‘Yuri on Ice’ is probably one of the best sports anime out there. There are several aspects in the anime that are quite striking: its depiction of gay relationships is quite realistic, and the animation during the ice skating routines is extremely well detailed. The show follows Yuuri, an ice skater, as he tries to get back into the competitive sports. He is coached by one of the best competitive skaters out there, Victor Nikiforov. If you really enjoyed watching this anime and are looking for more shows that explore similar concepts and ideas, then you have come to the right place. Here’s the list of best anime similar to ‘Yuri on Ice’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these anime like ‘Yuri on Ice’ on Netflix, Crunchyroll or Hulu.
5. No. 6 (2011)
This is a sort of a surprising start to the list since on paper, ‘No. 6’ does not look similar to ‘Yuri on Ice’. While one is about competitive ice skating with pretty male characters dancing to some music, the other is a sci-fi anime which takes place in a dystopian setting. But what made me put this anime on the list is the relationship between the main characters. I know many of you who have already seen this anime will not believe me but in my opinion, there are several signs showing the romantic chemistry between the main characters in ‘No. 6’. Yes, I agree that there isn’t something as conclusive as in ‘Yuri on Ice’, but there is something definitely going on there. Even apart from the implied romance, the relationship between them is very similar to that of Yuuri and Victor.
‘No. 6’ takes place in the aftermath of a bloody war which changes the structure of the world. The human population now lives in six city-states. One such state is No. 6, of which Shion is an elite citizen. Inside the city, life is great and peaceful. It seems like a utopia. But Shion gets a glimpse of the darkness that the city sort of tries to hide or ignore after meeting a boy, Nezumi. Nezumi lives in the wasteland out of the city and even though he is a fugitive, Shion lets him stay at his house. As a result, his family loses their elite status and has to relocate, which brings Shion to experience the darkness on a larger scale. Years later, he gets a chance to meet Nezumi again. The duo decides to go on an adventure which might, in turn, bring forth more shattering secrets about the city.
4. Free! (2013)
If what gravitated you towards ‘Yuri on Ice’ is the competitive sports involved in it, then ‘Free!’ might be worth your time too. This anime is entertaining and has some great emotional and competitive scenes. You remember the final performances and all those ‘edge of the seat’ moments in ‘Yuri on Ice’? Well, they also happen in ‘Free’ but the sport is completely different. This time there is no dancing that takes place on ice but rather synchronous limb movements on melted ice to keep one afloat (see, I found a weird way to say swimming).