Absolite's Anime Review: Yuri!!! on Ice

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What's up, TopTenners? Absolite here, and today I will be reviewing the most popular anime of 2016, Yuri on Ice. And just to be clear, I'm not a dripping fangirl.

First, the story. Yuri on Ice is about Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki who suffers a crushing defeat in the figure Skating Grand Prix finals. After returning home, he accidentally uploads a video of himself performing his idol Victor Nikiforov's skating routine. Victor sees his routine and, quite impressed, flies to Japan to coach him for the next Grand Prix finals. In my opinion the story was quite simple, but then again, simple == bad. 8/10

Next, the art. The art was really nothing special, it looked like your typical josei (yes, I do consider this a josei) art style. By no means was the art bad, but it wasn't SAO or Katanagatari level amazing. Unfortunately, the animation quality declined every episode, which I have to mention in Art. I will say, however, that the figure skating scenes were breathtaking. 6/10

Now for the sound. This and Characters are YOI's strongest points. Boy, do I have a lot to say about the soundtrack! Let's start with the opening theme, History Maker. I can only describe the theme song in two words: F***ING. AWESOME. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's Dean Fujioka's voice, or maybe it's the awesome background music. If you haven't heard it, do yourself a favor and listen to it. The songs that played during the skating scenes were amazing as well, such as "In Regards to Love: Eros", "Shall we Skate", "Theme of King JJ" and how can I forget, "Yuri on Ice". 10/10

Next up are characters. As many of you already know, this is a Shonen-ai anime, meaning it contains gay people. What I really appreciate is that none of the characters (okay, besides Chris) were gay stereotypes. Did I mention that everyone is gay in this show? And they all have different personalities. The main character, Yuri Katsuki, is the exact opposite of the gay stereotype. He is actually quite timid in the beginning of the series. And Yurio was just so cute! 9/10

Did I enjoy this show? The answer is yes, yes I did. This show had some many funny moments, and I enjoyed all of them. Every character was special in their own way. 10/10

Score: 8.5/10

Final Thoughts: This was a funny, emotional, and cute experience that I'll never forget, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a feel-good anime.

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