There’s a lot of emphasis put on the idea of Yuuri and
Victor having a relationship devoid of labels in-series yet we as fans continue
to apply them to their relationship. And while this isn’t a bad thing, I would
just like to take a look at how, without labels, the bond between these two is so much more than we could ever explain by
boxing it in with labels.
Some of the first words we hear used for these two are
“coach” and “student”. While this is absolutely part of their bond, and an
important part at that, it already doesn’t encompass everything, even when they
first started applying it. There’s a history behind them, even if Victor was
less personally involved in it.
A history that you could use the words “idol” and “fan” to
describe. You could definitely say that this is where their relationship
started, but while these words also fit, they miss out on what that
relationship is like from Victor’s point of view. Their bond blooms into so
much more and describing it in this way would be a disservice to their
You could also say that they are “fellow skaters” and
“competitors”. And this is both true and important, but you miss out on the
personal aspect to their relationship and leave it at the level of their
professions. And this personal relationship really started growing as far back
as the banquet.
The first words you could possibly use to describe this
instant connection might be “inspiration” or “hope”. Those words imply a lot, a
depth of emotion and investment in each other that goes beyond what even words
could describe, but it removes them from each other at the same time. Because
these words could also apply to a distant relationship, one that isn’t as
intimate as theirs is.
When they started to get to know each other, this personal
intimacy bloomed into “friends”. This word is actually incredibly deep, because
friends don’t only have to be someone you get to know only on the surface. Friends
can be the people closest to you, and the bond can also go beyond just humans. It
can easily be your deepest-rooted connections. I also believe that friendship is
the key to a strong and long-lasting love relationship.
A love relationship that could be described by various
different names, such as “lovers”, “boyfriends”, “fiancés”, or even “husbands”,
if you look at the direction they’re headed. But if we look back over the list
we’ve already been through, we can clearly see that these words are lacking.
These words can be used to describe their romantic love, but it doesn’t touch
on any other aspect of their relationship including the deep bond they share as
two human beings.
So in the end, I feel the best words to describe what they
are to each other is simply “Yuuri and Victor”. The words Yuuri says to Victor
on the beach, that he wants Victor to be Victor
and not some other label, doesn’t only apply to Victor’s identity – it applies
to the relationship shared between the two of them. They’re not just
coach/student, idol/fan, fellow skaters, each other’s inspirations, friends, or
while they may be all of them at the same time, they’re also so much more.
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