Right I’m going to talk at length about Yurio in Episode 9 because he is my salty sweet son and I love him.
Okay Yurio gives us two treasures this episode.
1. the BEST expressions.
2. Character development.
We already knew that Yurio wasn’t as much of an asshole as he pretended to be. He did accept Yuri’s request to teach him how to land a Quad Salchow after all.
But let’s look at him in this episode.
First off his Granddad made him Pork Cutlet pirozhki which is adorable
he’s so happy here both because his grandad made this for him and also because his grandad was clearly saying “I’m going to be cheering you on today”
After that he seems to have mellowed towards Yuri a bit.
calling him Pork Cutlet Bowl instead of Pig is an improvement in their relationship.
This line from Lilia I think proves she’s a good teacher for him. This was something he couldn’t really grasp I think at hot springs on ice but it is true in something like figure skating. Jumping isn’t enough you need artistry and now Yurio has it and has improved hugely.
He is very determined in his routine even though it’s pushing him past what his body lets him do really. Which is dangerous. Don’t hurt yourself my angry Russian son!
He is so happy here when he knows he’s going to the final and he immediately looks for Yuri’s reaction but not in a nasty way. I know this because of the reaction
when he looks at Yuri he immediately notices something’s wrong. Yurio has proven since Episode 3 that he is very observant of other people. He doesn’t want to win against a distracted/upset Yuri. He wants to beat a Yuri who is at his best. Because he is very competitive but not actually an asshole.
“Get it together Dad.”
“YOU CAN DO IT DAD!”
He clearly gets more and more concerned. He wants Yuri to do well and it comes out here clearly.
I love this because Yuri is being weird and Yurio is having none of it both because Prickly Ball of Anger persona but also I think because Yurio better than anyone else there knows Yuri really is looking for comfort only Victor can supply.
It legit makes me laugh every time though.
Then we get the peace offering exchange..it’s just great that Yurio is the one reaching out.
I love this because he’s reaching out to commiserate with Yuri. Like “I know you’re all broken up cause your boyfriend wasn’t around but also I’m really disappointed too.”
Look at that face. He’s so happy Yuri is trying his granddad’s Pork Cutlet piroshki
He’s happy because he was trying to cheer up Yuri and it fucking worked
We already knew Yurio wasn’t as mean as he likes to pretend to be but this going out of his way to cheer up his rival who he knows is hurting less because he did badly in the free skate and more because Victor couldn’t be there shows how our salty smol Russian child is really the sweetest thing alive.
He’s still going to be rude and abrasive I’m sure come the Final but this episode we got to see that he’s actually a good sport.
I love him as a character so much because he’s not one dimensional and while he is arrogant and extremely competitive he’s not an asshole about it. Not really. When push comes to shove he wants to beat Yuri when they are both on top form, not because Yuri is having an anxiety attack.
This show is great because all the characters feel real and are interesting as hell.
I can’t wait for next week!