Viktor promised Yuri he’d choreograph the best senior division debut for him, and right when that moment rolled around, he ditched him and left the country without warning to go coach another skater, who would be Yuri’s rival in the senior division. And then he has them face off and when Yuri watches his performance and realizes Yuuri will win, he leaves without a word, knowing full well Viktor will choose Yuuri over him, despite the promise he made.
I know that Viktor isn’t very good at remembering promises, but that’s no excuse for what he’s doing to this 15 year old kid, who clearly had to go through a lot to pursue his dream of becoming a figure skater (the flashback showed that his mother wouldn’t be there for whatever reasons, illness, or disapproval, we don’t know yet), whose grandpa is his “agape”, meaning that he loved/loves him more than anything in the world, but when he’s skating, he loves that even more than his grandfather. To promise a child something that means so much to them, and failing to keep your word… I can’t describe how disappointed I am in Viktor right now. I love Yuuri and I want him to succeed too, I love Viktuuri and watching their relationship develop, but let’s not forget what is ethically correct, and Viktor was wrong on every level to build Yuri’s dreams so high and then bring them crashing down, through no fault of his own. Yuri is still an exemplary skater, who works hard and believes in himself and acts very mature for his age and by no means needs Viktor to reach great heights at the senior level, but that doesn’t give Viktor any right to pick Yuuri over Yuri right when the Russian wanted his help the most and worked so hard to get Viktor’s approval (IIRC, Viktor said he wouldn’t help unless he won the Junior Grand Prix, which he then did). It’s amazing how well and maturely Yuri handled this, too. He could have confronted Viktor or guilt tripped him, and he wouldn’t technically be wrong to do either, but instead he just packs his bags and decides to return to his former coach without causing any trouble for anyone. I get how he (Viktor) feels watching Yuuri skate, and he clearly feels for him beyond the rink as well, but at least he could coach them side by side, or just design a program for Yuri, and then focus solely on Yuuri?
Viktor, I do love you, but you are a dick for what you’re doing to that helpless, innocent soul.
There will be quite a lot of videos to watch if you really want to identify the jumps correctly. But don’t worry, I have chosen most comprehensible videos, some videos only play on desktop. Please watch the videos first, and if you still could not understand which jump is which, I will talk specifically about each jumping technique when I have more time.
1) 6 types of jumps
All jumps are supposed to land backward, if you want to tell which jump is which, you have to look at the takeoff.
Each jump has a name, don’t forget Toe loop, Salchow, Loop, Flip, Lutz, Axel.
2) You have to get used to the abbreviation
Below are the names and the abbreviations for all jumps in figure skating: Toe loop - T Salchow - S Loop - Lo Flip - F Lutz - Lz Axel - A
A single jump means 1 rotation on air, double jump mean 2 rotations on air, triple jump means 3 rotations on air, quad jump means 4 rotations on air. So, a single Salchow is written as 1S, double Salchow is written as 2S, triple Salchow is written as 3S etc… this abbreviation is applied for all jumps. For example, 3A = triple Axel, 4T = quad Toe loop, 3F = triple Flip… and so on.
When they say “Yuzuru Hanyu lands a 4Lo”, it means he executes the Loop take off and does 4 rotations (or revolutions) on air (and stays on his feet): http://youtu.be/W7nTVtETXwE?t=27s
3) Blade control is the original goal of figure skating
6 kinds of jumps (or 6 kinds of takeoffs) are 6 different ways to show off how masterful your blade control is.
The landing position is always the same, the difference of the jumps only variances in the takeoff. All jumps have a backward takeoff except for the Axel. This is the easiest jump to recognize. If you see when skaters turn their faces forward to the jumping direction, they’re entering an Axel jump. Yuzuru is best at the Axel and the Loop jump. Yuzuru’s 3A is very beautiful with difficult entries:
4) The difficulty of the jump increases with the number of rotations
Up until now, only top male skaters can do both quad jumps and triple Axel. Believe me, you will never see a lady do this: https://youtu.be/jhyvnvl58bg Most ladies can not do 3A, only several ladies have landed 3A in competitions: https://youtu.be/5uhsBZHicHs And no lady has ever landed a fully rotated quad in competition, Miki Ando landed 4S when she was junior but I do not count it as fully rotated: https://youtu.be/Fi1331g-qcI
5) These 6 jumps can be divided into two categories
A) Toe jumps - skaters launch into the air with assistance from the toepick of their free foot.
Lutz in slow motion ( 3 revolutions on air ) - 3Lz
Flip in slow motion ( 3 revolutions on air ) - 3F
Toe loop in slow motion ( 4 revolutions on air) - 4T
B) Edge jumps - there is no toepick assistance, skaters take off from the edge alone.
Axel in slow motion ( 3.5 revolutions on air ) - 3A
Salchow in slow motion (4 revolutions on air) - 4S
Loop in slow motion (4 revolutions on air) - 4Lo
6) Most skaters rotate counterclockwise and land on their right foot
After watching episode 3 several times, I noticed something quite interesting about the dialogs so I’m gonna give my analysis.
Correct me if I’m wrong in any Japanese term please, I’m still learning it.
Ok, so first we know about how last episode when Viktor talked about his last lover he was using a gender neutral word, “恋人”. It’s pretty ambiguous because, whether Viktor simply doesn’t care, doesn’t think it’s worth mentioning, or he is openly specifying he didn’t have a ‘girlfriend’ (or as we fear, it’s only misleading dialog that only serves the purpose of being queer-baiting fanservice).
Moving on to episode 3 we can see that it wasn’t something trivial or written mindlessly since from Yuuri’s side, the episode revolves around gender, the perception of one’s self, and different inner discoveries.
First, we get to this theme (even if it seems like a joke) when Viktor performs Eros’ choreography the first time and Yuuri says that it’s so sexy it would even get a man like him pregnant.
Then we get to the part when he tells the story of the choreography. About the foreign man who gets the prettiest woman in town to fall for him and then leaves her one he’s bored. Yuuri can feel the story, he knows it, but can’t feel completely identified with it.
He finds his muse when he holds Viktor’s suit and he tells Yuuri that it was meant to go for an androgynous look (which wasn’t necessary since Viktor is already pretty damn androgynous), and he explores the idea of wandering with his sexuality and sensuality.
Now to the point where I wanted to get!!
Yuuri usually (if not always) uses “僕” to refer to himself, which is a form of “I” more informal and even childlike, most commonly used by males.
He uses this to refer to himself until he gets out on the ice, after the pork cutlet confession (where he also used “僕”).
When he asks himself “Who am I dancing for?” He uses “私” 「わたし」, a gender neutral and pretty formal word for ‘I’.
Then we see Minako’s flashback and how Yuuri approached her looking for advice to change his posture into a more feminine one. Shortly after this event his failed salchow follows, and he cheers himself up thinking “It doesn’t matter, an error like this won’t interrupt my sensuality.”
Here he uses “私”, same kanji as above but with the reading 「あたし」, used exclusively by women and it is really feminine.
After using it twice he doesn’t use pronouns in any sentence for the rest of the episode (and if I’m not mistaken, not even on the preview).