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.