Citrus | 12 Episodes | DUB | VRV

Citrus

So, because I gave yaoi anime a try, I figured I should also do the same for the yuri genre. We first gave this a try back in April with the anime Citrus. It wasn’t horrible, so I figured I’d give it a try like I did with the boys. So, without further ado, first up on the list is Netsuzou Trap.

Netsuzou Trap -NTR- | 12 episodes | Sub | VRV

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I’m going to be honest here — this was the only one that I finished. There were 12 episodes and they were 9 minutes each. The whole idea of the story was the two girls in the center are best friends, but the girl with black hair — we’ll refer to them as Pink and Black because I honestly don’t remember their names — is in love with Pink. Pink and Black both have boyfriends, but that’s… complicated. Pink has what I would think of as a “normal” relationship with her boyfriend. She likes him, he likes her, they end up dating and are all “blushy blushy” around each other. Black is only with her boyfriend to say she has one. In exchange for “dating” her, she has to sleep with him pretty much on demand and he hits her if she doesn’t.

Couple

Black starts making moves on Pink under the guise of “I’m helping you practice for your boyfriend”, but as anyone would probably guess, Black is in love with Pink and Pink starts to realize her feelings for Black. The later episodes deal with Pink coming to terms with her feelings for Black, and trying to date her, although — for reasons I didn’t understand — Black keeps turning her down. They do end up together in the end though.

Black and PinkLiar

For this to be a short anime, clocking in at a total of 108 minutes including the intro and outro, it told a pretty decent story. I didn’t like that Pink was cheating on her boyfriend when he liked her so much and was such a nice and considerate guy. She was also cheating with her best friend, who he obviously thought he didn’t have to worry about — which I think makes the whole situation worse — but he never learns that bit of information. He even tries to work things out with her, but when he calls her, she is getting felt up by Black and he can tell that she’s with someone else. Like… honestly. The way she treated him was just wrong. On a personal level, I disagree with cheating altogether and think it’s unforgivable, so watching this was a bit frustrating. It struck me as annoying how no one but the douchebag boyfriend was honest and upfront about how he felt and how things were between him and Black.

He knows

The storyline was pretty basic and predictable, but for a 9 minute short, it was told pretty well when all things are considered.

Sakura Trick | 12 episodes | Sub | VRV

Sakura Kiss
This was the second and last anime that I tried. The reason being, there was literally no story here other than “girls kissing girls”. And if that’s what you’re into — cool. Everyone is entitled to like what they like, and to not have to explain it to anyone. I, however, am not into girls kissing each other to the point where I want to watch a full series of nothing but that. There was no plot to this at all. The main characters had no other goals other than “where are we going to make out today”.

Girls Kissing

Now, I only watched this anime up to the 4th episode — which was really pushing my limits — but I wanted to give it an honest try. I wanted to like it. I wanted to like this genre, but I just didn’t. And here’s why:

There Were Boobs Everywhere

In every episode, in all the anime, there were boob shots and girls kissing in every episode. There were boob shots in places and scenarios that didn’t even make any sense. Prime example: In Sakura Trick, they were at a school meeting for the sports festival and to convince the president that there should be cheerleaders she — you guessed it — popped out her boobs! Like… what? As an owner of a pair of boobs, I can vouch that this is not an appropriate argument! I just felt like my time had been wasted at that point.

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There’s No Plot Other Than Girls Kissing Girls

This was true for ALL the yuri anime I watched and probably the biggest difference between yaoi and yuri that I noticed. It seemed the primary goal of all the anime with girls was to make out and get handsy with each other in inappropriate places. With the guys, there’s so much less of that and when it was there, it was done in more… “tasteful” ways. Now, that’s just an opinion, but I’m allowed to have one. With the guys, I felt there was more build-up to the moment in comparison to the girls, who were kissing each other in the first episode. Granted, my anime watching experience with the girls is limited to the anime you see listed here, but I saw no story elements in these other than the girls making out, or trying to, in some way or another.

Still kissing
Those two points are deal breakers for me for this entire genre. They wouldn’t be so bad if there was more of other things. More story, or more interesting and developed characters, or more relationship to be built up to the kissing or after the kissing. However, there isn’t any of that, that I witnessed. If I’m wrong or just haven’t come across the right anime for the girls, let me know. I’d love to be able to give this a try with better anime. Based on what I’ve seen though, I’m not convinced that this genre has more it to than what I’ve seen already.

Yurikuma Arashi | 12 Episodes | Dub | VRV

Yurikuma Arashi
Side Note: It was recommended that I try Yurikuma Arashi and this… this was even worse because there was nothing but boobs and kissing AND I was confused about everything else. Giant NO!


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Yuri!!! On Ice | 12 Episodes | DUB | VRV

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Final Verdict: I want more!

Yuri on Ice literally gave me all the feels I could possibly want. It had action. It had romance. It had a person who is over the age of 17 trying to find his place in the skating world and where he fits in. It had a lot of great characters. It had characters growing. It had awesome music and skating routines. It had so much goodness!

Defeat

First, there was the overall story. Yuri Katsuki is a professional ice skater who is in a bad slump after a pretty much epic fail in the Grand Prix Finals. He is on the verge of retiring when he returns home after graduating from college. Unsure of what to do, he goes to the skating rink to show an old friend a routine they’d watched together as kids of Viktor — the most popular men’s single ice skater. Her daughters record him doing the routine, the video goes viral, and soon Yuri has the Viktor he’s idolized since childhood as his skating coach. This shakes up the skating world and turns Yuri’s career and life on its head.

Yuri and Viktor 1

 

The show follows Yuri as he works hard to make a comeback in his ice skating career. We see him train to get back in shape, struggle to find his confidence, and improve by leaps and bounds — literally with his leaps and bounds on the ice. He has 3 routines that change ever so slightly from competition to competition. I thought at first that this would get boring, but I was absolutely wrong. By seeing the same routine, we see him improve so much! The mistakes he makes during the first performance change him, and his expressions and confidence in the routines change as well. The animation shows this, but with the added addition of hearing his inner thoughts while he skates and the crowd’s thoughts as they watch him, we really get a full picture. I also love that I could connect the routine to his outfits and I got excited to see what was going to happen. Was he going to nail all his jumps or was he going to flub it up?

Yuri Skate 1

My heart was honestly racing as I watched him on the ice, and I’ve never watched an anime that had me so into the story that way.

Yuri Skate 2

Aside from the action on the ice, we have the relationship between Yuri and Viktor off the ice. I really loved the love story between them as well. It wasn’t overnight or sudden really, it was always there and grew bigger throughout the episodes. It wasn’t something that overtook the anime though. This is a sports anime hands down, but you’d be hard-pressed to watch this and ignore their relationship. I’d go so far as to say it’s impossible. So if you’re not into boys kissing boys… this might not be the anime for you. There is only one actual kiss that we see, but there are a lot of other signals that hint that it wasn’t the only one.

Hug
I’m literally the kid over there freaking out.

There were also the other skaters. Normally in an anime like this, we wouldn’t know much about anyone else except for Yuri and Viktor, but we know the story of everyone in the anime. From his skating buddies, to his rival, to the friends he grew up with, to his ballet teacher. Everyone has a story, and knowing it, even if it’s just a little bit, helps to build the world that Yuri lives in and helps to feel connected to him. I think that connection is probably why my heart was racing for him on the ice.

Watch Me
“Watch me Viktor. Don’t take your eyes off me.” – Yuri Katsuki

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you also know that I really appreciate an anime with older characters because there’s more to life than high school. This anime shows that really well. School doesn’t even factor in here and I think it’s accurate in a lot of ways. As a young person, Yuri felt absolutely deflated and at rock bottom after his epic defeat in the Grand Prix Finals. He questioned whether he was good enough to skate anymore at all or if he should just retire. He questioned how long he’d be able to skate since it’s so hard on his body, and at 23, he didn’t have much time left to skate competitively. He refers to himself as “a dime a dozen” skater certified by the association. He’s a real guy who acknowledges where he stands in the world and questions if he can realistically compete with the other great skaters he has to face. I like this because with him being older, he’s more mature in a lot of ways. So, we don’t get so many of the pointless emotional breakouts we sometimes get with younger characters.

Tie Grab

This anime was so good. It had a great story and was filled with interesting characters, just the right amount of romance, and a good amount of healthy competition. The skating routines are fun to watch and it’s easy to get caught up in this one. 100% worth the watch.


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