‘Yuri!!! on Ice’ is one of the best sports anime out there. Also, it is one of the best yuri anime that I have seen so far. The direction is splendid and so are the characters. The show is quite visually appealing too. There are a total of 12 episodes in the anime with each being 23 minutes in length. With that said, here’s the list of top ‘Yuri on Ice’ episodes. Don’t forget to mention your favorite episode in the comments!
8. Episode 4 – Like Yourself… And Complete the Free Program!!
One of the biggest reasons why episode 4 is on this list is because of its ending. I really liked the episode and its ending reflects the title of the anime. Here, we get to see Yuuri and Yuri trying their best to prepare for the competitions up ahead to be able to enter the Grand Prix series. We see Yuri being trained by Lilia Baranovskaya, who is a ballerina and also Yakov’s ex-wife. She decides to teach Yuri ballet from the basics and also offers to choreograph his program.
Victor decides to spend more time with Yuuri so that he can boost his confidence. He allows Yuuri to choose his own song for the program and with the help of Phichit, a friend of his, he is able to contact a music student who agrees to make a piece for his program. The composition for his program is done and Yuuri receives it. Upon being asked, Yuuri reveals to Victor that he has chosen love as his theme for his songs. In this episode, we see Yuuri for the first time thinking about the fact that this is his last season in competitive skating, thus making it the last time he is going to be with Victor in this capacity. At last, we see him aptly name his piece as ‘Yuri on Ice’.
7. Episode 5 – Face Beet-Red!! It’s the First Competition! The Chugoku, Shikoku and Kyushu Championship
In episode 5, we see Yuuri starting his competitive journey to enter the Grand Prix series. But to do so, he needs to win the Chugoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu Championship. Since the pressure of the competition is huge, Yuuri gets nervous. There, he meets a young skater by the name of Minami Kenjirou who seems to admire Yuuri a lot. He says that he is inspired by him. But Yuuri does not really respond well to him and is scolded by Victor. Victor tells him that he should be more supportive of Minami.