Yuri! On Ice: The Full First Season
December 22, 2016 7:30 AM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

Yuuri Katsuki is a 23 year-old figure skater who is in a slump who is surprised when his childhood idol, Victor Nikiforov, shows up in his hometown and decides to be his new coach.
posted by dinty_moore (35 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
 
I haven't gotten this attached to an anime in over a decade and I don't even know what to do with myself anymore.
posted by dinty_moore at 7:32 AM on December 22, 2016 [2 favorites]


I miss this show already.

I forget what episode (because all of them, really), but I said "I have never ugly-sobbed so much to something that was so life-affirming."

It's such a sweet show about well-meaning but complicated people. And the love story is so beautiful and magnificent. I really just want to hug Yuri!!! on Ice.
posted by darksong at 9:45 AM on December 22, 2016 [1 favorite]


I CAN'T BELIEVE WE GOT A PAIR SKATE. I CAN'T. BELIEVE. IT!!!!!!!!!!

TEARS STREAMING DOWN MY FACE

FUCK
posted by Sokka shot first at 11:55 AM on December 22, 2016 [6 favorites]


But seriously: I haven't felt this profoundly satisfied with a romantic relationship in an anime since Planetes a damn DECADE ago.
posted by Sokka shot first at 11:56 AM on December 22, 2016 [2 favorites]


Gifsets of this series have taken over so many of the tumblrs I lurk on, I've been wondering what the simplest free-est way to give it a try (not really familiar with how Crunchyroll works) but it looks like they uploaded the episodes to their youtube channel.

I just watched the first episode. Is there some kind of anime-for-noobs recap/review site I should follow along with? I don't think I've ever watched an anime tv-series before, so the stylistic shifts are kind of confusing/offputting, and I'm pretty sure that there's a ton of stuff going over my head.
posted by oh yeah! at 6:27 PM on December 22, 2016


UNPOPULAR OPINION: That pairs skate was better (and much more intimate) than a kiss.

I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH.
posted by dipping_sauce at 7:49 PM on December 22, 2016 [3 favorites]


I was trying to tell my husband about the ending and I was all like PAIRS SKATE AT THE END and I don't think he got the emotional impact. IT WAS GREAT. SUPER GREAT.

I just watched the first episode. Is there some kind of anime-for-noobs recap/review site I should follow along with?

This isn't quite what you're looking for, but this tumblr post does explain some of the stuff lost in translation in the first few episodes, while this blog goes through it in a little more detail.
posted by dinty_moore at 8:03 PM on December 22, 2016


The other thing I'm going to point out is the chibifying of Yuuri as he explains backstory/previously on/the rules of ice skating lessens as the series goes on. I don't know if those were the stylistic shifts you were talking about, but I could see how they'd be off putting if you weren't used to them.
posted by dinty_moore at 8:43 PM on December 22, 2016


I don't know if those were the stylistic shifts you were talking about, but I could see how they'd be off putting if you weren't used to them.

Yeah, that's the confusing thing. Watched episode 2 last night though, will probably watch a few more tonight. Your first link is helpful though, the second is more detail than I can handle.
posted by oh yeah! at 5:35 AM on December 23, 2016


Not to be a downer, but where does this stand in terms of realism about tearing homosexuality? Like, do they address homophobia or the criminalization of homosexuality in Russia? I ask because I'm always on the lookout for anime/manga that provide a realistic look at LGBTQ life and relationships, but so far I've only seen lesbian and trans characters get that treatment.
posted by schroedinger at 8:23 AM on December 23, 2016


Not to be a downer, but where does this stand in terms of realism about tearing homosexuality? Like, do they address homophobia or the criminalization of homosexuality in Russia? I ask because I'm always on the lookout for anime/manga that provide a realistic look at LGBTQ life and relationships, but so far I've only seen lesbian and trans characters get that treatment.

This series takes place in a fantasyland where there are no issues with homophobia in Russia, Japan, or Men's Figure Skating. There is no sense from anyone that anyone could ever have an objection to a man having a relationship with another man.
posted by dinty_moore at 8:33 AM on December 23, 2016 [1 favorite]




I love YOI so much. I'm in fanart trash hell (self-link to Instagram) and so is pretty much every other artist I know. Hoping there isn't a second season because I actually need to get things done in my life.

This is my reaction to this episode.
posted by glass origami robot at 1:32 PM on December 23, 2016


This was my feel-good anime of the season along with the criminally under-watched Fune wo Amu.

At some point I had an exegesis? rant? in my head on how the two series shared the theme of the discovery of love, but I've forgotten most of it. Both the series made me squee a lot. I liked Fune wo Amu so much I even bought (Korean translation of) the novel it was based on.
posted by needled at 2:48 PM on December 23, 2016


Yuri on Ice is the runner up in my anime of the season list, first place goes to the also criminally under-watched Flip Flappers.

The Josei Next Door's blog has great write-ups of the episodes here.
posted by Pendragon at 2:09 AM on December 24, 2016


Finished episode 6. What's the deal with the shots of food that appear between scenes sometimes? Is it a standard anime product-placement thing? Something to do with skating, or some other meta reference?
posted by oh yeah! at 6:50 AM on December 24, 2016


That's the commercial break. It is pretty typical for anime to do some sort of random bookend signalling that the commercial break is starting and ending.
posted by dinty_moore at 7:05 AM on December 24, 2016


I finished watching this season a couple days ago (Crunchyroll took the episodes off their youtube channel, but there were various fan-uploaded files still).

I still wasn't sure what to make of it at the end, finding the conventions of anime so unfamiliar. (I had read somewhere about the thing with nosebleeds as a sign of overwhelming emotion, but it was still so jarring to see.) So, I don't think I found it as moving, while watching, as the regular fandom did. But it has stayed with me in some way; I just watched a lovely fan-vid that got me all teared up: ユーリ!!! on ICE

One of the comments said there's going to be a season 2? Guess I'll try watching that one as it is released and see how I like it without spoilers.
posted by oh yeah! at 8:34 AM on December 28, 2016


This show and Jojo's Bizarre Adventure have been my favorite viewing for the past few months, with YOI winning out as the more rewatchable of the two, even though I've been hoping for an anime adaptation of JJBA for literally years.

(I had read somewhere about the thing with nosebleeds as a sign of overwhelming emotion, but it was still so jarring to see.)

The overwhelming emotion of Yuri smashing his face into the rink wall because he flubbed his last jump?
posted by vaghjar at 11:47 PM on December 28, 2016


The overwhelming emotion of Yuri smashing his face into the rink wall because he flubbed his last jump?

I was referring to the earlier scene when Yuri's friend who runs his hometown skating rink met Yurio for the first time; her nose practically turned into the elevator from The Shining.
posted by oh yeah! at 6:07 AM on December 29, 2016


the also criminally under-watched

You think Yuri on Ice is 'criminally underwatched'? Dozens of people I know who have never watched a stitch of anime in their lives are suddenly obsessed with this show out of nowhere!
posted by showbiz_liz at 9:13 AM on December 29, 2016


You think Yuri on Ice is 'criminally underwatched'?

I think that was talking about the previous comment, which said that Fune wo Amu was criminally underwatched. of course in the case of Fune wo Amu, it's because it's not on any of the English language streaming services yet. I'm personally interested in seeing that show sometime, so maybe they'll get around to it later.

Oh, and back on topic Yuri on Ice is amazing and totally the show of the year by a wide margin.
posted by Aznable at 10:51 AM on December 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


You think Yuri on Ice is 'criminally underwatched'?

No I was talking about Flip Flappers. Which everybody should watch. The finale this week was great!!
posted by Pendragon at 1:09 PM on December 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


For further discussion of Fall 2016 anime, there's the Fall 2016 anime thread, and for those looking forward to the 2017 anime season, there's the Winter 2017 anime thread.

Back to YOI, here's a recent interview with show co-creator Mitsurou Kubo. At the end of episode 12, Yuri is in St. Petersburg along with Yurio and Victor, but what's ahead is still "unknown."

Glad that Studio MAPPA finally has a commercial hit.
posted by needled at 4:43 PM on December 29, 2016


Here to say that YOI was my very first anime, after a lifetime of reading comics. I'm so in love with it. Glad for the other anime recs and would love more.
posted by greermahoney at 9:17 PM on December 29, 2016 [1 favorite]


Greermahoney: yessss. Any particular topic/genre you like in other media? Any specific thing about this one you want to see more of? (Humor, warmth, drawing style, gay relationships, hard work to achieve something difficult?) "Cheerful anime about an unexpected sport" happens to be a popular subgenre, and one that I really like.
posted by tchemgrrl at 5:28 AM on December 30, 2016 [1 favorite]


tchemgrrl: I usually don't like sports. At all. In fact, I almost passed on this because I thought I wouldn't like the sports aspect. Now, however, I'm happy to have learned a little about ice skating and was thinking maybe I should watch some. So I wouldn't automatically rule out a sports one in the future. (See? I can learn and grow!)
I think the things that I really loved about YOI were 1) Gay relationship 2) Acceptance of the greyness of the characters. I can't tell you how surprising it is to me to see Yurio act so awful to our main characters and not be villainized and punished through the plotline. In another show, he would have flubbed his final skate just to show us that being mean doesn't pay, or he would have won, only as a reason for our hero to kick his ass next season. 3) Generally heartwarmy characters - I love that they root for each other. Even though they all want to win so badly! Even Yuuri and Yurio do! 4) A romance subplot does generally keep my interest. What can I say? I'm an old softie.

I'm generally pretty solid in the sci-fi fantasy realm. But branching out is good, too. Thanks so much!

Thanks so much! I'm super excited. I just started Avatar because I figure maybe I should start with the most mainstream one in America.
posted by greermahoney at 9:35 AM on December 30, 2016


I came into this off taking a break from anime (got back into it with the wonderful Mob Psycho 100) with low expectations, and I was blown away. Man, I am so happy they made Victor/Yuuri happen; I was 100% prepared for something like Free! with nothing but (debatable) implications. Just such a sweet, loving show that really helped me get through the end of 2016.
posted by clarinet at 4:17 PM on December 31, 2016


One of the fluffiest anime series I've seen in awhile and I do hope they get a 2nd season along with funding to fix the animation. I liked how respectfully they handled all the character relationships and interactions.

Fune wo Amu: I wasn't sure how a SoL anime about creating a dictionary would work since it's a adaption from a movie but I liked it. Very peaceful and drama-free story.
posted by chrono_rabbit at 10:07 AM on January 1


Some important updates:

* Teaser from Yuri Plisetsky's exhibition skate which I think will be an extra on the blu-rays?

* some of the animation is being redrawn and improved for the blu-rays as well

* At a YOI fan gathering, a fan skates the "On Love: Eros" program

* At WIA Qingdao, Patton Chen skates the "Yuri on Ice" program! On Youtube and a slightly higher quality video on Tumblr. It is just as beautiful in real life.

* He also skates "Stammi Vicino" at the same event.

<3
posted by Rainbo Vagrant at 11:49 AM on May 6


I read somewhere they announced a YOI movie is going to happen - is that in addition to a second season, or instead of?
posted by oh yeah! at 12:07 PM on May 6




Johnny Weir also has an interpretation of "Eros" on his Instagram.

There's a longer segment of Yurio's Welcome to the Madness that was shown at an event in Japan, I think? IDK for sure but there's secondhand copies of it on Youtube that keep getting taken down. So you can search it out, if you like. It made me feel things
posted by Rainbo Vagrant at 8:41 AM on May 25 [2 favorites]


I saw on twitter. Otabek somehow makes finger guns look cool?
posted by dinty_moore at 6:31 AM on May 26


I like the fact that you can tell he choreographed it himself - it's a little incoherent, artistically. It's just saying "Look at me!! Aren't you surprised?!"
posted by Rainbo Vagrant at 5:54 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


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