Hey everyone! Here I am, with another review of Yuri on Ice!!. Today, we are focusing on episode 11, also known as “Gotta Super-Supercharge it! Grand Prix Final Short Program”. Man, I’ve forgotten how long these titles are. Anyway, as always, if you haven’t watched the episode yet, then I highly suggest you do so, as I will be spoiling stuff from the episode. With that out of the way, let’s get started.
This episode is mostly about the Short Program portion of the Grand Prix Final. Yuri is able to get an okay score, but touches the ice, in one of his jumps, which devastates him. He also appeared to be angered, instead of feeling love, which affected his overall performance. Phichit was also able to do good in his program, but it didn’t have as many quads, so he didn’t get as high of a score. Chris also did fairly well, as his score was higher than Yuri’s. Yurio’s performance was amazing, and was able to actually get a score that beat Victor’s world record. Otabek performance was also fun to watch, as this is the first time we have seen his performance. JJ, after seeing Otabek’s performance, as well as feeling the pressure from having to win, completely fails his performance, as most of his jumps turn into singles, which makes him lose alot of points, putting him in last place. The episode ends with Yuri telling Victor he wants to end their “coach and student” relationship after the GPF is over.
So overall, this episode was just alot of skating, but it still made you feel the tension, and anxiety, that the characters felt. When Yuri realized that he had touched the ice, which I’m sure affected his score, you could feel how upset he was. When Yurio was able to break Victor’s record, you could see how happy him, as well as his coaches, were. And, especially, when you see all the pressure that JJ is going through, which ultimately causes him to mess up, you honestly feel sorry for the guy.
Let me be clear on this, I don’t really like JJ, but I do love to hate on him. However, I did feel bad when he messed up his performance. But that’s also another part that this episode did really well. I think alot of people were already guessing that JJ was going to mess up at the GPF, but the creators decided to add a bit of a twist to it. Instead of going the normal route, which would be saying the competition’s pressure finally hit him, they added that he wanted to win gold, because he promised his fiance that they would marry. after he won. I don’t know about you guys, but I think that would cause alot more pressure to be put on JJ. It is a pressure he had never had before, and, although he was confident, he didn’t know how to handle the pressure from trying to keep his promise and dealing with the competition. Which, in my opinion, shows how well the creators thought about JJ as a character. What I mean is, they probably knew it wouldn’t make sense for JJ to fail due to the pressure of the competition, since he already showed, multiple times, that he was perfectly fine competing, which is why they added the engagement, as this was a whole new level of stress JJ had never experienced. So, while this move was predictable, it was handle very well.
If I had any sort of negatives for this episode, it would probably be the last part with Yuri telling Victor he wants to end their relationship after the GPF is over. I guess this is playing into the Yuri’s mentality of Victor eventually leaving him, and how he feels that the skating world wants Victor to come back, but it just doesn’t feel right to me. If anything, its definitely a reason for the audience to wait for the next episode. If you guys have any ideas, or other feelings, about this, please comment below.
This episode was fairly good, and is probably a good way to set up for the next episode, but is fairly average. Whether this new development between Yuri and Victor will cause them to break up is an entirely different story. And we are almost at the conclusion of the series. While it is saddening to think about, I will push through and hope for the best. With that said, please comment below on what you thought of this episode. How do you feel about this show coming to an end? Will Yuri and Victor actually break up? We’ll just have to wait and see. If you are interested in this show, please go check it out on Crunchyroll. Don’t put too much pressure on yourselves, and I hope to see you guys next time.