I'm sure you heard about this huge hype going on about "Yuri!!! on Ice", this (b)romantic ice figure skating anime. Looks just like "Free!", only the pool is frozen, right? Well, not exactly...
5) The characters are pure gold.
Yuri Katsuki is a professional ice figure skater who messed up in a competition after the death of his beloved pet dog. He also struggles with anxiety (which is portrayed very realistically in every episode). But things change when his idol, Viktor Nikiforov, turns up in Japan and announces to become his coach...
Everyone, not only the main characters, has their own style, backstory, personality, flaws, strengths and weaknesses. Yes, they all compete against each other, but they are also a big group of friends that support one another. (Almost) all of them are adults and thus behave like adults (most of the time, anyways). They talk about their problems, play fair and don't make a fuss about everything. I also noticed that there are surprisingly many and well-written female characters in the cast.
4) The producers know what they are doing.
Yes, you can actually learn a thing or two about ice figure skating here. The choreographies and outfits were designed by professionals, so it's all "real". Which is why many ice figure skaters watch Yuri!!! on Ice and like it. Some of the characters are even based on real life figure skaters.
3) The animation is simply beautiful.
I usually don't care a lot about the animation as long as I like the story, but if the animation is beautiful, I won't complain either. So that's a big plus here.
2) One word: Vikturi.
Usually, (b)romantic animes with pretty, bishie-type protagonists are either yaoi or they include only fanservice without anything really going on (which I personally find frustrating as hell). YOI is neither. There is definitely something going on between Yuri and Viktor (yes, they are in love) but that alone doesn't classify the whole anime as yaoi. There's real chemistry, subtext and lots of hugging instead of smooching, porn scenes and plain, corny love confessions. It's much more subtile. And even though I'm a fujoshi and I love yaoi and shonen ai, I found it very refreshing to watch a love story unfold to casually between these two. Yuri!!! on Ice is a sports anime first, and a love story second. That in itself isn't unusual for a sports anime (there's always kind of a love story, right?), but the fact that it's a gay relationship makes YOI so special. Some even call it revolutionary.
1) Overall, it just makes you happy!
Yes, serious issues play a role in Yuri!!! on Ice, mainly the pressure of the competition, the different struggles of the competitors and Yuri's anxiety. Of course, the relationship between Yuri and Viktor isn't always perfect, either. It's not just sunshine and rainbows. But nevertheless, I've never watched such an uplifting anime. It has lots of inspirational, funny and happy moments, without being silly or childish. Seeing the main characters grow and get up every time they fall down is so motivating. And the opening song is so joyful you can't stop replaying it. Overall, Yuri!!! on Ice just makes you happy, and that alone makes it re-watchable.
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I couldn't get my impatient fangirl paws on the copies (or the scans) yet, but at least I found a few pages that look verrrry interesting...
[Not safe for work]8 Reasons to look forward to the new doujinshis:
#8 Dee and Ryo as waiters OMG
#7 Blushing, insecure Dee is sooo cute :3
#6 ...but Dee in Badass-Here-I-come-Seme-mode is hot, too
#5 The cover is KAWAII <33
#4 Shower sex, yesssss!
#3 Light bondage!?!! (If you look closely, Ryo's hands are tied *-* )
#2 Three words: Dee - In - Glasses
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(scroll down to see the front page of Backstage Pass 8!)
I think I kinda lost track of how many Backstage Passes and Sidestories there are... :'D
Oh, merry christmas, by the way! :)
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So apparently there's a website called JJ's House.
Apparently, this website is selling shoes.
And really fancy dresses.
Guys, I'm dying. This is too hilarious!
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So without further ado...
[100 Things That Make Me Happy]
And I tag... Everyone! Because it's fun and I think every person should have such a list! :D
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I put the scans on my fanpage so you can also enjoy them there, especially if you can't / don't want to download them: http://all-about-fake.jimdo.com/d
Have fun! ;)
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It's been a while since I've been active here, so without further babbling, here's my next installment of "Things I noticed about FAKE that I thought would maybe be interesting for other obsessed fangirls". Or the short title:
[Thoughts On FAKE #2]I love how the story reverses so many clichees that you find in other stories. For example, gay characters (especially couples) ALWAYS seem to get the short end of the stick in any other story. And they often die tragically. The same goes for other minorities like mixed race couples or characters who are anything else but white. In contrast, the white characters are the main heroes and the most important couples who, of course, get a happy ending.
But not here!
It's so ironic, I'm wondering if Sanami Matoh did it on purpose.
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