Today marks the end of season one so instead of another Naruto post (I will continue with those I swear) I had to discuss Yuri On Ice. If you caught my post First Impressions: Yuri!!! On Ice then you know that after the first three episodes I was completely obsessed.
Since then I have not been the only one to jump head first into the Yuri On Ice fandom. It is growing by the day and it is not hard to see why. This show is amazing. If you haven’t watched this show and you are considering it I truly believe that after this review you will join us in the YOI Fandom ❤
“Yuri Katsuki carried the hope of all Japan on his shoulders in the Figure Skating Grand Prix, but suffered a crushing defeat in the finals. He returned to his hometown in Kyushu and hid away in his family’s home, half wanting to continue skating and half wanting to retire. That was when the five-time consecutive world champion, Viktor Nikiforov, suddenly showed up with his teammate, Yuri Plisetsky, a young skater starting to surpass his seniors. And so the two Yuris and the Russian Champion Viktor set out to compete in a Grand Prix like none the world has ever seen!” –Crunchyroll
Thoughts and Musings
As you can already tell by reading this, I love this show. If you happen to follow me on Twitter than you will have noticed that Wednesdays are completely filled with posts on Yuri On Ice and quite frankly it’s not unusual for a picture (or twenty) to pop up my TL throughout the week.
So what is it about this show that has captured my never-ending adoration?
After giving it some thought I realized that for me, this show captures everything I love about anime in general so it’s no surprise it took my heart along with it.
Some of the things that matter most to me personally when it comes to an anime is the soundtrack, drawing style, enjoyable characters, character development, and storyline. Certain anime hit certain aspects but it’s rare for an anime to hit all of them for me.
For example I love Bleach but I hate their soundtrack, their character development for me is meh at times, and let’s be honest some of their storylines… Leave much to be desired. However I love the animation style, the characters, and they have had some really great storylines. So everything evens out in the end making it a wonderful show for me.
Now let’s take a look at Yuri On Ice. The soundtrack for this series is flawless from the opening/ending theme, background music, and the skaters’ performance music, I love it all! Every time I hear the opening theme for Yuri On Ice I have to stop what I’m doing and listen. It’s just that perfect.
The performance music that the skaters use fits each of their styles so perfectly. If anyone is thinking what to get me for Christmas the answer is the entire Yuri On Ice soundtrack. Seriously… Is that out yet? I need it in my life.
It goes without saying that the drawing style is beautiful. The way they match each skater to their music and draw their performances. Talk about talent. I have a lot of appreciation for the artists of this series. Drawing a lot of these movements for the characters had to be tough. They did a great job; if I had to describe the animation in this anime with one word it would certainly be alluring.
Are there enjoyable characters? Don’t even get me started!!!
Oh my goodness YES there are enjoyable characters. By that I mean all of them are enjoyable. Do I of course have my favorites out of the bunch? Yes, however there also isn’t a character that I flat out dislike. Each of them brings something fun to the table. There isn’t a single character that I dread coming on to the screen (ehem Sakura from Naruto you would qualify as a character I dread) because all of them are so great.
As far as character development goes brava writers of Yuri On Ice for what you were able to do with only 12 episodes! Seriously if they were given 25 episodes we’d have another Haikyu on our hands. The characters are well thought out and even though the writers were short on time nobodies development seems rushed or out of character.
Finally this storyline is everything! Crunchyroll’s description just doesn’t do this show justice. Sure it’s about Yuri’s climb back to relevance in skating but it is also about Viktor finding inspiration again, about Yuri P. challenging himself in ways he never has, it’s about Pitchit carving a path for not only himself but Thailand, it’s about JJ dealing with new pressure and Chris finding motivation, it’s about ALL OF THEM and it is brought together swimmingly through Yuri and Viktor.
Speaking of Yuri and Viktor, I won’t giveaway any spoilers but the storyline involving their relationship is flawless. I love how the writers were able to keep Yuri On Ice a sports anime but still show and develop their relationship as a couple. Not a lot of anime in general (outside of specific romance anime) have been able to find such a balance between the two but Yuri On Ice certainly has.
Do I even have to say it? GO WATCH THE SHOW!
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