So I waited. After the series came to an end and discussion died down, I picked it up in late December 2016 on a whim. Even though I knew it would impact me deeply, I was still not prepared. Each episode found me sobbing and reduced to tears. There was so much I could relate to in this series and watching it was an incredibly cathartic experience. If you haven’t watched it yet for whatever reason: do it. Yuri!!! On Ice saved my 2016. That year was trash. If not for this series, however, it would have been completely irredeemable trash.
What I love most about the series is being able to see all of the characters have their own personal space to grow and develop. The main protagonist, Yuri, is no exception. From rediscovering himself and his passion to discovering love, Yuri’s entire journey is encompassed in “Yuri On ICE.”
In music, a reprise is a “repetition of a phrase or verse” or a “return to an original theme.” However, it can also mean “to repeat or resume an action.” (cr.) Even though it is one of the series' most recurring songs, “Yuri On ICE” is also a song that nourishes Yuri’s growth—a song that encourages him to embrace love and renew his dreams. Although he performs his free skate with this same song over and over again throughout the series, his performance is never the same. It continues to grow and develop alongside Yuri himself as he encounters different challenges, takes risks and, ultimately, overcomes.
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