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In honor of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, I want to put passion to paper and discuss Yuuri on ICE!! I know this post is late compared to when the anime actually came out, but I personally feel this is the perfect time to post this after being hyped up about figure skating this year!
Also, on a side note, this anime brought a lot of attention to social media as a world-wide communication platform. As a social media marketer and graphic designer, it made me feel warm inside that they gave that style of marketing some much needed attention.
First, we’re going to start this off right by giving you a taste of one of the many beautiful performances by consecutive gold medalist Hanyu Yuzuru-san for the Men’s Figure Skating in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
…now that we’ve whet your whistle, let’s jump into the anime! Just a note, I will be spelling Japanese Yuri as “Yuuri” and Victor as “Viktor”.
Katsuki Yuuri, Japanese figure skater who lacks confidence, suffers from frequent anxiety attacks, bottles his emotions and has the hugest crush on consecutive World Gold Medalist Viktor Nikiforov this side of the world, takes center stage as he completely bombs his short program in competition.
Mistaken for a fan by his biggest idol instead of a fellow competitor, the poor man heads home with his head low and hopes dashed. But not before he bawled to his mom in a bathroom stall and being confronted by a spitfire Russian skater that shares his first name. Give him a break, he’s had a rough day!
Arriving home and feeling as though he let down all his fans, Yuuri wallows in despair and self-deprecation, healing himself through many bowls of katsudon. Determined to redeem himself, of only slightly, he visits Hasetsu Castle to skate, copying Viktor Nikiforov’s program only to find out the Nishigori triplets uploaded a video of the private performance on social media…and it went viral!
Enter Viktor, with his over-the-top personality. Hitching a plane to the Katsuki Inn, Yu-topia, he seduces Yuuri in the baths (keepin’ it PG) and becomes his coach!
From then on, it’s truly a battle to improve himself. Yuuri, through training and new experiences, learns how to express himself with confidence on the ice.
He not only finds his Eros, understanding how truly sexy and valuable he is, but he also finds love like he’d never known before…a love he never thought he’d get the chance to know!
There is so much more I want to say about this anime, from the animation to the music to the fluidity of the plot and the quirky little funny scenes. However, there isn’t enough space on the page to write everything I feel about this anime!
But here is a taste, a picture (or video) is worth a thousand words after all…ENJOY!
And Crunchyroll shared something special too!
So, whilst enjoying my time in a local Barnes & Noble in Fort Myers, Florida, I ran across something interesting.
Lo and behold, I found out that my favorite BBC show, “Sherlock”, has a graphic novel adaptation created by the cooperative efforts of Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and the very talented Jay! Who knew?!
Oh my gosh, this is epic! It’s a manga adaptation from the episode “A Study in Pink”, and might I say the artwork is phenomenal! Cumberbatch never looked so good in Black and White!
It’s Sherlock and Watson’s first mission together, and you’re in for a wild ride if you haven’t seen the show (or even if you have, lol)!
The manga pretty much follows the show, so if you’ve seen it, you aren’t really missing anything…only the awesome artwork done by the adapters! But I still suggest you check it out, if only for the flashbacks. This show in particular is always great, even the second or third time around!
And if you haven’t seen the show…well, then I definitely think you should give this one a read!
Just to put the icing on the cake, there’s a whole line of adapted “Sherlock” episodes into manga, this isn’t the only one. So, submerse yourself in mystery…
It’s elementary my dear Watson!
For those of you also interested in the show, here is a trailer for the first episode!
I wanted to introduce another masterpiece by Kyoto Animation! It matches all of their magical, intricate, emotion-filled plots KyoAni is known for! It is more dramatic and angsty than the normally upbeat titles they have, but no less amazing in conception, illustration, animation and overall execution! As the studio I most admire, they have not disappointed!
Sorry I missed Valentine’s Day, but since it’s still in-between Valentine’s and White Day, I believe it’s the perfect time to post a somewhat unorthodox love story.
A young woman, meant to only be used as a tool, is slowly taught to live her own life as someone worth more than her use on the battlefield and finding her place at a postal office.
Set in Germany seemingly after World War II, the story begins with the tragic death of a budding love, the meaning of which she could not understand.
Not even knowing what love meant, raised by the military as a disposable weapon of war, conditioned by a life rooted in attrition and bathed in the blood of her enemies, at the end of the war she finds herself lost and clinging to the belief that her superior officer is alive. She now must wade through the fog of a society she cannot connect with and learn to live with normal people, a soldier without true orders, with emotions seemingly nonexistent and seeking to know what state of mind encompasses a person when they say “I love you”.
Becoming a ghostwriter for people of Leiden who can’t write, her new purpose is to find the meaning of “love” through her new job as a “doll” by understanding the myriad facets of how words are translated into emotion by writing letters of the heart for those who are illiterate in the town.
An old wealthy lady became Violet’s guarantor despite not being well received by the girl and decided to continue to fund the girl’s way of life in place of her late son that she lost in the war.
She is now Violet Evergarden, somewhat nonconsensually becoming adopted into the old lady’s family. Not knowing how to function, feeling she has no place now that the war is over and attached only to the brooch her beloved Colonel gave her, she tries to live the new life granted to her as a lady in normal society.
The last orders Colonel Gilbert gave her were:
“Run away and live free…
I love you.”
This was a post that I had in my drafts for over half the year, lol. Life took over and I was not able to post it until now. This is a pretty interesting post to be coming out for the new year. Whilst searching for something new to watch before the Spring Line-up came out for last year, I stumbled across this anime called Young Black Jack. I thought it was good enough to share with you guys, so here goes…
The world was rife with inequality and corruption. It was during the time of the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement in America and the Student Riots in Japan. Hazama Kurou was a medial student on his way to get his license, but he was an undiscovered genius in the medical field. He also is indebted to a debt collector for borrowed funds. When he is faced with risking his license to save a life, he quickly chooses to save them due to his struggle with his abandonment issues.
Many of these same scenarios come into play during the anime where Hazama must fight against normal protocol in the interest of saving someone’s life. This is one of the first anime I have seen that has a couple of episodes actually dedicated to the Civil Rights Movement in America.
The anime is based on a really old manga, with the Japanese animation style of the 60’s and 70’s. Remember the old cartoon Inspector Gadget? The style of this anime strongly resembles that, but only certain characters have the strange, obtuse features that shares the style of those older cartoons. The main characters take a more modern-style approach to the animation.
I really did enjoy the anime, though I had to get used to the opening song, as the music seemed slightly out of place and the artwork also took a bit to get used to.
Young Black Jack is a very dark anime. Parts of it seem upbeat with a normal amount of darkness for the plot, but the more you watch, the darker it gets.
I’m not gonna lie, there were times during the anime where I thought the main character was going to find a happy ending and things were finally going to pan out in a bright way, but more darkness ensued. I was actually surprised at the ending. I won’t spoil it for you, but just fasten your seatbelt for a wild ride!
***POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!!*****
Mikaela is clingy and outgoing, forcing Yuuichirou to accept him and the other orphans as family.
This doesn’t work out so well until later.
Shortly after, all hell breaks loose and people start dying all around them, choking on air and their own blood. Absolute mayhem occurs, but the only ones affected seem to be all humans over age 13.
Vampires then come out to collect all the children and put them in livestock camps all over Japan (but it is implied that this is a global crisis).
The children from the orphanage enact a plan to escape, resulting in many of their deaths and only one child actually escaping. Hyakuya Yuuichirou is found by a group of humans surviving on the outside as part of the Moon Demon Company in the Japanese Imperial Army. Colonel Ichinose Guren then takes Yuuichirou on as an apprentice, forcing him to go to school and make friends, ultimately learning how to work as part of a team.
Mika barely survives the attack and is “saved” by the vampire queen, who proceeds to turn him into one of the enemy against his will. He then finds out about the experiments his orphanage has been conducting on him and his fellow orphans even before the world went to hell.
Thus he has a new goal, to save Yuuichirou from the humans and their manipulation of him.
That’s as far as I will go for the plot…
The artwork is masterfully done in both the manga and anime in my opinion, and the casting of the anime characters was also pretty good. Some of the animation is rather dubious, like backgrounds and some random CGI, but not enough to turn me off or to not recommend the anime. Those instances are few and far between except backgrounds, because those continue throughout the anime, but attention is drawn away from it due to the action. GO WATCH IT!!!
The music is also great. I am pretty impressed overall with the anime and the manga is just awesome. It satisfied the insane craving I’ve had for a while.
I’ve also found a new OTP with Yuu-chan and Mika. All you fujoshi out there should check out the few really good fanfiction stories on them. Please add to this budding fandom!
Happy Monday everyone! Mondays aren’t particularly happy, but maybe this will lift your Monday mood! Okay guys, today I will talk about a new anime I am following called Urara Meirochou. This may not be for the guys, as it is on the cute side of the anime spectrum, unless you’re into that. I’m not one to judge! Now, let’s get into the thick of things!
There’s a town called Meirochou, in which girls starting at age 16 work to become Urara, fortune tellers that specialize in different types of divination. They exist to help people who are lost on their walk through life.
The main character, Chiya, a wild child raised in the woods surrounding the illustrious town turns 16 and makes her way to town to become one of the aspiring Urara there.
Her goal is to become number one out of all Uraras along with her new friends and fellow trainees: Koume, Kon and Nono, as well as ultimately finding and meeting her birth mother. During their training, many mysterious things happen that may change Chiya’s life forever.
The original story was written by mangaka Harikamo and published by Honbunsha through Manga Time Kirara Miracle! magazine. It is still ongoing if you want to check it out.
The anime is licensed by Sentai Filmworks and created by J.C. Staff. It is also still ongoing with one season of 12 episodes. Since the Japanese version has not been completed yet, I would assume that in the future, English dub licensing will most likely be done by FUNimation, as are most non-Jump series anime. I would love to add this to my current DVD collection!
I recommend this for all those who love a good plot and are into adorable characters. It’s fascinating to watch and the artwork is a kaleidoscope of cute! Totally check it out when you get the chance! Until next time!