Mostly for my own reference, but feel free to reblog it if you want–the girls we currently know in Yuri!!! on Ice (roughly in order of introduction):
Minako: Yuri’s ballet teacher of many years, famous ballerina who has traveled the world
Katsuki Hiroko: Yuri’s mom, an excellent cook and welcoming hostess
Katsuki Mari: Yuri’s older sister, has a crush on a member of a boy band
Nishigori Yuko: Yuri’s childhood crush, married to their mutual friend Takeshi, obsesses over Victor with Yuri, mother of triplets
Axel, Lutz, and Loop: Yuko and Takeshi’s triplets, obsessed with figure skating, social media gurus, devious and only 6 years old
Interestingly, and I’ve said this before, generally speaking love interests are introduced within the first few episodes. Yuri’s circle is small enough that half of the adult women he knows are family. For what it’s worth, I had no idea Mari was his sister, but their relationship makes a lot more sense to me now.
Wikipedia says he had a crush on Yuko when they were kids (which I absolutely believe, she’s so sweet and cute), but she’s happily married with triplets. (And since they’re six, we know Yuko and Takeshi were (most likely) married before Yuri left for the U.S. He’d been gone for something like five years, right? And their kids are six now.)
When Victor asks about Minako, he protests immediately, and not in a way that would suggest he’s trying to hide a crush (in my opinion). We’ve seen stronger reactions to Victor’s come-ons, than to his asking if he likes Minako. It looked to me that he didn’t want to talk about crushes with his crush. I mean, awkward, right?
As an aside, I wish we could see Mari’s room. I want to know how many posters she has of that boy band and the member she likes. If she does, I’d be willing to call that a parallel with Yuri’s… admiration for Victor. (It’s just a lot of posters, you know? And they’re all pretty.)
Listen I LOVE fantasy novels about badass women overcoming patriarchal societies, but like… I’m also really really tired of fantasy novels about patriarchal societies?
There’s something very demeaning about the way so many fantasy authors can create fascinating, in-depth worlds and characters and magic systems, but a society in which men and women are simply treated equally is considered “unrealistic.” You cannot tell me that there’s simply no potential world where gender roles/bias aren’t an issue! I don’t believe you! I reject your every-fantasy-society-ever-has-to-resemble-Medieval-times arguments!
Give me my fantasy novels where kings and queens are equally respected and princes AND princesses get to choose whether they want to become a knight or get married for political reasons and even the villains aren’t sexually aggressive towards female characters because that’s just not a thing you do. I hate this “if you’re a woman you’re never going to be fully safe no matter what world you live in!!” outlook. Bring on my escapist fantasy novels about elves riding into the battle on the backs of dragons sans the misogyny, please and thank you.
Once, when his uncles asked him what gift he wanted for his nameday, he begged them for a dragon. “It wouldn’t need to be a big one. It could be little, like I am.” His uncle Gerion thought that was the funniest thing he had ever heard, but his uncle Tygett said, “The last dragon died a century ago, lad.” That had seemed so monstrously unfair that the boy had cried himself to sleep that night.
you can say you’re a lesbian if you only just figured it out
you can say you’re a lesbian if you haven’t dated any girls
if i was able to so surely say that i was straight (when i wasn’t) even before i dated a guy, kissed a guy, had a legitimate crush on a guy, then you’re allowed to say you’re a lesbian even if you haven’t “tried it” yet
you are real and valid and your identity is important, no matter what your dating history is
Let’s face it – as fans of Korean music, there unfortunately aren’t many places we can get merch that doesn’t scream “LOOK AT ME, I LIKE KPOP.” Speaking for myself, I’d rather wear a shirt out knowing I won’t have to explain “what’s Bangtang?” to everyone I interact with that day. Not that I mind talking about my tastes, but if people who wear Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, or Adele shirts don’t have to do it, why do I have to? Hopefully, you feel the same way.
There aren’t many sites and resources selling merchandise with subtle references to the artists we love, so I created my own. At first, I only planned on buying these for myself, since I have no desire to make a profit off of these (I already have a job, I don’t need two). However, it only seems fair to share it with other ARMYs as well :)
I created a REDBUBBLE so you all, if you’d like, can have merch with subtle hints to Bangtan as well. The six above are a few of the designs already on the RedBubble account, so feel free to take a look!
Each design is available as shirts, jackets, phone cases, table/laptop cases and skins, pillows, mugs, notebooks/journals, bags, and prints/posters of different varieties. I’m willing to slightly alter designs (colors, placement) if need be, and don’t mind taking recommendations. However, I put a lot of thought into the meaning and look of each design (many of them were altered drastically, and some are graphics I never continued, so I have done a lot of reflecting on each one), so the way they are published is how I intended for them to look. I hope you’ll give my work a glance!