Phichit’s short program from Episode 6 was to the song “Shall We Skate” from the fictional movie The King and the Skater. It is inspired by the song “Shall We Dance” from The King and I, a musical written by Rogers and Hammerstein that has been reincarnated several times including in 1999 as Anna and the King. For those who do not know, the musical tells the story of Englishwoman Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam and how the pair fall in love. The song “Shall We Dance” is where Anna teaches the King the steps to English dance and the two first come together. The song is largely about Anna’s idea of finding love at an English dance.
Here is “Shall We Skate” from Yuri On Ice!
And here is “Shall We Dance” from the 1956 version of The King and I
I just want to point out to all of you how the vocals in “Shall We Dance” are sung by a woman (Anna) and a man (the King of Siam) while the vocals in “Shall We Skate” are sung by two men (predictably Anna’s male equivalent and the King) . I just want everyone to stop for a second and appreciate the subtle gay undertones this show has introduced at every turn.
BONUS: As for why Phichit would chose a song based off an American musical like The King and I, here is a map of the former Kingdom of Siam where the musical is set for reference:
The level of detail in this show is awe inspiring.
After a much longer delay than any of you wonderful people deserved, I finally finished Rem’s monologue track from the Rem vs Urie Drama CD. This is track 02 on the disc for those of you who own it, and it’s a monologue in which Rem reminisces over some memories involving Urie from their childhood.
Prepare for the feels （；へ：）Oh darling Prince of Despair, why must you be so lonely? Rem is the only one who speaks in this track, so my separations in dialogue are only there to help non-Japanese speakers have an easier time keeping in time with the audio.
Huge thanks to @jaypetaljp for providing the audio track, and also for your immense patience. I know what the Drama CD cost, so having to wait as long as you did for a translation was not fair to you and I am grateful you have been so wonderful about it. I hope my work is of the quality you were hoping for!
As always since I’m not a professional there are bound to be some mistakes (Oh Rem, why must you mumble? Even if it is cute…), so please don’t hesitate to contact me with corrections! Please enjoy m(_ _)m Urie’s monologue is coming soon!
*Urieganof Fuser…is my childhood friend. Everyday, without fail, we would take advantage of any free moment we had to play together. He honestly hasn’t changed much since then. Once Urie gets an idea he immediately latches on to it and has to put it into action. Which is the complete opposite of myself; I won’t do anything without thoroughly thinking it over first.
Somehow Urie is capable of smiling sweetly to anyone without needing a reason to, whereas I would never be able to do that. Whenever I think about all of the things he’s capable of that I could never do, I can’t help but be envious of him. Though oddly enough he’s mentioned feeling the same way about me.
Knowing this, is should come as no surprise that we’re both very competitive. We hate the idea of losing to each other.
We ended up turning almost everything into a contest, and that drove us forward to improve ourselves. “I will never allow myself to be defeated by that guy.” Even now, I still think that.
**There was this one time we were playing a game in this forest we always explored. We were attempting to see how far we could go, and even after night fell we refused to quit because neither of us wanted to lose. We pressed forward even though the darkness that had engulfed the forest scared us to death.
I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to give up and go home. But since Urie wasn’t saying anything of the sort then I couldn’t bring myself to either.
It wasn’t until the dead of night that we finally managed to make our way out of the forest. A harsh wind blew that stung my eyes. I made an effort to pry them open again, and took a deep breath to ready myself…
We were surrounded by thousands of stars. The entire sky was dotted with them, and the dark water [of a lake or river] nearby mirrored their image perfectly. I will never forget that spectacular sight I shared with Urie that night.
There’s also one other memory I experienced with him that I won’t ever forget. You see, not long after that night in the woods my training to become the next Arlond family head was to begin. And so my father demanded that I stop taking part in such childish games.
I was crushed.
I couldn’t even imagine what it would be like to never play with Urie again. However i came to the realization that it couldn’t be helped. This was my fate as the heir of the Arlond family.
That last day we had to play together eventually came. I had to tell Urie that from the next day onward he had no reason to come see me anymore.
Now that I think about it, I was hesitant when it came to him. I was so lonely, and so irritated at the situation that the words just froze in my throat.
Urie didn’t say much that day, which was unusual for him. I’m sure it was because he knew I was keeping something from him. Even though I was only a child I still had my pride, and it refused to let me become weak and reach out to him.
That day we played in that same forest just as we had many times before. We were hoping to find a griffon’s talon, but unfortunately we never came across one. I kept my secret in my heart throughout the whole day, and by the time we found a spot to sit and rest I was consumed by it.
We sat and watched the sunset together as the breeze blew around us.
Now I have seen plenty of sunsets, and most of them are just plain and ordinary. However, even now I can still picture the vivid colors of that particular day’s sunset as if it were yesterday.
And there’s no doubt in my mind that I will never forget it.
I wonder…if I were to ask Urie about it…would he still remember that too?
“I still remember” - Rem’s Side: END
Can…can somebody out there draw itty bitty Rem and Urie holding hands and exploring the woods? ;~~~~~~; <3 MY HEART, REJET WHY?
Translator’s Notes: 100% optional reading
*Urieganof Fuser: This is honestly our fandom’s best guess at this point if this is the correct spelling for Urie’s true name given how Rem says it. The other alternative I can think of is Urieganov, which is more in style with Russian and Eastern European names. If anyone has played Urie’s route and can touch on this, we would all LOVE to hear from you! <3
**In this particular section where Rem is discussing the game they played, Rem says “oku-eh, oku-eh”. I don’t even know how to properly spell it in kana because all of my attempts at different spellings landed me nothing in researching what exactly he meant. So I used context from the rest of his memory to build the narrative here, and assumed he and Urie simply tried to explore the forest as much as possible. If anyone knows what this portion is referring to, again, please don’t hesitate to contact me!