I love all your stuff about yuri on ice its so spot on! Can I get your thoughts on the expression Victor did when he hugged Yuri? So many people are saying Victor is going to cast Yuri away and all that jazz ;_;
This scene I suppose? You know, I never paid much attention to it at first, not until I read all the speculations about it. Initially, I thought it was Victor taking Yuuri’s words seriously. I mean, Yuuri assumed Yurio and Victor thought his ‘katsudon as eros idea’ was childish / immature and this was Victor clearly accepting it and you can see how much that meant for Yuuri (look at his eyes after hearing those words).
I thought this was Victor as a coach. He’s accepting his mentee’s ideas and supporting it. Victor knows zit about being a coach but he sure as hell knows he’s supposed to motivate and give confidence to Yuuri. And this scene, to me, was Victor telling Yuuri that he’ll be there every step of the way. He’s not smiling or laughing because he’s taking Yuuri seriously.
But watching this scene a gazillion times I realize why there would be so many thoughts about it. First thing’s first, it doesn’t seem as though Victor hugged Yuuri back. I know he had no reason to (given their professional relationship) but it is a little surprising when Victor has been really touchy. Secondly, when Yuuri told him to look at only him (according to Jp.ver’s actual wording), Victor had an unreadable look in his eyes. It’s like he’s reading Yuuri and wondering what he should say to that. And lastly, what irked almost everyone was the monotonous tone Victor used for his words. (Which to me, was Victor being professional but that’s only my opinion)
We don’t know so many things. Why did Victor choose Yuuri? What was it about Yuuri’s imitation of his program that inspired him to become Yuuri’s coach?
Aside from this, we have to take into account that these two barely know each other + Victor is still new at being a coach + WE’RE ONLY 3 EPISODES IN WHY ARE WE EVEN MAKING IN-DEPTH SPECULATIONS
Anyway, we don’t have ANY source of characterization other than what was given in the past 3 episodes. Well, except maybe the ending credit. To be honest, I do believe Victor’s character development revolves around his ability to coach and also his relationship with Yuuri.
Does Victor have an ulterior motive? Maybe. Is that motive toxic for Yuuri and could possibly compromise their trust and progress? Maybe. Will that motive stick around till the end of the show?
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ You tell me~