I’m just gonna add my two cents that nobody asked for, but anyway, here’s my thoughts on the covers.
It makes all the sense in the world that the first and final covers are Victor and Yuuri. The series is mostly about Yuuri’s journey and that’s how it should have been.
Part of me really hoped for Otabek to be on one cover, but if you agree with me that the last one had to be Victuuri, then the only cover where he could have been was the 5th one. But Otabek was only shown briefly in one of the two episodes inside vol. 5, so it would have been a stretch to say the least. JJ is on that cover and it makes slightly more sense because he’s in both episodes, and he’s such a “loud” character that…yeah, it just makes sense.
If you know me, you know I’m all about Otayuri these
days months but I think I see their reasons and I’m okay with it, especially since they’re giving Otabek a lot of relevance in WttM (and the manga leading to Yuri’s performance).