So that last Pash interview has me scratching my head a bit. Maybe you guys can help me make sense of this. It’s possible I’m applying what Kubo-sensei is saying to the wrong dialogue or something.
This part is bugging me in particular.
What Victor told Yuuri right before he starts (his Episode 12 Free Skate) performance, more than something that he really thinks deep down, is what he came up with when thinking about what could encourage Yuuri Katsuki the most, so basically it’s “Victor playing the role of Victor as Yuuri expects him” (source)
Like … ?
Okay. This kind of makes sense if she’s just talking about what Victor says to Yuuri at first. You know, when Victor is saying all that “You can win gold. Believe in yourself” stuff. (Though it still doesn’t make 100% sense because when has Yuuri not shut Victor down for trying to act like a “model coach”? This is not “Victor as Yuuri expects him”. Yuuri has never expected that.)
But is Kubo-sensei talking about what Victor says afterward? And by that, I mean the “Give me a gold medal to kiss already” dialogue.
Because a huge part of Victor’s character arc is about being true to himself and not what Yuuri or anyone else expects him to be??
Because you know. This happened.
And also this.
Please tell me I’m misinterpreting this interview.
Surely she’s not suggesting everything Victor said was just what he thought Yuuri wanted to hear? Surely the interview just left out the rest of her thoughts on what else he said in this scene?
Because otherwise, that goes against a very powerful message about Victor, who has reinvented himself time and time again to make his audience happy. Now he’s just doing that for Yuuri, and there’s no growth there.