Time is passing in Yuri on ice
I don’t think people realise how much time has passed in Yuri on ice. Like Yuri loses in December and comes home in march of the following year
Victor arrived in April
in episode 4 Yuri’s phone says May 7
and now as previously stated they’re at the preliminarys which is in september.
So a lot of time is passing between each episode and the creators of the show want us to explicitly know this. That’s important because it means that they’re not making leaps in bounds in a few days. It’s not as if Yuri said no to being Victors boyfriend and then in a day says he loves him but instead this has happened over four- five months the two have become much closer and much more comfortable with each other. This anime is allowing them time to naturally grow close and I think that’s incredibly important because it allows everything to feel more genuine and organic.