Reeling from his crushing defeat at the Grand Prix Finale, Yuuri Katsuki, once Japan's most promising figure skater, returns to his family home to assess his options for the future. At age 23, Yuuri's window for success in skating is closing rapidly, and his love of pork cutlets and aptitude for gaining weight are not helping either.
However, Yuuri finds himself in the spotlight when a video of him performing a routine previously executed by five-time world champion, Victor Nikiforov, suddenly goes viral. In fact, Victor himself abruptly appears at Yuuri's house and offers to be his mentor. As one of his biggest fans, Yuuri eagerly accepts, kicking off his journey to make it back onto the world stage. But the competition is fierce, as the rising star from Russia, Yuri Plisetsky, is relentlessly determined to defeat Yuuri and win back Victor's tutelage.
I write this as a gay adult man who's actually interested in proper M/M romantic representation and as someone who's jaded of queerbaiting and stereotypical heteronormative gay relationships in the shounen-ai genre. So when I was drawn into the hype that YOI offers a compelling storyline which extends beyond cheap queerbaiting and homo-fanservice, I was intrigued to say the least.
I am going to do my best to be entirely unbiased. There are certain redeeming qualities to the show that I think deserves mention.
a) Ethnic representation: It isn't often to see America being represented by a Latino, to see prominent cast members from Russia, Thailand, China, Switzerland etc.
b) Proper treatment of women: Women are not objectified with melon boobs without any form of agency at all. Common anime tropes of the possessive brother veering into romantic desire of his sister are effectively established and subverted accordingly.
c) Accurate representation of anxiety and its debilitating effects onto one's psyche, projecting insecurity, doubt and unworthiness onto everything around you.
d) the soundtrack is well composed and suitably appropriate.
e) effective narrative turn of events in the later episodes that cast light on why certain earlier events transpired the way that they did.
Now, moving on to the problems (SPOILERS INVOLVED):
Horrible ambiguity involved in the main M X M relationship. Frankly, it's disgusting. The relationship between the two characters was never firmly established as fully canon; but there were so many moments between them that comes across as queerbaiting; but never realised as a full-fledged canonical couple that is settled beyond a doubt. The kiss is censored, the rings are dismissed as "Onajimai you" (for good luck), and even if we were to believe that they are "engaged" at some point, the conversation between Victor and Yuuri at episode 11 and 12 was so formal, as though between a coach and his student, that it just isn't the way a fiance would speak to one another! It vacilliates between intense homo fanservice ("So Yuuri, what are you going to do to make me excited?" and outright denial of their relationship, where Yuuri insists that OURRELATIONSHIPISNOTLIKETHAT. It's pretty sad; the show's entire premise is centered on Yuuri finding his sexual maturity and confidence in himself, as well as displaying his "love" of Victor to the world, however, there has NEVER been an explicit declaration of love, only outright denials and public displays of affection are either censored such that there is room of ambiguity for what it is, or veering on intense bromance.
To those people who claim that the ambiguity is what drives the homoerotic tension of the show, I ask you as a gay person. Would you have said the same thing if the couple was a heterosexual couple? You wouldn't, precisely because ALL shojo anime, even if it operates on some level of ambivalence or ambiguity, is always resolved with an outright declaration of romantic intention - it's what makes the scene magical, or romantic. Love is something that should not be hidden, and if this was a shojo show, we would be accusing the creators of playing us for fools. So why are we applying a different standard for YOI? Why is it possible for JJ in episode 11 to declare that he's going to marry his girlfriend, whereas Yuuri and Victor have to hide their relationship, their supposed engagement as "onajimai", good luck charms?
Secondly, as a sports anime, it fails on the exact reason that I've mentioned above. Every single sports anime ranging from Free to KnB is all about being CLEAR, CONCISED and DETERMINED on the desire or the goal that you aim to achieve; ie this is what I want, and this is what I plan to do in order to get there. Rather, in YOI it's all about Victor Victor, it's not like that it's not like that. Well then, Yuuri, what exactly is the nature of your relationship? The true nature of their relationship is never fleshed in full, and as a sports anime, the skating scenes were repetitive and unnecessary - is it really needed to cramp 6 skating performances in one episode, of which it pretty much looks the same with bad animation anyways? Plot is almost non existent as well; and seems to exist solely to push for fanservicey elements between the two protagonists.
Lastly, the anxiety that Yuuri experiences is becoming a tired, recurring plot device that is losing its effectiveness. in EVERY single relationship conflict, it's always Yuuri who causes the conflict, due to his anxiety such that you can almost distill it down to a formula: Yuuri's anxiety causes some form of misunderstanding or misinterpretation of the situation -> They fight -> Cold War -> They get back together after Yuuri skates. It's never Viktor who begins the fight, speaking of which, we still do not know anything much about who Viktor is as a person; he exists as some cheap 2 dimensional perfect character that is there to lift Yuuri from his anxiety like some Godsend. Asides from the fact that he seems a little clueless on handling Yuuri's anxiety, he doesn't seem to have any flaws as a human being.
Lastly, please please please do not every compare this to No.6 where the relationship is explicit, sensitively drawn out, and the characterisation and relationships are honest and sincere, without any cheap queerbaiting at all. Due to its cheap exploitative queerbaiting, which feels deceptive - despite getting "engagement rings" in 10, their relationship at 11 and 12 was so horrifying formal, without any of the characteristic warmth of newly engaged - it deserves nothing more than a 5.
And for goodness sake, please do not mention that the kiss HAD to be censored due to Japanese media laws. I studied media in Japan at one of Tokyo's top universities. There is no such law involved; Shinsekai Yori and No.6 had explicit M/M kisses and they were aired on TV you know.
Once upon a time, there was a young man with a big dream. He idolized a famous Russian skater named “Victor Nikiforov” and hopes to skate on the very same ice as him. Initially, that dream sunk until Yuri was able to impress Victor by imitating his routine at perfection. You can guess what happens next. Victor is so impressed that he decides to be Yuri’s coach at the upcoming Grand Prix Finals.
As an original TV anime, Yuri on Ice doesn’t suffer from adaptation issues. It’s also directed by Sayo Yamamoto, known for her work Michiko to Hatchin, Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, and Space Dandy. Expectations are considered high with her talent. In fact, this was one of my most hyped show of the season. We don’t get a show about ice skating often so it’s also a breath of fresh air. The fact is, Yuri on Ice initially had a deceptive title for the Western audience. Don’t let that fool you though because Yuri on Ice is a show that goes beyond expectations on the ice rink.
Starting off, the first few episodes introduces our main protagonists. Yuri Katsuki is the 23-year old main male protagonist who has been skating at a young age. Although not hailed as a prodigy, Yuri’s determination and personality earn him praise and friends. His weakness lies with pressure as he is known to mess up at crucial moments. Early on, we can see this easily as Yuri even has self-doubt about his own body. In essence, Yuri is a good natured guy that most of us can relate to and has a lot of potential that is just waiting to be unlocked. That brings in Victor, the key to making Yuri into the next big thing. The 27-year old figure skater has gained international recognition for his talent and won numerous championships. (In fact, 5 consecutive Grand Prix Finals!) As such, you can expect that Victor has countless fans around the world. He’s also Yuri’s idol and him becoming his coach is a dream come true. Victor’s philosophy and key to success is to surprise the audience and the skaters themselves. As he puts it, “Do the opposite of what people expect, that is the only way you will surpass them!” Indeed, Victor can seem like a tough coach but genuinely hopes Yuri will be a success. The duo has some of the best chemistry in the entire series that begins as a professional relationship, to friends, and to even intimacy.
In the world of figure skating, you can expect a lot of competition. It’s not just from Japan or Russia but also countries from all over the world. The most prominent rival that Yuri faces is a young man from Russia named Yuri Plisetsky (known more as Yurio when he’s in Japan). Unlike Yuri, Yurio is already a hailed as a prodigy with his achievements such as three consecutive wins at the Junior World Championships. His personality is also more of an antithesis compared to Yuri as he is more arrogant and takes pride in his abilities. During his time in the show, we can also draw a parallel similarity between him and Yuri. Both seeks to make big names of themselves in the figure skating world. Both hopes to surpass their own limits and crafting their skating style to perfection. However, what really separates them both is how they seeks to accomplish this. The show chronicles both of their roles as rivals although there are also times when they act more as casual friends. In the meantime, Victor is portrayed as a playboy coach. The way he trains Yuri expresses passion. In fact, Yuri’s skating style and theme revolves around love (or dubbed more as “ero”) There’s obvious sexual chemistry between the two that can be interpreted beyond a professional relationship. Anyone can interpret it differently but it’s undeniable that there’s more than them just being student and teacher. As the story unfolds, we can see how their relationship progress both in and out of the ice rink. There’s even physical examples that shows how close they really become later in the story.
While the show highlights Yuri, Yurio, and Victor and the main characters, others in the show also should deserve some recognition. Most easily recognized are characters such as Otabek Altin, China famed skater Guang-Hong Ji, Switzerland’s Christopher Giacometti, Canada’s Jean-Jacques Leroy (“JJ”), Thailand’s Phichit Chulanot, Korea’s Seung Gil Lee, United States’ Leo de la Igelsia, among others. Each of these competitors has their own unique talent, skating style, and personality that really brings the show larger than life. I also have to emphasize on some of the unique background storytelling about them in particular with Christopher. JJ’s narcissism is also hard to ignore both in and out of the skating rink. What’s most impressive about these characters is how each of them tries their best to impress the audience and viewers. They all have reasons to win and be the best that they can be.
So why should you really watch Yuri on Ice? The show has the sports competitive atmosphere but every now and then, the audience will definitely notice the character relationships. It’s very human and can be fierce at times. At its core, Yuri and Victor will draw the most attention. Even at times, the show pushes the BL tones to overdrive. However, that really shouldn’t hold anyone back from watching the show because Yuri on Ice is so much more than about male butts and fan service. As a straight male, I had no problem enjoying this show for what it has to offer. The way it capitalizes on the competition, characters, visual dynamics, themes, and directing is worth every minute. Even the pacing works out quite well as it doesn’t waste much time getting to the point. Comedy is also straightforward and although can get rather awkward at times, it still effectively delivers with character chemistry and reaction faces. (how can anyone not laugh at Yurio’s priceless expressions?!) In retrospect, it’s a show that is here to entertain.
Adapted by studio MAPPA, Yuri on Ice is built on creativity and realism. There’s many sides you can see this but the most prominent elements that makes this show visually stunning is the directing. If you look closely at the show, the human body movements is directed at a very intense level. Every time a skater enters the rink and performs, we can see how the camera angles capture their every movement. Each skater has their own unique style as well and it also spells out their personality with their performances. Quality wise, the show also has strong production from the setting, character designs, to the choreography. Of course, Yuri on Ice isn’t without fan service. Most of it is expressed by playboy coach Victor and the bath scenes. But like I said before, this really shouldn’t hold you back from giving the show a chance.
If this show wasn’t impressive enough, Yuri on Ice also excels with its soundtrack. The OP song “History Maker” by Dean Fujioka is creatively directed with a catchy male tone. In addition, the theme song captures another theme of the show about making memories on the skating rink. The soundtrack and OST during each performance also knows how to impress the audience with by the character movements that supplements with their style. Character voice mannerisms throughout the show is also memorable. Who can forget about Victor’s seductive voice or Yurio’s silly arguments with his Yuri? However, what’s most important is that the soundtrack, voice, and theme songs brings out the best of this show to a realistic level. Even though they are professional skaters, we can see how human they are like any ordinary person as well.
Ah Yuri on Ice, a title that isn’t what it seems. The promotional poster is what it is and what you’ll expect. Coming into this show, I had high expectations with the talented staff involved and didn’t have an ounce of disappointment. Perhaps the show isn’t suitable for everyone’s tastes or style but I would recommend it to anyone. I’m not an expert on ice skating myself but watching this show got me genuinely interested in learning more about the sport. This TV anime takes ice skating and character relationships to a new level that is phenomenal. With a hint of “see you next level” for second season, I just hope it gets a continuation to make more history. read more
Okay. Inspired by my internet friends, I decided to watch this... And I could not stand it. I tried, but god damnit I could not do it.
Starting off: The story is god damn awful. I find it to be very... bad. I don't know how are you supposed to make a good story out of the sheer concept of this, but... This. No.
The art, oh my god. The animation is horrible. 8 or 4 frames for a freaking spin, and there's a whole Twitter account on how bad some frames are. The shots of the characters look derp as all fuck sometimes. I found a time where the background changed mid-performance. And there are some shots repeated, and for the love of god if I see Eros one more time i'm going to destroy everything. But there's some times where the art changes to something more chibi-esque or whatever should I call this thing. I enjoy that style of animation, it fits with the stuff that is happening, and doesn't look derp as all fuck. That's always a plus. I guess.
The sound is... average. I don't remember any of the songs, but the opening has stuck to me. And I don't find my ears bleeding. That's good. upd8: I just realized that the songs that Yuri skates to are not about Love, his theme for the Grand Prix, at all. One point from Gryffindor.
The characters, they are the worst thing about the show. The only one that I like is Yurio, and he doesn't even appear that often. He's supposed to be a main character, I think. Why does he appear in the opening if he isn't. Yuri... I don't even know who Yuri is anymore. His character doesn't have any personality at all, first he is a shy guy, walking a lonley road, the only road that he ever knew. I mean- you get it. Then his personality changes to something more... confident? I couldn't tell you, really. Then he tries to become a strong person by the means of appropriating Victor or something, and his personality is all over the place. Victor tries to be funny and all but I don't like his "humor". And he makes a big deal about saying "dude don't be so edgy". Almost every character exagegrates the stuff they want to say, actually. I have the perfect moment for that. Spoilers from episode 5 or 4 or whatever I don't actually remember. This kid named idontknow made a costume that looks like the one Yuri used for his pre-anime skating. Yuri says that the costume is from his "dark past", embarrased, and then the kid starts crying and telling Yuri that he challanges him and oh my god what. Also, there's a SWARM of secondary characters. Why should I even care about any of them. There's a backstory for every single one of them and I couldn't care less.
Despite this, I guess you could enjoy it if you watched it with friends (or alone if you're like me) for laughs and whatever, but if you want to watch it seriously then... Good luck.
In the end, I want to personally say something. The relationship between Yuri and Victor is the thing most people talk about with this show. I don't find it to be very interesting, or even very deep. And somehow, it keeps people coming back for it. Why is that it, I don't actually get it. Apparently it's canon and whatever, but, seriously. They barely even talk in the first episodes, and I know Yuri admires the guy and whatever, and Victor knows his "potential" or whatever, but... I don't know. It just seems so bland to me.
upd8: All right. I finished the series. I STILL don't like it. Chapters 7 to 10 is only more of the same thing: Characters get introduced, we don't get any development for the main cast, and then Yuri just suddenly wants to marry the Victor. All right. Chapter 11 is, again, the same stuff, but this time with flashy rings... that dissapear. Yes, they fucking dissapear. Watch Eros (again, why) that chapter and look carefully at Yuri's hands. The ring isn't even there.
Chapter 12... Is the worst ending ever. Chapter starts with Yuri saying that he doesn't want Victor to be his coach anymore and that is just the worst decision ever, Victor starts crying, Yuri doesn't give a fuck, bad animation happens, Yuri wins Silver, Yuri tells Victor that he wants him to continue being his coach and Victor says he'll return to the ice. I remind you, this is the last chapter and the Grand Prix the show has been hyping so much. Between this and episode 11 almost NOTHING happens. Best show of 2016 10/10.
I mean, the only thing that this... thing does right is the way it handles the relationship between Yuri and Victor. I don't mean that it's good, but it doesn't make the stereotypical Yaoi thing of "i will rape you and you WILL fall in love with me. yes". That is gud.read more
2013's Free! has been called many things but perfect. But what's undeniable is that it helped broaden an avenue in mainstream media for more works that's been aptly described as "manservice" by the general anime viewing audience, by re-popularizing a genre of anime that's usually well tucked away, only seeing the light of day from those that go out of their way to seek it out. Yaoi isn't exactly new to the medium, but there's no denying that with the cultural shift towards LGBT acceptance occurring in the latter half of the 2000s and onward, that it's becoming a more blasé than taboo facet in media. Just in 2002, t.A.T.u.'s "All The Things She Said" music video was banned by several broadcasters and countries for its "controversial" content where two women kissed. And today, we have Miley Cyrus dry humping everything and it barely registers a shoulder shrug from most people. If being desensitized have done anything positive to our current society, it's allowing others to express themselves openly without it being harshly shut down by a majority rule, which also carts over to anime... well, kind of.
Anime has always been pushing the boundaries of what's considered to be acceptable content for decades. It's a medium that strives in its brazen depiction of whatever it chooses to highlight. And no, I'm not just speaking on the mid 2000s boom of lolicon fetishism, I'm talking about all the way back to its humble beginnings, with titles like Belladonna of the Sadness making waves in 1973 with its phallic imagery and sexually charged content that could still be seen as provocative, even by today's "no boundaries" standards. Content that ultimately went on to inspire the works of many creators, with one notable example being acclaimed scriptwriter and director, Kunihiko Ikuhara; a man who's also credited for bringing an artistic touch to themes of sexual liberation through his various hyper-stylized works. Sexual decadents and open expression have always been a part of anime's arsenal, the only real change is how frequently it's being used.
Which brings us all the way to Fall season 2016, which alone has 4 to 5 anime titles that either overtly or hinted at homoerotic relations in some way or another, while just a decade ago, receiving 4 to 5 titles with these undercurrents in it within a year's time was a milestone. Our rate of connectivity and sharing information has naturally led to less miscommunication and more understanding of others, which include acceptance of different preferences, sexual or otherwise. And the further we skyrocket into the 2010s and onward, the more apparent that's becoming. And no better indication of that could be seen than by simply viewing the unresponsive reaction given by viewers who don't bother to make this connection at all, instead latching onto the idea of "omg, the animation is so pretty" in more words or less. What was once considered indecencies is now just the everyday norm of mainstay entertainment.
And in some ways, Yuri On Ice could be seen as another byproduct of this trend, if only to a much more abrasive degree, positioning men in suggestive poses while participating in a sport used as a vehicle to portray who they are as people. And where something like Free boasts eye-grabbing swimming sequences, Yuri On Ice capitalizes on ice skating scenes that dwarf the efforts of most animated TV productions. Too bad it isn't enough to distract from the fatal flaws that plague the entire production. You see, Yuri on Ice tries its damnedest to shed light on its cast; a cast that is constantly reduced to doujinshi deviant art-bait clippings despite its honest efforts to mold them into believable personalities.
But the question is, does Yuri on Ice justify it? Is there a base purpose for its shounen-ai fluff to be there? I may not be a fan of Ikuhara but there's no denying that he has a message to deliver with every one of his works. They're provocative but never lacking in a purposeful message. There's always a constant need to stress freedom of expression with homosexuality itself just being another extension to further emphasize that idea. Self-indulgent at times but justifiable if you care for what he's trying to say. But what about Yuri on Ice? Does it actually justify these men intimate devotion for each other or is it just trying to fetishize everything to draw out a marketable audience that usually takes in this content at their own leisure? Is there a purpose here outside of being titillating manservice? What I'm trying to ask in the most ignorant and offensive way possible, is Yuri on Ice just being gay for the sake of being gay?
-views episode 6, guy figure skating 20-minutes in "I think I'm gonna come"-
Well... I guess that answers my question.
Yuri on Ice is a harmless fanservice pastime dressed up as a coming-of-age story and cut from the same cloth as any other sports tournament anime, let's stop pretending otherwise. The sooner we kill the pretension that it's something more profound than that, the faster we could sit back and enjoy it for what it is; a fun, easygoing yaoi-bait show with pretty boys trying to balance characterization and fetishism on the same pedestal.
And as yaoi-bait entertainment goes, Yuri on Ice is definitely a show stopper when it comes time to take the games to the ice. Brought to life by Mappa, a young studio renowned for their presentation and audiovisual prowess, Yuri on Ice is yet another notch under their belt, boasting ice skating scenes so free-flowing that at times it's easy to believe that they might have been rotoscoped. And it's this selling point that got most to give Yuri on Ice the stamp of approval and understandably so. You don't really get this much effort from an animated TV production on a regular basis. But do I think that's reason enough to warrant all the appraisal it has gathered? Of course not. Those 5-minutes per episode aren't a saving grace for the other 15-minutes, especially when those 15-minutes often spend its time being a mishmash of basic fanfare for literally every sports story ever conceived or a roulette spin of yaoi/comedy for those who care for it.
Half of the ice skating involves many other elements, such as panning in a fashion to copy news cameras following the competitors interlaced with shots of the audience reaction to round it out. And when you realize that on top of that the actual dances are just being copied and overlayed onto different backgrounds, except for some slight tweaking here and there to make it less obvious, even this show's highlight operates on a limited dispensary. This isn't to knock the integrity of the ice skating scenes, they're still the show's best take away, but it really isn't all that it's cracked up to be. And honestly, that aspect of it doesn't even bother me since the changes make every encounter fresh. What does, however, is its half commitment towards its characters in one direction or the next.
Trying to build legitimacy for its characters while simultaneously reducing them to objectified pretty boy specimen for the sake of manservice has left Yuri on Ice in a gimmicky realm where all of its achievements could only muster up to being "that show with the really nice ice skating scenes." A sentence worse than death for anything looking to stand the test of time. From nobody's fault but its own, this anime has effectively built itself a glass ceiling that it could never surpass.
But enough of me taking the piss out of this show, let's go over the basics that it chooses to cover and what good it was able to do.
In the world of competitive figure ice skating, Victor Nikiforov stands as the person to beat, being a beloved and envied figure throughout the sport's industry, as well as a person of inspiration for newcomers trying to break into the field. With an elegant physique that exudes self-confidence and a natural knack for the sport, Victor is the complete package. One of the countless people that adore him is our main character Yuuri Katsuki; a novice ice skater who idealizes everything about him, to the point where his sole dedication to the sport of figure ice skating derives from the infatuation that he has for the otherworldly reigning campaign that's always occupying his TV screen. And through a whole lot of dumb luck and perfect timing, Yuuri find himself in a once in a lifetime opportunity where the very person he idealizes decide to choose him to be his protege. And from there on out, the rest of the story is dedicated to seeing their blossoming relationship as it coincides with the world tournament that wraps up everything within it.
Along the way, we're introduced to a bevy of flamboyant personalities, each given a simple enough motivation for why they want to be on the top, with some even getting a bit of limelight for themselves. And because of the tournament format, there's always a sense of things moving towards a finality, which paired well with the 12 episode run-time. But perhaps the most impressive part of the show, at least to me, wasn't the ice skating but what it came to represent for those performing it.
Instead of solely relying on appearance to sell the personality of the characters involved, Yuri on Ice wisely chose to use their ice skating performances to do most of the talking itself. By understanding that these ice skating performances are distinguished by the various mannerisms and gestures of the characters, the show found a clever way to feed us information about them without the need to explicitly state it through expository dialogue. As lowbrow as that scene I previously referenced in episode 6 was, it still gave us an idea of Chris Giacometti's self-confidence in his sexuality as well as his more methodical mindset on taking his time to reach his audience, as oppose to the more quick flashes that our protagonist often employs to make up for the lack of sex appeal that he feels makes him inadequate. And a lot can be said about the brief moments we see Victor and his demanding presence on the ice that at once is technically difficult but also done nonchalantly, demonstrating his carefree disregard for the kind of ability that other ice skaters would kill for. Or even Yuuri's rival Yuri Plisetsky and his attempt to find duality with himself by going against the grain to soften up his performance, despite his fiery personality. This also applies to characters that take on minor roles, such as this show's Jojo stand in, Jean-Jacques, with his cockiness translating into a showboating spectacle.
The theatrics, choice of techniques, tight turns, and loose gesture, all coalesce into a final form that define who that person is on and off the ice rink.
And perhaps this very thoughtful decision to characterize the characters' personalities is also the reason I find the whole thing to be a waste. Because despite itself, Yuri on Ice was a show that was never meant to appeal to me. So where I would usually outright dismiss something like this, it just so happens that there were nuggets of detail within it that I found appealing. An appeal that required me to drudge through content that I couldn't psych myself into caring for no matter how hard I tried.
And really, it didn't have to do much to make me like it, just either muffle the shounen-ai content down to a realistic degree or stop dancing around the idea and just fully embrace it. The show is suggestive of the possibility of there being an actual sexual interest between the main leads but at the same time, it only cock-teases this idea to maintain the illusion of the fiction it wants to sell. And once again, excuse my politically incorrect wording but if you're going to be gay, be all the way gay goddammit. Stop pussyfooting around. I don't need some full blown orgy like Sausage Party's celebratory ending, all I want is a clear yes or no for where they stand, none of this "just gay enough" gray area. Is it so hard for a male homosexual relationship to be taken seriously for once?
Now with all that being said, is Yuri on Ice worth the watch? Yes, but only if you have nothing else in your catalog. As it stands, it's not something I see any need to jump into. Yuri on Ice is that intermediary show that you pick up to pass the time on your way on to better ones. What it has that works is its wonderful ice skating scenes and the usage of it to inform the audience of who the characters are, as for everything else, it's either standard for its genre or serviceable to a very niche market. read more