Mainstream culture and the anime subculture clashed in the very best way at the Winter Olympics earlier this week. A Japanese figure skating team performed a routine to the soundtrack of the popular anime, Yuri!!! on Ice. If you don’t get goosebumps from watching the performance below, can you even call yourself a fan?
The ice skaters showcased above are Miu Suzaki and Ryuichi Kihara, and the team has been skating together since 2015. While they have yet to win any Olympic medals as a team, together and apart, the duo have received high praise and won many awards in the past. Suzaki and Kihara went viral just last year when they skated to Daniel Pemberton’s “Out of the Garage” from the soundtrack to The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Team skating is still a fairly new addition to the Olympics, and fans have high hopes for these two in the future!
Yuri!!! on Ice is a sports anime that focuses on the international figure skater Yuri Katsuki as he tries to return to the skating world. With the help of his mentor and idol, Victor Nikiforov, and his rival, Yuri Plisetsky, Katsuki conquers the competition and finds love all at the same time. Needless to say, fans of the anime took to social media after the performance, calling it “magical” and “real Olympic history”.
However, fans weren’t the only ones thrilled by the performance. The Japanese voice actor of Nikiforov, Junichi Suwabe, took to Twitter to support the routine. Even one of the co-creators behind Yuri!!! on Ice, Kubo Mitsurou, tweeted his thanks to the team for bringing the music to the Olympics.
The 2018 Olympics run from February 9-25.
If you’re a fan of the anime, what did you think about the performance? Let us know in the comments below! And as always, keep coming to The Nerd Stash for all of your nerdy news and needs!