As the 3rd and final post in the Victor/Yuuri and
Grief series (found here
we’ll be taking a look at how their individual journeys that we explored in the
previous 2 posts leading up to the hotel scene in eps 11/12 affect their career
choices in the final episode.
As we’ve seen already, both of them have gone through the
entire grieving process by the time the hotel scene rolls around. Just as a reminder
about what their grief focused on, I’ll do a super quick recap.
For Victor, his grief was centered around the developmental
loss of his career and accepting that he can still have a fulfilling life
coaching Yuuri. He hits his acceptance of this during the GPF short programs,
the moment we see him overlooking the stadium as Yurio breaks his short program
world record. Victor has finally reached a place where he feels he can be happy
with things as they are – with him off the ice.
For Yuuri, his grief was centered around the anticipated
loss of losing Victor (in all capacities) after the GPF ended and accepting
that the time he has with him is limited. He convinced himself that the time he
has with Victor in every capacity wasn’t forever and that he would eventually
have to give him up. Over the course of the series, he comes to terms with this
on his own.
Buckle up because it’s going to be a long ride. I promise
you, however, that the read will be worth it. (I’ll even add in some music
to listen to during certain parts to add to your reading experience!)
General Opinion: I’m getting really tired of seeing this ship everywhere. I don’t hate it, but when you’re trying to find Rei-Q fics or just browsing Rei-Q stuff the sheer amount of it just slowly drives me mad. I understand that 1) Asuka is the only person that has shown Rei-Q any sort of human decency, and 2) that Rei-Q chose to go with Asuka and Shinji at the end of 3.33… but I can’t see it. Even ignoring the issues that point one brings up (Shinji talked to her to? Asuka didn’t really say anything, just asked what she wanted to do??), I don’t really see them ever getting anywhere beyond somewhat awkward (see; Rei-Q reminding everyone of Rei Ayanami) frenemy status– certainly not romantic.
Again, I don’t hate the ship (much), but would it kill people to not shove it down my throat every time it shows up? All in all, Asuka/Rei Q ranks pretty low on ships for me.