Yuri On Ice: The Anime of 2016?

Wednesday marked the end of season one of Yuri On Ice. In summary, the series revolves around the relationship between Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki and his hero, Russian skating champion Victor Nikiforov, who becomes his coach. As the series progresses Victor and Yuri become romantically closer. The homosexual and erotic references of the program adds comedy and romance to the story as we follow Yuri’s progression to the Grand Prix Final. I wrote about Yuri on Ice in the early stages of the series in a previous *post*, so I will not repeat myself. All I will add, it that the relationship between Victor and Yuri propelled at full speed into a whirlwind of feels.

The last four episodes became very intense for the characters as well as the fandom. The drama that unravels tests Victor and Yuri’s relationship, but they overcome them one by one, strengthening their love for one another. The series has been complimented for its positive representation of gay relationships, along with its diversity of characters.

THANK GOD THERE IS GOING TO BE A SEASON 2!

The success of Yuri On Ice is well highlighted through its following, especially online. Kadokawa Ascii Research Laboratories reported it was the most tweeted anime of the season, thrashing its closest rival anime by over a million tweets. In addition, on the airing of the last episode of the season, Crunchyroll crashed due to its high demand. In the same week, the soundtrack titled, Oh! SkaTra!!! Yuri!!! on ICE was released on the 21st December (It’s on Spotify).

I have high hopes for these anime, not only because of its popularity but also its breakthrough into gay representation. Yuri On Ice has been nominated for ‘Anime of the Year’, ‘Best Boy’, ‘Best Animation’, ‘Most Heartwarming Scene’ (“The Kiss” Episode), ‘Best Couple’, ‘Best Ending’ and ‘Best Opening’, for Crunchyroll Anime awards 2016.

I’ve absolutely loved everything about this anime and highly recommend it! I feel that this video clearly depicts the atmosphere of Yuri On Ice, and I hope it encourages you to watch it, if you haven’t already.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

 

My Top 5 Anime Intros!

I’ve been watching a lot of anime recently and thought I would put together my top 5 favourite anime intros! They are all upbeat and just generally beautiful. This is only a short post, but what’s your favourite anime intro?

 1. Death Parade: “Flyers” by Bradio

 

2. Nanbaka: “Rin! Rin! Hi! Hi!” by The Super Ball

3. Yuri On Ice: “History Maker” by Dean Fujioka

4. Erased: “Re:Re:” by Asian Kung-Fu Generation

5. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun: “Kimi Janakya Dame Mitai” by Masayoshi Ōishi

The Chronicle Of Me: Relationships #4

Love is such a bitch. When I was younger I had my life planned out, I’d find myself a Mr Perfect in my teens and live happily ever after. Marriage, babies and all that. But no, you have to work for it. You can’t have a simply love story like your parents did. You have to experience the thrill of the chase and the flirting, followed by the crushing heart-break and the general depression sets in, even if you did the ending of the relationship.

My first crush and kiss was with a boy from high school when I was 14. I fancied him for a solid year, before telling him how I felt. This was preceded by a kiss behind the science building and then going out for a whole day. For some reason, once everyone found out he just ‘couldn’t handle it’ and walked off. Then the next two years was just awkward! Didn’t help with me having embarrassment issues and gaining the nickname ‘tomato’. Looking back he did date half the girls in my tutor, and I reckon he is now your definition of a fuckboy.

My love life in sixth form turned into something of a soap opera. After receiving affections from a boy in my year at the end of year 11 and being kindly turned down. He announced he was gay, but before the being of sixth form he then got into a relationship with a girl who was in our extended friends group. Within 6 months they were engaged and planning the wedding. Moving very fast at the age of 17 was terribly scary and well crazy [Props to them, they are still together 4 years on]. However, I wasn’t liked by them. As a ex-love interest, I was the enemy. His fiancée at the time, hated me and didn’t trust me. She decided to ‘test’ me, by making him confess his love for me and that he had cold feet about the wedding. At the same time, she asked for wedding dress advice about what style. Of course, being the age that I was, I freaked out and I had an episode which involved a lot of crying, worry and panic.

It didn’t end there, oh no. They tried to turn my friends against me, but that didn’t work. They supported me, because I had done nothing wrong and wasn’t intentionally out to get them in any way. In the end, they dropped out of second year of sixth form and broke all contact, due to a massive argument where I blocked them on social media. It was a dramatic period in my life socially, but time is a healer and if I was to see them in the street now I would go over and say hello. You can’t live in the past forever, we were still kids then.

Then we come to University life. I met my ex-boyfriend and what I would class my first proper boyfriend online. He was much older, but age doesn’t always matter. However, it made it very hard to mix both my uni social life and him together. We dated for approximately a year and a half, and in the last 6 months I discovered how much of a dick he was. After breaking up with him just before Christmas in an argument, he begged me to take him back. Which I was stupid to do. I tried to make it work, but I ended up dumping him, after he was rude to my family and made me feel worthless. I don’t regret the first year, but I should have stuck to my guns before Christmas. It would have saved me so much heart ache, anger and sadness.

There were good memories and experiences like Switzerland, but looking back I realised just how shitty he made me feel. He would over react when I didn’t want to do something that he wanted to do, he got jealous over any guy who looked at me and had a temper. He never hit me or abused me physically, but on reflection he was emotionally abusive and manipulative. He made me anxious and scared when he drove. He ignored or/and shouted at me when I asked him to slow down. When I would voice my opinion on political matters, he would tell me I was wrong because I was ‘young and naive’. He had some issues which I tried to support him through, but it just got too much and I got to breaking point when he used them as a scapegoat for his rude behaviour all of the time.

6 months on, and I couldn’t be happier. I started running (which has improved my health dramatically) and I spent the summer working four jobs before coming back to university to focus on my final year and spend more time with my friends.

Plus, I finally got to experience the world of Tinder. Which has worked in my favour so far, but thats still to come in the next chapter of my life…

 

 

Film Review: Suicide Squad

This will only be a short review as there isn’t much I really want to comment on over this film. When it first came out, it received mixed reviews to say the least. People complained about the editing, script and the general plot holes. So I watched it, expecting it to be, well awful. So I was surprised about how much I ended up enjoying it after the first half an hour.

It was slow and the editing was a little sloppy, but it nicely put in the super villains back story allowing for further development. It was your typical superhero film, with bad guys. Forced to help the government, otherwise face death, we see this group of criminals join forces to do what they are told. I thought the backstory with Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and The Joker (Jaret Leto) was a good addition, and does allow for a follow-up film. Deadshot (Will Smith) was my favourite villain, followed by Harley Quinn and Diablo (Jay Hernandez) who is the real badass, restrained by his moral compass. There is a lot of potential with this mix of characters, in particular, any further development on Deadshot, Harley Quinn and The Joker could be quite good. However, it will be a big risk.

The film wasn’t amazing, but it wasn’t awful. It was a little messy and rough round the edges, could have done with a bit more work. I did like the little cameo’s from Batman (Ben Affleck) and the Flash (Ezra Miller), which let people connect to the other realms of the DC universe. Despite my negatively, the soundtrack for the film was perfect in representing the atmosphere and the acting was first class.

I feel like the momentum of superhero films are becoming exhausted, and it isn’t all about quality anymore, but churning them out to make money. While I know that’s ‘part of hollywood baby’ , take a risk and have a breather.

I’m still a fan of superhero films and always will be, but they seem to be a bit ‘meh’ as of late. The next superhero film that I will be genuinely fired up about will be the release of the Incredibles 2, which is due in 2018. 14 years since the first film, it better be just as good.

 

Anime Review: Yuri On Ice

Step aside Free! there is a new anime series on the scene, which has out fan-serviced you and it’s taking people by storm!

Yuri On Ice is a new Japanese sports anime based around ice figure skating. We follow Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki, who was previously crushed during the final of the Grand Prix competition. Yuri begins to doubt himself after more failures and sulks into a bubble of depression putting his career on hiatus.

After graduating from college in Detroit, he goes home to his family in Japan. He meets up with his childhood friend Yuko at the local ice rink, and shows her what he’s been practicing secretly. He perfectly mimics a routine by his skating hero, Victor Nikiforov. The performance makes its way online, going viral in the skating world. Victor sees his performance of his piece and suddenly decides to become Yuri’s new coach. Together Victor and Yuri plan to win the Grand Prix fighting off the global competition, including main rival Yuri Plisetsky (nicknamed Yurio) from Russia.

Only 6 episodes in, and I’m in love with this anime. As well as learning about the sport the characters are lovable in every sense. It’s significantly homoerotic, strongly surpassing Free! fan service. At first I wasn’t too keen on Yuri as he was really whiny, but once he and Victor grew closer together we are now beginning to see his wild side. Victor as a character is fantastic. I’ve never been so in love with a character for how forward, cute and smiley they are. Victor pushes the boundaries in many aspects and is my favourite character in the show. It’s unbelievably cute and the story line is progressing at a steady and enjoyable pace.

The show is undeniably sexual and over the top, which adds to its charm. We are now starting to see some additional colourful characters in the form of Christophe from Sweden, who is unbelievably sexy and enticing on the ice rink; I wasn’t sure how to react to it, I was so caught off guard. We also see the emergence of a new villainous character in skater Georgi, who was in Victors shadow up until now. I’m expecting the drama level to rise in the next episode and it will be fantastic.

The general hype and buzz has been emphasised by the obvious shipping of Victor and Yuri, which has been prominent from the beginning, whether Yuri knew it or not.