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Yuri On Ice & Its Importance
« on: January 06, 2017, 09:52:22 pm »
Yuri on Ice (YOI) is a show that focuses on a professional figure skater. It normalizes same-sex love as it is not labeled as BL or Shounen Ai (and ofc not Yaoi, bc yaoi is literally porn). This is HUGE. While airing, it wasn't categorized because of it's content of same sex love. Heterosexual romance is just labeled as romance while anything gay, is categorized into sections.

 It is directed by Sayo Yamamoto (a win for female directors: she has directed Michiko to Hatchin, Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine and ofc YOI) and written by Mitsurō Kubo.

This show means a lot to us within the LGBT+ community and its supporters. It displays a healthy relationship. Mitsuro Kubo stated she only wanted to display a healthy relationship and that heterosexual relationships are a dime of a dozen (imo, a critique on the heteronormativity within media).  She actually only had intended to just write about a sports anime but somehow, love made its way in.

It also touches upon of mental illness and shows how characters come over it. We see many breakdowns by characters, especially the main protagonist, Yuri. We see how he gradually controls it and how Victor helps him.

YOI pays homage to many figure skaters and is openly gay. Take this tribute to Johnny Weir:

The flower crown to the attire, Victor pays homage to him. Johnny Weir was subjected to homophobic and degrading slurs for being openly gay within the figure skating community. This was YOI's homage to him. But he isn't the only one that were referenced to. Many professional figure skaters caught wind of YOI because of figure skaters sharing likeness to specific skaters. In fact, Yurio (Russian Yuri), was based off of the Russian prodigy skater, Yulia Lipnitskaya. That and many speculate that Victor was based off of Evgeni Plushenko.

Many professional figure skaters watched and became fans of YOI all over twitter. I think this is one of the few times that anime caught wind of people around the world and actual famous people. An active fan of YOI was Evgenia Medvedeva (she is known for her love of Sailor Moon as she performed a program dressed as Usagi Tsukino, Sailor Moon) in a Japanese showcase. It was VERY nice to see a ton of professional Figure Skaters join into the action on twitter, talking and supporting YOI.

YOI did a crazy amount of RESEARCH for this technical sport and it really shows. Also, the show reflects everything from the real world (places & media). Many skaters have commented on how difficult some programs are and how scoring works. We also, see that in YOI, SOCIAL MEDIA is widely used which is quite realistic. Take the ending credits (the first ending credits):
And ofc, within the series, IG is a popular social media site.

Professional figure skaters also choreographed all the programs which is awesome! They also explain the technical difficulty..it's really something that you learn to appreciate.

But let's not forget the GREAT music YOI has! All original music for the programs...but the opening theme song might be the fan's favourite! It's called History Maker and it's sung all in English:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u3RGhznctE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u3RGhznctE</a>
Just listen to the lyrics. YOI did in fact make history. I also want to add how beautiful the ending theme song is as well as the visuals:
(click to show/hide)

But what's more interesting is the music they choice for the Mexican-American skater, Leo de la Iglesia (HELL YEAH FOR MORE DIVERSITY). This really reflects our (in North America) music! I thought it was quite on point.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbovQOhCL98" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbovQOhCL98</a>
I've noted that most of the songs are in English.

They have diverse characters within YOI, all from different countries. What's interesting is that when Victor and Yuri are talking to each other, they're actually talking in English (as stated by the creators of YOI), and when you hear Victor talking, he actually has a Russian Accent. I think that's honestly super cool and a smart thing to do.

Something I really love is that we have a Canadian character and he is no way near stereotypical. WHICH IM HELLA HAPPY FOR. He's literally called "the king" and is legit one of the best skaters and always performs with high technical skill. He is arrogant and funny. I love him and YOI just made me more patriotic...seriously.

Also, YOI reinvented Canada's national anthem:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hnnYid7vvw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hnnYid7vvw</a>

I really hope people will learn to appreciate figure skating more and how incredibly HARD and DIFFICULT it is, just like ballet (speaking of which, we see our main characters training in it). YOI has taken these sports that are deemed "girly, weak and too feminine" and showed the reality of it. Harsh, hard and heartbreaking.


It is VERY SADDEN when people dismiss this show because of the canon gay couple. They push away it because it's "yaoi" or deem gay as a bad thing. Which is very disgusting.

By all means, you can dislike the show but to dislike/hate it for being openly gay and progressive, that's disgusting.

It's a sports show and it's gay. Get over it. Love yourselves. Love, love.

We are expecting another season!

What team are you? Is your nationality/ethnicity represented in YOI?
I'm #TEAMCANADA

YOI had also made me want to pick up ice skating again..I did it when I was younger. YOI isn't the first sports anime that got me motivated, I watched Big Windup! and I literally joined the Softball team back in HS (they had no female baseball teams). YOI made me feel good and motivated, that I could do anything. I hope you felt the same.
« Last Edit: January 06, 2017, 10:17:41 pm by Levi »

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Re: Yuri On Ice & Its Importance
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2017, 03:12:04 pm »
They didn't have Malaysians, sadly. I would've absolutely loved it if they did.

YOI had made me motivated to ice skate but... doing it with friends who pick things up quicker than me was not a good idea. :sweatdrop:
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Re: Yuri On Ice & Its Importance
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2017, 03:51:40 pm »
I really like that the ice skaters from other countries are not just stereotypes. Kinda tired of seeing every foreigner be blond and stuff. The show was pretty good, and I usually avoid watching anime other than Gintama (I'm mostly not an anime person.).

Also, I think I remember seeing a comment on Crunchyroll or something that said something akin to, "I like this show, does that make me gay?" Personally, it just makes me sad that people even ask that, joke or legitimately. I'm sure people of all sexualities watch shows with heterosexual romance and not "turn heterosexual". People thinking having contact with anything abnormal will make them abnormal or something. Entertainment media is so saturated with plot and subplot heterosexual romance that Yuri on Ice stood out. I know that I'm just stating the obvious, but I'm just kinda disappointed. Reminds me of people making a huge fuss over Tracer from Overwatch having a girlfriend or something just recently.

I've been ice skating before; the result was disastrous. I'm too clumsy to ice skate.

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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2017, 04:05:24 pm »
I really like that the ice skaters from other countries are not just stereotypes. Kinda tired of seeing every foreigner be blond and stuff. The show was pretty good, and I usually avoid watching anime other than Gintama (I'm mostly not an anime person.).

Also, I think I remember seeing a comment on Crunchyroll or something that said something akin to, "I like this show, does that make me gay?" Personally, it just makes me sad that people even ask that, joke or legitimately. I'm sure people of all sexualities watch shows with heterosexual romance and not "turn heterosexual". People thinking having contact with anything abnormal will make them abnormal or something. Entertainment media is so saturated with plot and subplot heterosexual romance that Yuri on Ice stood out. I know that I'm just stating the obvious, but I'm just kinda disappointed. Reminds me of people making a huge fuss over Tracer from Overwatch having a girlfriend or something just recently.

I've been ice skating before; the result was disastrous. I'm too clumsy to ice skate.
PREAAAAACHHHHHHH and i know about Tracer.......It's 2017 ppl Omfg !!!!! Her gf is so goddamn cute.

I hate this heteronormative mindset......And you won't turn gay if u watch something that has gay love ??? I can't understand people like that...You're right..It's SUPER sad. It's probably ignorance and insecurity. And you're right no one ever says " I hope I don't turn straight".... I'm disappointed as well.

If anything YOI help me come out . I was never afraid and I never really labeled myself but after watching YOI, I can say that yah, I'm apart of the LGBT+ . I usually don't give a crap about labels so whatever!!!

I used to skate...Omfg...We had this ice skating show and I didn't know how to stop on ice beforehand..and...LMAO ....  XD (I was able to stop during my part of the show DW... It was intense ..)
I GOTTA RETAKE LESSONS!! Yorozuya on ice !
 
Yeah they def broke the stereotypical foreginer trope . I LOVED the representation. I think I cried when I saw the Mexican-American character. We were so happy!!! (And I'm so in love with JJ the Canadian character...!!!! Made us Canadians happy!! And I'm also Latino so I was very happy overall).
« Last Edit: January 07, 2017, 04:10:57 pm by Levi »

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Re: Yuri On Ice & Its Importance
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2017, 10:46:04 pm »
I thought LGBT was a sandwich.
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Re: Yuri On Ice & Its Importance
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2017, 11:11:58 pm »
I hate this heteronormative mindset......And you won't turn gay if u watch something that has gay love ??? I can't understand people like that...You're right..It's SUPER sad. It's probably ignorance and insecurity. And you're right no one ever says " I hope I don't turn straight".... I'm disappointed as well.
If by watching something with gay relationships, you turned to be so, why wouldn't it work the other way? I mean, there is a great majority of hetero shows (movies, series, animes etc...). According to that, no-one would still be gay... No one could!
=> There's something wrong in the reasoning!!
Yeah, as you say, i'm sad too when I hear or read things like that.

To go back to the subject, I started watching YOI today (well... ehh i'm already at the 10th episode ^^) . I'm not a sport anime girl, nor sentimental one, but yeah, this show kinda catch me. I think it's a really good one. I like it.
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2017, 01:24:11 am »
I thought LGBT was a sandwich.
It's a sandwich of rainbows.
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Re: Yuri On Ice & Its Importance
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2017, 02:28:26 am »
I thought LGBT was a sandwich.
Order a BLT from Tim Horton's and you'll never be disappointed ever in life again.
If by watching something with gay relationships, you turned to be so, why wouldn't it work the other way? I mean, there is a great majority of hetero shows (movies, series, animes etc...). According to that, no-one would still be gay... No one could!
=> There's something wrong in the reasoning!!
Yeah, as you say, i'm sad too when I hear or read things like that.

To go back to the subject, I started watching YOI today (well... ehh i'm already at the 10th episode ^^) . I'm not a sport anime girl, nor sentimental one, but yeah, this show kinda catch me. I think it's a really good one. I like it.
OMG!!! You watched a lot already!!! I hope you continue to enjoy it!!!

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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2017, 08:41:38 am »
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« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2017, 11:23:08 pm »
End of my sufering
I feel enlightened now.

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Re: Yuri On Ice & Its Importance
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2017, 03:28:08 pm »
Great review! Its nice to hear your thoughts  :enthusiastic:

I havent watched it yet unfortunately but sure i heard and saw it a lot.- And i love the song History Maker.- :3
I'll watch it asap when i have time.