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I said I would do it, and look! Here I am! TOTALLY NOT just doing this so I have an excuse to rewatch the entire series, not even slightly. >_> I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT MY QUEERBAIT ON SKATES, OKAY, AND THE BEST WAY TO EXPRESS THESE FEELINGS IS BY YELLING IN ALL CAPS INTO A WORD DOCUMENT.

I MEAN.

UH.

I AM AN ADULT, THERE IS NOTHING TO SEE HERE. *adjusts fake moustache and runs away*

Initial reaction shot is here, the twitter thread with my yelling in real-time is here. I might also refer to some stuff from this post about mistranslation in the Crunchyroll subs, because it is a nice resource and also if it's accurate the subs are somehow still LESS GAY than the original.

  • I really like the progression of time and Victor's look, fair warning, so when that comes up again I am probably going to squeak a lot. LOOK AT THOSE SILHOUETTES AND HOW THEY DID THE TRANSITION.

  • I usually skip opening credits, but I genuinely love the opening for Yuri On Ice! There is really pretty choreography and kinda sketchy shading and a song I have listened to recreationally far too much – plus, y'know, if they actually skated in those outfits I'd be WELL up for that!

  • Victor is twenty-seven!? I did not remember this at all... And now I can't remember if that's older or younger than I thought he was. I guess maybe older? But that's because I tend to focus on the ways he acts like he has never encountered real human beings before (and that means that I am SUPER TRIPPED UP by him being serious, whoops, but I love that.). ... I think this makes Victor the oldest skater we encounter, if I'm remembering right? I think the next oldest person is like twenty-five.

  • Everyone keeps reacting like Victor retiring was a surprise, but there was speculation before he did it! I guess no one could believe it?

  • (That's Chris in second, and... Who's third? Altin? I don't remember.)

  • YURI'S PHONE CASE IS POODLES. I DIDN'T REALISE HOW MUCH HE REALLY LIKED THOSE DOGS.

  • I ADORE the style of the asides in this, they're so cute. <3

  • "I'm one of the dime-a-dozen top figure skaters certified by the JSF." HE IS ONE OF THE BEST SKATERS IN JAPAN AND MADE IT TO THE TOP SIX IN HIS BRACKET AND IS JUST LIKE "EH, THERE'S A LOT OF US." YURI. HONEY. PRECIOUS SWEET ANGEL CHILD. YOU ARE ANXIOUS AND HAVE NO SELF-RESPECT AND I LOVE YOU.

  • Legit though, [personal profile] thebaconfat said it best (as always):
    And, like, I love how you can hardly tell how incredibly fucking good Yuri is at skating because he has such a hard time believing in himself, and how much he loves this thing but ruins it for himself at the same time because it's so important to him?

  • (I can't remember what I was reading, it might have been The Ancient Magus' Bride, where it was like "Not respecting yourself/your work/the life you have is disrespecting the people who value you" and now I have given myself a sad. BACK TO QUEERBAIT ON SKATES WHERE NO ONE WANTS ME TO LEARN IMPORTANT LESSONS ABOUT SELF-ESTEEM.)

  • (Apparently Yuri's hobby is gaming because he is AN ADORABLE PRECIOUS NERD.)

  • (HE LOOKS SO WORRIED IN EVERY PHOTO BLESS HIS FUCKING HEART.)

  • ... No but seriously, he made it to the Grand Prix Final and can't even think about that because he's too focused on the fact that he lost. Oh honey. Oh honey.

  • "Well, it's all my fault anyway." ;_____; "I'm sorry, I messed up." ;_____________;

  • YURIO IS THE ANGRIEST SMOL HUMAN AND THE REASON THAT I THOUGHT THAT THIS MIGHT TURN OUT LIKE NANA. It's got two characters with the same name who have drama! It could have happened!

  • Yuri is so BAD with fans and people trying to encourage him! Like, look at how he is with that newscaster, he just doesn't want to know! And with the people at the station later, he just – doesn't? Which seems really weird because he is deeply fannish himself, so...

  • Oh no, I didn't see the tiny dog when I watched this the first time. ;_;

  • HE JUST TURNS AROUND AND WALKS AWAY WHEN VICTOR OFFERS HIM A PHOTO. JUST STRAIGHT UP WALKS AWAY WITHOUT SAYING ANYTHING. OH MY GOD YURI.

  • HE JUST WANTED TO BE ON THE SAME PLAYING FIELD AS VICTOR *flips a chair*

  • Five years since he's been home?! Jesus Christ, kid!

  • OH GOD NO SO MANY POSTERS, THAT WOULD BE THE WORST. THE. WORST.

  • Minako is so excited about him coming back!

  • Oh, he's graduated! That's good for him. And it's March, for if I need to know for fic-writing purposes.

  • On the one hand, I get not wanting to deal with people when you're cold and full of nerves and have just quit your life's calling. On the other hand: YOU TELL HIM, MINAKO.

  • He just can't face people, bless him. Or the pressure of people's expectations?

  • Ooh, what's this music? (7:43?) I like it!

  • Victor: *winks*
    Literally everyone else: *SWOONS*

  • YURI'S FAMILY ARE JUST LIKE "HE DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT BUT THAT'S FINE BECAUSE NOW HE CAN COME HOME AND WE CAN SEE HIM! <3" BLESS THEIR GODDAMN SUPPORTIVE HEARTS.

  • "I'm back" he says, like he's been out to the shops instead of away for five years.

  • I love the way Minako moves, she's just limbs everywhere.

  • YURI'S MUM IS SO TINY AND CUTE, I LOVE HER.

  • "You always did gain weight easily." Bless this family being so chill.

  • ;___; Poor kid and his dog.

  • Is that his sister? She's nice, I like her.

  • "The 'castle' has no historical basis and is a facade with a ninja house inside." ... *quietly googles ninja house for reasons*

  • "You could've told me the skater's hotel room numbers!"

  • Yuko: *appears*
    Me: *squints* Are you going to be the plausible deniability for the queerbait?
    Yuko: *is married with three kids, despite looking all of seventeen*

  • I THOUGHT THE KIDS WERE HER SISTERS, OKAY, SHE LEGIT DOESN'T LOOK OLD ENOUGH TO BE MARRIED.

  • Everyone loves and supports Yuri so much! *punches floor*

  • THERE IS NO NEED TO NOTE THIS COSTUME, IT IS GUARANTEED NOT TO BE RELEVANT LATER. NOPE.

  • (All of these characters are babies and they are all absolutely precious.)

  • THE KIDS ARE SO CUTE, OKAY, THEY HAVE A CRUSH AND THEY ARE BONDING OVER IT WHILE THE OTHER KID SULKS IN A CORNER.

  • Puppy!

  • "I hope I can see you compete against Victor soon!" NOT SURE IF HE'S BLUSHING BECAUSE OF HER PRAISE OR BECAUSE OF THE IDEA.

  • Hello, here is the first time you get to see that Yuri is actually a really good skater who is actually skilled. He is good enough to keep up with Victor if there's no pressure on him and that is really goddamn cool!

  • Minako is right that watching Yuri do this is better, but I can't work out if it's just that I like watching him doing this in casual clothes rather than Victor's froofy stuff? I dunno.

  • Yuri: *makes women blush with the sheer power of his skating*

  • I don't know SHIT about skating, but I loved that.

  • Yuko: I thought you'd be depressed or something!
    Yuri: I was. But I got bored of feeling depressed, so I got to thinking... I wanted to get my love for skating back.
    *CLUTCHES FACE*

  • VIctor looks so bored in the press-conference.

  • ... Are you trying to confess your feelings episode one, Yuri, because y'all should KNOW that's not gonna work.
  • "Axel, Lutz and Loop!" DID YOU LEGIT NAME YOUR KIDS THAT OR ARE THOSE NICKNAMES I GENUINELY CAN'T TELL.

  • Until she referred to them as "her girls" I thought they were her sisters/kids who used the rink, but I THINK they're hers?

  • Oh, they are! Hello Nishigori.

  • EVERYONE IS SUPPORTIVE WHY ARE YOU BAD AT RECOGNISING THIS YURI.

  • Oh, he uses skating to ignore his problems and is looking for motivation to keep going on his own, that makes sense. ... And then he goes "Victor is my motivation!" and episode eight happens to force further development! I UNDERSTAND NOW!

  • ... Yuri, Yuri honey. You are such a fanboy.

  • "[Katsuki Yuri] Tried to Skate Victor's FS Program [Stay Close To Me]" That is harsh, from what we saw he succeeded!

  • (I really like the way that this show uses social media, because it is all recognisably the way people actually use them, and it always surprises me when that happens.)

  • VICTOR WHAT IS WITH THAT FACE.

  • Okay, this is in April, got it. (I do like the translation from that link above, where it points out that Yuri is bad at people and saying "It's a pain to get calls, so I turned it off..." is on theme.)

  • Dog!

  • They go "good-looking foreign guest" and Yuri doesn't even CONSIDER that it might be anyone else, he just straight up sprints for the baths.

  • FANSERVICE WARNING OH MY GOD. (I'd not actually seen this bit before writing this, because I was watching on a train up to visit our Jill, so I managed to miss... Victor being peak Victor? WAIT, NO, POOR CHOICE OF WORDS!)

  • THE FIRST TIME YURI ACTUALLY SAYS WORDS TO HIS HERO/CRUSH, HIS HERO/CRUSH IS STARK NAKED. HOW IS THIS HIS LIFE. HOW.

  • VICTOR DON'T JUST BE NAKED AND DECLARE YOURSELF SOMEONE'S COACH OH MY GOD.

  • WHAT WAS THAT.

  • WHAT.

  • I love them being nerds with sparklers, and the instagram feed in the credits! Especially because Phichit's username is phichithamster. ... I assume someone on tumblr has done the frame-by-frame to get the captions, yeah?

  • I CANNOT EVEN WITH VICTOR COMBING YURI'S HAIR, I JUST CAN'T, IT IS TOO INTIMATE AND I AM SO DEAD.

  • Q: More or less intimate than them messing around under the shower? A: I DON'T KNOW.

  • OKAY, QUEERBAIT ON SKATES IS SUPER QUEERBAITY AND I KINDA LOVE IT WITHOUT SHAME. I just keep being surprised that the episodes are so short! And so goddamn far apart come guys, I am a fangirl, I can't be expected to wait for my canon!

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