Post by Old Man Dream on Sept 14, 2017 14:38:55 GMT
Yuri on Ice focuses on the interactions that world-acclaimed Russian figure skater Victor Nikiforov has with motivating the struggling Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki, as his figure skating instructor. Alongside the two, a young Russian figure skating prodigy named Yuri Plisetsky striving to make a name for himself on the world championship level and becomes a rival to Yuri K. Note that to differentiate between the two Yuris for the remainder of this review, I will refer to the older Yuri as Yuri K and the younger Yuri as Yuri P.
Before I get into this review, I suppose I should cover the major element that has gotten this series both acclaim and notoriety in the form of Victor and Yuri K's relationship. There are fans that assume that the two eventually start up a homosexual relationship later in Yuri on Ice's run and enough implications are dropped where I could see where this assumption could come into play. While this reviewer has no personal gripes with homosexual relationships and I think the handling of the chemistry between the two is far better than what I would typically see out of many yaoi anime pairings, I think what the series shown with their relationship is more ambiguous than anything since it could be argued both ways that the two are either romantically involved or develop a close friendship by later in the series.
Yuri on Ice's main attraction is the developments that face the main trio of the series with the two Yuris and Victor. All three have their own different motivations with their involvement with one another as Victor was suffering from lack of motivation due to his flawless figure skating career before seeing Yuri K's skating performance, Yuri K coping with anxiety from the downward spiral of his figure skating career as Victor coaches him back into competitive condition, and Yuri P transitioning into the world championship scene for figure skating. Victor and Yuri K develop a fun and great chemistry with one another throughout the series as they develop a close relationship with one another due to both finding aspirations to gain from one another. Yuri P finds his youth getting to his head at points with his figure skating performances as for all his talents, he lacks the emotion to put into his work, usually lets his reputation get to his head, and hates making himself vulnerable to those outside his family. While much of the focus on Yuri on Ice involves the chemistry between Yuri K and Victor, it still devotes some time in featuring some gradual development with Yuri P's character as he becomes motivated to better himself after seeing Yuri K's work. The only issues I really had with the series are its rather underwhelming efforts to implement exaggerated comedic elements into its storytelling and the rather open ending it left, implying there may be more to come for Yuri on Ice down the road potentially.
On the visual end, Yuri on Ice easily makes for one of the better animated TV anime titles for 2016. Character designs are given a lifelike look compared to the traditional anime design with realistic bodily proportions and there are a good number of attractive male character designs to hook in female audiences for this series. The animated highlight of the series obviously comes from the show's figure skating routines as they are fluid in movement and an engaging spectacle to watch, especially considering this is only the second anime I've seen focused on figure skating since I seen Ginban Kaleidoscope years ago.
While many sports anime typically attract a niche audience at best, Yuri on Ice offers enough engaging elements with its storytelling, visuals, and characters that allow it to appeal to a more wider audience in spite of its focus on figure skating and its ambiguous relationship between Victor and Yuri K. Even if you aren't interested in sports anime, I'd at least recommend checking out the series in its entirety once to see what all the hype for the series is about.
Rating: 8.5 of 10
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
That one anime series that was popular which made me see it and now I regret my decision. Granted I guess the comedy aspect was great, but the story came off a bit generic, and Yuri annoy the hell out of me.
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