Yuri!!! on Ice: MVP of 2016

Can you hear my heartbeat? Tired of feeling never enough?

Massively popular anime series Yuri!!! on Ice has been garnering fans from around the world since its premiere in the Fall 2016 season.  Centering around the competitive figure skating career of Japanese male figure skater Yuri Katsuki and coach/gold-medalist Victor Nikiforov, Yuri!!! on Ice has captured the hearts of anime fans, non-anime fans, and even real professional figure skaters such as Johnny Weir and Evgenia Medvedeva.  The series’ first season came to a conclusion on December 21, and the internet is buzzing!!

The Kadokawa Ascii Research Laboratories content and information trend analytics company released their research on the the most tweeted anime of the Fall 2016 season.  The data collected reflect the time period from November 24 to December 14.

The full top 10 list is as follows:

  1. Yuri!!! on Ice (1,440,596)
  2. Haikyu!! (348,109)
  3. Tōken Ranbu: Hanamaru (343,825)
  4. Bungo Stray Dogs (219,407)
  5. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (148,908)
  6. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable (143,997)
  7. Uta no☆Prince-sama Legend Star (123,304)
  8. Dream Festival! (70,765)
  9. Drifters (64,542)
  10. Occultic;Nine (59,978)

Yuri!!! on Ice is the clear victor (pun INTENDED) of this season and potentially this entire year in terms of tweets.  The creator, Mitsurou Kubo, frequently tweeted as well in order to update fans of what to expect in upcoming episodes.

How did you enjoy Yuri!!! on Ice? Was YOI born to make history? Let me know your thoughts!!

Personally, I am still SHOOK from the season finale and I just wanted to create a post for fellow fans of YOI to congregate and discuss this blessing of an anime.

(via Web Newtype)

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  • Comments

    • light

      I really hope there is a second season, i want to see Yuri and Victor compete against each other!
      I think they should have added an ep cause the last two felt a bit rushed, but I still liked it. I got the podium wrong though lol

    • hasawa

      Lol honestly i’ve been a lil bit disapointed by the ending, which seemed to be a lil rushed. I wish we would get some insight of Vikturi life as a couple….>_< also i found the competion finals kinda anti climatic – i didn't feel thrilled about who was gonna win as the issue was pretty obvious… I'm glad Yurio won gold tho! His friendship with Otabek has been one of the highlights of the last episodes!

    • I’ve only just finished marathoning the whole thing in a re-watch, because I wanted to see what I thought of it again as a whole rather than piecemeal. That should give a good indication of how much I enjoyed the series the first time around, since I’m not sure I’ve ever re-watched any series so quickly after it finished airing. I liked it a whole bunch the second time around too; certain things were a lot more noticeable, like the repeated use of stock footage, but as a whole I think the show works even better in one go rather than it does week by week. Sure, it’s not a perfect anime (what is?), but YoI is definitely my top title of 2016.

    • vichi

      I want to finish watching Nigehaji but kept on repeating YOI. Someone stop me.

      btw, where’s that YOI denier who wrote this in the Staff Selection post?
      “I still believing that YOI are just popular with most of hardcore anime fans and fujoshi since most of mainstream anime fans even didn’t know what this show was…And can someone explain me not in a bias way how this show is supposed to be progressive ? Since YOI is not the first shounen ai / yaoi anime that has airing. I still appreciate the skating scene despite there’s lot of inconsistent in quality, there’s time where it’s pretty great but there’s some episode where it was pretty “meh..”

      • Anonymous999

        Maybe he deleted it after finding out how amazing the show was lol, but seriously even tho this is queerbaiting(not even close to Shounen Ai)….95% of this series focuses too mich on ice skating. Not to mention unlike those male targeted sports anime where there’re too much boob physics and grabbing +lowkey lesbian fanservice, most of the dudes in YOI have potential female love interest and some of them are even already engaged,dating or married.

        • Sakura Harano

          What do you focuses too much on figure skating? That’s the main focus not the gay characters lol.

          • light

            Yeah, that’s what i liked most about the show, the competition. I love the Yuri/Victor relationship but it’s far from being the core of anime, unless it’s about the coach/athlete dynamics.

        • nobody is engaged in this show but jj/isabella and victor/yuuri, and no one is even dating either, anya/georgi broke up and he was only see with some blonde haired girl we never see again. no one else has a female love interest at all, how about you watch the show first lmao.

          oh and of course it focuses on ice skating, it’s literally a sports show about ice skating??

          • hasawa

            I think the girl in the italian twins is dating a male love interest who is a figure skater as well (he’s polish if a remember right)
            That being said, i don’t see any problem about having gay AND straight couples in the same show, thus making it quite realistic

        • vichi

          The comment is still there http://aramajapan.com/featured/staff-selections-november-2016/68156/
          I quoted because I’m Gen and this article relates to the discussion.

          “but seriously even tho this is queerbaiting(not even close to Shounen Ai)”
          Queerbaiting shows are like Free! or Haikyu where NOTHING happens between hinted otps. YOI is a sports anime that is closer to shounen ai with too many of the dialogues, actions and even tweets from the creator confirming the romance. Victor & Yuri is definitely a couple.

          “95% of this series focuses too mich on ice skating” yeah because its a competitive sports anime with a central romantic plot.

          “most of the dudes in YOI have potential female love interest and some of them are even already engaged,dating or married.” Not most of the dudes, only 3 or 4. I think its a healthy realistic mix for a show that revolves around love between two men.

        • trufax

          i dont watch the show but arent the two main male leads together? That is straight up gay…how is that queerbaiting

        • trufax

          what? i dont want watch the show but arent the two male leads together and even engaged with each other? that is straight up gay and the opposite of queerbaiting lol

    • eplizo

      I’m PISSED Yuri didn’t win the gold. Like, I was built up just to be torn down at the end. I wish Yurio’s ass fell and fucked up smh. Anyway, I love the anime so so so much. I’m glad it did well. Hopefully it inspires other creators to not shy away from plots like this. The soundtrack is really great too. I was surprised to see Dean Fujioka make an OST for it lol.

      • vichi

        Dean was featured on Mste and sang History Maker a bit.
        https://www.facebook.com/Yuri.On.Ice.Anime/videos/1324887344221984/
        He was pitchy though lol.

        • eplizo

          Omg I somehow missed this! Thanks a lot! That was a cute little segment lol. He’s so fucking flawless and multi-talented. I don’t think he was taking it seriously, cause he didn’t even sing it in the original key, so I don’t mind lmao.

          • vichi

            You’re welcome :). Dean looked so gooood I don’t mind it much too. But do want to hear the full live version with correct key next time lol

      • light

        I never thought Yuri was going to win gold, but i thought it would have been Chris so i was wrong either way lol
        The soundtrack is really lovely <3

      • AAA

        I read on Tumblr and a lot of people who familiar with figure skate had tried to recalculate the score.They found out that the script got change.

        It’s turn out to be Yurio got over score for Short Program. They use the actual chart and calculate and it turns out to be that he’s not supposed to break Viktor’s record. Even Yurio gets the highest score for the presentation point but for techniques, he can’t get this high.
        Yuuri short program should be higher. It suppose to be 100. His actual score should be 322 not 319.

        There’re still more people debate between Otabek and JJ score. JJ screw the first part while Otabek manage to success all jumps and presentational. Otabek should get higher score than JJ. JJ even screwed up more than Chris TBH.

        Grand Prix final seems to have a lot of bribery.

        It’s never happen before. There’re some change in Viktor’s dialogue. From an interview from director and script team, Viktor decided to retire and become Yuri’s coach. Makkachin is really old and Viktor wants to give his time after retire to take care of Makkachin. Suwabe Junichi(Viktor voice actor) mentions about the script too.

        I really respect the Soundtrack team, they give their best and not reused the sound in the same album like most ost.

        • vichi

          THOUGHT SO. I don’t mind bb Yurio winning gold but Otabek was robbed! That alternative ending is a nope because I need me some ice skating Victor.

        • hasawa

          It’s a bit tricky when ppl are trying to found LOGIC explanations behing an ANIME lol (esp when it comes from tumblr, the place where ppl where trying to prove with EVIDENCE that Louis Tomlinson baby’s was fake, showing “receipts” showing how all the photographs where the baby appeared were CG edited lmao)
          “Yuuri short program should be higher. It suppose to be 100. His actual score should be 322 not 319.” “should” “suppose”…… I think the main deal resides within the fact whether the script team actually considered making a 2nd season since the beginning or not. Nobody was prepared for YoI to be such a hit so actually the fact that Yurio won gold and Yuri silver at the Grand Final may be a last resort move to justify another season. If the script team changed the outcome of the story at the last moment having in the mind of no 2nd season at the story’s first writting, Yurio’s (abnormal (?)) high score at the short program makes sense as a ‘first round win’ to portray him as a great challenger for Yuri to build up suspense and competition, and eventually make him (Yuri) win gold at the Grand Prix final (<- sorry if my explanations are a bit confused here lol.)
          If there wouldn't be another season, Yuri winning gold+retiring would make a lot of sense. Viktor definitively retiring after being Yuri's coach as well. It sure would be a bittersweet ending but tbqh i would be satisfied that way.

    • It was nice to see some diversity and gay representation. I wondered in the beginning if they were going to go all out but they did a great job at portraying the romantic relationship between Yuri and Victor. I also loved how the focus was on figure skating. It’s the first time I’ve seen a competitive skating anime!

    • Sakura Harano

      It makes sense that YOI is first because all people tweeted about was either fanfics or fan drawings

      • vichi

        A lot of people tweeted their reaction watching the show. Case in point this 9k liked tweet.
        https://twitter.com/JohnnyGWeir/status/811734723005452288

        • Sakura Harano

          I’m just basing it on my timeline plus he’s a figure skater just like me.

          • vichi

            You’re a figure skater? I’m basing it on quantity and tweets popularity around the show. My timeline has some fanarts too so not disagreeing with you lol.

            • Sakura Harano

              Yes, I figure skated a lot back in high school but now that I’m in college it’s a bit less.

              • vichi

                Did you compete professionally?

                • Sakura Harano

                  Yes, regional/national competitions but I never pursued international competitions.

                  • vichi

                    Waaa. A pro in the house :D. As a skater what do you think about YOI?

                    • Sakura Harano

                      I enjoyed it a lot :D the performances were great, I wish they made versions where they animated the whole performance without the dialog to make it more realistic. I wish the animation continued to look like what it was in episode 1, it started to lack in the other episodes.

    • AAA

      I hope we get a better animation quality in next season.

      The first episode is really beautiful. But they can’t make that quality for the rest episodes, which is sad…

      I know that it’s hard to maintain a high quality but they might need to take note from Haikyu’s team.

      OST team is superb. 24 new songs with different genres and sound. Different languages with correct grammar. Soundtrack team seriously need to get more praises.

    • vichi

      OMG this tweet. That’s Plushenko and Weir, both inspired the creation of Victor Nikiforov.
      https://twitter.com/JohnnyGWeir/status/811237818941001728

      Also Plushenko & Kenji Miyamoto the choreographer for Yuri! animation
      http://stat.ameba.jp/user_images/20150614/12/kenjimiyamoto/29/98/j/o0480064013336752258.jpg?caw=800

      • hizurisama

        omg they’re so cute

    • Kokoro Ai

      OMG! YES! Please second season Kubo-sensei and Yamamoto Sayo!!!