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I just watched yuri on ice twice in marathon mode and I was underwhelmed by it. I am not going to lie in this post about the show and I am certainly not going praise this show. If you don’t like criticism then it is your last warning to stop reading, now let’s get our hands dirty.
What is yuri on ice? what does it want to achieve? what does it want to be? these questions are important to understanding the flaws that haunt the show.
This anime seem to be in identity conflict, show strongly wants to be a sports anime, comedy anime, slice of life anime, romance anime and light ecchi anime with a lot of light-hearted male fan service, Unfortunately, yuri on ice doesn’t understand what sports, slice of life, romance anime is. This can be proven by simply seeing heartless comedy and unwanted fan service during the god damn skating matches. By my perspective, this anime only caters to fujoshi and those people who never watched a good sports anime. Now let me say it straight I don’t want to insult anyone’s tastes here, just want to make my views clear.
Many people think that this anime is unique and is the savior of sports anime. For those people, I will say watch Chihayafuru you will get you dose of uniqueness and savior of sports anime and if you want anime in this season for uniqueness then watch Fune Wo Amu, that anime is based on dictionary making, fu*king dictionary making the most boring thing in the universe and they truly pulled it off very masterfully. Matter of the fact is that making anime based off Ice Skating is not that unique, I have seen better.
This is where anime fails the most, let me ask you, why would a world class player come to coach a player who screwed up in his matches. Ok maybe he saw something great in him but Viktor said himself that he wants to do something unique, then why would he help a player who is the mirror copy of him which is opposite of unique, do they truly wished it to be a sports anime or ‘hot guys doing hot things’ anime.
Now let us once more take the example of Viktor, when we first see his we get an impression of a sweet but ruthless guy, later he just changed to a gay, support of yuri, comedy icon and love of our main hero yuri, This anime which is a sports anime does another unforgivable thing and that is Nakama bullshit, whenever yuri gets some problems he remembers Viktor or hug him and that problem is gone, wtf. Sports anime is about overcoming our flaws with our own strengths, not that Nakama bullish*it. And here comes rival second Yuuri, which is the blandest rival I have ever seen in a long time, he gets no character development and he has the most beautiful character designed in whole anime.
Most praised attribute of the show and the probably the only ok thing in this anime. As I have said before that only that animation is good that can deliver the point which story want to make. There is a problem and that is the camera, During skating camera moves too much and I like my camera still and steady, that is why I like Jackie Chan movies, the camera is still giving more impactful fights. watch Fune Wo Amu and you will understand what is a good camera movement and atmosphere design.
Most weak part the show, Same music while skating repeated over and over again making skating most boring part of the show giving that the skating relies on music to create atmosphere. Music is just bland and boring in this show.
It is a sports anime, right? then why there is no tension build up before matches, there is more tension buildup before DBZ tournaments than here. This can mostly attribute to boring characters. Simply there is nothing to loose for Yuri, If he wins then he gets his love and if he loses He still gets his love, to be honest even as a romance anime it doesn’t have that thrill required.
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