I spent most of the second episode wondering why I still didn't care. I think I finally figured it out. At this point in the series, basically what we have is Yuri, who's busy obsessing over his skating career; Yurio, who's busy obsessing over his skating career; and Victor, who nobody knows what he's thinking but they all know he doesn't listen to anybody. And basically it's just a bunch of people who haven't really shown any indication of caring much for anybody other than themselves. I really should have realized that sooner, since that's also why I decided I don't like Tiana or Frozen. Of the three, Yurio gets the biggest pass, though, because he's at least a jerk about it which makes it seem more honest, and he's played by Roxas.
Maybe that's not entirely a fair assessment, though, since Yuri is also clearly obsessed with Victor, which means he does care about one other person. Athena commented that Victor was inspired when he saw Yuri's skate video because he finally found someone who loves him as much as he loves himself. In Victor's defense, it is clear that he wants Yuri and Yurio to skate their best, but constantly forgetting promises reads as being rather self-centered, so.
So the first time we watched these two episodes, episode two failed to be interesting, so we thought, since everyone loved it so much, we'd give it one more chance and if episode three didn't get out attention, we could say we gave it a fair chance. And episode three not only continued to be fairly boring, but it got to be more explicit with the Victuri stuff.
Now, everybody who reads our blog knows we're devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and we believe that people shouldn't pursue sexual relationships with members of the same sex. I know it's considered to be a bigoted point of view, but it's not like we're demanding that the show be banned. If Victor and Yuri were real people, we wouldn't even think they were going to hell in the traditional sense. The LDS concept of hell is more like...well, our belief if that people can grow and improve throughout eternity, and hell is being stuck without being able to grow. Part of growing toward exaltation is having your own kids, which is why we're big believers in traditional marriage (for lack of a better term).
But that's not the point. The point is watching a series that prominently features a gay relationship is like if we were vegans watching a show that prominently features hunting. We're just not really interested in seeing that endeavor succeed. Not that we're rooting against them, just that we'd rather not be involved.
On a much more superficial note, I may or may not have mentioned in the past that when we first heard about Yuri on Ice, I was excited to see a series about male figure skating because I find men to be incredibly sexy when they're dancing. So Yuri's choice to dance as a woman was kind of a major letdown. (Not to mention that whole narrative he came up with about Don Juan and the most beautiful woman in town was not only not kakko ii as Fuku-Jun's character said it was, but it was stupid and annoying. If there's anything I like less than a story about people who don't care about anyone but themselves, it's a story about people who make bad decisions for bad reasons. On the one hand, at least the woman learns her lesson in the end, but the Don Juan still gets what he wants and he really really shouldn't.)
Speaking of that, though, one thing we've been noticing about the art is that a lot of the poses (not only when skating) are rather feminine. And again, I'm not saying that's necessarily a bad thing, but as a straight woman, I'm just not attracted to that kind of thing. So here I was looking forward to this series about hot male ice dancers, and it turned out to be a series of female dancers in men's bodies. Another letdown. And speaking of that, I got curious and checked the credits for ice skating models, and sure enough one of them is a woman. Did they only use her as a model for Minako's dancing, even though it lists her as an ice performer? They probably used her for Yuri's version of Eros, since he was skating as a woman...
Anyway. The point is, there are a lot of things about this show that do the opposite of appeal to me, and the reason for all of them probably has to do with my privilege, but that realization doesn't make those things appeal to me any more.
But now that the Hot Springs on Ice arc is over, there should be new characters in the next episode. Maybe they will be more interesting.
Today I'm thankful for making good progress on work today, Bamboo finally deciding it was okay to leave (we're starting to wonder if she's asking us to adopt her; either that, or she just really hates the cold), getting to listen to our new Pokemon CD, Pikachu's song, and finally catching a Shellder.