Do you like ice skating? Is that why you are watching Yuri on Ice? If yes, then this is the episode for you. Let’s watch all the skaters and their routines (and yes they are amazing and the music is great and I loved it but for the non-ice skating fans watching this show I can see them having enough at about the ten minute mark). What is good about this episode are the ongoing conversations and observations made by characters about what is happening. It allows the characters to continue their journey even while the bulk of the episode is covered in pretty spins and dancing. Though, Victor’s coaching takes quite a few verbal barbs this episode and to be honest it kind of needed it even if Victor is playing totally cool. Yuri’s routine (and this is the third time we’ve seen it) shows the full depth of his growth as a skater and is truly something spectacular this episode. That said, I would fully understand where some people might find this a bit of a gamble. The audience has been hooked but if your plot stalls entirely in favour of realism in portraying the competition of ice skating they might lose some viewers. For me, this episode was beautiful and just fun to watch.
Yuri on Ice is available on Crunchyroll.