Yuri on Ice, the anime that not just swooped the anime world, but also got the attention of everyone else. The story is about Yuri Katsuki who carried all of Japan’s hopes on his shoulders to win at the Gran Prix Finale ice skating competition, but suffered a crushing defeat. He returns home to Kyushu and part of him thinks he should retire, and part of him wants to continue ice skating. Suddenly the five-time consecutive world championship ice skater Victor Nikiforov appears before him with Yuri Plisetsky, a young Russian figure skater who is already defeating his seniors. Victor and both Yuri’s take up the challenge on an unprecedented Gran Prix series.
English: Yuri!! On ICE
Japanese: ユーリ!!! on ICE
Genre: Comedy, Sports
Release date: October 2016 to December 2016
“History Maker” by Dean Fujioka
“You only life once” by YURI!! on ICE feat. w.Hatano
Review by: Tris
The last few years it’s hard to get noticed as a sports anime between all the other anime genres, however Yuri on Ice is spot on. Not just in animation, but in ice skating, because that’s the series greatest feature. They got worldwide recognition for that, and they deserve it. The smooth movements, the jumps and even spinning around, they did such a great job making it look real. Also let’s not forget those sparkling yet colorful outfits they wear.
Storywise, it’s nothing new, I admit that. I’ve seen a couple of anime revolving around sports and the main character never wins the first match, simple because the need to grow. Yuri is no different. He has the passion, he has the skills, but his self confidence needs to grow, and that doesn’t happen in one day. Having Victor around does help for him, even if it’s this weird censored bromance style of thing, but as a coach he is inexperienced. Take gives a lot of new problems.
However, I’m not sure what the meaning is in the relationship between Victor and Yuri, because at some points its boyxboy and others total opposite..? No, don’t get me wrong, it’s entertaining to watch but those first six episode do give the vibe for a boyxboy and the rings as couple rings, running into each other arms after a round. But somehow it also feel like things cut out, to give the viewers that idea but not give them any conformation. I wonder if it happened with the world wide attention it got, that they became more careful? In that case that wasn’t necessary since the first episode and the amount of naked encounters… If there ever comes a second season I personally hope they will confirm all this.
Despite that, this short anime is full of real life emotions, failure, lost faith in oneself, depression, rivalry, anxiety, pressure, love, friendship, family, the struggle of a athletic to be in shape and many more.
One that goes through a transformation is Yuri Plisetsky. To make it less confusing, Yuri Plisetsky (the Russian Yuri) also goes by Yurio in the anime. Yurio lost not only his senior rival, but also sees the promise of him getting a special routine written by Victor himself being taken from him. That’s why he travels to Japan and competes with (Japanese) Yuri. And although he seems to be bonding with Yuri as a beginning of friendship it isn’t until we get to the Grand Prix Final that we found out Yurio became friends with Otabek Altin, who saves him from his fans.
Overall this anime is one to enjoy and fun to watch in one go, because it keeps you wanting to see more. Though, before you recommend this season to a non anime watching friend, make sure they are okay with the first six episode, as those can be a little shocking for some people. I just wish there was some more clarification; is it bromance, or will Victor and Yuri be a couple? I’m also positively surprised they kept the grand prix in the 12 episodes, because usually, big events like this gets its own arc, so I enjoyed that. I am rooting for a second season, but I also think this short anime had a perfectly good ending.
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