Title: Gelateria Supernova
Mangaka: Kitahala Lyee
Completed? Yes (but extra chapter still not translated) || Chapters: 5 + extra
Two guys meet every weekend in an old gelato shop by the park. The younger one always buy the vanilla flavor, the older guy, whatever flavor he fancied. They eat it outside, then they go to the younger man’s house to have sex.
I’m gonna take a break from reviewing Yuri!!! On Ice for now. I’m still a fan of this show, mind you, but too much fangirling messed up my brain I think, so I need some distraction. Writing the reviews from episodes 1-4 took a toll on my poor fujoshi heart (and the fact that I got tired writing them because they were so fucking long, I’m sure no one read them in their entirety). The latest episodes did not help either. I’m now a 100% slave for Victor and Yuuri.
So, here we are with a manga that tugged at my heartstrings this stormy afternoon. Just the right story to lift my spirits while I’m busy battling colds, cough, mouth sores, and an ear infection. Ugh.
Even if you do a dogeza right now, I’m still kinda pissed off, just like Victor…
We are having a little more toned-down episode compared to last week’s eros-packed episode 3. But will your ovaries finally manage to take a break from all this gayness? I don’t think so! ^__^
We’ll be seeing the aftermath of the Onsen on Ice, how it affected Yurio, and what will become of Yuuri and Victor’s relationship from now on.
Also, some animation variation and frustrations. Looks like the episode that we’ve seen is different from the Japan-aired version. Ugh.
Note: as usual, this post has tons of images under the cut.
I totally love it that Yuri’s name is now Yurio. He can’t escape it now! Mwahahaha!
The showdown begins in this episode! Who will win, Yuuri or Yurio?
Now the music has been chosen, it’s time to study the routines themselves! Will Yuuri be able to express Eros without a fuss? Will Yurio be able to surpass him with his Agape and take Victor to Russia with him?? Super exciting!!!
I just realized I’m starting to act like Newscaster Morioka here. Sheesh.
My body is ready for episode 2!!!
Episode 1 passed by with a lot of fanfare. It was well-received by fujoshis and fudanshis, as well as a real-life skater, and even Japanese BL mangakas alike. Tumblr exploded with tons of fan art and screencaps of the show, fanfics from Archive of Our Own doubled.
This show is totally on the right track so far. Following up an action-packed episode 1, looks like it’s not going to tone down the yaoi hints, and I’m totally loving it! This show certainly outgays itself every episode!!!
The anime airs on TV Asahi, around 2:20 AM in Japan (that’s 1:20 AM here in the Philippines). I’m still at work around this time *sobs* so by the time I get home, I’m already a couple of hours late for the fanfare. Oh well. That’s life.
Stop blabbering, me. Let’s review episode 2, shall we?
My soul and my body has been completely taken over by Yuri!!! on Ice. The next few posts will be about me blabbering about it like an idiot, so I’m apologizing in advance. Since I already posted the summary+review for episode 1, right now I’ll be talking about the opening and ending songs, which are both lovely. It’s hard to resist not to analyze and break down the details of these two as they are really made for the show. It tells us a fuckton of stuff and not just entertain us with character antics that may not be shown in the show itself.
If you want to watch and/or listen to it first, here’s History Maker (OP) by Dean Fujioka, and You Only Live Once (ED), by Wataru Hatano.
Dudes on ice. OH YESSS.
The first time I laid my eyes on the trailer, Yuri!!! on Ice blew me away. At long last, we now have an anime about ice skating!
To be honest it did not occur to me that an ice skating anime will be aired in my lifetime, or more importantly, that I need an ice skating anime in my life (lol). But then again, anime has been churning out its share of weird and quirky shows based on some sport: Air Gear (some sort of roller blades), Let’s Go (about RC toy cars), Yu-Gi-Oh! and Chihayafuru (card games), among others. So why not ice skating?
One of the nicest things when this show was announced is that this is about male skaters. Oh yesss. I’m a woman, and to be honest, I want more shows aimed towards women (and girls). It’s about time that studios churn out more stuff other than sappy shoujo and josei anime (read: more shounen-ai and yaoi!!!)
But I’m straying from the topic. I thought, one of the possible challenges in making an ice skating anime is the time, effort and expense that must be done. Animating such detailed and flowy moves can be quite tricky and time consuming on the part of the animators, and expensive on the part of the producers. Upon writing this review there had been four episodes already (and the fifth one is probably aired already), and yet you can clearly see the slow decline of the animation quality. I’m sorry, I’m getting ahead of myself.
Let’s start from the beginning.
Are you mocking me? Do you realize the intensity of headaches you gave me while watching this at 4:00 in the morning?!
“This is what an anime should be,” that’s what I thought while I was watching the first few episodes of NGE (22 to be exact, in two sittings). Oh boooy, so good. I’m totally relishing those beautifully drawn and animated scenes, the astounding level of detail, heck, I was shivering from so much excitement though my face looked so deadpan while watching it (must. act. adult). No episode was boring for me. Every episode had my panties in a knot and and my breath on hold. Can’t even blink, damn it.
The story is so ingenious. Though you might be dissing on the last two episodes, you cannot deny that this is an absolute work of art. The story, the pacing, the concept, the characters, they’re flawless. It’s a novel concept unheard during its time. Though the anime left me with so many questions (which I have to watch the rest of the installments for hope of understanding the ending, or maybe I’ll never will), I can truly say that I was satisfied overall.
That last 2 episodes eerily reminded me of ErgoProxy, another anime that left me stumped on my seat after (I still didn’t understand its ending until now, to be honest, and I’ve watched it like 4 years ago).