Yuri on Ice Easter Egg: Evgeni Plushenko

Purple: I’m Purple Grape.

Green: And I’m Green Grape. We’ve been doing a lot of research on Yuri on Ice, looking at cinematography, arguing about themes and generally discussing character and plot arcs. One fun tidbit is that on our Nth watch through, Purple caught legendary figure skater Evgeni Plushenko in Episode 9 during Yurio’s free skate. 

Purple: Pause it! Look, it’s legendary Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko!

Yuri on Ice, Episode 9 12:08

Green: That’s him on the far right there. Just in case you somehow care about YoI and don’t recognize him, here’s a picture for reference.

Evgeni Plushenko, 2012
Photo by David W. Carmichael CC BY-SA 3.0

Purple: That’s him, alright. Sneaking in an applauding Evgeni Plushenko during Yurio’s free skate at the Rostelecom Cup was 1) the kind of great easter egg we’ve come to expect from YoI and 2) a way to show fans of figure skating that Yurio’s free skate really was just that good. 

Green: Look forward to more YoI discussion in the coming days.

Purple: And possibly an exploration of the theme of failure in One-Punch Man.