"Final Skate - Gotta Super-Super-Supercharge it!!! Grand Prix Final Free Skate" (最終滑走: 超超超がんばらんば!!!グランプリファイナルFS, Saishū Kassō: Chō Chō Chō Ganbaranba!!! Guran Puri Fainaru FS) is the twelfth and final episode of Yuri!!! on Ice.

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Having just said "let's end this," Yuri meets the day of his free skate in the worst possible condition. Will Yuri be able to live up to his theme of "love"? As the two fight their last program against each other, will Yuri be able to glide on Victor's frank love... and what will the final conclusion be...?[1]

Synopsis

The night before the free skate does not go well for Yuri and Victor, both of them having made different decisions regarding their futures. The final day of the Grand Prix Final arrives, with JJ first on the ice, who, despite his nerves, manages to perform well. Phichit is the second to perform and is happy that he could entertain the audience with his skating. When Yuri performs his free skate, he increases the difficulty of many of his jumps and delivers a perfect program, allowing him to surpass Victor's free skate world record. It is here that Victor reveals his wish to return to competitive skating. Chris and Otabek are the next to perform, and lastly, Yurio takes to the ice. Yurio's determination to win gold so that Yuri will not retire proves fruitful, and he wins the Grand Prix gold, albeit narrowly. Yuri begs Victor to stay on and coach him, to which Victor agrees. The after ending reveals that Yuri moves to Russia to be with Victor.

Summary

Victor upset with Yuri.

At their hotel, Yuri thanks Victor for everything he's done for him as a coach, but reveals that he is planning to retire after the Grand Prix Final. In response, Victor breaks into tears and asks how Yuri expects him to skate again if Yuri himself is going to quit. Though the conflict between them remains unresolved, they agree to make their own decisions after the free skate ends. The free skate of the Grand Prix Final begins with JJ going first. He is overly anxious and does not notice when the music starts playing, having broken down in front of his parents before the performance. He thinks to himself that it's been sixteen years since he's started skating, and a flashback reveals that people have doubted his ability to showcase his style throughout his past. Though JJ believes that he doesn't deserve the audience's applause, he can recover in the second half and performs successfully.

Phichit dreams of putting on an ice show with his friends.

Phichit performs second and reveals that his dream is to have an ice show in Thailand to spread the joy of figure skating to the people of his country. Though he stumbles on his triple axel, he can perform a quadruple toe loop, the only quad in his program, without mistakes. 

Before Yuri performs, Victor gives him words of encouragement, but Yuri tells Victor that he’s trying so hard to sound like a coach that he is not staying true to himself. In response, Victor states that he took a break after becoming a five-time world champion just to coach Yuri, and he wants to kiss a gold medal. Yuri laughs at this and hugs Victor in response.  

During his free skate, Yuri remembers that he had always wanted to catch up to Victor. His second jump is a quadruple salchow, which Yuri taught him to do back in Japan. He changes his triple loop to a triple flip, wanting his program to have the same difficulty as Victor's. When Yuri performs a quadruple salchow in place of a triple flip, it shocks the audience as well as Victor. As Yuri skates, he wishes to remain skating with Victor forever but feels that having Victor continuing to coach him would cause Victor's competitive skating career to degrade, and instead silently begs everyone to see the Victor that now lives inside of him. Yuri nails Victor's signature quadruple flip for his last jump, which reduces Victor to tears of joy. The performance ends with Yuri reaching out his free hand towards Victor.  

Victor reveals his wish to return to competitive skating.

Having delivered a flawless performance, Yuri shouts in elation and tears up. Victor calls Yuri to come over to him at the kiss and cry, but Yuri secretly wishes that he did not have to go, believing that everything would be over once he did. Victor reassures Yuri at the kiss and cry that Yuri's skate was perfect. Yuri receives a score that breaks Victor's free skate world record. Victor embraces Yuri, saying that as a coach, it was the ultimate happiness that both Yuri and Yurio had topped his records, but also the ultimate humiliation as a competitor. At this, Yuri's eyes light up, excited that Victor would return to competitive skating, at which Victor confirms this with a smile.  

Chris is next on the ice, musing over how Yuri had wished to retire but achieved a new world record instead, and notes it would not be easy to get a medal. Chris feels that despite this, he would be able to enjoy the GPF. He catches sight of Victor and Yuri and is too distracted to properly perform his next jump. Chris is grumpy when Victor and Yuri cheer for him, realizing that he was trying to ignore other skaters slowly surpassing him. Chris swaps out an early combination jump to the later half and finished his free skate. Hearing Minako cheer for him in the audience, Chris skates up to her and lets her place a rose wreath upon his head, thanking her in French. The announcement of Chris's final score guarantees Yuri a Bronze medal at the very least.  

The next to perform is Otabek. Throughout his free skate, Otabek's monologue seems to be encouraging someone to live their dreams, though there is no specified recipient. Backstage, as Yurio heads to the rink with Yakov and Lilia, Victor calls out to Yakov and states that he wished to return to competitive skating. Yurio is shocked by this development, asking if Yuri would retire in turn, to which Victor replies that it was Yuri's decision. Victor then embraces Yurio, who is too stunned to respond. The scene returns to Otabek, who manages to deliver a flawless performance but ends up placing narrowly behind JJ.  

Yurio unable to hold his tears after finishing his free skate.

Yurio is the last to take to the ice. Yuri runs to the audience to wish Yurio luck. Otabek also shouts his support from the kiss and cry, which Yurio hears and gives a thumbs up in response. During his skate, Yurio recalls the first time he had seen Yuri in last year's Grand Prix Final. He reveals that he had wanted to see Yuri skate a flawless performance, and was disappointed to find the Yuri crying. Yurio becomes angry that Yuri might leave competitive skating if the latter won a gold medal, and is determined not to let Yuri win. Yurio falls after a jump, but gets up immediately, to the awe of Yurio's grandfather who is watching the GPF on television. Cleanly landing the remainder of his jumps, Yurio completes his performance and breaks down on the ice.   The final scores are announced, with Yurio placing first, followed by Yuri, Jean-Jacques, Otabek, Chris, and Phichit. Yuri is proud to be standing on the podium, but Yurio wears a disgruntled expression even after having gotten a gold medal, disappointed that he had not been able to top Yuri's free skate score.  

Yuri tearfully promises to win a gold metal for Victor.

Yuri delivers his silver medal to Victor, who smiles, but tells Yuri that he does not want to kiss it unless it was gold. Victor jokes that he had failed as a coach and presses Yuri to the wall of the ice rink, asking Yuri if he had any suggestions that would make Victor excited. At this, Yuri gulps, leading Victor to ask what Yuri was thinking. Yuri blushes, but pushes Victor down into a hug, and begs Victor to stay with him for one more competitive season so that he could win a gold medal. Victor's eyes light up and he tells Yuri not to stop there, asking Yuri to become a five-time world champion in exchange for having to coach Yuri while staying on as a competitive skater, as he places the silver medal around Yuri's neck. Yuri clutches the medal tightly and tearfully agrees.  

After Ending

Unlike most other episodes, the ending song is not played during the credits. Instead, Yuri performs his exhibition skate to Duet: Stay Close to Me, which is Victor's previous year's free skate. For the skate, Yuri dons a blue and silver outfit that matches Victor's red-violet and gold free skate outfit. He is shown to land quads on the ice successfully. Victor later joins Yuri on the ice and continues in a pair variation of the skate. 

Victor calling Yuri's name.

The scene later changes, showing Yuri running along with Makkachin on the sidewalk in Saint Petersburg, Russia, with his hair grown out slightly.[2]

Yuri believes that there is a place that cannot be reached unless the dream is too big for one person to bear alone, and he calls everything on the ice "love". Makkachin barks, revealing Victor and Yurio waiting for Yuri in the distance. Yuri smiles happily upon seeing them, and Victor smiles back too, waving to Yuri and calling his name.

Characters in Order of Appearance

Trivia

Victor's trench coat changes color.

  • When Victor is speaking to Yuri before his free skate, his beige trench coat changes to black. This happens twice and happens again later when Yuri asks Victor to stay on as his coach for one more season. This is likely an animation error. In Blu-ray version, finally, Victor's coat color being fixed to beige trench coat overall.
  • Episode 12 is the only episode not to have a "Skate Number", being referred to instead as "Final Skate".
  • In the credits of Episode 12, the opening theme's title is changed from "History Maker" to "History Makers".
  • Like Episode 11, Mari and Minako cheer from the audience, and the Katsuki family holds a viewing party back in Yu-Topia which Kenjirou and the Nishigori family attend.
  • Seung-Gil, Guang Hong, and Leo watch the performance via Livestream in their own countries, while Emil, Michele, Sara, and Mila watch from the audience.
  • The last word Victor speaks in the show is "Yuri!", when he calls Yuri over in Saint Petersburg. This is also the first word Victor speaks in Episode 1, though referring to Yuri Plisetsky (Yurio) in the episode.

References

  1. 「終わりにしよう…」勇利の言葉を引き金に、最悪のコンディションで迎えたフリー当日。 2人で戦う最後の試合に最高難度のプログラムで、勇利はヴィクトルとのむきだしの愛を滑りきれるのか…そしてそれぞれが出す結論は…?
  2. Yuri on Ice Season 2
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