Nov. 10th, 2016

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I only started Yuuri!!! on Ice because I saw someone say how pretty the ice skating animation was.
Beautiful gifs ahead )

And it is. It's authentic and looks real. With such complex moves the animation quality has to be top-notch. What should definitely be mentioned is that the female director (yes, female) is a fan of figure skating and therefore knows her stuff. It should be noted, too, that this is an original story. Most anime these days are adaptations of manga, novels or games. So seeing an original property getting this much love in its production is very refreshing and exciting.

The story is pretty simple (it is sports after all). Katsuki Yuuri is a 23-year-old figure skater who suffered a crushing defeat at the Gran Prix Finale. He returns home to Kyushu, Japan after a year abroad wanting to retire. One last effort to show his childhood friend what he had been practising despite his depression, he shows the award-winning routine of his idol and world championship ice skater Victor Nikiforov, which his friend's kids promptly record and put online. The video becomes viral and reaches Victor who decides to come to Japan to meet him.

This anime full of bishounen wouldn't be complete with some very tantalizing fanservice:
Getting up close and... )

The characters are very likeable, their chemistry is really good. I'm surprised how much I like Yuuri. He seems a bit drab at first but he has many surprising sides to his personality. The anime is fun without diluting the drama and it also doesn't throw around technical jargon all the time. They mention enough that you know what you're watching without becoming an exposition.

So if you're interested, I highly recommend checking it out. It's still ongoing but 6 episodes are out already.

Enjoy and let me know what you think XD


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