A Little Thing About Yuri On Ice

A Little Thing About Yuri On Ice

 

I tried so hard to not talk about this show a lot. It’s overdone, it’s overhyped, I get it. But I love it with all my heart and for a good reason, which I decided I will share with all of you. I by no means think this was the best show in the world, as many people have made it out to be. Just putting that out there, so I don’t seem like someone blinded by the fanbase.

I genuinely never thought I would be remotely interested in a show such as this. The very first time I heard of it was about this time last year, when I was sitting in the dentist office waiting for my brother to be done. I think I was on Twitter and I saw Funimation’s Fall Dub lineup, this show being among them. I clicked on it and read the synopsis, deciding it was going to be the same as any other sports anime, which I’d also decided I didn’t like. I don’t know why I have such a vivid memory of this, but I just do.

It was only after seeing the immense hype over the show on Twitter that I decided to look a bit into it. Even then, I said I had no desire to watch it. My friend did decide to see what all the fuss was about in maybe October or November of last year, and told me that I should watch it too, but I put it off. It was January I finally did, and it has literally changed the way I view the world. Not to sound dramatic or anything.

I’m going to tell you the story of how I went from being an ignorant homophobe to the person I am now.

About two years ago, a specific time I remember was on Valentine’s Day and I was walking around the mall by my house. I saw two girls, wearing matching couple hoodies, and holding hands. Now, if I were to see this today, I wouldn’t think a thing of it. Back then, I physically looked away and avoided them. It truly hurts me to think back on how I used to be. I was about fifteen years old at that time, and I was already filled with such hatred.

Fast forward to about a year ago. I had this mindset where I thought I was accepting of people in the LGBT+ community. But really, I wasn’t. What I told myself was that I was fine with it, if I weren’t to see any of it. I was just the same as the year prior.

I thought it was fine. I thought the way I saw things was entirely okay. It wasn’t. If I truly agreed with it, I would have no problem seeing people who were trans, or gay, etc. But at this time, I was still a bit disgusted by it.

Then came this wonderful show, Yuri on Ice. It’s been done to death, I’m fully aware. But this show changed something in me, and I’m a ton happier because of it.

January of this year began my journey of acceptance.  I went through being a bit put off by people of LGBT+ to all of a sudden being entirely involved and practically a member. (I discussed this in my LGBT+ Representation in Comics post)

After watching the show, I became so obsessed with the fandom and any sort of post relating to it. Because of that, I got used to seeing a canon gay couple. From there, I ended up becoming fascinated by the LGBT+ community. And, if you don’t really want to read my post linked above, I think I’ve realized I’m aromantic/asexual. Which, sometimes is included in the community. So, Yuri on Ice has given me quite a journey.

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When I’d been told about the show, I was wary about watching it. I knew how popular it had become, and for some reason, I tend to avoid incredibly popular shows now. And, the only reason I decided to watch it was due to my friend bugging the heck out of me to watch it. I had no idea what I was getting into, and it’s now a fandom I’ve been in for nine months.

Another thing this show has really helped me with is coping with my anxiety and depression. Currently, I’m in a bit of a depression, as I lost my very first job because of something I couldn’t control. I know I can get through it, but it’s damaging my motivation.

As I’m sure most of you know, there are characters that deal with these. Specifically, Yuuri is shown multiple times with anxiety attacks, and seeing those happen made me feel a lot better. When he has them, others don’t think it’s a big enough deal to start crying over, but to him, it’s a huge deal. And, I have first-hand experience with this. That ugly, screaming crying is a real thing, and it happened when I heard my old manager tell me the news about my job. I kept my disappointment hidden when I heard it, but once I hung up that phone, I broke. It was so bad that for the past three days I’ve had a sore throat. I skipped my college class that night because I wasn’t in a mindset where I could drive.

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During the months of March, April, and May, I was in this weird state where I was so depressed for no reason, I didn’t even post anything. I didn’t realize how long it had been until I posted my first post for May. I feel this in a way relates to the emptiness Victor felt when he realized that there was nothing to his life besides winning gold medals. Obviously, I was not at the extent he was, but I can relate to that feeling. It was strange to feel a connection to his character, since he seems so unreachable. But when it hit me that what I was feeling was so close to what he felt, it encouraged me.

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So, there’s my little rant on Yuri on Ice. Not sure if anyone’s too happy about it, but I’ve been dying to talk about it since the end of January, when I posted the second part of my thoughts on the show. So, you may be seeing more of it, but I’m unsure.

It’s also funny this post kind of relates to OWLS theme this month relating to mental illnesses, which I didn’t plan on purpose.

 

This post was a bit weird, but I really didn’t want to do two reviews in a row. And, this came to me suddenly, so I hope you enjoyed it. It’s not something I’ll do again any time soon, most likely. And, I’m sorry for posting late.

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Ten Animes With Beautiful Art

Ten Animes With Beautiful Art

I am obsessed with the anime style. That’s the main reason why I watch these shows. It’s not because they’re Japanese, or that’s it’s cool or whatever. It’s because for the most part, the art is good, and they have themes that are for older audiences. If it weren’t for anime I’d be stuck watching Disney movies and cartoons from my childhood and the present. Which most don’t have huge fanbases. I love that these shows have such a huge fanbase that I can be a part of while admiring great art styles.

This started out as a top five list, but I just couldn’t help adding more, and then after that I felt bad I left some others out. There’s really too many to appreciate, and I’d have to say this was the hardest list to compile.

1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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When I drew anime fanart I based my style off of this one, and I still love the way they did a lot of the scenery and coloring of the characters. I have a comic artist for a father, so trust me, I watch out for things that make a style stand out. The one thing that I love it that they don’t use black to outline characters. They use a slightly darker shade of the color the outline is touching, which is a technique my dad has used and I absolutely love seeing.

2. Assassination Classroom

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I’m not sure why I’m so drawn to this one, possibly the bright colors in the comedic, lighthearted scenes, and the darker ones in the more serious, sinister scenes. It just suits the content of the show so well, I guess, not much else to say besides I love it.

3. Soul Eater

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The one thing I love about this one is the way it isn’t consistent. You take two random characters, look at their facial expressions, structure, and eyes, and you’ll be sure to not find a match. The only characters that have similarities to each other are related characters, like Maka and Spirit, and Liz and Patty. I think that this is what gives the show that bizarre feel to it that makes it so lovable.

4. Noragami

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The opening is what wins me over with the art for this one. And Yato’s eyes, my gosh, they’re beautiful. Really, the eyes in this show have always been something I’ve noticed, but the rest of the art is well done as well. The fight scenes are great and the monsters are done in a different style from the rest that makes them look more creepy, which I give applause to.

5. Divine Gate

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You’re probably panicking right now, saying I have no taste in anime. Putting this show on a positive list. Well, you can rest easy because this show was absolute garbage. The art style was just really pretty, okay? It was unique and I think it was my only drive to finish the show. If the writing was as good as the art it would’ve been a pretty great show.

6. Yuri!!! On ICE

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PSSHT! You thought I was done talking about the animation in this one, did you? Well, I’ve still got more to say! Some say the animation sucked but I thought it was nicely done, especially with the opening. And the fact that skating is such a fast sport makes it more difficult to animate, with the character zipping and jumping all over the place. They managed to make it still beautiful. Agh, I can’t get enough of this show!

7. Attack on Titan

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This one is truly unique, it’s realistic enough that it’s immersive, but still anime enough to make it not creepy. I think it was a good option for the type of show it is, and again, fighting was well done. I drew Armin once in the art style, and it’s honestly one of my favorite drawings.

8. Baka and Test

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Eh, don’t make fun of me for watching this one. It was a guilty pleasure type of deal. But I watched it twice, which I kind of regret. It has an interesting art style because it labels character’s importance by the level of detail. Main characters had a full face, minor characters had no eyes, and background characters had no expression at all. And each main character had a color, which would appear as their shadow in dots on the ground. It was weird but something memorable.

9. My Hero Academia

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There’s so much spiky hair in this show, but hey, that’s something I like about it. It’s about teenage SUPERHEROES of course it’s going to have spiky hair. But anyway, I love the way expressions are done in this one, and fight scenes are done well too.

10. Death Parade

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Lastly, a show that ripped my heart into pieces. Another style that suited the show very well, It had a shade of dark to it, but it still looked lighthearted at times. The eyes are cool, and they have a purpose as well, as you’d know if you’ve watched it.

Hope you enjoyed this post! I’ve been wanting to make this for a while, and I finally did! I’ve been working on this since before  My Thoughts On: Yuri!!! on ICE Episodes 7-12. It took a while to narrow it down to 10 animes, since so many have such cool artwork. I chose the ones with the most unique and recognizable art, but know that there are so many more I wanted to put on here, such as Angel Beats!, Guilty Crown, and Durarara!

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Pictures:

FMA:

Assassination Classroom:

Soul Eater:

Noragami:

Divine Gate:

Yuri!!! On ICE

Attack on Titan:

Baka and Test

My Hero Academia

Death Parade

 

My Favorite Anime Couples

My Favorite Anime Couples

I figured that in honor of Valentine’s Day I would share some of my favorite pairings in anime. I understand that this is a somewhat touchy subject for some, if their favorite isn’t on here, or if I ship a character with someone different that what they feel. But I knew I would talk about it at some point, so why not now? Understand that I will not make fun of any person’s pairing preferences, as long as I don’t get any nasty comments. Thank you, we are all fans of the same fanbase. Be nice! 🙂 Continue reading

My Thoughts On: Yuri!!! on ICE Episodes 7-12

My Thoughts On: Yuri!!! on ICE Episodes 7-12

I finished this show last night at about 1:40 am. I was determined to finish it so I could write this, but I was also reluctant because that would mean I couldn’t watch it for the first time anymore.

This show exceeded all expectations I had. I’d heard about it sometime in early October before it was aired. I read the description, but it didn’t strike me as something I would love to watch. I would see posts about it on Twitter for months, but I generally ignored it all. Then in December, my friend decided to start it and convinced me to watch it. I didn’t start it until the beginning of this month, but once I did, I knew I made the right decision.

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My Thoughts On: Yuri!!! on ICE Episodes 1-6

My Thoughts On: Yuri!!! on ICE Episodes 1-6

Oh, of course. The show that has blown up my Twitter feed, whether it be voice actors of the show, fans, or bloggers. So, many people have exploded over this show. At first, I didn’t understand. “It’s just another sport anime,” I thought. And then I remembered, “Oh wait, this is the one sport I like. I guess I’ll try it.” And, boy was that a great decision.

I’m doing this in two parts because I just can’t wait until I’ve finished it to begin talking about it. I’ll probably have another post in between this one and the second part.

So, I started the first episode on January 4th, and within the beginning bit and the opening, I fell in love with it already. And my god, the opening blew me away. I’ve had the screenshot-42screenshot-45
song stuck in my head since I watched it, and that’s not even really what I love about it. The art style chanscreenshot-44ge is impressive, and the amount of movement for something like that is rare.  Most openings consist of already made footage, still images, and simple running or walking.  They made a whole routine out of it, and that’s incredibly impressive, and adding the fact that they change from one art style to another is really interesting.  I couldn’t tear my eyes away for two seconds to continue the dinner I was eating.

Enough with that, though, I want to talk about the first “competition” we see. And yes, I’ll talk about art again because that’s what I noticed.  If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m obsessed with anime art, and this show’s art is becoming one of my favorites.

What I noticed in the first “competition” between both Yuris, was that they have this distinctive way of movement that is unique to each of them.  And the way they animated it made it very evident to me. Though I understand the tracks chosen for each of them was supposed to contradict their instinct, they still managed to have their own style to it.  Yuri Plisetsky has a more fluid way of movement, making one move swiftly transition into the next.  This compliments the type of body he has, which is more thin and flexible.  I know this seems a bit weird, talking about their body type and the way they move, but I think it was important as to why the animators chose to animate them this way. Yuuri Katsuki is stockier and not as flexible, so his movements are stronger and bold rather than swift.  Which is fine, and it doesn’t exactly mean that I don’t enjoy watching his routines as much as Plisetsky’s.  This makes them very different, which makes it difficult for me to choose who to root for honestly.  They are both incredibly talented, and with being so different, it’s hard to compare.

Yeah that was probably boring, talking about animation style and body types.  But it really makes sense when they did it this way. Though it seems as though Plisetsky would have a harsher way of moving due yuri2to his personality, that’s not the reality of it. And you would think that Katsuki would have a more gentle style due to his insecurities and lack of confidence, but he’s very strong and sharp instead.

I think this was why those tracks were chosen, to reveal they way they truly skate, even if they didn’t think they could do it.  I say this because even when showing their individual practice, their style remains.

I feel I may be thinking too deeply about this, but this was seriously what was going through my head all of episode three.

As for the rest of the show, I think it’s hilarious, along with inspirational and just all around enjoyable.  The dialogue is very emotional when it needs to be serious, and just awkward enough for me to laugh out loud when the rest of my family is asleep.

So, when I wrote the beginning part of this blog, I had only watched up to episode four, I believe. Now I’m through episode six, so things have changed a lot.  Before anyone asks me about “shipping,” I will tell you that, yeah, I think

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that the relationship between Victor and Yuuri is cute.  I’m not generally one who has gay ships, but I like this one.  I believe I have about three in total, so that tells you something about me I guess. And I don’t have any problems with people who only ship those types, in fact, you could ship a character with a wall and I wouldn’t care. I respect your opinion as long as you respect mine.

 

Now that that’s out of the way, on to what I noticed during the fifth and sixth episodes.

For one, I miss seeing Yuri Plisetsky as often as we used to in the first three episodes.  I yurihappen to like him a lot, I’m not entirely sure why, but I’m hoping to see him more soon. I guess it’s because of his impressive talent at his young age.  And he’s actually the closest to my age. Ooh! You now know I’m somewhere between fifteen and twenty-three. But that’s not important.

Oh, and before you go spoiling anything in the comments, please respect my pace of watching the show. I hate spoilers more than anything so please nothing beyond episode six.

I’ll now talk about Yuuri Katsuki’s development from episode one to episode six.

We know that in the beginning, Yuuri is disappointed with his performance at that Grand Prix competition, and how he had practically given up at that point. And once the video had gone online and Victor saw it, things began to look a little better.  We compare that Yuuri to the one at the competitions, and you can tell by the wayyuuri he acts that he’s a lot more confident in himself. He goes into the competitions with ease and really puts himself into the piece, which makes the same routine over and over again still interesting somehow. Even though in his interview he seems so nervous and shocked by everything, it’s still evident that he feels like he deserves the win.

I don’t know if that was evident to all of you, but I don’t really know what else to talk about besides my initial thoughts. I love this show, and it’s the first sport anime I could get into. And yeah, I actually love the sport part of it, unlike a lot of people watching the show. I’ve been obsessed with everything that’s been happening and I was dying to finish writing this so I can watch episode seven. The whole time driving home today I was thinking about the show. It’s bad because all I ever see is spoilers on my Pinterest account, but yet I still want to look at more pictures.

And let me tell you it was very difficult finding pictures for this, most of the pictures on Google were shipping fanart and I didn’t want to use any of that.

But yeah, we’ll see what I think about the ending, which I’ll probably have done by next Friday or so. I’ll have one other post in between these just so those who didn’t like this show will still have something.

Thanks for reading, I look forward to revisiting this weird and fun show.

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Pictures:

Featured Image: YouTube.com

All opening pictures from YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u3RGhznctE

Yuri Plisetsky skating: randomc.net

Yuuri and Victor: fandompost.com

Yuri Plisetsky: tr.twipple.jp

Yuuri Kastuki skating: karice.files.wordpress.com