Recap/Rewatch, Yuri on Ice Episode 12: Gotta Super-Super-Supercharge it! Grand Prix Final không tính tiền Skate
First off, I have an announcement to lớn make: we have a winner for the Rafflecopter that has been running alongside these recaps: Maedhrosussandol, who won by answering the poll asking with whom would they pair skate…and the partner who led her lớn gold was, no surprise, Victor Nikiforov. Congrats, Maedhrosussandol! I will be emailing you shortly to lớn talk to you about how khổng lồ get you your prize!
Except Yuri is not trying to shock Victor. He’s quite serious. He speaks carefully, having thought this through & prepared his speech, & after declaring Victor has done more than enough for him, Yuri thanks him for being the reason he was able to lớn give his all lớn his last season. He bows, formally, & thanks Victor in what I’m sure Yuri feels is a proper acknowledgment & goodbye.
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And then as his head is bowed, he sees Victor’s tears hitting his feet.
Yuri, meanwhile, is genuinely baffled that Victor is so upset, that he has been reduced to tears. He seems both stunned và fascinated and lifts Victor’s hair to get a better look at his tears—this doesn’t go over well. Now Victor is angry. & the, so is Yuri. “You’re the one who said it was only until the Grand Prix Final,” he points out, & Victor counters, “I thought you needed my help more.”
Yuri zeroes in on the elephant in the khách sạn room. “Aren’t you going to lớn make a comeback?” Victor, furious now, asks how Yuri can tell him lớn return to the ice while saying he’s retiring. & in that exchange, you have everything about this episode.
Yuri is fixated on the fact that he knows Victor must return khổng lồ the ice, that he cannot, must not remain only a coach.
Victor cannot bear the idea either of having Yuri retire at his peak of glory nor can he conceive of continuing to skate without Yuri on the ice with him. They are, it seems, at an impasse.
The real issue, though, is that they aren’t communicating, but I don’t know that they’re able to say anything more with words. So they agree khổng lồ discuss this after the GPF is over—and now, somehow, they are supposed khổng lồ get through Yuri’s skate. We introduce everyone và their standings, Stéphan interviews Victor…and notes that he’s not looking great. Which is the truth. Victor is not looking his usual shiny self. He’s tired, he’s not as put-together, & he appears worried.
First skater is JJ. Basically he starts to lớn flub và then gets his shit together and recovers enough to get a decent score. Points lớn family & girlfriend for being way supportive, và love the South Park nod with baby JJ. Other than this, mostly my reaction here is, why in the hell does he have lớn beat Otabek? What’s the narrative purpose here? Because he recovered? I dunno. I think he should have settled on fourth and Otabek should have had bronze. Better podium family.
I always feel like this next part would resonate better if I knew Japanese, but maybe not. What we get from the visual và the Japanese translation is this: Victor grasps Yuri’s hand—ring glinting—and says, “Yuri, listen to lớn me. I debated whether I should tell you this now, but…I took a break after becoming the five-time world champion lớn coach you, so how is it possible you still haven’t won a single gold medal? How much longer are you going khổng lồ stay in warm-up mode? I really want to kiss the gold medal.” Then he hugs him, and though they draw back, they stay in close and regard each other—and Yuri laughs, closes his eyes, and hugs Victor again. In fact they tremble as they embrace each other tightly, và the announcer remarks that Yuri looks as if he might be crying.
His monolog echoes the opening of the show, saying he’s nothing special (very Japanese), & off he goes. As he skates, we see his performance layered over Victor’s own, from his youth in particular, but also his adulthood, and Yuri thanks him for taking him all the way here, for everything he’s given him. He acknowledges it’s not only Victor he has to lớn thank, that it’s also Yurio, và a flash khổng lồ Minako. He tells us he’s changed the difficulty lớn be the same cấp độ of Victor’s—without letting Victor know—as a present to lớn him, an acknowledgement khổng lồ him. He acknowledges as he skates that he doesn’t want it to lớn end, but if he does, it means slowly killing Victor as a competitive skater, and he can’t do that. Và so he’s saying, look at the Victor who lives on inside of me. This wasn’t a waste of your time. Once again, he says he’s the only one who can show this to Victor—you see, as the viewer, that this whole program, this whole journey has ever been for Victor. Yuri is skating in front of an international audience & an arena full of people, but the only person who matters is the person in the kiss & cry, who came lớn Hasetsu to lớn bring him back lớn the ice, and who he is bringing to lớn the ice again now.
We find out that Yuri has cracked Victor’s record, the same as Yurio has with the short program—both Victor’s records are gone now. Victor congratulates Yuri as his coach & acknowledges it stings as a competitor. Excited, Yuri asks if that means he’s decided he’s coming back. Victor doesn’t say anything, but the answer is yes, he is.
They enjoy a lovely moment in the kiss và cry, hugging và mugging for photos, distracting Chris from his không lấy phí skate. Victor asks for a commemorative photo—ha—on his phone. Chris doesn’t do well, & we don’t need to say much more here.
Otabek skates now, và he’s basically a backdrop as Yurio gets ready & Victor finds Yakov to say he’s officially coming back to lớn the ice và Yurio freaks out, saying, “Wait, what, does this mean Yuri’s retiring?” Victor says he’ll make his own decision, then basically grips Yuri in this intense hug.
Now, he makes some mistakes in this skate, possibly because he’s skating in anger, but he also does some amazing recovery, and the main point is, he does what he intends to: he reaches Yuri. He isn’t Victor, he has never been Victor, but remember how Yakov saw his short program and whispered, “Vitya”? Well, it seems Yuri is watching this và seeing something that calls lớn him as well. Yurio spends himself dry in this skate, edges over Yuri lớn win gold—and nabs something even greater: he keeps Yuri from retirement.
Victor, melting with excitement, tells him not to lớn stop there. Picking up the silver medal khổng lồ place it around Yuri’s neck, he says, “Even I’m worried about making a full comeback if I’m also staying on as your coach. In exchange, I’ll need you khổng lồ become a five-time world champion, at least.”
Think about that statement for a second. Victor is saying, in addition to lớn acknowledging it’s going to lớn be hard to keep his title as best in skating if he’s also coaching, that if he has to choose between that title và Yuri having a shot at going for the same, he wants to support Yuri. Remember the beginning of the episode, where Yuri couldn’t bear the thought of Victor not returning khổng lồ the thể thao and Victor unwilling to vị so without Yuri? This is the compromise, & Victor is underlining it. “I will no longer be the champion,” he’s telling Yuri. “You will have to be. & you will not be allowed khổng lồ retire anytime soon.”
Nodding, & weeping, Yuri cries & embraces him again. They remain this way together long after the arena has cleared out.
This pair skate is one of my favorite things about the show. On the BluRay you can watch it without the credits, and I do, often. It is so breathtaking, not only the tuy nhiên and the composition but the meaning it has. The journey these two have undertaken. The image of two men skating like this, so clearly in love, swapping roles in the dance. That moment when they stroke each others’ faces & the camera slows down lớn let us see, the lights full up, the colors saturated. The bookending of “Duetto” và “Stammi Vicino,” letting us see Victor first empty and Yuri desperate/lost và then the two of them joined và happy together.
See you next level, the screen taunts, and so we wait for that now. The movie first, và hopefully then season two, whenever each will happen.
Every time I finish watching the series I feel joy and hope and a tinge of sadness, hating that its over, warm & safe & satisfied because it ended well and because I know there is more. Of course, there is so much more online, in fandom and fanfiction & community in general, & more official story lớn come.
I have met so many incredible people because of this show, all over the world. I’ve gained readers for my own work, different readers than I ever would have made. I’ve watched other anime I never would have considered. Above all, though, this show gave me back hope. Hope in so many things, but mostly hope, period, và these days however we can get hope, that’s a good thing.
Here’s lớn Yuri on Ice, whatever it means to you, whatever it has brought you so far và whatever it brings you in the future. I will remain here, carrying on about it, until they kill the internet or I am dead, và even then I think I will still manage it.
Thank you to lớn everyone who has read through this recap adventure! There will be more anime và manga reports lớn come in the future, so watch this space, và more giveaways too. See you next level, indeed.
A single stroke can change your world.
Xander Fairchild can’t stand people in general và frat boys in particular, so when he’s forced khổng lồ spend his summer working on his senior project with Skylar Stone, a silver-tongued Delta Sig with a trust fund who wants to lớn make Xander over into a shiny new image, Xander is determined lớn resist. He came to idyllic, Japanese culture-soaked Benten College lớn hide & make manga, not to be transformed into a corporate clone in the eleventh hour.
Skylar’s life has been laid out for him since before he was born, but all it takes is one look at Xander’s artwork, & the veneer around him begins khổng lồ crack. Xander himself does plenty of damage too. There’s something about the antisocial artist’s refusal khổng lồ yield that forces Skylar to lớn acknowledge how much his own orchestrated future is killing him slowly…as is the truth about his gray-spectrum sexuality, which he hasn’t dared khổng lồ speak aloud, even khổng lồ himself.
Through a summer of art và friendship, Xander and Skylar learn more about each other, themselves, and their feelings for one another. But as their senior year begins, they must decide if they will part ways and return khổng lồ the dull futures they had planned, or if they will take a risk and leap into a brightly colored future—together.
Heidi Cullinan has always enjoyed a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. Proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality, Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights. She writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there’s no such thing as too much happy ever after. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys playing with new recipes, reading romance & manga, playing with her cats, and watching too much anime. Find out more about Heidi at heidicullinan.com.