was doing something (who knows what, maybe coach things, maybe traffic made him late or a meeting, whatever) and he comes home to Yuuri passed out on the couch with the lights and TV on. Makkachin is curled up on top of him because Yuuri didn’t bother to bring a blanket out to the couch with him. They were both waiting for Viktor to come home.
Viktor coos and starts going about turning things off, and Yuuri slowly wakes up, still sleepy, and not very coherent, but he looks up with half-lidded eyes and a lopsided smile as he holds out droopy arms and says, “Welcome home, Viktor…”
Viktor’s heart immediately explodes and he hurries over to his his fiance because he will never deny Yuuri a snuggle (and he’s been away from Yuuri all day, the horror, and he needs to recharge himself on the power of ~love~.)
Guang-Hong coming home from practice during his summer training in the states one day to a dorm/apartment/something he is sharing with Leo. It was a really rough day and he’s just so exhausted… Leo goes to greet him at the door as always with a hug and kiss, but Guang-Hong, being in his tired state, starts talking to Leo… in sleepy, mumbled Mandarin.
Leo doesn’t know enough to understand what’s being said to him aside from random words and he keeps trying to rapidly check what Guang-Hong is saying with (Failed) Google Translate. Poor Leo is worried and concerned because Guang-Hong doesn’t even make it to bed, he just sort of flops into Leo’s arms and keeps talking like Leo knows exactly what he’s saying.
It takes a little while, but he eventually gets Guang-Hong (who probably kept trying to Do Stuff like watch TV or cook or check his social media accounts) into bed (with the help of Guang-Hong’s mother – who thinks this is Pretty Hilarious – on speakerphone) and tucks him in.
Phichit the first time he went into a Starbucks and learned he could put as many Espresso Shots into a drink as he wanted. Imagine what he ordered and poor Yuuri who then had to chase his Selfie-Go-Lucky-Ass through Detroit on a Caffeinated Sugar High.
(Yuuri didn’t even know how to explain to Ciao Ciao why they were late to training. He just whimpered and flopped onto the bleachers while Phichit babbled a mile a minute about everything they saw.)
Absolutely ANYONE in Yuuri’s family sharing Yuuri’s baby pictures with Viktor and every single story that went with them.
(Also, imagine the same thing happening with Yurio’s grampa and Viktor sharing this information with Yuuri and Otabek.)
Yurio in THIS and making ‘fierce’ growling noises and poses in a full length mirror, only to be caught by his Dads Viktor and Yuuri.
Viktor being gushy and lovey-dovey with Yuuri, only for Yurio to shout, “WILL YOU JUST STOP IT, DAD?! YOU’RE EMBARRASSING ME.”
Viktor squeals in delight, Yuuri coos, and Yurio screams and runs for the door. (Otabek thinks it’s all cute and charming.)
The Skating Cast getting together for a good, wholesome game of Cards Against Humanity.
(Alternatively, Super Smash Brothers or Mario Kart.Chis is the fuck-ass who keeps picking Final Destination and Rainbow Road.)
Someone finding Yurio awake at like 3am crying over cute Cat Videos.
(Or Yuuri finding Viktor doing the same over Cute Dogs.)
Makkachin somehow eating one of the rings and Chris (once again being the beautiful fuck-ass he is) placing a hand of comfort on the shoulder of whoever lost their ring to the dog: “Well, at least you know you’ll get it back.”
(@makkachin - pls do not eat rings. This doesn’t need to be steambuns 2.0)
Leo and Guang-Hong sharing earbuds to Leo’s iPod as Leo guides Guang-Hong around his hotel room in slow, lazy waltzes after a long competition. He whisper-sings the English lyrics of songs in Spanish for Guang-Hong (especially the super romantic ones, and really he likes the excuse to press just a little closer.)
Guang-Hong is Super Flustered but he’s also so completely and entirely enamored with what Leo is doing and he’s got stars in his eyes. His heart is fluttering with delight and so very in love.
Somewhere around the fifth song, he ends up crying and Leo panics and thinks maybe he’s gone a little too far, but Guang-Hong just huffs and says, “NO YOU DUMMY. THIS IS REALLY ROMANTIC AND I LOVE YOU SO MUCH I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF.”
This makes Leo blush and smile because Guang-Hong doesn’t SAY that aloud very often (and Leo doesn’t mind because Guang-Hong shows him in so many gestures and other ways) but he’s just SHOUTED it loud enough for the people in the rooms on both sides to hear. Guang-Hong is a Smol Red Tomato but Leo just scoops him into his arms and places butterfly kisses all over his face and says, “I love you too” (followed by a nice, slow and gentle kiss on the lips.)
(And Guang-Hong is forced to hide his face in Leo’s chest for the next two songs because may all the Gods in the world help him he is so weak for and in love with this beautiful man.)