Honestly, after episode 10 epically messing me up. I thought it’d be funny to rant about one of my fave anime out there being YoI!!
Initial thoughts: Let’s be real, I was never into sports anime, I thought it wouldn’t be my thing. Until Free! Iwatobi Swim Club being my ever sport anime. I feel in love with this short series and cheered in joy when Eternal Summer was released with an extra OVA episode along with the movie Free! Starting Days. Then, I thought to myself: nothing can replace Free. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is where Kuroko no Basuke entered my life. It was much more longer than Free and focused a lot on the KagaKuro duo, but I throughly enjoyed this basketball anime (despite it not really being my fav sport, but I have a disinterest in most sports so don’t take my word for it). Haikyuu!! is the third sports anime I’ve watched despite it having SOME similarities to KnB, but I love the characters and the plot is interesting. I’ll have to bing watch it once the entire series is fully animated and complete to enjoy it more. I have no idea to this day how I got introduced to YoI, but YouTube videos change your life apparently. I was all: okay, I’ll give it a go… Ice skating is fascinating to me, it’s the first of its kind and I wanted to see how the creator will push this anime.
Opening song: I was surprised that this song was in English, History Maker is definitely one of my favorite anime openings out there.The way the opening slightly changes in coloration (took me some time to notice that) every episode is extremely different from most openings I’ve seen. It’s very calming to listen to and fun at the same time. I love it and I hope you Peeps do as well.
Animation: Art style is one of the many things I look for when I check out new anime. Of course, there are some I’ve seen in my childhood/youth that will always hold a special place in my heart no matter what such as Inuyasha, Yugioh!, Itazura na Kiss, and Boys Over Flowers. I really liked the art, its unique and rather refreshing to look at. I applaud the animators that work hard to make this one of the most beautiful anime I’ve ever seen. It’s not too sparkly, brightly colored to the point of distracting the viewer, and too overly detailed. The way they animated the skate routines pretty much made me breathless to the point that I might need life support or something. You can tell they put on a lot of hard work and research into properly showing off ice skating as this beautiful, gorgeous, expressive, and fantastic sport. Shout out to the YoI creator/animators since they deserve gratitude for this amazing anime.
Katsuki Yuri: This maybe bias since he’s a title character and all, but I like Yuri the most of out all the characters. He reminds me of my old self where I was timid and shy, pretty reserved. Then, watching him grow not only as a person but as a skater really makes you want to root for him. He goes from cinnamon roll to damn son in less than 0.27883428889341011 seconds sometimes that it has me squealing like a fan girl a lot. I melt for this gorgeous creature, too bad he’s a fictional character and belongs to Victor. I like watching him become more confidence while doing incredibly bold things that I applaud him for and respecting himself more. Yuri is learning to love himself and gain a better self-esteem, while it’s not easy it does help him get better as a skater. He opens up to himself and others while trying his best. For someone who is Victor’s fan boy, he doesn’t really act like it or maybe it’s because he’s shy like that…either way, he doesn’t faint on the sight of him at least. Despite his initial idolization of Victor, he starts seeing him as a human being that has imperfections, but still cares for him anyways.
Victor/Viktor Nikiforov: Basically becomes a main character since Yuri is the title character without trying. I really like how the creators went from making this man seem god-like and untouchable to an actual human being that knows jack shit about dealing with emotional people in a crisis (aka Yuri). Sure, he seems flirty and exceptional but he himself had doubts/concerns over his career, age, emotional immaturity, and selfishness. Naturally, it’s sad to think about possible retirement from a sport that you love simply because you’re getting past your prime and I can see Victor worries over that fact of what to do when he’s already at the top. I love how they show that he’s not all that perfect, he has flaws like any other person and Yuri sees that. I feel that whether you view their dynamic as platonic/romantic, you can see they share a strong emotional bond and help each other while making up for what the other lacks.
Hopes for future episodes:
1) A wedding for Victuri on the last episode or everyone ditching the Grand Prix to go to their wedding, either one works for me
2) A non-censored kiss scene, maybe with Yuri as the initiator
3) Yuri Plisetsky/Yurio/Yuri P./Russian Punk becomes their unofficial adopted son and gets coached by them in the future
4) Yurio stop being salty and accept Yuri as his unofficial bro-in-law/friend
5) Chris to stop jizzing during a performance, although that won’t happen any time soon….
6) More interactions between the skaters or more drunk dancing Yuri would be fine for me
7) Yuri gets that gold medal and publicly announces he’s marrying Victor
8) A season 2
9) Season 2, but with Yurio as the main character/student of Victuri finally getting his gold medal at the GP and kicking JJ’s ass at the same time
10) If possible, a side series about the life Victor and Yuri have after the main series while showing off the other characters and what they’re doing with their lives/careers
Well….that’s all the ones I could think of at the top of my head anyways. Sorry out the long rant, hope you Peeps have an awesome day. Fluff up your feathers for next time, bye bye!