Why I worry that 23 minutes will not be enough for the final episode of Yuri on Ice
Let me preface this by saying that I don’t actually want to
worry you with this post but I need to express my concerns somewhere or I’ll
implode. Because at the current moment, YOI has too many things to show in
order to provide a satisfying conclusion in just 23 minutes. Allow me to list
the things that, in my opinion, the anime must show for such a conclusion to be
Victor and Yuuri’s bedroom conversation (this is
really crucial and we need to hear every word of it, no time skips or summaries
Victor and Yurio’s backstories
I think both of their characters suffer without those.
Although Yurio probably to a lesser extent because this is his senior debut, he
is now making history and his backstory isn’t that relevant. But Victor? Victor desperately needs a backstory (or
rather, we desperately need to hear it). His career is practically at its end
yet we know nothing about it, apart from the fact that it was extremely successful.
But his thoughts and feelings? How he got there? Whether it was hard work or
talent? Anything relating to his family? Apart from a few vague lines we still
know very little about it. The finale is the perfect (and, frankly the only)
opportunity for us to learn more about the mysterious hot ‘n’ skilled guy that
is Victor Nikiforov. I worry that without it, he would be nothing but a flat ‘love
interest’ character, a perfect Disney prince with little substance (which would
be really sad because I really love him).
Some sort of conclusion to Yurio’s character (I
know he’s only beginning his proper career but it would be a pity if there wasn’t
something satisfying about the end of his character arc in the show)
All six free skates (and I think this really is not necessary but I’m afraid the creators will try to stuff it all
in there anyway)
Basically something satisfying about all the
Grand Prix Finalists (personally I’m most curious about Chris and his laid-back
attitude and what they’re trying to achieve with it; not to mention Otabek and
something that would make him a meaningful character)
Let’s say it again all six free skate programs because this really stresses me out
because that usually takes up most of the episode and we really need to use the time for more important things
The two exhibition programs, one Yurio’s, one
Yuuri( and Victor’s because it has
to be a duet)
wedding maybe??? Some ending
showing all the characters after the Grand Prix Final, perhaps not a huge
timeskip, but something small like a week or two, seeing how everyone’s life is
going along after the Finale. (Also showing Victor and Yuuri who are still
Basically a wholesome, self-contained
conclusion that will make us feel like we got everything we wanted.
That’s all I can think of right now but that’s already a lot
and I feel like that’s still not
everything. I really hope that they won’t show us Phichit, JJ or Chris’s
programs because we’ve already seen them in all their glory and they really won’t contribute to the story
right now (even if they contribute to the overall realism of the show).
So yeah, how am I spending my time before the new ep?
Worrying. Praying. Either one works.