okay can we just talk about this scene here
JUST THIS ONE FUCKING SCREENSHOT THERE IS SO MUCH HAPPENING. SO MUCH HAPPENING IN ONE PICTURE. OKAY LET’S BREAK IT DOWN
YURIO IS SO ANGRY HERE. SO ANGRY AND SO DISHEVELED. IS HE ANGRY THAT HE IS DISHEVELED. IS HE ANGRY THAT YUURI IS GRINDIN ALL OVER VIKTOR’S ASS RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM N IT’S GROSS FOR OUR SMOL CHILD TO SEE. IS HE ANGRY BECAUSE VIKTOR MADE HIM THAT PROMISE AND NO DRUNK ASS KATSUDON IS GONNA TAKE THAT AWAY FROM HIM, ESP WITH A TIE AROUND HIS HEAD AND PANTS LONG GONE
CHRIS IS LIKE THE EXACT OPPOSITE??? like he can’t be disheveled bc he got absolutely no clothes on, none at all. aND HE IS FUCKING HAPPY. AND PROBABLY INTRIGUED BY THIS SKATER WHO IS APPARENTLY BOMB AT POLE DANCING. ((also lookit that blush chris probably came all over the pole like srsly chris why u gotta make everything all slippery)) but like. look at that smile. those lips making the o face like ‘oooo dis boi he gooood’ chris u are too sexual for your life
AND HERE IS OUR POOR, PURE, SWEET KATSUDON FATALE who is apparently now more noodle than katsudon hE BE ROLLING AND GRINDING HIMSELF ALL OVER VIKTORS ASS (im kidding that’s viktor’s crotch, u do u yuuri) and honestly can we get yuuri drunk in every party just so we can see Noodle!Yuuri and Angry-and-Disheveled!Yurio please PLEASE
and finally we have the most normal expression of all, the expression of the living legend five-time world champion skater viktor nikiforov who is also coincidentally being climbed like a coconut tree right this moment. HOW IS HE SO CALM. IT’S LIKE HE’S USED TO THIS HAPPENING, IT JUST SO HAPPENS THAT THE GUY DOING IT THIS TIME IS ACTUALLY RLY CUTE????? HE’S NOT FREAKING OUT NOPE NOT AT ALL. VITYA’S EXPRESSION IS LITERALLY JUST LIKE “o hello there may i help u”
but also consider this is right after their dance off so maybe more like “o hello there may we get married right now if ur not too busy grindin on me”
and, well, to wrap this up. we have these poor, innocent bystanders
In summary, they didn’t ask for this
but we totally did
i think i got carried away but srsly guys this goddamn screenshot idk i’m sure there are a ton more scenes like this but drunk!yuuri causes the best incidents
I’ve spent some time lately trying to figure out why, exactly, it always rings false to me when people call Viktor a “playboy.” And I think I figured it out:
Viktor Nikiforov believes in love.
Viktor is definitely presented as a playboy. That’s not the problem: he has millions of male and female fans who literally swoon over him, he’s noted for being “free with his charms,” is called “the world’s hottest bachelor,” and his initial behavior with Yuuri is very forward, physical, and flirtatious. Even seven episodes of character growth in, his initial reaction to comfort Yuuri is kissing him.
So it’s not that Viktor doesn’t have the groundwork laid for this interpretation.
Most “playboy” archetypes fall into this pattern of having been hurt in the pat by someone—a parent, a friend, usually a former lover—and they are now jaded and no longer believe in love. The love interest is there to facilitate the playboy’s growth by being warm and loving and caring and everything the playboy needs and convince them that love doesn’t have to hurt. The playboy’s character arc takes them through this long trial in which their love interest is used as free emotional labor and an emotional punching bag while the playboy works out his personal issues.
While we have basically no backstory on Viktor, he doesn’t appear to have been hurt like this in the past. He’s just a sad, lonely man with major depressive disorder and no friends or family, apparently. Which, as my brother pointed out when I made this argument to him, doesn’t sound very much like a playboy.
As soon as he meets Yuuri at the banquet and realizes, “I could fall in love with this man,” he chases it with everything he has. He already knows how much he wants and needs love and how much good it could do him. He’s not running away from affection, he’s running full-tilt toward it.
Which neatly averts any “using Yuuri as an emotional punching bag,” and for that I will be forever grateful.
My grandfather always used to say that he chased my grandmother until she caught him. Episode 10 will forever make me think of that phrase, ‘cause episodes 1-9 is a whole lot of Victor chasing, but episode 10 is where Yuuri catches him.
I have thoughts on this as well. I just want to point out that we are left with a huge number of degrees of freedom for how we view Victor simply because he has very little backstory given (at the moment).
But Victor-as-playboy is an interpretation that is given to us by Minako when she is watching Victor skate. At this point, Minako hasn’t actually met Victor. She’s basing her view of Victor-as-playboy on publicly available facts:
* he has millions of female fans
* he is flirty in public (for instance, Victor winking at the camera)
But we know that Victor is a performer. He instructs both Yuuri and Yuri how to perform, and–at least as far as coaching goes; his personal feelings are likely a different matter–is 100% fine with Yuuri performing Eros by thinking about katsudon.
We also know, canonically, that Minako is wrong about Victor’s motivations. Minako tells Yuuri in episode 2 that she thinks Victor is using coaching as an excuse to figure out what he wants to do next.
This image of playboy is projected onto Victor by people who don’t know him.
These two projections as to Victor’s internal state are brilliant narrative strokes by Kubo, because they allows us (as viewers) to construct an explanation for behavior that makes absolutely no sense without Episode 10. Why is Victor flirting with this guy he barely knows? Why did he drop everything to come coach him?
The narrative of Episodes 1-4 is explicitly built to lie to the viewer about who Victor is, to heighten the drama of the Episode 10 reveal. Victor is set up as someone who has many passing affairs, few of which manage to hold his interest.
One of those narratives–that Victor is just using Yuuri as an excuse to figure out what he’s doing–is clearly false. The other one, IMO should be treated with extreme skepticism.
Given how little we know of Victor, I think anyone can legitimately headcanon Victor anywhere between actual playboy and…the opposite of actual playboy, which is much more likely to be the case.
What we do know of Victor–the part that comes directly from himself–is that he’s spent more than twenty years having neither life nor love. You could probably squish a playboy-ish image into that, but… Not easily, I don’t think.
If you start from that perspective, you see Victor’s actions in the first few episodes as fumbling–terrible fumbling–because he has absolutely no idea what he’s doing.
And here’s where we get Kubo’s third brilliant narrative stroke. If you try to explain the way Victor tries to seduce Yuuri in the first few episodes, he’s absolutely off kilter. This is not how a seasoned playboy would approach a skittish ingenue. “Hey, let’s sleep together to get to know each other better!” is actually really hilarious when viewed as an actual attempt to start a relationship.
The viewer reads all this as, essentially, fanservice in the first few episodes. We read it as a character overacting, over-exaggerating, to get those sexy frames in place. But these are coupled with things that don’t quite fit the fanservice image–Victor crying at night while hugging Makkachin, Victor looking away and sighing when Yuuri refuses to talk to him, Victor getting massively drunk when Yuuri says that katsudon is his eros.
Kubo uses and subverts the trope of fanservice. We think we know what we’re seeing. The reality? Again, open to interpretation, but my headcanon is that Victor is actually Bad At Seduction. He doesn’t know what to do; he’s basically imitating fanservice because he has very little actual real world experience. (Whether you see this as Victor-as-sexually-inexperienced, or Victor-as-never-having-had-to-do-work-because-everyone-comes-to-him-first is again up for grabs).
From Victor’s perspective, Yuuri is the seasoned playboy, and he thinks that all he has to do is signal that he’s available. So he shows up, naked, and is like…uh, how do we do this thing? I touch you, right? And ask you who you’re into? This is how we do it? No? Okay, well, let’s keep trying new things.
Victor knows he’s failing, but you don’t land a quad flip by giving up on the first try. So he keeps trying. Okay, that didn’t work…let’s go somewhere together! Let’s sleep together! Let’s go to the beach together!
It isn’t until episode four that Yuuri and Victor sit down and Victor just flat out asks the equivalent of this: “Yuuri, I have no idea how to human, HOW DO I DO THIS THING.”
And Yuuri tells him to be himself.
So, long story short, “Victor as playboy” is IMO a construction that is built by Kubo based on testimony from highly unreliable narrators to heighten the drama of the episode 10 reveal.
Viktor ‘child sports genius’ Nikiforov learned social interaction from airplane novels, pass it on.
Sorry for deleting-then-reposting lol. I woke up thinking “wait, there needs to be a second picture!”
The Layers of Meanings Behind the Rings
VictuuriWeek 2017 – Day 7 – Victor Prompt – Promises
So for VictuuriWeek day 7, I’d like to talk about the rings and all the various promises they hold. This post is written as a complimentary piece to @lazuliblade‘s amazing meta here (2 metas for 2 rings) so please make sure to read that one as well! In this analysis, we’ll be looking at the various tie-ins the series has to the various layers of meaning represented by the rings.
I’ll be going in the order of how they’re mentioned in Laz’s post so please enjoy!