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Can you believe YOI is now the fourth best selling anime from 2000-present? The only shows that have beat it in sales are Bakemonogatari, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and Gundam Seed Destiny, all absolute juggernauts of the anime industry, the biggest of the big. 

It just surpassed both Osamatsu-san and Love Live S2 (seriously). As far as pre-2000 series, the only show that surpasses it is Evangelion, which is the best selling anime of all time. 

I don’t think it can be overstated how huge YOI is, and the idea that it’s ‘just fujoshi’ powering the sales (like some anime fans like to accuse) is beyond absurd. This series has found a huge audience of all kinds of fans, widespread in variety.

Congratulations to the people at MAPPA, Sayo Yamamoto, and Mitsurou Kubo. Sayo Yamamoto shopped this concept around to studios for years and was consistently turned down, until MAPPA, a studio that was founded on the idea of taking on more creative concepts that may be less obviously commercial, agreed to accept it. This is definitely a situation where those other studios must be kicking themselves right now! 

MAPPA producer Manabu Otsuka has gone on about the free rein MAPPA allowed Yamamoto and Kubo, and how much he wanted the series (i.e. the relationship) to be ‘not up to interpretation’ even if it irritated some viewers. Also keep in mind that in anticipated fall anime polls among Japanese anime fans, YOI either didn’t rank at all, or ranked very low. It’s an original show that earned it’s massively popularity purely via word of mouth due to the quality of the series. That’s almost unheard of! 

I think about this pre-series Yuuri a lot. 

He’s so, so beautiful. This costume is so beautiful (and he’s skating with his hair down which really fits it), and I want to know about this program!! There’s so much musicality in his expression and pose in just this low res image alone. It’s gorgeous. Tell us more. Give us pre-series Yuuri material. And give us high-res versions of the images on the JSF website, MAPPA!

How much does Yuuri know?

Here’s something I’ve been wondering for a while.

In Barcelona, Victor finds out that Yuuri doesn’t remember the banquet.

They’re in a public place, they’re with their friends, and the situation is hilarious for almost everyone else, except it’s annoying for Yuri P., awkward and embarrassing for Yuuri, and if I have to guess I’d say that it’s awkward, slightly painful and a bit frustrating for Victor (though he probably also finds it a bit funny).

It’s really not the right place and time for Victor and Yuuri to talk about it in depth, especially considering that the focus shifts right away to the rings they’re wearing and their meaning.

After JJ makes his entrance, they all leave and presumably go back to the hotel, where we can only assume Yuuri had more questions about the banquet. And this is exactly what I’ve been wondering about.

Does Yuuri ask Victor for banquet details? Does Victor talk about it of his own accord?

I like to think that Victor does in fact share some things about that evening:

My question is: does Victor share The Moment? You know, this one?

The Moment all our hearts collectively broke because Victor had been pining over Yuuri since before going to Hasetsu. The Moment Victor fell in love. 

Because we watch the rest of the show with the new knowledge that Victor was in love (or had a major crush at the very least) with Yuuri, I think we all kind of assumed that Yuuri must also know the full extend of it.

But does he? 

Does Victor really tell Yuuri all of it? The way I see it, there are two options:

  • Victor tells Yuuri everything. How smitten he was with Yuuri. How much it hurt when he didn’t call him, didn’t send any signals, didn’t show up at competitions. And finally, how he thought that video was a direct message for him to go to Hasetsu and make good on his promise to be Yuuri’s coach. And how it confused the hell out of him when Yuuri acted all shy around him.

Now, I’m not a huge fan of this option. Victor has known Yuuri for a while at this point, and he knows about his anxiety and his low self-esteem. He has a big competition ahead of him, and he doesn’t need Victor adding to his anxiety by telling him how he (unintentionally) hurt him by leading him on, seducing him and abandoning him just like in the Eros story he tells in his SP. 

  • Victor only shares the bare minimum. He tells Yuuri that coming to Hasetsu to be his coach wasn’t, in fact, a decision made on a whim, but it was something Yuuri (drunkenly) asked him. And because Victor was getting bored with his skating and his life, he was glad to do it, and glad that this made it possible for them fall in love with each other. What he doesn’t share is the pining and the hurt.

I personally think that this is what happened, because Victor has learned how sensitive Yuuri is (even though he still doesn’t fully know how Yuuri truly feels about Victor leaving ice skating - something he finds out at the end of episode 11). He doesn’t need Yuuri to know he unintentionally hurt him, because it doesn’t matter anymore, and telling him would only hurt Yuuri, and that’s the last thing Victor wants.

TL;DR: we know exactly when Victor fell in love with Yuuri but Yuuri probably doesn’t know.