I don’t typically watch seasonal anime. Waiting for new episodes on a weekly basis frustrates me. I’m a show marathoner, so I prefer waiting for all episodes to be released before watching a show in one go. Exceptions include ONE PIECE (my #1 favourite series), of course, because I’d probably be in a nursing home by the time it finally ends. (*≧▽≦)ﾉｼ)) Another reason why I don’t like watching seasonal anime is the overwhelming hype among fans around the airing period. As a viewer and as a blogger, I try to avoid exposing myself too much to other fans’ opinions as much as possible, especially while a show is still airing. I like forming my own impressions and opinions, which can be difficult when you’re bombarded by hype in all directions.
But one show completely destroyed all my resistance. Yuri!!! on ICE, you wily temptress…how dare thou ruin I?! I’m supposed to be the kind of aniblogger who follows my own pace, choosing my battlegrounds carefully, fangirling with style, and not letting myself drown in the sea of overhype. Alas, I discovered that this show wrecked all my control, letting out a crazed and obsessed wild lunatic of a fangirl who’ll literally get withdrawal symptoms without a dose of Yuri on Ice every single day. On Twitter, I’ve become a Yuri on Ice virus infecting my followers’ timelines with YOI ecstasy. I’ve already lost a lot of followers because of this, but oddly enough I don’t give a damn and resume chuckling like an evil villain while I flood people’s timelines with 150% Yuri on Ice.
Yuri on Ice has utterly ruined me…and I feel fabulous!
There’s no other way to explain this. I’ve officially become an addict. Yuri on Ice has utterly ruined me…and I feel fabulous! On one hand, I despair of what I’ve become. This loss of control scares me, to be honest, and I worry that it’ll affect my path of originality as a blogger. But on another hand, I feel liberated! Diving headfirst into the YOI hype allowed me to accept that it’s perfectly fine to just go with the flow and allow the currents of popular opinion to sweep me. So what if I can’t remember a single original opinion from myself while watching YOI? So what if 99% of what I post on Twitter is retweeting YOI tweets by other users instead of creating my own content? So what if my mind goes blank whenever I encounter anything YOI and I become a squealing and hyperventilating idiot? So what if I become an annoyingly crazy Yuri on Icer? So what?!!!
Saying all of these, however, it’s not like I watched Yuri on Ice just because everyone’s talking about it. Like I told you at the beginning of this post, I’m not the kind of person who’ll watch something because it seems that everyone’s watching and talking about it. I decided to watch YOI because I was already looking forward to it when a rumour started circulating months before that there was going to be a figure skating anime. Just that. No plot summaries, no character design releases yet, not even a whiff of any BL possibility. Just the rumour of a figure skating anime. It’s only because I’m already a fan of the figure skating sports in real life that I looked forward to this anime even before its official announcement, and got myself all raring and ready to watch when it finally aired.
I’ve been watching figure skating for many years now. I don’t skate myself…heck, I don’t even know how. “Gasp! Arria! You don’t know how to skate and you call yourself a Canadian?!”, you might be thinking, but oh well, not everyone can do everything. Whatever. As I was saying, I’m a figure skating fan. Period. Watching televised figure skating competitions without the voice of Kurt Browning doing the commentaries feel incomplete. I love watching the elegant and beautiful skating of world record holder Yuzuru Hanyu (no surprise there). He’s the best! I also cheer for fellow Canadians (wohoo!) Patrick Chan, Nam Nguyen and Joannie Rochette. Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford rock whenever they skate together. And of course, I won’t forget the beautiful ice dance pair of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. I think you might’ve already heard that the pair skating of Victor and Yuri at the final episode was inspired by Virtue and Moir. Just saying. Go go go, Canada!
I think this is why I can’t completely hate JJ because he’s Canadian. Maybe. Or perhaps it’s because he’s voiced by Mamo-chan. Tehee. I also love Yuna Kim—why did you freaking retire?!!! Come back, please! She was the best. And of course the charming Mao Asada. I think I have to stop here because I can go on forever listing all of my favourite figure skaters…then you’ll get bored. P.S. Javier Fernandez x Yuzuru Hanyu is my best fantasy couple alongside fellow fangirls (and fanboys) even way before Yuri on Ice.
I didn’t expect it to be so addicting.
My point in sharing you this is that I didn’t just blindly jump into the insane YOI fandom without knowing anything. Since I was already following the latest news about it even before its official announcement, I already had an idea of what I was getting myself into. I just didn’t expect to fall in love with it this hard. I’m a big fan of sports anime. That’s why I only expected it to be an entertaining anime with good-looking bishies about skating. What I didn’t expect are the focus on the beautiful and heart attack-inducing romance between Yuri and Victor (two men, for that matter), and of course the hysteria-causing fan service littering every single episode. Ah, be still my heart. (wipes drool)
I feel so exhausted after watching an episode, and I’m sure that my fellow Icers will agree with me. Fangirling (and fanboying) is no joke, so never underestimate us. All those squealing until our throats feel raw and sore ain’t no joke, sugar. Laughing and crying…and often at the same time can take a toll on our emotional state, not to mention that it subjects us to doubts about our mental stability to the people looking at us while we pour our hearts out watching YOI. And also don’t forget that all that mindless bouncing and jumping, rolling and tumbling around make us prone to injuries. This is serious. I think I lost some weight by watching YOI. Fangirling (and fanboying) can be a great workout, don’t you know?
Yes, Yuri on Ice is gay!
Those who say that Yuri on Ice is not a gay anime are either blind or delusional. What is the point of denying that this anime portrays a same-sex couple? Yes, this anime is gay! And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, unless you’re one of those homophobic a-holes. Banzai Yuri on Ice! Victor and Yuri, please stay together forever and ever and ever and ever…(echoes endlessly) Ah, just look at the love in their eyes whenever they look at each other. (●♡∀♡))ヾ☆*。
Yuri on Ice is pure madness.
It’s really quite impressive how massive the hype surrounding Yuri on Ice got…or rather still getting even now that the anime has ended. I would never have believed myself capable of this much mindless obsession and cringe-worthy fangirling for a seasonal anime. It’s insane. I can’t deny it, even to myself. Yuri on Ice is pure madness…and it has utterly ruined what I believe I am not only as an anime fan but also as a blogger. I should probably be ashamed of myself, but all I can say is I’m damn proud to be a Yuri on Icer.
Squealing and hyperventilating aside, I’m quite serious whenever I say that Yuri!!! on ICE is a beautiful anime. Yes, it kills more than a few of your brain cells, but I argue that it liberates some of your innermost desires—not to mention your fantasies—and also makes you more open-minded and accepting of different kinds of relationships. It is beautiful! If you disagree with me, well, I feel so sorry for you. I’m not going to waste my energy trying to persuade you to see this anime’s good points, when you already established your own negative impressions of it. Besides, I already told you that fangirling is quite exhausting, so I really can’t afford to expend what little energy I have in trying to convert haters. That’s not my style. It’s JJ style!
Season 2, Please!!!
All of us fans are on high-alert, waiting for the official announcement of Season 2. And we’re going to get it…or I’ll mobilize an army of Icers to demand one. We want more YOI ecstasy!!! I’ve babbled for too long. That’s it for today, folks. Remember that I always welcome Yuri on Ice discussions from fellow Icers. So if you ever want to fangirl (or fanboy), always feel free to message me. You can comment here on my blog or reach me on Twitter @ArriaCross. English, Tagalog, and Japanese all OK. Ilocano and Pangasinense, too, if it makes you more comfortable. Cheers!
…now I’m going to re-watch the entire Yuri!!! on ICE anime…again…
…and again and again and again…(echoes endlessly)
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