Yuri on Ice episode 3: I am Eros and Eros is Me?! Face-Off! Hot Springs on Ice
Three posts in one day today. Don’t get used to this.
Back in to the anime and manga reviews, and back into Yuri on Ice, where we’re all the way to episode three.
What I love about this episode is it’s the turning point, the moment where Yuri stops being a big freakout and reveals that he can, in fact, fight, and knows how to do so in his own way. He’s still awkward and unsure and full of self-doubt, but he can also be determined and has the capacity to draw fire out of himself when he needs to.
I also, every time I watch this show, particularly this episode, see more and more signs that Victor is a lot softer and less the super playboy than we initially thought. Basically, Yuri’s tale of the playboy who comes to town? We all know later this is the story of Yuri and Victor, but man, it really is the story of Yuri and Victor. Victor wants to be that woman swept off her feet, and Yuri only needs someone to help him free himself so he can be that playboy.
I’m absolutely never tired of this story. Ever.
But poor Yuri, having to eat broccoli and udon while everyone else eats katsudon. Seriously.
I love watching Victor train them, especially knowing where they both end up. You really do understand how far Yurio has to grow and why Victor was so hard on him here. Victor truly wasn’t the right coach for him, and I don’t think anyone could have reached him until Yurio’s pride was so bruised by Onsen on Ice. He also couldn’t see that Yuri was ready to be his friend from that first moment, and that Victor truly was trying to help him this whole time.
I cannot wait until these people get the time to tell us stories IN A MOVIE.
Aside: there was a moment when I’d studied my Japanese enough I almost could read some of the stuff in the background of the rink, but this summer kicked my ass and I forgot everything. I’m gonna get it back, dammit.
The joy Yuri has as he goes through Victor’s costumes is incredible. I love how he doesn’t hold back and how he’s basically living the dream. You quickly forget he’s spending the whole skating season in his idol’s outfit, in the one he was wearing when Yuri fell in love.
Also…this bit where Victor is in the weird tourism getup and he “forgets” again that he said he was going to go with the winner? I mean…he was never going to leave. Really. And another random aside—I know nosebleeds are a thing in anime, but the one Yuko gets when seeing Yurio’s outfit is just insane. It makes me think they’re poking at the genre.
Sometime I want to watch the evolution of Yuri and Yurio’s short and long programs thorugh the series and watch their improvement. I bet it’s incredible. Listening to Yurio’s internal monolog here…he’s just not brining it, is he? Not like he’s going to later.
And then Yuri and his freakout that Victor stops with personal attention and declaring he loves pork cutlet bowls…God, we had no idea where that was going to go at the time, or what he was really saying. How much and how deeply he was really saying, “I love Yuri Katsuki.” And Victor had no idea how little Yuri understood his subtext because he didn’t remember the banquet.
This damn story.
And Yuri is so pretty here as he skates. His expressions, his face, his movements. His voice. Honestly I haven’t listened to the dub but a few times when it first came out and only the first few episodes—anything but the sub doesn’t sound like YOI. And only Toshiyuki Toyonaga is Yuri to me.
I love the way Victor holds Yuri at the podium. I love the way Minako cries. And I love the way Yurio determinedly stalks off.
And I love episode four so much. We will discuss it tomorrow.
A single stroke can change your world.
Xander Fairchild can’t stand people in general and frat boys in particular, so when he’s forced to spend his summer working on his senior project with Skylar Stone, a silver-tongued Delta Sig with a trust fund who wants to make Xander over into a shiny new image, Xander is determined to resist. He came to idyllic, Japanese culture-soaked Benten College to hide and 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, and the veneer around him begins to crack. Xander himself does plenty of damage too. There’s something about the antisocial artist’s refusal to yield that forces Skylar to 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 to speak aloud, even to himself.
Through a summer of art and 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 to 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 and manga, playing with her cats, and watching too much anime. Find out more about Heidi at heidicullinan.com.