Have you seen the conception story of Yuri on ICE called “ENDLESS NIGHT”
Figure Skating IRL doesn’t permit same sex duos to perform. Yuri on Ice aims to tackle similar such stereotypes.
The short animation is easily available on Youtube so don’t miss out
The gifset was made to show a story which I misinterpreted. I was heavily influenced by YoI with this. Anyways what I incorrectly assumed was:
Our grown up lead walks into the rink ready to do his routine and then thinks of his past. He grew up watching his idol on tv. His entire childhood was spent living and breathing about ice skating…….until he finally meets the guy on the other side of the screen and they train together.
Then the “idol” leaves once his job is done signified by the glittery petals
Back to the main guy, he skates he recalls the past with his partner again. All the memories they shared and the way they were so in sync was a message to say that they weren’t two individuals,but one. Both skaters merge into one being to emphasize this. Even if he was gone physically,he was present with him mentally.
Finally his routine is done and the crowd cheers. He is satisfied with the culmination of his and his partner’s efforts.
Edit: Oh yes,I forgot to mention the characters aren’t the same but if we have a s2 I’d love for them to appear.
Re-Edit: I’ve been informed of another MORE PLAUSIBLE interpretation. It’s about a young boy with a passion for figure skating imagining himself skating with his future self. The duo represent the present and future self skate together until it is just the present. The sakura petals are symbolic of completion and satisfication of completing a major life event.
(Which is why all them anime/manga character associate graduation with completion of a major life event)
When he’s is class there are petals.
Next when he touches his future self the glittery effect is not glitter but sakura petals. When this happens his past self touches his future self as if to say, “I’ll get there soon”.
Finally at the end when he completes the skate he has a showers of sakura petals raining on him. Now life is complete.