Why Phichit is my Favorite Character
In honor of reaching 500 followers, I decided it was about time I made a post that shows that this blog is actually what it sounds like. This is going to be a long ride full of incoherent rambling, so hold on tight.
Yes I am listening to Shall We Skate and Terra Incognita on repeat while writing this
Lets start from the beginning. The first time we see Phichit, we see him for only a few seconds, where he only says one line of dialogue, ¨Yuuri!¨, which was preceded by a giggle. We don’t see him again for the rest of the episode, or the next. Or the next. There is nothing that you can glean from this character at first glance.
But that was the moment I fell in love with the character that is Phichit Chulanont.
See, It wasn’t his first official appearance that made me fall in love with him. The reason I liked this character so much was because I understood he was close to Yuuri and cared about him. Now, for those of you who don’t know, I became invested in Yuri!!! on ICE because of Yuuri and the premise + figure skating. Not victuuri, although that was wonderful because!!! Representation!!! I was just glad there was a main character I, and many others, could deeply relate to. But this post isn’t about Yuuri. Its about Phichit. And because I could see he cared for Yuuri, I got interested.
So I watched the scene again to figure out what I could. And here is what I was able to come up with.
He lives in Thailand, but has just arrived home after being somewhere else, or is leaving. More likely the former. He is cheerful, and invested somewhat in social media. He is close friends with Yuuri, or at least acquainted, and is likely a figure skater.
I looked him up after that, and my love only grew.
Also, we had this picture in the ending
God I love him
The next time we see Phichit, we see him in a video call with Yuuri in episode 4. His first appearances are all very Yuuri-centered.
But boy did this scene deliver a BIG LOAD of information.
I had been right about quite a few things from my first guesses about Phichit. He just arrived back in Thailand and likes social media, as seen by the literal touchscreen gloves and multiple IG posts. He is also very close with Yuuri. VERY CLOSE. I damn near cried over how comfortable and happy Yuuri became when he was talking with Phichit. And how comfortable PHICHIT looked when he was talking to Yuuri.
They had clearly been friends for a long time, Yuuri even knew phrases in Phichits native language, and I have no doubts that Phichit knows phrases in Japanese.
This sort of familiarity and calm interaction is something we only really see Yuuri take part in when he is with his family, +the Nishigori’s, at least at the beginning of the series.
When Yuuri starts talking about composer girl, Phichit is able to immediately understand what Yuuri needs without even having to hear Yuuri say it. That is the kind of friendship some can only dream of.
We already know Phichit is a wonderful, reliable friend from less than a minute of interaction. Less than a minute. I counted. I have seen dozens of shows where it takes multiple WHOLE EPISODES to understand the relationship between two characters, but with Yuri on Ice it takes less than a minute. This is a result of good writing and good, rounded characters.
Which leads to my next topic of discussion.
Phichit is such a well-rounded character holy shit
There are no lingering doubts about Phichit’s character. There isn’t a scene where you are left wondering, “Why did Phichit do this” or “What is Phichit thinking” because we know, at least in my case. As long as you understand Phichit as a character you can understand the motivations behind his actions.
Episode 6 is a beautiful Phichitfest and I was having a good ol’ time.
Now, for reference, episode 6 is when I really got into Yuri on Ice as a show. Characters I didn’t really like were starting to have more appeal, like Viktor, and characters I loved got better, somehow.
Bonus points for fashion goddamn
HE CALLS CELESTINO CIAO CIAO. CIAO CIAO. HE IS SO PRECIOUS
His constant need to document everything on social media is also much appreciated.
Captain of the #victuuri ship honestly same Phichit
So,as I’m watching this episode I’m just waiting and thinking
when do i get to see Phichit skate?? when??
I find out Phichit skates first and Im !!!!
then he skates.
AND BOY DOES HE EVER FUCKING SKATE
Phichit steps out onto that rink in his princely attire and I am gone then and there.
Shall We Skate? is such a masterpiece and I LOVE IT
You can say what you want about Phichit, but if you cant see how much Phichit adores skating through his performance than you clearly haven’t watched the series.
I have a record of crying every time I watch Phichit skate when I watched the episodes he was in for the first time. Every time. This one is no exception.
The fact that the audience is shown to get very caught up in Phichit’s performance made me so happy? These people, who are all there to support the more popular skaters, are getting caught up in the dance of a skater who hadn’t even been on their radar.
After his skate was done, he was still RIDICULOUSLY PROUD AND SUPPORTIVE OF HIS FELLOW SKATERS EVEN IF THEY SCORED HIGHER THAN HIM
LOOK AT HIM
HES SO PROUD!!
what a good friend fukc i love him
What I wouldn’t give to have a friend like Phichit
me too ciao ciao
This performance showed how much you can glean from a person while watching them skate. And yes. I cried.
His motivation for skating is so fucking clear.
He wants to make his country proud.
And he does.
The audience is rooting for Phichit, he gets the crowd hyped up and he delivers.
He worked his ass off for this performance and it pays off
He nails all of his components and scores higher than he ever has
He is so confident that hes won and he WINS
HE FUCKING WINS
HE BEATS YUURI AND CHRIS AND LEO ALL OF WHOM WERE MAJOR CONTENDERS FOR THE GRAND PRIX
HE WINS HIS FIRST GOLD MEDAL
AND AFTER THE ROSTELECOM CUP BECOMES THE FIRST THAI SKATER TO ADVANCE TO THE GRAND PRIX FINAL
HE??? IS SO GOOD
And that’s why it made me so mad when he lost the Grand Prix Final.
I love the other skaters. I really do. But JJ did not deserve a bronze medal. He was way over scored and should have gotten last place. Phichit scored about as high as the previous years third place winner. JJ.
His Shall We Skate made me hella emotional and sob along with him at the end. He is SUCH A GOOD SKATER.
I never cried as hard during the entirety of YOI as I did during Phichit’s Terra Incognita performance. He was so happy to just be performing. Even after he messed up one jump he continued to smile.
That is what makes a performer.
Phichit entertains the audience. He holds their attention and gets them hyped up and on the edge of their seats.
He has fun while he skates and just genuinely loves his sport.
This gif sums it up pretty well
The scenes he got outside of the competition made me happy at least, and some of the flashbacks provided some nice information and depth
and the iconic #victuuricaptain moment
and I may be really salty about his loss but i am SO PROUD OF HIM
I am going to quote something I said when I first made this blog.
“Just by qualifying for the Grand Prix Finals, Phichit won. He may not have won a medal, but he achieved not only one of his dreams, skating “Shall We Skate” in a major competition, but also made history by becoming the first Thai skater to compete in the Grand Prix Finals. WE should all be extremely proud of him, and hopefully watch him continue to made his dreams reality in the next season!”
I stand by this statement fully and wholeheartedly. Yes, Phichit deserved to be placed higher, and yes, it was completely unfair. But lets be proud of what he did achieve, and appreciate him for the amazing character he is.
tldr; Phichit is a wonderful character and I love him. Thanks for 500 followers!