Okay, I know there’s been dozens of posts with that title in the recent weeks, but in this one I won’t be analyzing the anime and explaining the meaning of the title to the show itself.
I will be analyzing the title itself.
Because only recently I realized something regarding its Japanese meaning.
You see, in Japanese, it’s pronounced Yuuri on aisu.
Aisu being, of course Ice. The title, at first glance, appears like many ice dancing events titled “___ on Ice”. But is that all it is?
Well, no, of course not.
Because you know what Aisu (the homophone to ice) means in Japanese?
It’s a verb meaning “to love”.
Many people have said that Yuri on Ice (the song) is a piece about Yuuri’s love, and it’s true, but the fact is that it was always there in the title - subtle, but explicit.
Yuri on Ice, the musical piece and Yuri on Ice, the anime are both about two things, both things clear from the name itself - about Yuuri’s figure skating career and about his love. The title itself defines the entire theme of the show and the theme of Yuuri’s programs. No wonder, since it literally means “to love”.
All of this has been stated multiple times before, but here is the proof of the title’s ambiguity, of the double entendre that many western viewers wouldn’t have understood. I highly doubt it is coincidental - hardly anything is in this show. In Yuri on Ice, every little detail is there for a reason. This must be another example.
So, that’s literally what the title is.
Yuri on his love.
DISCLAIMER: This post is just a theory on a potential hidden meaning and I am not saying that this is the only possible interpretation. I have also asked several Japanese people and they told me the word “aisu” is indeed correct and that all of this is a valid assumption. It’s not just me making baseless statements. Thank you, I hope that makes things clearer.
What the question boils down to is really quite simple: if you genuinely think cis women can’t have any measure of gender dysphoria (despite the facts that a lifetime of messaging about what we are supposed to be and want and do includes impossible and painful ideals, that the social imposition of a painful gender role since literal birth might make you not want to live out that role and the lack of visible gender nonconforming women might make gnc womanhood seem implausible, that you might under these circumstances see yourself as fundamentally outside that impossibly narrow category, and that the social role of women is such that being seen and treated as a woman means being seen and treated poorly) then I wouldn’t necessarily call you an individual misogynist or homophobe but it’s an essentially misogynist and homophobic position. This is especially the case inasmuch as gender nonconforming lesbians have been writing for years about experiences with dysphoria, sometimes using that term and sometimes using other terms depending on culture, historical period, etc. But there’s a very solid and long history of lesbians and women who are to some extent uncomfortable being perceived as women and for many of whom a lot of their secondary sex characteristics cause significant distress in a specifically gendered way. Like it or not we’re here and have been for a long time.
MODES MODES MoDEs and lets make everything blend and ooOHH lots of chords yes yes many chords buT WE OVER-COMPLICATE EVERYTHING
one melodic idea aND THEN WE TEAR IT APART WITH OUR FUGUES AND CONTRAPUNTAl and ornaments. homophonic? try poly. jumpscare dyNAMics and we have no pauses you keep playing till you die
e v e n s i m p l er! one melody and all the lesser important parts below it. and wE SLOWLY FAde intO DYNAMICs. piano! orchestra!??!!! PIANO!!!!!!! OMFG ITS A PIaNO!!!! ew harpsichord whoa moZART
acccceelerando nO WAIt i want ritardandoooOO jokes. so free! so emotional! the tears and the feels uGH. REVOLUTIONS AS WELL. why's this orchestra so pathetic lETS ADD 784 NEW INSTRUMENTS!! and i want it to be so hard no one can play it
a boop bap dap and a dippity do lookie do its jazz! and yes that accidental is meant to be there. also ignore the septuplets just play with it. also i wonder what happens if we hit different instruments. ok that soup bowl is now a percussion instrument. anD EVERYTHING IS SO COMPLEX HAHA PEASANTS SUFFeR!!
bo oop bOp bIP BIEEEEEEEEP dInK!!!!(\(!!(!!$(($ DINK DINK DINK Dndfy *cats meowing harshly* *car crashes into house* NYEEEAAAAAAAAHHJHhhHHH
its insulting for someone like jonghyun to be seen as gay when hes clearly not so stop making mood boards out of it
We’re no strangers to love You know the rules and so do I A full commitment’s what I’m thinking of You wouldn’t get this from any other guy I just want to tell you how I’m feeling Gotta make you understand Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down Never gonna run around and desert you Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you We’ve known each other for so long Your heart’s been aching but you’re too shy to say it Inside we both know what’s been going on We know the game and we’re gonna play it And if you ask me how I’m feeling Don’t tell me you’re too blind to see Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down Never gonna run around and desert you Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down Never gonna run around and desert you Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you We’ve known each other for so long Your heart’s been aching but you’re too shy to say it Inside we both know what’s been going on We know the game and we’re gonna play it I just want to tell you how I’m feeling Gotta make you understand Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down Never gonna run around and desert you Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you
Sometimes when I read the comments in fics that I am reading I almost agree with that post from a year or two ago about never leaving criticisms on fanfiction.
But then I’m like, no, don’t leave vague/useless criticism. If you’re going to critique a work you had better have an example of where the author went wrong and a suggestion as to how it could be better. Because otherwise, what is the point? You didn’t actually help the author in a constructive manner. Saying some version of, you did it wrong, doesn’t satisfy anyone but you.
(Or worse still, people who leave personal opinions but try to pass it off as constructive criticism. Just stop.)
Here, let me give you a super basic example of useless criticism:
You mix up homophones.
Oh. Great. So, where did that happen? This chapter? Three chapters ago? Which homophones? What are homophones? Is it a detrimental problem to the fic? Or just a one time thing and you’re an asshole who can’t leave it alone?
And now a super basic example of actually useful constructive criticism:
I really liked ____ about your story. But I noticed that some times you mix up homophones, for example “They’re dog ran away.” It should be “Their dog ran away.” An easy way to see if you should or shouldn’t use they’re is to spell out the contraction completely, “They are dog ran away.”
Hey, look at that, you liked the story enough to want to help to make it better. Suddenly we know specifically where the problem occurs and what type of problem it is. And you even helpfully explained the correct word and how to prevent future mishaps. Go you for offering actually helpful criticism.
Only straight muslim men get the privilege of accusing marginalized muslims of practicing “liberal” Islam because “traditional” Islam benefits them only and they could care less about the rights of others. It’s really easy to defend sexist, homophobic, ableist distortions of Islam when you benefit from those distortions.
Just because the Islam that women, LGBTQ muslims, disabled muslims, and muslims with mental health issues have embraced doesn’t look like your “traditional” Islam doesn’t make it wrong. It means we’re trying to carve out a space for ourselves in a religion that was hijacked by patriarchy not long after the Prophet (saw) passed away.
And no, Islam was never meant to be this way. Islam is not patriarchal. The Prophet never advocated for people to be marginalized. But here we are now. So don’t shame people looking for an Islam that allows them to be an active member. Look at yourselves and ask yourself why you felt the need to put Islam in a tiny, tiny box when it was meant to be for everyone. “Traditional” doesn’t always equal right and “liberal” doesn’t always equal bidah. We are all just looking for Islam.
a – 3rd person sing. conjugation of the verb avoir (to have). Can be replaced with avait.
ex: Il a mangé
une pomme – Il avait mangé une pomme
à – preposition meaning at or to. Cannot be replaced with avait.
ex: Je suis
allé à la maison – Je suis allé avait la maison
ce – article and pronoun meaning this
and pronoun. Article can be replaced by le
and pronoun by cela.
ex: Ce coussin
est jaune – Le coussin est jaune
Ce n’est pas la bonne réponse – Cela n’est pas la bonne réponse
se – pronoun placed before verbs. Cannot be replaced by cela or le.
se lavent les cheveux – Elles cela/le lavent les cheveux
c’est – contraction of ce/cela/ceci est. Can be replaced by cela est or ce sont.
un joli jouet – Cela est un joli jouet – Ce sont des jolis jouets
s’est – contraction of se est. Cannot be replaced by cela
ex: Julie s’est
perdue dans la forêt – Julie cela est perdue dans la forêt
ces – article, plural of ce. Can be replaced by ceux-ci.
souliers sont sales – Ceux-ci sont sales
ses – possessive pronoun meaning his, her, or their. Can be replaced by les…
ex: Ses bleuets
sont très petits – Les bleuets à elle sont très petits
davantage – adverb meaning even more. Can be replaced by encore
voulait davantage de chocolat – L’enfant voulait encore plus de chocolat
d’avantage – contraction of de and avantage meaning
gain, profit, advantage. Can be replaced with aucun avantage.
ex: Il ne
voit pas d’avantage à manger sain – Il ne voit aucun avantage à manger
Naturally, this are just a few homophones. Feel free to request other ones if you would like to know how to tell them apart! Also, please let me know about any mistakes I made in the definitions of the words!
If your first reaction to hearing that someone is a lesbian is to wonder whether she’s the good kind of lesbian or the bad kind of lesbian then you’re a homophobe, full stop. This is especially true if the distinction between good and bad is based on her sexual boundaries.