Skate-Leading Stars

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English: Skate-Leading Stars
Japanese: スケートリーディング☆スターズ


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 10, 2021 to Mar 28, 2021
Premiered: Winter 2021
Broadcast: Sundays at 22:30 (JST)
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Original
Genres: ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, SportsSports
Theme: SchoolSchool
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.421 (scored by 87168,716 users)
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Ranked: #65822
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3146
Members: 32,953
Favorites: 127

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Child figure skating prodigy Kensei Maeshima abruptly quits the sport after his one-sided rival, Reo Shinozaki, refuses to acknowledge his skill. Now, as a student at Inodai High School, Kensei uses his athletic skills to assist the other sports teams, but he never officially joins one. One day, Reo announces his switch from singles figure skating into team-based skate-leading and joins St. Clavis Gakuin High School—last year's Grand Prix champions. Hayato Sasugai, a classmate with a mysterious connection to Reo, convinces Kensei to switch to skate-leading in order to finally defeat his rival in a competition.

Kensei’s sudden entry into the Inodai Skate-Leading Club is met with backlash from the current members. Although he is a very strong singles skater, Kensei lacks the teamwork skills required to perform well in skate-leading. Factoring in his hot-headed, impatient attitude, inconsistent skating performances, and a complicated history with some of the members, Kensei's teammates do not believe he is a good fit to be their "Lead." The team must work together to resolve these issues, however, if they wish to qualify for the Grand Prix Finals and even stand a chance at defeating St. Clavis Gakuin.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Kimura, Noboru
Script, Series Composition


Opening Theme

Apple Music
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"Chase the core" by Takao Sakuma (佐久間貴生)

Ending Theme

"JUMP" by Shuugo Nakamura

Mar 14, 2021
DeadNex (All reviews)
While watching this anime , I checked many reviews and many of them were from people that only watched 4 episodes , which i find dumb because you only watched 33% of the anime..
Anyways , this anime is overall good , its the basic story of a childhood "war" between the main character and a support/main character, the art is good and the characters were differentiated , the sound was fair tho it was many times repeated the same song, mostly on the first few episodes.
The anime had everything to be better if it wasn't rushed and didnt end the way it did , and read more
Mar 14, 2021
Sakoori (All reviews)
After watching the rest of the series, I still stand by my original review. I don't even know what the point of this show is. As someone who shamelessly loves watching terrible sports anime for the sake of pretty boys/fujo bait, this show somehow managed to offer me none of that.

The main issues with Skate Leading Stars stem from the fact that the "sport" it's centered around isn't real. Skate Leading doesn't exist in real life. The writers tried to create some hybrid form of team figure skating with elements from single Men's Free Skate/Short Program, but you quickly find out that the writers didn't read more
Mar 14, 2021
KANLen09 (All reviews)
Well well, what a disappointment of a show indeed to no one's surprise. I have rephrased this many times in my reviews over the last few years, and it is that: Even if you have high-profile people working on shows, it's not indicative of any results unless we the viewers can see whether the talent or inspiration has been carried over from past shows with their name carved as a household name.

And yet still, even with legendary director Gorou Taniguchi on board, Skate-Leading☆Stars still feels like a ham-fisted show with an unique setting already grounded by the likes of Yuri on Ice!! (creating the male read more
Mar 17, 2021
devildice (All reviews)
No. This is not Yuri!!! On Ice.

I have seen so many comparisons and expectations online about SLS contrasting it with YOI. Believe me, it has its own merits that it managed to present its own identity as ice skating sports anime. From the premise, it's a group sports, thus, it heightens more spirit and soul as sports genre.

There is an immense difference in the plot narrative, however, you can sense the quick phasing of the competition to the extent that it needed to compromise most of the skating performances. For a 12-episode anime, it lacked so much in sports action. Hence, in compensation, read more

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