Hey everyone!! I’m here with another review of Yuri on Ice!!. Today, we are going to talk about episode 9, also known as “Yuri vs Yuri! The Horror!! Rostelecom Cup, Free Skate”. As always, if you haven’t watched the episode yet, I highly suggest you do so before you continue reading, as I will be spoiling some parts of the episode. With that said, let’s get started.
The episode begins with Victor leaving Yuri to check on Makkachin’s health. Yakov takes over as Yuri’s coach, but doesn’t do much. The skating competition begins, with all the skaters giving their best. Yurio’s routine goes so well that he is able to gain first place. During Yuri’s skate, he becomes nervous again, as Victor is not there, but it able to pull through with his routine, although losing quite a few points. JJ ends up taking the first place spot, leaving Yurio in second and Yuri and Michele in third. It is only due to the fact that Yuri placed higher in his first competition, that Yuri is able to make it to the Grand Prix Final, instead of Michele. After the competition, and some Yuri zombie hugs, Yuri and Yurio meet up and share their thoughts. Victor and Yuri meet up at the airport, with a healthy Makkachin in tow, and share their wants to be with each other.
To be honest, I’m not sure where to put this episode. I do think it is a great example of how far both Yuri and Yurio have come, but at the same time, nothing much else happens. We see the extent of Yurio’s training, as he has transformed into a true beauty of the ice, who is able to truly capture the audience’s attention and become his own fiery masterpiece. As for Yuri, we see that Victor’s presence is still somewhat necessary for Yuri. I say somewhat in the fact that, I think Yuri realizes that he needs to learn how to be confident on his own, as, if Victor does truly leave him, he needs to still be able to skate the way Victor has taught him. Victor has been able to release the inner abilities that Yuri has, but that is because it was in Yuri’s ability to be able to do this in the first place. So I think this is where Yuri is recognizing his own abilities.
As for the other characters, I’m not going to lie, the only one that really stood out was JJ. The others obviously were meant to just kind of be there, but their performances were still pretty good. I do kinda wish we could see more of the Korean skater, since I’m half Korean, but whatever.
The main problem with this episode is that the only interesting points about his episode was Yuri without Victor, and Yuri, Yurio, and JJ’s fight for the top spots. Because of that the things with the other skaters were either ok or just quickly glanced over. I mean we really didn’t even get to see the Korean skater skate that much, or the Czech Republic skater, and they did have interesting personalities. Again, I don’t know, but I feel like this is what makes the episode not as good as previous.
So overall, not a bad episode, especially considering we do get to see that Makkachin is ok, Yuri makes it to the finals, Victuri gets the final hug, and alls-well-that end-well, but besides the skates with Yuri, Yurio, or JJ, and the ending, this episode was ok. Not bad, but not great in scopes of what we have seen this season. Does that mean I didn’t like the episode? No, I still loved it, and fangirled through most of it. But compared to previous episodes, I just thought the others were more interesting. With that said, what did you guys think of this episode? Would you have liked to see more of the other skaters? Were you cheering when Makkachin came out ok? Please comment below on your thoughts on the episode, the questions, or the show so far. If you are interested in the show, please go check it out at Crunchyroll.com. Thank you guys for reading, build your own self-confidence, and I hope to see you guys next time.