– or how I cried like a baby when I realized this.
Watching and rewatching – something like twenty times – the last episode of Yuri!!! on Ice, I noticed a detail that had me completely dazed, and which I hadn’t been able to grasp in the overall excitement, anxiety and ecstasy during the first vision of the 12th episode. I would like you to linger for a moment on this capture.
The director deliberately wanted to draw the attention of the viewers for five good seconds to Yuuri’s right hand – on which rests the gold glittering ring – while holding the silver medal he had just won. In this moment we are shown the two precious metals: gold and silver. In this caption, silver stands out for greatness, and represents the crowning of a career that Yuuri himself believed was lost; while gold stands out for brilliance, because it represents the achievement of an emotional and relational stability that Yuuri had never experienced before the disruptive arrival of Victor in his life. Again in this caption, the two metals do not visually conflict: we usually believe that the one winning gold feels superior to the other competitors, and the one winning silver – apart from probably being envious towards the gold medalist – can’t help but feel inferior to him (the second one is always “the first loser”). But in this scene we naturally feel no conflict, because in this scene there is anything but harmony. In my very humble opinion, Yuuri’s silver medal here represents the certainty of being able to have still with himself – and for himself – Victor as a coach and competitor, while gold – and he didn’t need a medal to prove it – represents Yuuri’s certainty of possessing something that is worth more than a thousand prizes or medals– Victor’s heart. Yuuri had no real need to win a gold medal, because his ring’s gold was already his biggest victory. But Yuuri definitely had the need to win certainties.
I personally find this caption full of meanings and absolutely breathtaking.