Another YoI question - I haven't watched it either but am thinking about it. Everyone I've seen has praised it overwhelmingly, which makes me think it will be a letdown. Do you have any critique that could give a more objective view? (haha or maybe it's literally perfect, idk). Thanks!
well, i honestly believe it’s one of the best TV shows of the year, but like anything it’s not to everyone’s tastes. my two caveats are these:
1. fat jokes, i guess? the main character is a professional athlete and he’s kind of shamed for gaining weight in the first few episodes. so while this feels authentic to the setting, i can definitely understand why some viewers might prefer to steer clear for that reason. it isn’t overly negative or unpleasant, but it’s definitely there.
2. if you haven’t watched any anime before, there are some things that might feel somewhat inexplicable or OTT, especially re: victor’s role in the earlier eps. he seems unreasonably sexy at the beginning (ie he literally shows up naked in yuri’s hot tub despite them never meeting before), which could originally be explained away by the heightened/comedic tone of the show. but this also gets a more serious explanation later on, in a rly cool way that played with the expectations of the audience.
other than that, i rly don’t have any criticism haha. it’s an admirably well-written show, the setting is accessible while also showing an in-depth knowledge of figure skating, and the characterization is v thoughtful and complex. it’s also a great example of a positive, affirming queer romance incorporated into a well-rounded story.