Thoughts on YOI winning the “Best Animation”Award
Animation is about creating an illusion of movement by quickly playing multiple successive pictures together, and in this way, bringing a story to life.
Clearly, the Yuri!!! on ICE artwork during some of the latter skate scenes was not the quality we’d expect from a “best animation”-nominated show, but the attention to detail and actual animation during most of the scenes was quite evident? The YOI staff hired multiple choreographers and ice skating professionals so that they could get even the smallest details like sound, color, and positioning right.
Here’s an example of the attention to detail, as shown by not only the leg movement but also the ice movement:
Handpicking and comparing sub-par YOI screencaps to the best screencaps from another show is honestly quite unfair, as animation is not about a single picture. It is about playing multiple slightly-varied successive images quickly to create an appearance of movement.
To better argue my point, just looking at the following picture is not equivalent to evaluating YOI’s animation.
Even looking at this screenshot, which is clearly nicer than the prior one, is not a sufficient method of evaluating YOI’s animation
The following gif, however, is an example of animation:
It follows the term’s literal and common definition.
Let’s be clear. I’m not saying that YOI should have won the “best animation” category, as plenty of other nominees could have arguably taken its spot. I’m simply asking people to look at the show’s animation as a whole, rather than at a few screenshots taken on their phones.