Yuri on Ice Finale (ep 12)

victor-is-loveAnd with this, the gaylicious ride that was Yuri on Ice, is officially over. And what a ride that was: fun, crazy, gay, beautiful, Victor-you-damn-perfect-human-being, medelas, rings – what 12 episodes those were.

Now that it’s over I’m a bit confliced. I was pretty sure Yuri was meant to win gold and retire at the peak of his career. He wanted to retire for a year now, repeated numerous times thoughout the episode and the GPF gold was the one declared goal. Neither happend, though.

My theory includes the ending has been sacrificed in favor of a second season. I’m relatively sure Yuri was supposed to win, retire and live happily ever after with Victor. Well, he’s still living with Victor, that one worked out, the rest…. not so so much. Having Yuri loose by 0.12 points is downright cruel. He got the world record, which is awesome, but not the gold medal, which is annoying. Also, Victor making a comeback at his age and wants to train Yuri at the same time is pretty much insane, so that’s another sore thumb in my chest.

I mean, Victor skating? I’m all in, but he’s pretty old for top level competitive sport and yuri-on-ice-finale-victor-crytraining someone else at the same time is more or less impossible, realistically speaking. This anime has been pretty much stuck with realistic competitions so far, or until the real life short program world record was beaten my 8 points at least (I’m still a bit sour over that, because I think that’s a bit too much). Well, I guess I just have to live with that and at least we’re having Yuri and Victor train together in Russia now – whatever that may turn into.

The one thing I asolutely loved to death about this episode was the pair skate. I was dreaming of a pas de deux since episode one and I was literally screaming of joy when they pulled it off! And it was so beautifully done, too. The contrast to Victor’s original performanc was stunning: not only were they wearing blue and red costumes, they also wore silver ornaments – after Yuri won silver at the GPF. When Victor won the world championships, he wore golden ornaments. The song was originally a solo, yuri-on-ice-finale-victor-and-yuribut now it was a duet. Furthermore, when Yuri starts off alone, everything is blue – cold and lonely-, but as soon as Victor enters, everything turns magenta – warm and happy- while they dance together. I would’ve loved to see them training for that, because they even included some lifts, but since they had barely enough time to show the character development properly, that’s really too much to ask.

Overall, it was a great anime. Very short and rushed, they barely had enough time to squeeze Yuri’s character development in between all the competitions, but still pretty good. I would’ve liked if it was 24 episodes and more detailed on the characters, but nobody could’ve imagined the show turned into such a huge hit and is now even getting a second season that was never planned.

My personal favorite part of this anime is not Victuuri, not the pair skate, not the kiss, none of those things. My favorite part of this anime is the society in this world, that accepts a homosexual relationship without any second thought. A world where everyone can love whoever they want is a truly wonderful world to live in and one I wish we could see in real life as well. I think Yuri on Ice set a bold statement by showing off a world like this where love is universal and all types of love are equally accepted. It’s not about men and women, it’s simply about love and nothing else and everyone just accepts this fact. This is wonderful and while many people have been arguing Yuri on Ice made history by including a homosexual pairiung into a non-BL sportsanime, I think what they really made history with is how normal this relationship was portrayed.

Overall, I guess I give this anime a very subjective 8/10. It could’ve been a 10/10 judging by yuri-on-ice-pair-skatehow much fun I had with episode 1-10, but episode 11 and 12 really went down into a direction I didn’t like in favor of a second season. Yuri on Ice was gayliciously awesome and even though I’ve been criticizing the decision to alter the ending in favor of a second season, I hate to admit I can’t wait to see said second season.

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Korra Season 3 finale

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I don’t know where to go with all my feels from the Korra season 3 finale! D:

It was, like, so much better than seaosn 1 and 2, the entire 3rd seaosn was the best Korra season by far ans the finale… oh my gosh the final. Starting from the amazing animation to the heart ripping sight of a depressed Korra in a wheelchair.  And migh I add she had some great character moments in this season, finally behaved remotely like an Avatar should and was actually likable for more than 2 seconds? How awesome is that?

I mean: How awesome is that:

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She looked so badass, at some point she didn’t even look like a girl anymore. Yeah, she’s very muscular, we knew that already, but this was some serious ass kicking. I loved the chain around her wrist, added a nice extra touch and was useful at the end.  Either way, I think it was probably also becasue of this incredible strengh we saw, that the moment when depressed!Korra showed up in a wheelchair was even more shocking. We saw all her strenght and only moments later she’s as delicate as any other girl and far from her usual optimistic and strong self.

This just has to be the saddest Korra gif ever created:

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Poor Korra. 😦 For someone as strong and hyperactive as she is, to be stuck in such a state… Holy that season ended on a dark note. The entire season was pretty dark, though. I mean: The Earth Queen was suffocated, Combustion Lady literally blew up her own head, no arms waterbender was fried alive by a massive eloectic shock (I loved Mako’s face afterworld, he was all: “Oh… ” like he didn’t even expect to be able to do it.) and Lava-bender-guy was buried alive… or bruned. Either way, not so nice.

Mentioning Mako, I was so mad he didn’t lightning bend the entire season, especially since he had to face off the no arms waterbender before. Water. Against electricity. Helloooo? However, maybe it’s not that he didn’t want to, but becasue he either couldn’t do it, or didn’t dare. Lightning bending is dangerous, as Iroh has taught us in ATLA, in a troubled emotional state, Mako could probably easily kill himself with a failed attempt at lightning bending. And who was troubled after his break up with his Avatar-asskicking-girlfriend called Korra?

 

Well, let’s just say I find it rather amusing he was obviously stable enough to pull if off, after this:

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Might I add he was looking absolutely ridiculous when he hugged Korra after their reunion in the desert, when Bolin ran and hugged Asami? The ship has not sunk yet! The SS Makorra is still aliiii~ve and sailing! No seriously, that doesn’t look very platonic to me. I’d love to see Makorra endgame after season 4, but with less teenage-y crazy hormons ruining everything and more seriously love between two matured people and I think we’ve already seen the start of it in season 3. I mean, the reason they broke up was not because they didn’t love eath other anymore, it was because they didn’t work out, since both of them behaved very immature. After allo this crazy near death Avatar in wheelchair business, I’d be very surprised they they’d go into it again as childish as they did before.

 

tumblr_nacpqzDluz1tubuz5o2_250 Makorra is alive and don’t you dare trying to tell me otherwise. Oh and all these Korrasami fans popping up know, don’t Avatar fans never learn? Asami might be Korra’s closest person right now, but that’s because she’s her best friend and a friend Korra never had before. Girls share emotional bonds this strong purely based on friendship. Korra can’t have her hair done for her by her father or Bolin or Mako and she’s closer to Asami than she’s to Pema, it makes sense that she’s relying so much on Asami now. It’s done the season so much good to remove all the obvious shipping stuff (aside from a few sprinkles here and there), they actively decided to highlight the friendship between Korra and Asami and it was a great choice, becasue theat’s one part of what made the original ALTA so great. We certainly need more Sokka in LOK, but I guess that’s too much to ask.

 

Either way, damn this finale was so amazing.

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