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Review: Yuri!!! on Ice Blu-Ray Set

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We Call Everything on the Ice 'Love'

Just like Free!, Yuri on Ice is something I wanted to avoid watching, basically, one reason that it’s mostly fanservice for girls (I love Kuroko’s Basketball and that’s basically Yaoi galore), but mostly because I’m not interested in figure skating. However, a few months ago ice skating and men flexibility came into a group conversation among my friends, and with me lacking knowledge about both topics, a friend made me watch Yuri on Ice with her, and honestly, minus the BL between the protagonist, it was an enjoyable watch.

Yuri on Ice (Bluray)
Studio: MAPPA
Licensed By: FUNimation
Released: February 6th, 2018 (NA)
MSRP: $64.99, $84.99 (Limited Edition)

The series starts off with Yuri Katsuki’s who faced a crushing defeat in the Grand Prix Final, thus develops mixed feelings about skating and decides to put his career on hold and returns to his hometown of Hasetsu in Kyushu. After arriving back in japan, he visits his childhood friend, Yuko, at an ice rink (Ice Castle Hasetsu) and perfectly mimics an advanced skating routine performed by his idol: Russian figure skating champion Victor Nikiforov. While in there, Yuko’s daughters secretly recorded footage of Yuri's performance and they uploaded it to the internet, which catches Victor's attention and travels to Kyushu with an offer to coach Yuri and revives his figure-skating career. Yuri accepts his offer; thus Victor becomes his coach and moves in with him.

I’ve never expected to like the series a lot. As a straight guy, I can’t fully appreciate that yaoi development made between Yuri and Victor, but I can still appreciate a good development between a protagonist and a deuteragonist, and how much Victor gave up to make the best out of Yuri. Though the Boys Love isn’t really shown much until the second half of the series where Yuri and Victor become closer, but it’s subtle. The side characters are pretty diverse too, so it made watching interesting all the way through.  

The animation was done by MAPPA, who is pretty new to the industry. Some of their work includes Hajime no Ippo: RisingPunch Line, and recently Inuyashiki. Yuri on Ice may not be as flashy as other series, but I really appreciated how well they animated the figure skating sequences, especially as someone who isn’t really interested in figure skating in general. I was really hooked every time a character performed beautifully.

Despite the messages and the concept of the anime, it being figure skating, I really enjoyed the anime. It was not your typical sports-competition anime, especially with the outcome of the series, though it was still predictable, but very satisfying. Fans of the series definitely should get this, and for those who have yet to watch it, I say look past the BL and give it a chance. 


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Yuri On Ice reviewed by Christian Chiok

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GREAT

Impressive effort with a few noticeable problems holding it back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.
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