the most developed relationship on the show

let’s talk about how amazing Avatar: The Last Airbender is for a second
  • Fantasy world not based on typical medieval Europe
  • Was a children’s show that openly discussed war, death and genocide
  • Had several handicapped characters, one of whom was the show’s most powerful person
  • Every single character was a person of color, drawn to represent Asian and Inuit peoples
  • Had a character story arc centered around both emotional and physical parental abuse, whose arc was about learning that they didn’t need the parent who abused them
  • Absolutely BEAUTIFUL ART STYLE AND DIRECTION
  • Three dimensional writing that rivals even most adult dramas
  • Characters dealt with sexism in society
  • Showed citizens on both sides of the war, including showing how the people in the enemy nation were merely influenced by propaganda and an oppressive regime
  • Had romances that developed overtime and actually talked about the issues of forming a relationship instead of just “and now they’re in love.”
  • Characters died. On a children’s show. Characters who you fucking knew! Who had story arcs and were their friends and were kids like them!
  • When those characters died, they left an impact. It wasn’t ignored after a few episodes, the feelings they had for these characters stayed through the entire show
  • Had environmental messages that weren’t cheesy, and they made you take the destruction of the environment seriously
  • SUPERB world building, fleshing out many cultures and histories that always felt real
  • Had a magic system that never felt like magic. It always felt natural and like a solid part of this world with rules that couldn’t be broken
  • The cute animal sidekicks weren’t just there to sell toys. They were characters who had so much emotion to them and were vital parts of the show’s dynamic. Also, the animals never talked yet somehow still portrayed an insane emotional level that some Disney films only dream of
  • Spawned a sequel series that dealt not only with sexism, but with sexuality, religion, and the benefits and dangers from the rapid progression of technology

The point is, Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of the greatest shows of all time and the proof is right there

Joys that Harry Potter Movie Only Fans will never know:

-How amazing Oliver Wood actually is OMG

-Dudley Dursley’s character development

-“ARE YOU A WITCH OR NOT?!”

-Minerva McGonagall, Quidditch Fanatic

-Luna Lovegood, Quidditch Commentator

-RON WEASLEY IS BRAVE.

-GINNY WEASLEY IS AMAZING

-Sirius and Crookshanks: Ultimate Bromance

-“Ooh, you look much tastier than Crabbe and Goyle, Harry!”

-KREACHER’S CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

-“I FELL IN THE LAKE!”

-Dean Thomas/Luna Lovegood Platonicship OMG

-Remus showing off Baby Photos

-Percy coming to his senses and finally making a joke

-“‘Probably trying to get rid of a Wrackspurt,’ said Harry, who recognized the symptoms.”

-Pigwidgeon

-Amnesiac Gilderoy Lockhart

-Dobby’s ever growing mismatched sock collection

-“FOR MASTER REGELUS!”

-Most of Tonks’s actual character

-Bill and Fleur’s actual relationship

-“ARE YOU A WIZARD OR NOT?!”

-Potterwatch

-Hermione’s growing political awareness and activism

-The entire school (-slytherins) standing to defend Harry from Pansy Parkinson

-100+ pages of backstory, 10x the character depth and development

Pains that Harry Potter Movie Only Fans will never know:

-“He was tiny in death”

-Molly Weasley’s boggart

-Meeting Neville’s parents

-Re-reading Prisoner of Azkaban and realizing that the nice man who helped Harry with his homework and gave him free sundaes dies in the sixth book.

-“He had no memory of being hugged like this, as though by a mother”

-Remus feeling so ashamed of being a werewolf that he thinks his family is better off without him

-Regulus Black’s full story

-Harry having to drag Percy away from Fred’s body

-Molly Weasley giving Harry a family heirloom for his 17th birthday

-Dean Thomas never knew his father, because he was a wizard and was killed by Death Eaters

-Peter Pettigrew didn’t even have the chance to redeem himself

-Frank Bryce was a war veteran who was blamed by his entire town for Voldemort’s crimes, and then Voldemort murdered him

-Harry not saying goodbye to Ron, Hermione, or Ginny, because he knows he won’t be strong enough to go through with it if he does

-“ ‘Does it hurt?’
The childish question had fallen from Harry’s lips before he could stop it.
‘Dying? Not at all,’ said Sirius. ‘Quicker and easier than falling asleep.’ ”

-The full story of Ariana and the Dumbledore family

-Winky’s entire existence, and all she suffers

-Andromeda Tonks losing her entire family

-“’NO!’
The scream was the more terrible because he had never expected or dreamed that Professor McGonagall could make such a sound.”

-100+ pages of backstory, 10x the character depth and development, over half of it leading to more pain and despair

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo is one of the best kdrama of all time and it continues to be overlooked as hell. It doesn’t even rank top 20 in Korea despite having one of the most well-written, organically developed plot AND characters for a kdrama. This is the first kdrama I’ve ever seen where they actually show a healthy, supportive relationship between the main leads without using over-exaggerated storylines to drive the romance. Also it’s one of the few Korean dramas that actually talks about mental health issues without downplaying it or use it as a plot device for ratings. I honestly love this drama so much and it deserves so much more love. It’s so fluffy and fun but also serious and relatable when it’s important. 

Honestly Yuri On Ice is such a ridiculous piece of fiction like it’s based around this somewhat outdated cliche of what if your idol and celebrity crush fell in love with you? except it does it in a really great way where we witness them actually falling in love with each other through building a relationship, while also addressing well the fact that the main characters have anxiety and depression, and the entire time it’s about competitive ice skating so we get a lot of really beautiful sequences, and it’s also super gay which is like really lovely to see a strong romantic relationship develop between two grown men and overall the show is just so wonderful and pure and wholesome but there was also a scene with drunk pole dancing and dry humping that serves as arguably the most pivotal scene in the entire show in terms of character development and plot twists so there’s that as well.

person: julie plec is a creative genius!!

me, an intellectual: julie plec has failed to grasp basic concepts such as diversity, characterisation bc instead of developing a character she retcons them to the point that they’re unrecognisable, she allows misogynistic and rather racist material to be included, the way she treats certain cast members *cough* kat *cough*, she panders to specific fans but disrespects most of them, she pretty much ruined the show by focusing more so on romantic relationships than on familiar and platonic ones.

  • What she says: I'm fine
  • What she means: In the original plan for the live action Scooby Doo movie, Velma and Daphne were going to have a romantic side plot. The movie itself was originally intended for an adult audience, but then Warner Bros decided that it should be more accessible to a “family” audience, so part of their editing involved getting rid of that romance. But in the final production of the film you can still see little bits that could have led up to a romance between the two. For example, at one point Velma tickles Daphne, and Velma also refers to Daphne dreamily as “the coolest girl at Coolsville high”. However at the end of the film Fred and Daphne kiss, and that relationship is so out of nowhere. It is built from nothing. If anything, the most developed heterosexual relationship was that between Fred and Velma because of the scenes where Velma shows jealousy of Fred choosing Daphne and of being overshadowed by Fred. But no, they choose to put Fred and Daphne together. We could have had canonically gay Velma and Daphne, but instead they give us another heterosexual relationship, and they don't even do that right.

THIS is how you write a compelling story with twist and turns and character development. Since 6.11, I’ve been looking forward to every week afterwards because of where they keep leaving things. It’s a puzzle slowly coming together with each agonizing piece that will form the most beautiful image at the end - a Captain Swan who has worked through all their demons, all their shit, and know that they are meant to be together. Always.

Thank you for this storyline, Once. Thank you for putting their relationship front and center and showing how these two are so perfect and wonderful for each other and how healthy this relationship is. Just…thanks.

Lars is sooo fucking weird as a character because he’s the most complex human character in the show but the writers have done nothing to show character development.

Like so far we know that Lars:

-is horribly insecure
-feels like no one understands him
-wants to keep a “tough guy” persona
-cares about Sadie but doesn’t want to be public about it
-has a strained relationship with his parents and is struggling in school
-was friends with Ronaldo at some point!

So you would think a character with so many issues to him would develop in some way but instead his personality is stagnant. He’s nicer to Sadie which is good but I’d much rather SEE him being more open with Sadie. Or try to get along with the cool kids. Or make amends with Ronaldo. Like why put so much on this character if you’re just gonna make him as stagnant as all the other human characters in the show.

Yoongi Scenario: Tempestuous - Part 1.

Request: I want an assassin au where yoongi is a trained assassin and he has a target bc of a vendetta but when he goes to take out that person they show up with y/n and y/n gets injured in the crossfire and yoongi takes her with him bc the others left her, he thinks he can use her to lure the enemy but instead he develops feelings for y/n, like they discover the other is not what it seems something like that and then yoongi is hurt and y/n takes care of him? You can decide the end! Thank you💓💓💓💓💓

Genre: Romance / Drama.

Part 2

Warning: Violence. Unhealthy Relationship.


Getting ready was always the most important part of his job. Preparing and preparing well was crucial, Yoongi knew he had to take his time and thus he let his clients know. This particular one though, wanted things to go faster. It didn’t sit well with Yoongi, he was methodic and liked to do things his own way, but he’d earn good money and for that he could do a couple of adjustments.

He looked down at the picture of the man he’d been on for the last month, a mafia head, Kwon Jisook, he had done some foul business with one of his partners and now said partner wanted him off the game. It was cool for Yoongi, a bit troublesome since mobs usually were targeted and thus tended to be more guarded, but he could do it. With more time Yoongi would be more at ease, but he had accorded less than six weeks with his client so it had to be done.
He was currently in his car in an underground parking lot, with his dark windows he couldn’t be seen and the car he had chosen for today, not too flashy but not a piece of trash, he knew those could grab more attention than any luxury car, so he had gotten a chrysler 200 in black for this job, it mixed perfectly with the kind of car that would be in this precise place. An outlet just getting outside midtown, one that people didn’t frequent much because of the lack of commodities, but that guys like Jisook liked because it let them a free window to get together with their dealers and the storage rooms were gold.

As he had been informed and later proved by himself, Jisook came at least once a week, and thrusdays were his fixed days, he could not come other days, but as Yoongi had noted thursday, that was today, Jisook would be coming without a doubt in just about ten minutes.
Yoongi had already scanned the parking lot for any possible sentinels, mobs often had those around to guard them the zone before they got anywhere, but not here. Yoongi thought that they were conceited, maybe too trusting on their influence and power to believe a hired shooter would be lurking around. Either way he put his pistol at the ready, the silencer was set, just a few minutes and he’d be done. A glass of whiskey and a nap would be good after this, maybe a good fuck. Yoongi didn’t usually choose shootings like this as the way to dispatch, but this was another of the perks of his client. And of course an extra to charge for him.

The BMW made appearance, and the set up was made, the dealers were supposed to be inside the outlet where Jisook would go to meet them, Yoongi would just pull the trigger and be gone by the other entrance of the parking lot. He’d done it before, it could be easy as it could be messy so Yoongi wanted to get it out of the way as soon as possible.
As he had foreseen Jisook got out of his car alone, and then he wasn’t.
There was an old man with him and a girl. Yoongi didn’t enjoy killing women, he didn’t accept them, he could take out the old man and charge extra for him later, but not the woman.
-Fuck- he breathed before making his move.

At first he went slow and then he pressed the accelerator, he pulled down the window slowing down the car and aimed, there were gasps and a scream, Jisook took out his gun but Yoongi had already pulled the trigger, only that it didn’t hit Jisook like he had planned, the old man moved Jisook out of the way so Yoongi fired again and so did Jisook, Yoongi moved the car and did what had to be a definite shot on Jisook’s chest but then the old man threw the girl into the fire line.
The bullet made impact with her body and she fell to the ground with a cry.

-Son of a bitch- Yoongi cursed hitting the wheel as Jisook and the old man ran away crouched down between the cars. He wasn’t one to make persecutions but he wasn’t one to let a target leave. But right now his hands were tied and a girl was bleeding on the floor.
He had to think fast, he couldn’t just call 911, he had to leave her there, he had to leave. And then an idea came up to his mind.

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Here’s an idea - leave Lindsay in charge of writing RWBY.
  • She voices the main character so even if she would be biased towards giving her more screentime, it is all okay because she is damn main character and the lead female heroine of a show about four empowered female heroines, thus she should h ave more screentime and development. Not to mention she GETS her character so she could write Ruby decently.
  • She has always advocated for Ruby NOT having any romances and that the best course of action would be Ruby being asexual or pansexual.
  • She is open to the ideas of LGBT relationships in show and supportive of the community.
  • She would most likely handle feminist themes better than Miles and Kerry.
  • She is not Miles and Kerry.
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TOP 20 DEGRASSI RELATIONSHIPS FROM THE FIRST SEVEN SEASONS (as voted by my followers)

► 20. Paige Michalchuk & Ellie Nash

“I can’t believe I won’t hear your daily fashion tips anymore.” “And I can’t believe we lived with each other for a year without murder.” “There’s still time.”

  • yuri on ice: the most faithful depiction of what it's like to compete in sports at a high level, heartfelt and honest in its portrayal of the main character's anxiety and lack of confidence, lovingly shows and develops on screen a romantic relationship between two men that's formed out of a mutual desire for human connection, wholesome and hopeful
  • also yuri on ice: the drunk pole-dancing stripper au is canon

this all better be fake like i cant believe that silver is actually considering killing flint when all flint has shown him is love and support. he is literally willing to fight and possibly die in order to save madi for him and silver is just “FUCK YOU” like what the hell you’ve got this man that has completely opened up to you, has devoted himself to you, and you’re just gonna turn against him?? this is either all deliberate misguidance or they are literally doing this and using madi as an ‘instrument’ to break the most beautifully developed relationship in the show

Karamel Analysis for 315 plus some speculation about he rest of Kara's journey this season

Praise Rao! My wish came true. The character development we saw last week stuck! Wasn’t Mon-El the sweetest, cutest, hottest, most supportive boyfriend ever this week? I want one to take home. We didn’t see much of him, but what we did see showed me a healthy, functional Karamel relationship to which I can say: It’s about darn time! So let’s enjoy our beautiful ship and their adorable interactions before a wrench gets thrown in the spokes next week, shall we?

“Kara! I’m home!” In case you missed it, this was an I Love Lucy reference and it was adorable. Our puppy is so happy and in love and they seem to have settled into a good comfortable domestic rhythm. I don’t think he’s living there - the line was just an impersonation to make her laugh - but he is obviously super comfortable rifling through her cupboards for food and I’m betting he’s spending the night a lot because how else are they going to wake up in each other’s arms every morning?

So Mon-El comes in, and realizes that Kara is bothered and conflicted about something when she doesn’t laugh at his antics, and asks her what is up. She is trying to decide if she should publish the article herself that will potentially warn the aliens in National City that there is a threat against their lives. Mon-El asks if Snapper will be mad, and Kara says yes. He then asks if she thinks it is the right thing to do, and she also says yes. He responds that since she is the most moral person he knows, if she thinks it is the right thing to do, it is. He encourages her to push the button and she does, and then he KISSES HER EAR (what?!) and says “Way to blob, babe.”

I thought this scene was adorable. Personally, I didn’t see it as him pressuring her into blogging it so much as encouraging her to trust her instincts by expressing his full faith in her decision making. Isn’t this what we’ve been wanting to see from Mon-El all along? Him trusting Kara to make her own decisions? He showed that here.

As we see later, there were also some negative consequences to this decision. That doesn’t mean it was the wrong call. While ultimately the article caused Cadmus to speed up the launch, it also stopped them from going after more people on the list. Kara paid a price professionally to protect those aliens on the rest of the list, but it was her decision to do so. Mon-El didn’t push the button for her, he just encouraged her to have the courage to do what she thought was right, just as Lena encouraged her by giving her the idea. Kara had no way of knowing how the decision would play out, but she made the best, most moral decision she could have made with the information she had. Now she will have to live with the consequences of that decision. This is part of the burden that she bears and shows the struggle of balancing her double life as both Kara and Supergirl. Remember that because it will be important later.

We briefly see Mon-El supporting Kara from the command center at the DEO, and she saves the day of course (yay!), but also gets fired for publishing the story (boo!).

At the end we again get a lovely Karamel moment as Mon-El arrives with potstickers to help Kara feel better after losing her job. At first he says, “You’ll get another job,” which is a decent and well-meaning attempt to make her feel better but it doesn’t demonstrate that he fully understands why she is so upset. Kara explains that it’s not just any job she wants- that she really loved that job and that reporting is important to her purpose and identity as Kara. I don’t think he realized this before, but he listened and learned it about her (Good Job, Mon-El) and then was able to reassure her that what she got from reporting, the contribution that she offered to the world, was not dependent or tied to Catco or Snapper. I really liked this because it didn’t invalidate anything that she said or felt about losing her job, but it affirmed her value with or without it. I thought it was perfect, and so did Kara, because she made that cute scrunchy “you are the best ever face” and said that maybe being Supergirl and having him was enough.“ He lights up- this is the closest that Kara has gotten to telling him how much he means to her- and replies, “You think so? I hope so.”

Now this was a super sweet sentiment, and I’m glad that she felt content with him in the moment despite being unemployed, but I don’t think it will stand. Kara DOES need to contribute to the world as Kara, and she will find another way to do so. If she doesn’t get her job back, her contribution will be through another avenue. The question the writers are asking here is, “Can Kara have it all? Can she be Supergirl AND Kara AND have a relationship?” At the beginning of the season the answer was no, which is why she shut things down with James in the season premiere. Mid-season, she is testing it out to see. By the end of the season, I think the answer will be yes, but we have to go through the muck first.

Unfortunately, I think that this scene is setting Kara up to go through a crucible and foreshadowing that not only will she lose her job, but also Mon-El (through next week’s storyline) and possibly even lose being Supergirl, for a time (through the loss of her powers or credibility). Her relationship with her sister is another variable that has been on shaky ground and could come into the mix. I think she will lose everything and hit rock bottom over the next few episodes. This will be temporary, but very difficult for her as she struggles to be everything that she is and have everything that she wants. Don’t worry though, it’s my prediction that she will prevail and regain what she has lost by the season finale.

A Wish List for Carmilla Movie

As holidays approaching, I thought I’d list the things I wish to see in the movie 'cause it’s certainly one of my most expected projects to watch next year. There it goes:

1. Hollstein in a healthy relationship and staying as a solid couple for the whole movie.

2. Some sort of Hollstein sex scenes (and cute cuddles) in bed. 

3. Laura showing her abs. (How come we never get to see those killer abs in the series?)

4. Keep it light-hearted in general. No unnecessary angst. 

5. Tank tops and plaid shirts.

6. A wedding proposal.

You are the Yuri!!! on Ice fandom and you were born to make history!

Your show is a SPORTS ANIME focused on ICE SKATING, which is pretty out of the NORM. It boasts fluid ANIMATION, amazing MUSIC, lovely CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT and, the most IMPORTANT thing of all, a canon SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIP. Suck on that FREE!.

Your INTERESTS include, aside from ice skating, BALLET, FLAMBOYANT COSTUMES, and INSTAGRAM. Your favorite food is KATSUDON and you love both CATS and DOGS. Not many people know that you’re also great at BREAK DANCING and POLE DANCING but you would rather not let that get AROUND.

Your strife specibus is ICE SKATE KIND and your chumhandle is eroticKatsudon. Y❅ur w❅rds are❅n ice just as much as y❅u are! 

[[I come back from the dead with this shit. I am totally in love with this show and it’s ending in two episodes! *cries* Also I can never get away from fandomstuck no matter how much I try…

Picture credit to @releasethellamas a.k.a. Kurobasu mun.

Fangirl over YoI with me at @the-wicked-xen]]

the space between stars :: s2 fix it fic - chapter one

A/N: This is rewrite of season two which consists of basically taking the bulk of season two and tweaking most if not all of the elements and completely rewriting certain aspects of it. The last thing I want is for this fic to be a disappointment to those who, like me, were already disappointed with season 2 in many ways.

This fic is an attempt to write season two the way I would have done it, developing all the characters and their relationships in a way that is perhaps unrealistic to expect of a TV show, but I digress. Although I am developing all of the Voltron team (especially Lance and Hunk, since they got the least screen of the Paladins this season) there will be a heavier focus on Shiro and Allura than perhaps the rest given the sheer amount of unexplored potential between the two and the rest of the team in season two, however I hope to give everyone about the same amount of page time. I am still learning how to write everyone else, so if you have any tips for how to write a certain character/relationship, please let me know, I’d love to hear them.

I’ll preface this by saying right now the fic will be more Shallura than Klance centric due to the narrative arc I’m developing, my comfort level with characterization, and personal preference. That being said, all relationships between the characters will be explored and developed, and none shall be romantic aside from the two previously mentioned.

Above all else, I hope you enjoy this story as much as I have enjoyed writing it thus far, and I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts.

You can also read this fic on ffn & ao3

Now, without further ado: go to 1x11 of Voltron: Legendary Defender, “The Black Paladin”, and come back once you get to the end.

THE SPACE BETWEEN STARS

CHAPTER ONE: Across the Universe (I)

Allura had never felt so helpless in her entire life. Discounting the 10,000 years in the cryo-pod, she had never been forced to watch all her hopes shatter and spin madly out of control right before her eyes. The fall of Altea had been destruction but with a rising, desperate hope swelling in her chest. She and her father had the Lions; they could still win this.

They could still win this.

She forced herself not to yell as the Paladins fell into the current of the wormhole, washing over them ocean waves, tangling up their tails and heads, metal panes rattling as their screams echoed over the commlink. Shiro’s, loud and raw, mingled with the pain of the injury Haggar had given him, was worst of all, ringing in her ears long after it had stopped and the blaring of the castle alarms took its place. Red lights flashed as the control panel blocked her at every opportunity.

“They’ve vanished in the temporal rift!” she cried, her panic getting the better of her for a moment. “The Lions are gone!”

“Let’s check the rift-exiting positioning monitor,” said Coran, his fingers flying across his keyboard as fast as her heart was pounding, “to see where this wormhole is taking us.”

“Coran look! There appears to be something on the other end. We’re heading right toward it.” Her shoulders hunched over slightly when the next realization set in, bracing her legs to keep herself steady.

“Scanners show there’s no exit. It’s just nothingness. Find an exit before we run smack into the void.”

“I can’t. I’ve lost control of the Castle.” Angry red signs blared up at her against Altean blue, and her heart sank. There was no way out.

“Brace yourself―we’re about to hit it!”

Or was there?

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Moffat and Gatiss have said that Sherlock is as much about relationships as it is a detective show. While with John the friendship is instantaneous, Sherlock and Molly’s relationship has been the most developed.

They start out at opposite ends of the spectrum. Molly has a crush on Sherlock and at first perhaps causes her a bit to turn a blind eye to some of his faults. But gradually it becomes impossible to ignore his comments and she finally calls him out on it at the Christmas party. She still loves him, but she doesn’t put him on a pedestal anymore. He’s flawed but she knows he’s capable of being a better person.

On the other hand, Sherlock barely acknowledges her in the beginning. He knows she’s smart and that they work well together but doesn’t see her as more than a working partner. He takes advantage of her willingness to help with his cases. When he gets called out at Christmas, I think that’s when he really first sees Molly as a person. He’s hurt her and it doesn’t feel good. His eyes are opened even further during the Reichenbach lab scene when she reads him exactly. He’s completely underestimated her.

In S3, Molly tries to move on with someone else and Sherlock is genuinely happy for her. But when Molly sees that Sherlock has changed, he’s kinder and tells her what she means to him, she knows it’s not going to work with Tom. She’s been trying to substitute him for the man she really loves. Meanwhile Sherlock gets shot and it is revealed that Molly has a prominent place in his mind palace. She keeps him calm and focused.

Now in the special we see Molly again in Sherlock’s mind palace. Confident, intelligent, determined. He acknowledges that he’s wronged her.

So with S4 it seems like they are meeting somewhere in the middle for the first time. There’s likely going to be repercussions for Sherlock for getting high again, but they seem to be heading towards a relationship that’s on more equal footing built on a foundation of mutual respect and understanding.

“Hooper.” “Holmes.” seemed like, at least in Sherlock’s mind, they’ve reached that point. It’s like he’s saying ‘you’ve seen me and now I see you’.

anonymous asked:

Bonnie could've helped redeem Damon because she helped him want to become a better man.

I agree that some of Damon’s best moments of showing change and being better were with Bonnie. It’s JP wanting him stuck on Elena to secure DE that held his character back the most from fully developing.  If they allowed Damon to grow and  move on, then he could have gotten into a romantic relationship with Bonnie and also Defan wouldn’t have been strained and held back because of the show wanting to focus on DE.

One of things I like most about Yuri on Ice is how they handle Yuri’s anxiety

I like that Victor showing up didn’t magically fix Yuri’s anxiety disorder. In fact it takes the first four episodes before their relationship is developed enough that Victor is a real help. As they get to know and trust each other Yuri starts getting a better grip on his anxiety but it takes time.

Yes Victor has helped and Yuri has gotten better at dealing with it but it’s also the way he’s helped and what it means to their relationship.

Look lets compare Episode 7 Yuri to Episode 9.

In episode 7 Yuri is having a very public and very obvious meltdown thanks to anxiety as we can see here:

He is shaking and  and a mess.  I think he’s only this obviously anxious because Victor is there.  It’s not that Victor is making him more anxious. This is always how Yuri would have felt it’s that because Yuri is comfortable around Victor he’s able to show his anxiety.

Or more to the point. Yuri can’t really hide his anxiety from Victor at this point even if he tries and he knows that deep down so he’s not putting much energy into trying.

We know from the first episode Yuri tries to hide what he’s really feeling. Even from his family. Hence the crying in the bathroom.

I know cause this was me when I met my husband. Going back to episode 4 for a moment I really think the fact that Yuri knows he can’t really lie and hide his fear and anxiety from Victor is what makes him avoid him.

When I came to England for 6 months on a student visa before we got married it was the first time I was around my now husband for longer then a couple of weeks. What I quickly discovered was that he could see right through my bullshitting and lies that I was doing fine and that frankly my mask that I used to keep my anxiety from the world did not work on him. 

It was fucking terrifying to me. My parents didn’t know the extent of my anxiety and depression, my doctors didn’t but this English guy I was dating did from day one and I found that as time went on it only became harder to hide it from him.

It was horrifying to me. I felt exposed and vulnerable in a way I was not ready for…but eventually I came to not only accept it but welcome it because the reason I couldn’t hide it from him and the reason he could see through me was because of the love we shared and reflected the level of trust I had in him.  

That’s why Yuri is so openly a mess in front of Victor and everyone else in episode 7. Yes being the one to beat doesn’t help but the fact that he’s showing that emotion shows the trust he has in Victor.

I can further prove it because Episode 9 Yuri is actually just as anxious as episode 7.

That is in a lot of ways the same stressed out face but this is the extent of the anxiety we see on the surface with Yuri in episode 9. He’s not really shaking, He’s not covering his face and and bouncing his leg in anxiety.  He’s just got a stressed expression. He’s able to get through the program but not at his best.

I also like the fact in episode 7 Yuri mentally chides Victor for not realising that Yuri’s anxiety issues are old news and that Yuri is used to it and Victor should be prepared to handle it.

In episode 9 he has a set back with his anxiety but one he is able to say would probably be just as bad with Victor there.

A lot of other stories especially ones that focus on the power of love would have Victor’s presence automatically get rid of Yuri’s anxiety but that doesn’t happen. We clearly see that Yuri keeps his problems but is better able to manage them when Victor is there to support him but not consistently because it’s not a consistent progress.

With the short program he’s got an established routine with Victor and a motivation that helps him through his anxiety but he’s not found that with the free skate yet so it’s harder for him to manage it.

As someone with chronic generalised anxiety disorder (aka I’m scared of practically everything) Yuri’s anxiety and how his relationship with the person he loves effects it feels very real and accurate. I can’t praise the show enough for showing someone with this sort of problem depicted in such an accurate way.