Yuri on Ice
Yuri on Ice (ユーリ!!! on ICE) is a yaoi sports anime about a Japanese figure skater named Katsuki Yuuri (voiced by Toshiyuki Toyonaga) whose idol, Russian skating star Victor Nikiforov (voiced by Jun'ichi Suwabe), agrees to coach him after a disastrous season. The two fall in love, although fans dispute the extent to which their romantic relationship was depicted explicitly onscreen.
The anime quickly attracted a large following of fans. According to the Kadokawa Ascii Research Laboratories content and information trend analytics company, Yuri!!! On Ice was the most tweeted anime of the season, collecting 1,440,596 tweets, more than one million tweets more than its closest rival, the volleyball sports anime Haikyū!!, which had 348,109 tweets. It was the second most popular anime of 2016 on the major anime site Crunchyroll, after Re:ZERO.
The Yuri on Ice fandom also exploded rapidly in popularity, thanks to the canon m/m relationship between Victor and Yuuri. By the time the final episode of the first season aired on December 21, 2016, there were already more than 3800 works tagged Yuri on Ice on the popular fanfiction archive An Archive of Our Own (AO3). By January 1, 2017, there were already more than 5,000. Victor/Yuuri is by far the most popular ship, with more than 4500 works tagged with the pairing as of January 3, 2017. Yuri Plisetsky/Otabek Altin comes in a distant second with more than 600 works tagged as of January 3, 2017.
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