Yuri!!! On Ice + Colours Analysis
So thanks to an anon, I ended up looking into Yuuri’s past costumes a few days ago, and noticed something that I couldn’t get off my mind:
They’re all blue or black, really. I would find more examples to prove myself, but honestly, there isn’t a lot of colour variation. Even in the canon timeline, Yuuri’s costumes are black and then blue:
I could have screenshotted any moment but I just like to look at the viktuuri kiss okay
So, what does this mean? Well, in western culture, blue is a colour of coldness, serenity, perhaps sadness too. A colour rather appropriately then often associated with Yuuri, a character who makes these traits apparent. But was this intentional?
It turns out blue means the same thing in Japan
Well, kind of. I’m an English clueless who
kind of purposely sets my fanfics in countries that are not Japan because I know I’m going to mess the culture up somehow. But basically, a bit of swift research told me that blue means calmness and serenity, but also largely purity. With the added bonus that blue is a feminine colour over there which is kinda cool when you think about Eros
So, Viktor next:
We’ve seen him in blue and black in his past, but here for a mature Viktor we see him dressed in pink. Because I’m only going to do a brief colour analysis, I’m hence forth going to be referring to him as red (close enough considering pink is a colour on the red spectrum).
Red is perhaps more universal in meaning than blue is. In Japan, it represents energy, heat, power, love etc. Also the red on the Japanese flag represents the sun apparently so there’s that.
Red and blue: opposite colours for what are, on the surface, opposite characters.
Blue, the flame that was never lit
Red, the flame that burned too brightly
And this is incredibly intentional because look, even in the OP:
EVEN IN THEIR GODDAMN TRACKSUITS
And then we have the final moments of the anime, where the spectrums meet
P U R P L E
Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red.”
Sounds perfect to me.