Nevertheless, it means we still don't have as much free time as we thought we did (although we probably still have enough free time). But the point is, that's why we only watched one episode of Yuri on Ice today. We decided if we were going to do this, we might as well do it all the way and we started from the beginning again.
I admit, part of my aversion to starting over from the beginning is that I knew, from hearing the songs from a certain movie over and over again, that things can grow on you and I was afraid I would end up liking it. I also admit that I am a little determined to continue to dislike this series. But I'm also determined to give it a fair chance, so we'll just see which determination wins out. Or maybe I'll legitimately still not like this series, which I think was indicated by the point after Yuri reenacted Victor's routine and they showed him outside in the cherry blossoms and I was genuinely surprised that the episode wasn't over yet, even though I'd seen it before.
What I'm saying is, the pacing is slow. I may have mentioned before that we've seen three episodes but we couldn't for the life of us remember three episodes' worth of material. It feels like nothing happened, but I think that's just because nothing happened that piqued our interest.
So it starts out with Yuri not winning the thingie that he was skating in, and he was in the bathroom crying. Athena said that this is where she checked out as far as being engaged with the characters, because she has a thing about germs, so she was waiting for him to get out of the bathroom stall that is gross. As for why I had no sympathy for him... I really can't say. All I can say is that I didn't. Athena suggests that there was a lot of busyness to the animation that made it hard to focus. I will add that when it switched to "in Yuri's head Yuri," I would get annoyed, and again I can't really say why. I think overall, and not just with those bits, there's something about the staging or something that really just doesn't work for me.
And now Athena and I are sitting here talking about how they could have done it that would have activated my empathy. For example, if, instead of saying, "I just lost in this skating thingie and now I'm going to the bathroom and being depressed," they had shown him waiting to hear the announcement about the winners or whatever, and they'd shown the anticipation and anxiety on his face (since he already knew he messed up), then you hear the announcement and you see the wave of disappointment. That would have been more touching, I think.
So yeah, there does seem to be a lot of dialogue and monologue that's basically narration and exposition. We learned from a series that will remain unnamed that we're not big fans of monologuing. It seems like the least interesting way to deliver information.
There are a lot of pretty pictures. The visuals are stunning. But they also seem to lack tension a lot of the time. I said once that the art wasn't why we didn't like it, but now that we're analyzing it further, I think it might be part of it. In fact, when our friend on Facebook was trying to convince us to watch it, she shared some screencaps, and I looked at them and thought, "Eh." And I think I know why. We have another friend on Facebook who draws lots of pictures and she shares them and people like them because they're pretty, but we usually don't care for them because there's no spark; there's no light in the characters' eyes. They're not alive. And it's true that sometimes the characters in Yuri on Ice are expressive, but they're kind of on the same level as these pictures our friend draws.
We maintain our opinion that the skating routines are just pretty dances with pretty music in the background, and they're not united and that makes me ask, "Then why do I have to put them together?" The skating was almost more interesting when it was background to people's conversations/monologues.
Sooo...yeah. I don't know. So far we're not really relating to the characters, except for maybe Minako. We really don't relate to the copying Victor thing. Maybe that's ironic coming from someone whose job it is to recreate someone else's writing, but that's the thing--we're doing something those writers can't do. If they could translate their own work, then what would be the point of us doing it? If you want to be awesome like Victor, come up with your own routines, like Victor does. (We also never really got on board with the whole, "I want to be just like So-and-So when I grow up!" Maybe that comes from having lived our lives alongside someone who is very much like us, and knowing and appreciating the fact that that person was not exactly the same as us. Speaking of which, one voice actress for all three triplets? Numeralist, much?)
In conclusion, we still don't like it, but we will persevere.
Today I'm thankful for kind friends who drive us to the post office, our packages not having been returned to sender, getting to go to Marie Callender's, making decent progress on work despite ditching it for adventures, and having shiny packages to open.