Yuri!!! on Ice
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans and Breanne Evans
Genre: Comedy, Sports, Figure Skating
First Aired: Fall 2016, 12 episodes
Summary: Yuri Katsuki’s window of opportunity is closing fast. Once upon a time he was Japan’s most promising young figure skater. That all changed with his defeat at the Grand Prix Finale, which caused him to retreat to his family home and the comfort of his favorite food, the pork cutlet. Yuri is thrust back in the spotlight when a video goes viral of him performing the routine of world champion Victor Nikiforov. Victor is so impressed by the routine that he offers to coach Yuri. Problems arise when Russia’s figure skating star, Yuri Plisetsky, is determined to win Victor’s attention. Everything is on the line as figure skating prodigies battle it out in the fanciest of spandex!
Yuri on Ice is easily the best figure skating anime I’ve seen. It’s the only one I’ve seen, but still. The story is solid with attention given to character development. I learned and began to care about figure skating when I had never given it a second thought before watching the series. The skating routines are fun, although I must admit it reminded me of Blades of Glory at times. That’s a positive for me though since I thought Blades of Glory was hilarious.
You might enjoy this if: You want to witness a protagonist overcoming adversity and attempting to beat the odds, while finding romance in the most unlikely place.
You might not like it if: You live for the summer: beaches, sun, volleyball, etc.
Note to the Viewer: Yuri on ICE has won all sorts of awards, including: “Animation of the Year: Television category” at the Tokyo Anime Award Festival and “Anime of the Year” at the inaugural Crunchyroll Anime Awards, showing a global appreciation of the series.
Yuri!!! on Ice Opening
AMV – Yuri’s Got Stamina by Victoria Putinski