About Phichit’s Short Program:
Phichit’s short program from Episode 6 was to the song “Shall We Skate” from the fictional movie The King and the Skater. It is inspired by the song “Shall We Dance” from The King and I, a musical written by Rogers and Hammerstein that has been reincarnated several times including in 1999 as Anna and the King. For those who do not know, the musical tells the story of Englishwoman Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam and how the pair fall in love. The song “Shall We Dance” is where Anna teaches the King the steps to English dance and the two first come together. The song is largely about Anna’s idea of finding love at an English dance.
Here is “Shall We Skate” from Yuri On Ice!
And here is “Shall We Dance” from the 1956 version of The King and I
I just want to point out to all of you how the vocals in “Shall We Dance” are sung by a woman (Anna) and a man (the King of Siam) while the vocals in “Shall We Skate” are sung by two men (predictably Anna’s male equivalent and the King) . I just want everyone to stop for a second and appreciate the subtle gay undertones this show has introduced at every turn.
BONUS: As for why Phichit would chose a song based off an American musical like The King and I, here is a map of the former Kingdom of Siam where the musical is set for reference:
The level of detail in this show is awe inspiring.