A Yuri on Ice Dream: Love is Love, Gay or Not (OWLS Blog Tour)

Happy February, my dear folks! I’m super excited to kick off this month’s OWLS Blog Tour. For the full schedule of tour stops by all the participating members, click here. I hope you enjoy my tour post. Thank you.

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Yuri on Ice “Flight” Blog Tour

An individual takes flight when there is a goal, a dream, or an ambition that he or she wants to achieve. However, for this blog tour, we are going to look at “flight” in different lenses: the underdog’s dream, the possibilities that Yuri on Ice allows viewers to think about, and also the dangers of greed and ignorance that can influence one’s dream.

In this tour post, I’m going to take a flight towards a dream, not only as an OWLS member but also as a human being, that all LGBTQ relationships are accepted normally and equally. I’ll discuss the representation of gay love in Yuri on Ice, focusing on my interpretation of Yuri and Victor’s relationship and how the other characters react to their intimacy. I’ll also address some of the most common critiques including how YOI is “not gay enough”.

Underdog’s Dream

The way I see it, Yuri on Ice is living the underdog’s dream of a fresh anime representation of a same-sex relationship, where the focus is on pure love and emotional support instead of simply a sexual relationship. Yuri and Victor obviously love each other, but unlike other yaoi series, they aren’t fucking in every episode. Their complex feelings for each other aren’t downgraded to mere lust. What’s more, their relationship isn’t the only one driving the story forward. An equal, I daresay even a greater importance is given to Yuri’s character development and his struggles and triumphs as a figure skater.

One of the things I love about YOI is how the other characters accept the intimacy between Yuri and Victor like it isn’t a big deal. Some characters like Phichit even seem to support it.

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In regards to YOI’s portrayal of Yuri and Victor’s relationship, I want to share my underdog dream for all LGBTQ love and relationships to be accepted normally and equally. You don’t kick a fuss over heterosexual couples, so why make a big deal over a same-sex couple? I know. Homophobia still exists, unfortunately. Perhaps this is why I love Yuri on Ice so much. It doesn’t feature homophobia.

Possibilities Yuri on Ice Allows Us to Think

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I think that Yuri and Victor are the perfect poster couple for a group like us OWLS. We promote acceptance and tolerance of all human beings. Gender and racial background are non-issues for Yuri and Victor. Love is for all and shouldn’t only be limited to select groups of privileged people.

BL can also be mainstream
I’ll use the term Boys Love (BL) instead of yaoi because a few people argue that since there are no explicit confirmation that Yuri and Victor are in a romantic or sexual relationship, YOI couldn’t possibly be yaoi. With the figure skating sports at its core, YOI managed to rise into mainstream status and enjoy internet-breaking popularity worldwide. It has also successfully appealed to non-fujoshi viewers, most notably actual figure skaters such as Johnny Weir and Evgenia Medvedeva, just to name a few.

Recommended:

“VIDEO — Johnny Weir Talks About ‘Yuri on Ice’ with Amazing on Ice”

“Mother is shocked, dog is shocked. I’m happy and can’t stop my laughter #YuriOnIce” (Twitter)

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The Power of Subtext
Even without express confirmation by words, we feel the love between Yuri and Victor. Whether theirs is a man-man love or just a mentor-student love, we are still not 100% certain. However, the generous fan service have not deprived us with hints pointing to a romantic relationship. Love is universal and can be felt, even without words.

No villain is still exciting
YOI has proven that an anime can still be insanely exciting and wildly popular even without a hateful villain blocking the protagonist’s way. Yuri P. and JJ, even Yakov to some extent, started out from the antagonist path, but they were quickly humanized and we sympathize with them, even loving them as much as Yuri and Victor. And in the case of Yurio, many of us love him the best.

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The main antagonist is Yuri’s personal demons. He’s riddled with insecurities, lack self-esteem and confidence until Victor started coaching him. Despite YOI essentially becoming a “battle against one’s self” type of anime, it’s still super exciting.

It’s okay to like all the characters
I don’t know about you, but I like all the characters. Of course there are characters that annoy me such as Yurio and JJ at the beginning, but I didn’t outright hate them. On the contrary, I quickly loved them! Yes, even JJ. Go Canada!!! You might think that an anime filled with nothing but likable characters is boring, but surprise surprise, YOI successfully achieved this feat. Awesome, isn’t it?

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Critiques of Yuri on Ice

Too unrealistic
Critics say that Yuri and Victor’s relationship is too ideal, too unrealistic. Victor coaches Yuri and suddenly he becomes this sexy thing with slicked-back hair, erotically licking his lips before his performances.

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Yes, I agree that a lot of its elements are unrealistic. It’s a freaking ANIME, for goodness’ sake! If I want “realistic”, I’ll watch a reality show, although I bet that even these supposed “reality” shows are scripted. YOI, at its core, is a feel-good sports anime shamelessly littered with fan service. It proved that BL can also be mainstream.

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No homophobic abuse
Neither Yuri nor Victor said they were gay. Perhaps they’re both straight who are only attracted to each other. Maybe they’re bisexual. We don’t know. We don’t even know 100% that they’re in a romantic relationship. YOI excels at dropping hints that could be interpreted either way. I personally would like to believe that they’re romantically involved, and I’m writing this tour post using that perspective.

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Critics argue that YOI is too unrealistic because if it’s true that Yuri and Victor are a couple, then they’re not getting any backlash for being in a gay relationship. Other characters seem to accept their intimacy without batting an eye, even celebrating their relationship, like how Phichit mistakenly congratulates them on their “wedding” when he sees their matching rings. “Where’s the homophobic abuse?”, demand the critics.

Love is love, gay or not.

My goodness. What bloodthirsty sadists! I already mentioned how I love the absence of homophobia in YOI. Certainly it’s unrealistic, especially since real life figure skaters who came out like Johnny Weir have been subjected to homophobic abuse. But I argue that instead of treating YOI as an unrealistic mirror to reality, I prefer to see it as a vision for an open-minded future where same-sex relationships are accepted normally without making a big deal out of it. Love is love, gay or not.

Not gay enough
This critique is probably the one that frustrates me the most. YOI excels in subtext, dropping hints that could be interpreted in different ways. There was never an explicit “I love you” or “We’re a couple” admission from either Yuri or Victor. But the hints are there. That kiss. The rings. The intense intimacy between the two of them whenever they hug and look at each other.

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Critics argue that since the kiss was covered by Victor’s arm, it didn’t happen. They also say that the rings are not a symbol of their love for each other, but mere promise rings to achieve Yuri’s dream of winning a gold medal with Victor as his coach. They explain the intimacy as mere closeness between mentor and student.

On one hand, I understand their points. After all, the kiss was indeed blocked and the rings weren’t explicitly exchanged with the words “Will you marry me?”. However, I’m dismayed how people can be so dismissive about any romantic possibilities between Victor and Yuri. Do they not understand subtext? Did they look at the blushing reactions of the other characters during the blocked kiss? Did they notice that the two exchanged rings near a church? Does everything need to be spelled out clearly like a boring manual for them?

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I think that the lack of clarification regarding Victor and Yuri’s relationship works to avoid the trap of being labeled as “yaoi trash”. (By the way, I don’t have anything against yaoi because I have some strong fujoshi sensibilities myself.) There’s so much more in YOI besides the attraction between two men. Their feelings for each other are complex, not just lust that are sated by fucking every episode. Their relationship is not easily categorized as “lovers”. That’s why so many anime viewers declare that Yuri on Ice is not a simple queer-bait.

Dangers of Greed & Ignorance

We, OWLS, are greedy in a way that we want to achieve our dream of acceptance and tolerance for all human beings. That includes members of the LGBTQ community and their relationships. Despite this, we can’t eliminate the fact that some of us are still ignorant about LGBTQ issues. Although we support the LGBTQ community, not all of us belong to it. Generally this should be a non-issue but to us who are heterosexual, we can’t fully know or understand the experiences and struggles of gay people or anyone belonging to this community. Because of these, we as OWLS members, are in danger of being accused of hypocrisy, preaching a vision that we don’t fully understand. Our greed for a better world where all human beings are accepted equally regardless of gender and sexual orientation may also be construed as immoral by more conservative groups. We are also in danger of being targets of haters and anti-gay individuals.

Also by using anime such as Yuri on Ice as a medium to raise awareness and promote acceptance of same-sex relationships, I may be called naïve and shallow. Why use anime for something as serious as this? My answer is because I can…WE CAN. We’re otaku warriors fighting for a cause. I may not be gay, but I don’t have to be gay to support the gay community. I grew up surrounded by gay people. Many of my mother and her sisters’ best friends are gay. Growing up, I count some gay people as my honorary aunts and uncles. I love them! LGBTQ members are human beings just like the rest of us. Thus, I believe that they all deserve the same level of rights, freedom, and respect as the rest of us.

ONE DAY our dreams will come true.

It seems that the world is not fully ready yet for same-sex love. This makes me terribly sad. I want to see a world in this lifetime where all members of the LGBTQ community are accepted and treated equally and gay relationships are seen as normal. I want to see relationships like what Yuri and Victor have, where they can freely express their love for each other without being targets of homophobic abuse. Certainly it is unrealistic and too ideal (for now), but I believe that ONE DAY, we’ll be able to achieve this.

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Thank you very much for reading my tour post. I greatly appreciate it. I learned a lot by writing this post. Who knew that Yuri!!! on ICE could inspire a blog tour like this? Please tune in for the next tour stop over at Remy (The Lily Garden) this coming Monday. Click here for the full schedule of tour stops in our Yuri on Ice “Flights” Blog Tour this February.

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Free to be ME,
Arria (OWLS Secretary)


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71 thoughts on “A Yuri on Ice Dream: Love is Love, Gay or Not (OWLS Blog Tour)”

  1. This is such a great post!! I totally agree with you on every point! I was so surprised to hear some of those critics, when I was so genuinely happy to see a homosexual relationship in anime (and such a popular one!) that wasn’t straight up abusive, surrounded by homophobia, or filled with stereotypes. I loved the show itself, but also loved all the possibilities it brought with it.

    Also, I’m not sure if the ping worked but just in case: I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award 😊 If you’d like to participate please see the rules and questions here: https://maniacalbookunicorn.wordpress.com/2017/03/29/the-sunshine-blogger-award-2/

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    1. Thank you very much. Indeed, I was also surprised to read the critiques about the lack of abuse in YOI. I know it’s not realistic, but it’s a great model to emulate. For gay relationships to be treated normally. Anyway, thank you very much for the nomination and for dropping by. I appreciate it. Cheers!

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  2. this was a great post! I didn’t give much thought about Yuri and Viktor relationship but now that I read your post, it’s amazing how their relationship hints to contribute positively to LGBT cause.

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    1. Thank you very much, Moonid. Indeed, they do. It’s an ideal world for gay couples because they don’t receive any hoophobic abuse, but critics will say that it’s totally unrealistic. Well, it is unrealistic but I still want to counter this by saying that it’s good that it isn’t realistic in that sense because YOI would become a darker series with Viktor and Yuri facing backlash for their relationship…which is by the way, still not confirmed in the anime. Hoping that s2 will satisfy us more. Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Cheers!

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      1. The critics are saying YOI is unrealistic because if it’s true that Victor and Yuri are in a relationship, then they’re not getting any homophobic abuse from the other characters.

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      2. Or maybe they are getting homophobic abuse from social media but the anime doesnt shows it since it was focused exclusively on a certain number of people xd

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  3. Sorry for the late arrival, but wow, Arria, you started us off strong. You immediately had me with this: “Unlike other yaoi series, they aren’t fucking in every episode.” LMAO so true!!! Subtext, as you mentioned, was incredibly crucial to this show, which is what made watching it as a simulcast the BEST way to view it, something that I can’t say for all shows. I’ve never had this much fun with a simulcast, and this was likely thanks to the community’s vast interpretations and presentations on how we are lucky to have this kind of art.

    As for the critics not being satisfied by the amount of “haters” within the show itself, I think that removing these kinds of people from the media is the best way to attack the topic. Having terrible people like this omnipresent is yes, realistic, but ultimately another reminder that there are individuals out there opposed to even considering LGBTQ notions. If this group that negatively targets supporters is removed from popular media, then maybe the people would feel less obligated to clinging to these roles. IDK, just a thought.

    Finally, I love the way you tied it all together. You had made a quote earlier on that I really appreciated. Wonderful Arria, wonderful!

    “Love is universal and can be felt, even without words.”

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    1. Thank you very much, Taku! What a wonderful comment. Indeed, this anime was the most fun I had. I don’t normally watch airing anime because I don’t like torturing myself every week waiting for the next episode. But YOI managed to change my mind and the torture was all worth it. And yes. Well said. That’s one of the reasons why I really wanted to write this post. I wanted to counter the criticism that YOI is not “realistic” enough in portraying LGBTQ issues. Of course, I’m not saying to completely eradicate the realistic portrayals of the struggles gay people face in media because we still need these to spread awareness. However, I also think that it’s equally important to portray ideal world where gay couples are accepand not subjected to homphobic abuse because then we know what a potential future will look like. Anyway, thank you very much for dropping by and commenting. I appreciate it, Taku. Cheers!

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  4. So sorry it took me so long to get around to reading your post Arria. This was a out standing post on yuri on ice. “However, I’m dismayed how people can be so dismissive about any romantic possibilities between Victor and Yuri. Do they not understand subtext? Did they look at the blushing reactions of the other characters during the blocked kiss? Did they notice that the two exchanged rings near a church? Does everything need to be spelled out clearly like a boring manual for them?”

    Oh this part made me laugh as with the hype this soulful series got, debating whether there were signs of romantic possibilities as you stated. Was clear to me that this will go to me I have a grand feeling of.

    It’s the amazing affect this show has had on so many people, representing that love is love, nothing in stone has to be said if you are in love, be allowed, simply enough to express that. Even though it’s hints of a possible Yuri and Victor romance 😉 we can only hope in a season 2 !!!

    Great Job again my dear 😄

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    1. No problem at all, Lita dear. I’m delighted that you dropped by and read my post. Thank you very much! Made my day. I know, right? It was clear to US. I guess some people just want to be on the safe side and say that they’re not romantically involved without clear confession or admission in the series. I can’t wait for s2 and I hope we get what we want with a clear admission. Thanks again, Lita!

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  5. Hahaha I literally cannot even entertain the idea of Viktor and Yuri not being in a relationship. Seriously I kind of think that if they were a heterosexual couple their relationship would be considered canon by all by now. It irritates me that for some reason with Yaoi/BL or Yuri (for that matter) the couple has to literally engage in a sexual act in order for everyone to agree that they are together. I mean come on people!

    Excellent post Arria! Way to start Tour Two out with a bang ❤

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    1. I knooooooow! My thoughts exactly! Why is it a BL couple need to engage in a sexual act just to be accepted by viewers that they’re really in a relationship. Great point! Thank you very much, Madame President. I appreciate the comment. I really enjoyed writing this post, although it was a difficult one to write. I still need to catch up with the rest of our YOI blog tour posts and then get ready for our March tour.

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      1. Haha I’m the same 😄 I feel like I’m constantly playing catch-up. But I kind of love it because it shows how much the group is growing. I can’t believe how quickly our March tour filled up!

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      2. I knoooooooow. I don’t like playing catch-up, it’s tiring but what can you do? Things happen. 😄 I agree. I’m super delighted that our group is growing. But we want to make sure that we are all “active” and promoting something in our posts. I know, right? I’ve been gone for just a few weeks and then I return to find that March is our biggest tour yet. And we were even planning on taking a break that Month. Life works in mysterious ways.

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  6. Agreed 👏👏

    Um, why do people keep forgetting MONTHS go bye on YoI???
    Considering the markers of Yoi said the rings are proof of them being soul mates…. 😹
    Considering I’m part of the LGBTQA+, I feel I love YoI strongly because it is such a beautiful it pictures, where only love rules, leads and makes us strong.

    I also dislike when people call something overrated, just because they’re salty it became popular. There’s definitely shows that are underrated, but there’s no such thing as too much like, love or rating.
    Lovely post as usual, darling. Keep on slaying! 😘😘😘

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    1. Exactly! Cat-sama, EXACTLY! I knoooooow. It’s frustrating that people are suddenly “salty” when an otherwise good anime becomes insanely popular, calling it overrated. Yes! No matter what the gender or sexual orientation, love is love. Period. So sad that people are just hating…that’s why I’m focusing on the fans and the lovers of this show just like us. 😉

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  7. Nice post Arria! I especially like how you pointed out how YOI made it possible to like all characters. I mean…THEY are all likeable! Yes, that includes JJ too! I also found Yuri and Viktors mentor-student (or possibly romantic) relationship lovely.

    This isn’t to say that I’m totally in for same-sex marriage (reasons synonymous to Matt), but I don’t condemn the idea of men liking men. It happens. Also,I think Yuri and Viktor’s feelings are genuine.

    They’re just…..a pleasure to watch.

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    1. I knooooow. They’re all so awesome. I can’t hate even one of them, although there’s one or two that I don’t like but they’re not relevant enough to outwardly hate or anything.

      I understand Venus in the same way I understand Matt. A lot of people even in my family are the same way and I love them very much. I know, right? Not to mention that Kubo-sensei keeps on tweeting and giving these interviews to really cement the feelings between Yuri and Victor, even calling them as soul mates. So much pleasure to watch. Thank you very much for dropping by and commenting. I appreciate it very much. Cheers!

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  8. This was a great post. Hopefully the haters will realize that they might be overreacting to YOI (the whole bit about them saying the show not being gay enough got me riled up, too).

    This is going to be a tough act to follow, wahaha.

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  9. I haven’t watched this yet (but I will); however, I couldn’t skip this post, possible spoilers aside, not when it had a title like “Love is love, gay or not”.

    Because that is so damn important and also something a lot of people just can’t accept. I’m a genderqueer pansexual living in a country where lgbtq+ community exists but isn’t casually discussed. I’m sure bashing occurs as well. A lot of people I know don’t even know that same-sex attraction is a thing. An excellent article like this that lauds love for what it is, gender and sex be damned, is just fucking amazing. Pardon my French.

    As for the lack of realism concerning homophobia, I’m happy to suspend disbelief and indulge in a world that does not judge its people for something so petty. Homophobia is an ugly beast. I have encountered it from a previously treasured friend and while I’m over it now, it was hardly a pleasant experience at the time. But I’ve also found people who accept me for who I am. A reality where that kind of acceptance is the norm is a dream I’m happy to nurture. Yes, portrayal of the harsh reality is important but I’m just as into stories that depict more equal societies. I dabble in writing myself and tend to write same-sex relationships as being as commonplace as opposite-sex ones. I honestly like it that way.

    Sorry for the long and rambling response. Just know that I’m touched by your post. Thanks so much for sharing it.

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    1. Hello D. Thank you very much for sharing your experiences with me. More power to you. I really feel strongly about this issue. I have great respect for LGBTQ community. Alas, even in my own family, there are people who don’t really accept them wholeheartedly. Of course, they don’t outright hate them or anything but given the possibility that a child is gay, it’s not really something that is accepted immediately, if you know what I mean? I’m really critical to these family members and although I love them, I detest this kind of microagressions no matter how unimportant they may think they are. I’m delighted to hear that you have people who really accept you for who you are. That’s awesome! I also want to believe in this dream where all relationships, gender and orientation be damned, will be accepted as normal. Like the title of my post, love is love, gay or not. And I truly believe this from the bottom of my heart. I’m ecstatic that you liked my post. Thank you very much! Cheers!

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  10. Completely loved this post. I finally put the finishing touched on my Yuri on Ice review for this month and reading this makes me want to go a redraft it yet again (though given I think I’m at draft 14 and I’m still pretty sure it’s not right, I’m just going to leave it alone).
    “Critics argue that YOI is too unrealistic because if it’s true that Yuri and Victor are a couple, then they’re not getting any backlash for being in a gay relationship.” – I actually do find this a point against Yuri that not one person ever has anything negative to say about the relationship (other than Yuri preventing Victor for competing). It isn’t a deal breaking point or even a major criticism, but it does disconnect the emotional experience from reality somewhat and has gone beyond aspirational of most people just accepting love in all its forms to everyone apparently accepting love in whatever form, and given the characters spend so much time using social media that just seems a little too far removed from the reality was are currently in.
    That said, I kind of like your point that this is a great portrayal of what might be rather than reflecting what is and given romances and fairy tales have done that forever with heterosexual coouples it was kind of nice to see this kind of romance with such a positive feeling.
    Thanks for an amazing post.

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    1. Oh wow. Thank you very much! Yay! I really appreciate your comment. It made me smile. Ahahaha! Go easy on your draft. I’m looking forward to it. Thank you!
      I understand. I think many of the critiques that I read about YOI is about this issue. They just don’t see it as realistic and say it’s too ideal. The reality is nothing like it. And yes, I really do get their point. I feel strongly about the LGBTQ community, and I do want to see media representing the reality of the struggles they’re facing. However, focusing too much on the negative can dampen the enthusiasm for change, in my opinion. What if we focus on the positive, a portrayal that can be construed as a better future? Of course, we don’t know that the anime is aiming for this, but as a viewer I would like to interpret it this way. Once again thank you very much for your comment. Cheers!

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  11. This is an interesting post and I like how you explained it. You give true ínsight into an overrated show. You don’t just follow the path of “popular=good.

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    1. Thank you very much. This was a bit difficult for me to write, as I was used to just pure fangirling while it aired. I’m glad that this blog tour really forced me to take Yuri on Ice seriously and dig deeply about my own beliefs and hopes for the LGBTQ community, in order to write this tour pots. Phew. Ahaha! Indeed. This is actually the first time in a few years that I have closely followed an anime while it aired. I usually wait until all episodes are released and wait a little more until the buzz around it dies down a bit before I actually watch it. I’m actually rather shocked at my love for this anime. Anyway, thanks again for dropping by and commenting. I appreciate it. Cheers!

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  12. This is an interesting post and I like how you explained it. Unlike other Social Media, you showed us that YOI is actually different. I never seen this anime but from I heard especially from Shay, the characters Yuri and Viktor display a unique relationship that it could be couple relationship or just a mentor and student feeling. Excellent post!

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    1. Thank you very much, Matt! I would recommend it to you, but I’m kind of worried. But if you’re that interested, please try watching it. Yes, Shay is correct. Yuri and Victor does have a special relationship. The anime doesn’t confirm anything, but the hints are definitely there. It’s just a matter of interpreting it based on your own observations. And thank you very much. I appreciate your comment, brother. Cheers!

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      1. You’re welcome Arria. To be honest, I don’t want to stir an argument here but you already know why I would probably won’t watch this anime. However, I am not homophobic. From from church and family, I was told respect everyone. Even though you guys said that Yuri and Viktor are hinting us a love relationship, I want to come in and see this as mentor and student relationship. I am sorry if I sound preachy but I really don’t want to start an heated debate. Anyways, I love this post. Cheers Arria. 🙂

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      2. Thanks Arria. Even if they were gay, at least it’s not about sex. Still, I would like to see what makes this anime great. I hope to see this in English Dub. Since you love Yuri on Ice, I had a feeling you would write an excellent post. Stay awesome, sis! 🙂

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  13. Now, I’ve not seen Yuri on Ice, so I cannot possibly comment on the quality of the show. However, on the points raised, i’d say that you’re spot on.

    I do think that it’s important to show the negative effects of homophobic abuse, because people who have suffered need to be able to see things that they can relate to, but there is a flip side to that too. Those who are happy to abuse others based on sexual orientation want to cause harm. Seeing confirmation that this is what happens in the form of fiction will not deter them or give them an attack of conscience, it will simply reinforce that they are succeeding (at least in most cases). Showing same-gender pairings in stable, supported relationships is also important as it demonstrates the way things should be. That’s why I don’t feature homophobic abuse in my own books for the most part, I want to portray the world where people can be happy and live without fear. It’s also not entirely unrealistic. I’ve been lucky that the amount of hassle I’ve had for my orientation has been minor, and I’ve known people who have been far less fortunate. I’ve also know those who have never suffered at all. For them, this would be the most realistic depiction they’ve had.

    As to not understandings the struggles entirely, and using anime to demonstrate a serious subject … I wouldn’t worry about it. Those who seek to understand, and those who offer support despite being in a different situation themselves make a difference. They not only provide front line support for those in need, they show that there really is the chance for acceptance. And positive representations in all forms of fiction are important, whether it be anime, books, or something else entirely. People need to see the characters they can relate to or aspire to be like. People need to see how things SHOULD be. Hitting all forms of media is the way to do that because it means that we can all find the examples that we need. Besides, what better way to show that something is entirely normal than to place the characters in just about any situation or world, just like you would with a heterosexual character?

    In all, well done with this. It’s a marvellous piece.

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    1. Oh my goodness. Thank you very much for your insightful comment. I appreciate it! Indeed, there’s power in portraying homophobic abuse in media like anime because it helps spread awareness about this very serious issues. However, I don’t think that a lack of homophobic abuse should be a strong critique against what is otherwise a feel-good show. Yes, it is too ideal but I think that there’s nothing wrong a show focusing more on the positive rather than the negatives. Besides, if homophobic abuse was featured in this anime, the focus would severely shift from the character development of the protagonist as an athlete.

      And thank you for sharing your experiences with other members of the gay community who never had to suffer any homophobic abuse. Unfortunately, most of the gay people I know have experienced some sort of homophobia in their lives. I feel very strongly about this because gay people have been constant presences while I was growing up. I count many gay people as honorary family members.

      Indeed, hitting all forms of media is a great way to spread awareness about this issue. And thank you for the encouragement. So far, I’ve not experienced any negative reaction upon joining this group OWLS. But having past experiences with mean comments, I had to ready myself and warn my co-members to be ready for any kind of reactions. We have to realize and understand that not everyone are ready for progressive shifts from traditional conservative beliefs and values, especially regarding the LGBTQ community. It’s sad, but it’s true.

      Once again, thank you very much for your comment. I’m so happy reading it. You’re very kind. Cheers!

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