“When I get away from skating, two ‘L words’ come to mind: life and love. I’ve been neglecting both for over twenty years.”
For over twenty years of his twenty-seven years of life, Victor has been neglecting both life and love. For over twenty years, Victor has been without a life that he desires, nor has he ever experienced the feeling of love, whether it be romantic, platonic, or parental.
But in comes Yuuri, first through a crazy banquet night of drunk dancing and then through a video clip of him skating to Victor’s “Stay Close to Me” program. For the first time in a long time Victor gets a tiny gust of life and love breathed back into him.
As the series progresses, Victor and Yuuri get closer as skaters and just as people. They learn new things about each other, such as the way how Yuuri’s eyes sparkle when he’s thinking about something important or Victor’s sensitivity to poking his hair whorl. And you can see how much happier Victor has become. You can see Victor’s eyes sparkling just like Yuuri’s.
I know that many people believe that Yuuri isn’t worthy of being Victor’s student or that Victor isn’t capable of being Yuuri’s coach. But honestly, how can people say that? Look at how far Yuuri as made it with Victor by his side. Look at how confident and strong he’s become. And look at Victor. Yuuri breathed life and love into Victor’s world when there was none.