I could continue to say how beautiful this is and how amazing the theme song is and so on and so forth but what I think this episode highlighted for me was the reason why this show hasn’t topped my must watch list. That said, I’m loving it and have no intention of stopping my viewing.
Between the beautifully animated movements, musical interludes, and moments of actual character depth we have some really cringe-worthy dialogue and characters falling back into basic archetypes rather than feeling like real people. These moments are few (only about four cringes for the duration of the episode) but they definitely break me out of the spell this show seems to be trying so hard to cast.
Yuri this week definitely hits a turning point as he finally seems to realise he can actually go after what he wants (just as soon as he fully realises exactly what it is he wants, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that Victor is high up on that list of wants). The way the episode explores Yuri’s development is fascinating and the contrast between Yuri and Yurio is brilliant (and at least they aren’t trying to make us hate Yurio in order to make Yuri look better). It’s a good episode and it maintains the high quality of visuals and movement that blew me away in episode 1 but there are definitely things about this that don’t quite sit right for me.
Yuri on Ice is available on Crunchyroll.