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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Top 10 Male Anime Characters

I did a top 10 of female characters a while back with the full intention of doing this post immediately after, but I guess I forgot about it. Well, here it is now. I’ll have to say this list was much easier to compile than Top 10 Female Anime Characters, for reasons I’m somewhat ashamed of. I’ve realized that when I become attached to a male character, they tend to have one or more of the following traits: short stature, short temper, and blond hair. Which almost every character on this list falls into.

As with many of these lists, this is not in any specific order. I just can’t bring myself to rate these guys at all. I love them all, okay?

I’m gonna try to keep my fangirling to a minimum since all of these characters are ones I love for so many reasons, and one tends to be their, ah, character design.

Yukine (Noragami)

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There are many lovable characters in Noragami, but Yukine was the one that I grew fond of. His past is a mystery to everyone, because as a regalia, his memory from his previous life had been wiped. But it’s clear he had a rough past, and since he’s only fourteen, the way he handles things is a bit rash. He tends to go through rebellious phases, which hurt Yato severely, so they have to work together to get Yukine through whatever it is that’s bothering him. He’s far from a perfect character, he has a ton of emotional problems, but isn’t that what makes an interesting character?

Kyo Sohma (Fruits Basket)

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Kyo is another emotionally unstable one, though he tends to be more consistent with how he feels. I talked a lot about Kyo in my recent OWLS post, which you can read here. But, I probably should explain why I like him so much anyway. He has pretty bad anger issues, due to his zodiac animal. Being the cat means he’s left out of things. He’s ignored, called nasty names, and generally is treated less than human. Really, I feel bad for him. But in the manga, he learns that there are still people who can accept him for who he is, and he should ignore those who don’t. He’s a character who grew in both the anime and manga, and because of that, I love him a lot.

Yuri Plisetsky (Yuri!!! On Ice)

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Oh boy, I’m gonna have a hard time staying calm for this one. I’m still so absorbed in this show and it’s been like six months now. But, anyway, of the three main characters, I became the most attached to Yurio. Not because I relate to him, really, but more just he kinda impresses me. His skill is insane for his age, and his determination is so intense, it’s hard to not admire. I’m only two years older than him and I feel I’ve done nothing with my time when watching what he can do. I shouldn’t be comparing myself to an anime character, I know that. He’s just so impressive.

Tamaki Suoh (Ouran High School Host Club)

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And now this idiot. Gosh, I became obsessed with this show three years ago and I still bring myself back to this character. He seems like just a pretty face on the surface, but his heart is so kind. He’s so open to everybody, it doesn’t matter who you are. He flirted with Haruhi, whom he thought was a guy for one thing, and knew was poor. But he still felt he was obligated to make her happy in any way he could. He was open to learning about the way people like Haruhi lived, which is not something most rich people do. Tamaki honestly is someone who people should strive to be like: open-minded and accepting of all people.

Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)

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Ah yes, another angry short blond. Well, more of the original angry short blond but anyway. I know you’ve all probably seen a million things about Ed considering how popular this show is and how long it’s been around, but again, I just kind of attached myself to him. I even have a hoodie that looks like his coat. I don’t think I need to go into detail about him here.

Izuku Midoriya (My Hero Academia)

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And the cute little hero that has stolen all of our hearts. This show shocked me so much, since it looked like a lame shonen, but in reality is such a beautiful story about believing in yourself. Izuku is honestly so determined and open-minded that he can set his mind to something and never lose sight of it. When the kids bullied him for not having powers, he showed them that even people without powers can be heroes too. He’s such an inspirational character, showing that even people who do not fit into the norm can do amazing, honorable things. We all could learn a thing or two from him.

Shoya Ishida (A Silent Voice)

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Now, I didn’t really think about adding him initially, but I’ve been rereading the manga so I can watch the movie and compare. And I realized how amazing Shoya is. Yes, he was a terrible bully and did some awful things, but he has learned from those mistakes. Every time someone brings it up again, he regrets it all over again. He’s the definition of a troubled character. He was close to giving up everything, but continued on and began fixing all of the wrongs he did. It’s a common saying that either “people change” or “people never change.” This manga/movie show both, and Shoya proves that when you are conscious of your problems, you really can change.

Soul Evans (Soul Eater)

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This seems like an obvious choice, considering my clear love of Soul Eater. Now, at first I wasn’t sure if I should put Soul or Death the Kid on here, but it seems like Soul tends to not get enough love. So, here’s Soul. I never realized how great of a character he was until I began making my Maka cosplay last year and was watching the show to get references. Soul is the greatest partner Maka could ever ask for. He is so willing to take the punches she would be taking if he weren’t there to protect her. Though she never seems grateful for the protection he provides, he knows that it’s what he should do, so he does it without question. He looks out for her, as any good friend and partner should.

Nagisa Shiota (Assassination Classroom)

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Were you expecting Karma? I know he’s the fan favorite, and don’t get me wrong I love him too, but Nagisa beats him by a little bit. Kinda because of the whole thing where I like short characters. But there’s more than just physical appearance, I’m not that shallow. I’ve noticed many people think Nagisa is a flat, boring character, which I can see, and you’re entitled to think whatever you want. But really, I think he learned a lot by the end of the show. He began having no self-confidence whatsoever, being stuck in the class of delinquents and slackers. But by learning his abilities with the help of Koro-sensei, he finally sees his potential. A bit of a spoiler, but it’s not all that big, he ends up pursuing a teaching career. Nobody with a lack of self-confidence would be able to do this. He knows his skills enough to improve on them until he can teach others. Kind of ranted about this one, but as someone who wants to teach as well, this character hits a bit close to home.

Ken Kaneki (Tokyo Ghoul)

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I’ve never actually watched this anime, but I’m on the eighth manga, and I don’t know if I’m just not far enough yet, but I prefer Kaneki with his black hair. Is this just me? I had to search “Kaneki black hair” to get this picture because there was only the white hair. Okay, enough about that. I really can’t say a ton about him, considering I’m on roughly episode two of season two. I’ve got a bit to go, so I’m unsure of everything that happens. But I just, accidentally, grew attached to him. Which I kind of wish I hadn’t because geez, my feelings were hurt reading the manga. He’s so sweet, why would you hurt him? And he’s adorable too.

 

I hope you all enjoyed this list, it was fun to put together. I feel I went a bit more in depth in this one than in my female character one, and I’m not sure why. I expected to talk a lot about how cute all of these guys are, which is true, but I delved a bit deeper.

I love doing these character posts, and I can promise more in the future.

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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