I love many things about Yuuri but one of them must be that while he can be this boy
he never stops being this boy
That while he can be confident and even sexy on the ice, off the ice, he’s still that guy with the dorky glasses who’s quite easily embarrassed and wears that vulnerable and innocent expression that almost makes him look weak.
I love that he’s both of those people and that his insecure side never gets overwritten by his confident side. That he may be erotic in his programs but he is still Yuuri at heart.
I feel like it’s so easy to change a character’s personality and appearance and call it “character development”, and while, of course, that’s not wrong, I think it really takes effort to show a character’s growth without changing who he is as a person.
And Yuuri has certainly grown, whether it’s confidence in his daily life, his position in relationships with other people or his focus and freedom on ice, but he never stops being his ‘cinnamon roll’ self.
What’s also fair to mention is that he suffers from some degree of anxiety and that also never disappears. He doesn’t stop being anxious just because he’s grown and he’s stronger now - it still follows him and he has moments of weakness.
Yuuri may have grown but he never stopped being the person he used to be, he never changed.
But just because he didn’t change entirely doesn’t mean he didn’t improve.
Yuuri grew into a better version of himself, not into a completely different person.
And I think the way he’s written as a character and all of this deserves to be noticed and appreciated.