Yuri!!! On Ice

Title: Yuri!!! On Ice

Anime Duration: October 6, 2016 - December 21, 2016

Films: Yuri!!! on Ice the Movie: Ice Adolescence

Directors: Sayo Yamamoto, Jun Shishido

Writers: Sayo Yamamoto, Mitsuro Kubo

Episodes: 12

Genres: Sports, Drama, Feel-good

Themes: Competition, achieving your dreams, love

Characters: Yuri Katsuki, Victor Nikiforov, Yuri Plisetsky, Katsuki family, and the Nishigori family

LGBT Characters: Yuri Katsuki and Victor Nikiforov

Representation Status: Explicit

Summary: After an embarrassing loss at the Grand Prix Final, Yuri Katsuki takes a break from his figure skating career and returns to his hometown. When a video of Yuri performing a routine choreographed by the famous Russian skater Victor Nikiforov gets released, Victor Nikiforov is impressed by Katsuki’s skill and offers to be his figure skating coach. Their budding romance begins to blossom as Yuri trains and competes for the next Grand Prix Final.

Content Warnings: N/A

Personal Review: Yuri on Ice was the first anime I ever watched after a friend recommended it to me, and it left a fantastic first impression on me. Especially when I was younger, and I was still confused about my own queer identity. This series offered solace when I was struggling and trying to figure myself out.