Like the title of this post says, Yes! I am watching Yuri on Ice and I do not regret it.
After an upset defeat in the Grand Prix competition Japanese skater Yuri Katsuki begins to have different feelings towards skating. After more defeats he decides to head home (Japan). There he reunites with his old friend Yuko at their hometown’s ice skating rink. Yuri performs an exact piece that 5 time Grand Prix winner Viktor Nikiforov performed in his last performance that earned him the gold medal. Not knowing Yuri’s performance was being recorded it was uploaded on the Internet and went viral. Viktor sees the video and decides he wants to coach Yuri. He heads to Japan and together they work together to win the Grand Prix.
A Japanese figure skater who has faced many defeats. One upsetting defeat being the Grand Prix. He begins to have different feelings toward skating. He decides to head home (Japan). There he reunites with his old friend Yuko at their hometown’s ice skating rink called “Castle Hasetsu” Yuri performs an exact piece that 5 consecutive Grand Prix winner Viktor Nikiforov performed in his last performance that earned him the gold medal. Not knowing Yuri’s performance was being recorded it was uploaded on the Internet and went viral. Viktor sees the video and decides he wants to coach Yuri. Viktor heads to Japan and convinces Yuri to get back into skating with him as his coach. Yuri begins to feel excited about skating again with his idol coaching him. Together they work together to win the Grand Prix.
Viktor Nikiforov is a genius Russian skater who has won the Grand Prix competition 5 consecutive times. Ever since he was a teen he was praised for his talents. He won many competitions. At age 27 around the retiring age of a figure skater he begins to want more. He needs a new direction in life. One day he sees a video online of Yuri K performing a perfect mimic of a routine Viktor won in his last competition. He becomes inspired to become Yuri K’s coach. Viktor heads to Japan and convinces Yuri to get back into skating with him as his coach. Viktor begins to feel happy about a new adventure. Together Viktor and Yuri work together to win the Grand Prix.
15 year old Russian skater Yuri Plisetsky is a child prodigy. He has been praised as a great skater since he was young. He has won the Junior World Championships three consecutive times. Yuri has a bad temper and is arrogant he is nicknamed “Russian Punk” and because of his beauty he is also nicknamed “Russian Fairy”. Yuri P and Viktor are skating mates. When Yuri P hears that Viktor wants to coach Yuri K he becomes extremely angry. He heads to Japan to convince Viktor to become his coach. Viktor creates a routine for both Yuri K and Yuri P to compete against each other to decide who Viktor will coach. Yuri K wins. Yuri P heads back to Russia promising to defeat Yuri K in the Grand Prix.
At first I did not want to watch this series. I thought oh god another yaoi anime. But I kept seeing on social media and everyone’s blogs that they were enjoying the series. So I decided to give it a chance. I really do like this anime. It really surprised me that it was really good.
The characters are so good. Yuri K growing more confident in himself everyday and having his coach Viktor there to support him. His style of ballet is so amazing and beautiful. You feel his emotions when he skates.
The transition of Viktor from top skater to a coach is a great journey to watch. He has no idea how to be a coach but does his best to support Yuri.
Now the relationship between Viktor and Yuri has some form of the yaoi theme, but it is settle which I do not mind. Every Time you turn around its the most genuine love between the two. I know when I’m on social media the girls are all going crazy over this relationship.
Now the music and the skating alone has me in awe, the movements and the emotions each skater shows is just great. I never cared for skating but this show makes me rethink my opinion.
So I will give this anime two thumbs up. It’s more geared toward females I will say. But if you like skating then you can give it a try.