18 Reasons You Should Be Watching “Yuri!!! On Ice”

Who knew a figure skating anime could be THIS AMAZING? Warning: spoilers ahead!

1. First of all, the theme song.

2. The music in the show is fantastic, and the lyrics add an extra dimension to the story line. (Hint: listen closely to lyrics and read their translations).

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3. As is the choreography. (Another hint: pay attention to who is performing whose signature moves, and when).

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4. Though a figure skating anime seems like a light-hearted premise, the show doesn’t shy away from heavier themes like mental health.

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5. The characters grow SO MUCH, especially Yuri. Though his issues with self-confidence never magically disappear, he gets stronger with each episode.

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6. Even Victor, Yuri’s coach and childhood idol, deepens from a godlike being into someone with human flaws as we get to know him through Yuri’s eyes.

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7. The animation is absolutely GLORIOUS. So much thought goes into the characters’ expressions and movements on the ice.

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8. The show is honest about how physically and mentally brutal it can be to pursue your passion.

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9. Some of the characters are fluid with how they express their gender on the ice, and because of that binaries often get thrown out the window.

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10. It’s a show about competition, but it never centers petty drama. The athletes spend much of their time cheering each other on.

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11. Though the show takes on some heavy themes, it does break away from more serious moments to be charmingly lighthearted.

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12. …and, uh, sometimes sexy?

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13. It’s a show about love, and it’s a show about courage. Yuri battles self-doubt every day to skate in front of thousands. If that’s not bravery, what is?

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14. To be perfectly honest, it’s completely worth watching for out of context one-liners like these.

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*nose bleeds*

15. Food plays a prominent role in the show, and it will have you shouting “VKUSNO!”* at your screen.

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*That’s “tasty” in Russian!

16. It shows the importance of standing by someone and lending your love and support, even if you don’t completely understand what they’re going through.

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17. The love between the Yuri and Victor is so good and so pure. And, best of all…

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WARNING, SPOILERS!!!






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18. IT’S CANON! LOVE WINS!!! VICTOR AND YURI WERE BORN TO MAKE HISTORY!!!!

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If you’re interested in watching Yuri!!! On Ice, you can stream it with English subtitles on Crunchyroll.

CORRECTION

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