tbh yuri on ice is the only anime (or anything, really) i’ve ever been a fan of that can do the whole ‘miscommunication’ thing in a way that actually feels real and not stupid? i despise fucking miscommunication as a reason for conflict, it’s usually really forced and just an excuse for unneeded drama
but in this case, with yuuri and viktor, it has more to do with not being blatantly honest with tender feelings, mixed signals, and yuuri’s mental illness/viktor’s obliviousness. like, those are real reasons anyone might not be on the same page with someone close to them. it’s not about one character being wrong about the situation, it’s both of them having similar but different experiences and feelings on a subject and reacting to it in a really believable way.
it’s like… really hard to describe exactly why I’m satisfied with this, why the end of ep 11 makes me more excited than full of dread. it just reminds me that the characterization and writing for the series is so well done. it doesn’t feel set up, not exactly, except when you look back you can see the trail leading to this moment. but it doesn’t feel like a forced plot point, it feels natural.
like, these are two real people creating a problem out of nothing, not for the sake of drama and angst, but because that’s just a thing that HAPPENS in real life to people who care about each other.