Yuri!!! on Ice - Recommendations

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Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

When Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa and Rin were in elementary school, they swam together in a relay race and won the match. As Rin was on his way to Australia to train to become an Olympic champion, the gang decided to bury their trophy in a time capsule and retrieve it when they all had grown up. Now, Haruka, Makoto and Nagisa have reunited in high school and decide to dig up the prize. But on the way there, they run into none other than Rin, and he's determined to show Haru who's the best! As a result of this fateful meeting, the three friends decide to start a swim club, along with fellow classmate Rei, and their rival's little sister Gou as the team manager. Can the gang hold their own against Rin and prove their skills at the Prefectural Tournament?

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FullmetalDragon FullmetalDragon says...

Both are great sports anime with some interesting characters. If you like one, you will almost certainly like the other! 

fawkingdun fawkingdun says...

Cute Guys? Check

Gay Ships? Check

GAY AF? CHECK

GREAT? CHECK CHECK CHECK

Fit4Life Fit4Life says...

Both of these anime's are sports anime's with a strong shounen ai feel to them. There is tons of bromance and plenty of hot guys. 

tsukkibaka tsukkibaka says...

Free!- Iwatobi Swim Club and Yuri!!! on Ice are both very gay, and they are both about sports.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Are you tired of fanservice that only shows bouncy boobs and cute panties? Do you want some masculine butts, glistening pecs, possibly gay interactions? Well, these two anime will give you what you've been looking for. Both are sports anime designed to show off the masculine form. Pair them together for male-fanservice overload. 

YagamiRiku YagamiRiku says...

Both of these animes are about sports, and the angst and struggles of the characters in them to overcome their fears, as well as the competition of their sports. 

Martie Martie says...

They are basicaly the same anime, Only difference is that our hearts are now frozen x'D

okaay... no the anime isn't the same, it's the fangirl level that's the same xD <33

llamalicious525 llamalicious525 says...

They're both series about pretty sports boys that are gay for each other. Besides the fluff reasons, both have great soundtracks and have diverse characters that know how to pull at your heart while still being adorable.

LadyCacti LadyCacti says...

Both animes are full of attractive guys doing sport competitions. Oh, how could I forget ALL of the shounen-ai tones! In fact there's so much it's practically impossible to ignore!

Altogether these are great animes which are really enjoyable to watch. If you liked one, you will almost definitely like the other!

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snivets snivets says...

Both are highly shippable hot-blooded sports stories. Guaranteed match up, if you liked one, you will like the other.

halfcafkuroo halfcafkuroo says...

The subtle homosexauality (and obvious for yoi) is very cute. Both are excelent sports animes and intense and entertaining

ShowerOfSunshine ShowerOfSunshine says...

Both involve sports and also focuses a lot on friendship and there is also an aspect of comedy in both. Both are also aimed at teenage girls.

Pickletom10 Pickletom10 says...

Both shows are filled with emotions, friendship, and compitition. I love both shows and think they have wonderful art. These beautiful men will pull at your heartstrings and show you something new!

RockyDash RockyDash says...

These two are amazing if you love seeing guys half naked and in sparklely or tight outfits than these two are practically the same. If you love yaoi than i recommend them both but free doesnt have as much yaoi as Yuri on ice. but still they are both really good

Primery Primery says...

Cute boys doing cute sport. Definitely gay undertones. If you want to learn about ice skating and swimming, watch these shows together. Full of loveable characters.

yurioswife yurioswife says...

If you're into sports anime with a slight romance then Free!Iwatobi swim club and Yuri! on ice are the animes for you

GizMehAnime GizMehAnime says...

They're both sport anime with hot guys that their fandoms like to ship. What  more is there to be said.

meeloo meeloo says...

Cute and likable male characters, although Free has more of them! They're both sports-focused, and they're both not the type of sports anime that expects the main characters to always get first place every time. They're more realistic and relatable to the average viewer, whether or not they're familiar with the sports environment.

pookiedynamic pookiedynamic says...

Both contain strong ships between male characters

Gorgeous animation

Well researched ( aka they both use correct terminology regarding the sport.)

KarmaKhameleon KarmaKhameleon says...

Both star a cast of attractive guys playing sports. There is a lot f bromance in both anime which can have some gay undertones. Both anime are drawn nicely with a cool tone color palette that is fun and calming.

LoveHurts4Me LoveHurts4Me says...

 They both show men doing sports. They both have a wide range of personalities for the characters. But, so far from what I've seen Free! tends more to be straight boys with some homosexual tendencies (gay baiting or whatever the term is.) Unlike Yuri!!! On Ice which is full on gay and is not gay b Iaiting. Though I may be wrong.

MTSNOW13 MTSNOW13 says...

An inclusive anime which shows a Boys Love  relationship and positive portrayal of LGBTQ characters 

SnushyGirl SnushyGirl says...

It's funny becasuse you'd think 'swimming and ice skating have nothing in common' but I enjoyed both these just the same. They both have the emotional side to their sport, i suppose all sports animes do.... anyway, if you're a fan of Yuri on Ice or Free, watch the other!

Your lie in April

Your lie in April

Kousei Arima was a genius pianist until his mother's sudden death took away his ability to play. Each day was dull for Kousei. But, then he meets a violinist named Kaori Miyazono who has an eccentric playing style. His monotonus life was about to change forever.

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JESSETHEBUSH JESSETHEBUSH says...

Both have similar likeable, socially awkward, glasses main character type who participates in a competition of sorts. Both focus heavily on drama. Both have an originally arogant side character they compete against who is humbled and grows a lot from encountering the main character. 

veggiecat veggiecat says...

While Yuri on Ice is generally more light and upbeat, Yuri and Kousei share similar personalities and so do Viktor and Kaori, and the interactions between the two pairs bear striking resemblances.  If you're drawn to the relationship between Viktor and Yuri, try Your Lie in April.

muonsei muonsei says...

It's because both main characters from both anime had their lives changed after meeting the other (in YOI, it's Victor, while in Shigatsu, it's Kaori). In Shigatsu, Kousei is not necessarily an underdog in his field but he tends to be dragged down by the trauma caused by his mother's death. On the other hand, Yuri is an underdog in his field and is about to retire from skating because of his age. The job that Victor and Kaori have in their own series is to serve as inspiration and romantic interest to the main character.

EmoWolf14 EmoWolf14 says...

They both feature a storyline based around competitions, and multiple characters with their own stories competing in those competitions, all while focusing on the main pair. They are both popular animes, however many would say yuri!!! on ice is alot more lighthearted then your lie in april.

KpopPuppy1219 KpopPuppy1219 says...

They both are pretty touching and enjoyable. One made me cry and the other i haven't finished yet. 

nkfanning nkfanning says...

They're both about a competition of some sort so you get the same sort of thrill, they both have an emotional side as well (your lie in April will have you in tears trust me). They also both tell a beautiful tale of two talented young people helping each other through the hardships in their lives

RainGem RainGem says...

Both have a teasing relationship as their central theme, and both go into detail about not feeling good enough, about anxiety. I highly recommend both!

metallicgosling metallicgosling says...

Both love stories and finding strength from the influence of others. Yuri on Ice is a little more upbeat.

Sourcerus Sourcerus says...

Your lie in April had a really good, touching story and the music was great. never seen the other one

dollypuddin12 dollypuddin12 says...

Like yuri with the art of ice skating, now your lie has music, with stunning visuals. Amazing character development and two short series. 

Haikyuu!!

Haikyuu!!

Shoyo Hinata isn't a large guy, but he's got huge ambitions. Ever since seeing a small player score in a National Championship, he's been determined to become the next big thing in High School Volleyball. Unfortunately, the one time he was able to pull enough players together to form a team in junior high, they were completely trashed in their first and only match against a team led by up-and-coming setter Tobio Kageyama.Now, enrolled at the same high school where his idol once played, Shoyo's finally going to get his shot to join and play with a top team. There's just one problem: Tobio Kageyama's decided to attend the same school, and he's already considered one of the best players in the game. Can a kid out of nowhere hold his own against the King of the Court? Or could the rivalry and competition actually be the best thing for both of them?

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fawkingdun fawkingdun says...

It is another popular sports anime that centers around a boy who kind of sucks at volleyball but he isn't that bad considering that he jumps hella high and he is super fast and quick. It's just an amazing anime with very lovable characters.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these anime are about the underdog struggling to make it in the sport of his choice. The anime introduce a lot of strong male figures, both rivals and support for the main guy. Yuri is a little more blatant about the gay undertones, but Haikyuu has its moments. If you like one, check the other. 

YagamiRiku YagamiRiku says...

Both of these animes are about sports, and the angst and struggles of the characters in them to overcome their fears, as well as the competition of their sports. 

AudreyDYC AudreyDYC says...

Haikyuu is the best... If I actually see anyone who doesn't like it, I'll cry my eyes out. Seriously. It makes me laugh a lot and it keeps you wanting to know what happens next. 

aliens1 aliens1 says...

Haikyuu!! is basically a less gay version of Yuri!! on ice that includes main characters who struggled in their pasts, alone, but then someone comes around and opens their eyes up to a new world and both become inseparable. So if you're down for gay, life-ruining ships and loveable characters, this is the anime for you.   

boopdeedoop boopdeedoop says...

Yuri!!! on Ice and Haikyuu!! both follow sports and humor. I find both of them really captivating on their stories and their struggles. Haikyuu!! (just like Yuri!!! on Ice) puts a lot of effort into every single character. They even have back stories for characters that were in the background until the third season! Both are worth watching.

Kurain Kurain says...

Both are sports-anime, with some deeper bonds hidden in the story + there are also comedy elements

savav savav says...

At first glance, these animes are super different besides the "sports" aspect, but both are about the growth of the main character in their dream field. Both Hinata and Yuuri are incredibly talented and driven. Plus they are so sweet, they deserve the world. They both have secondary main characters that are prodigies which act as a FOIL for the main, but also grow to be great friends.  (Kageyama for Hinata, Yurio for Yuuri). 

The biggest difference is that Hiakyuu is super team-oriented and focuses a lot on improving with other people and relying on your team. Yuri on Ice focuses more on self-improvement and building up self-confidence. Both animes are in my top 3 favorites. 

1EmoKing1 1EmoKing1 says...

Both sports animes, they are honestly are really great to, they both stir up emotions during tournaments, the main characters have a goal to win while being nervous beans, they are both great animes. 

Love Stage!!

Love Stage!!

His father and older brother are famous singers, his mother is a renown artist, Izumi Sena was born into a family of super entertainers! However, unlike the rest of his family, Izumi is an otaku who aspires to become a manga illustrator. One day, he is roped into starring in a television commercial dressed as a woman. The actor Izumi is featured with, Ryoma, falls in love at first sight upon meeting him. It turns out that they had actually met 10 years prior and Ryoma's attraction hasn't changed even after finding out Izumi is a boy. 

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Weeapoop Weeapoop says...

Same Boys Love pairing.  The hot charismatic guy ( Victor/ Ryouma) falls for the low self esteem guy ( Yuri/Izumi). Switch famous figure skater ( Victor) for famous actor ( Ryouma) and figure skater loser (Yuri) with struggling manga artist ( Izumi). Both have comedic elements. Both the main character lives at home with parents. Both main characters are insecure about bodies: Yuri (fat), Izumi ( skinny). Both main characters are otaku in some way: Yuri (Victor), Izumi ( magical girls). Both Yuri and Izumi wear glasses. Both Victor/Ryouma are followed by legions of fangirls. 

Bubblebishie Bubblebishie says...

Haha yes I agree in this recommendation.  If you enjoyed the Gay in that then you will. Enjoy.the Gay in this . Just saying 😂

sadchaoticgirl2 sadchaoticgirl2 says...

They both are categorized as Bl,both have a good but totally different story,the characters are amazing and the ships in both anime are sailing for the land of love.

QueenofWeebs QueenofWeebs says...

they're extremely beautiful love stories surrounding a hobby between both pairs of main characters. 

tripleabattery tripleabattery says...

Okay so here you see bodies change for the better as they realize who they are just from one look and a few episodes worth of amazing content. Also, these are not yaoi so they're meant to be fluffy and cute (in my opinion)

LoveHurts4Me LoveHurts4Me says...

  Both have adorable gay couples with a shy boy in them. Love!! Stage in more sexually but, Yuri!!! On Ice has more explicit fan service. All of it being Viktor at the Hot Springs of course.

MTSNOW13 MTSNOW13 says...

An inclusive anime which shows a Boys Love  relationship and positive portrayal of LGBTQ characters 

Pimpdaddynix Pimpdaddynix says...

It might just be a yaoi thing, but both series are very cute and make you route for the relationship to work! Definitely, I liked both of them very much and they are similar in a lot of ways.

dhalfsharp dhalfsharp says...

bro like they're booth cute asf. the animation is amazing and the characters are so lovable 🥺🥺

Banana Fish

Banana Fish

Nature made Ash Lynx beautiful; nurture made him a cold ruthless killer. A runaway brought up as the adopted heir and sex toy of "Papa" Dino Golzine, Ash, now at the rebellious age of seventeen, forsakes the kingdom held out by the devil who raised him. But the hideous secret that drove Ash's older brother mad in Iraq has suddenly fallen into Papa's insatiably ambitious hands--and it's exactly the wrong time for Eiji Okamura, a pure-hearted young photographer from Japan, to make Ash Lynx's acquaintance...

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Dar3d3vil08 Dar3d3vil08 says...

Although banana fish is about a boy called Ash Lynx trying to figure out what made his brother go insane in Vietnam whilst Yuri on Ice is about a figure skater going through his ups and downs both animes has its own yaoi moments and the characters are so alike to Victor and Yuri for Yuri on Ice. And also Eiji looks like Yuri sooo much I thought they were twins😂😂. 

Starra Starra says...

This is a very weird recommendation on the surface but if you're here for male characters being super homoerotic then both series are intended for a similar audience. The caveat being that Yuri!!! on Ice is extremely idealistic and Banana Fish is really goddamn depressing.

However, both provide a look at not-quite-realistic character relationships and the importance of finding love and the idea of unconditional love in general. They're also both stories about learning how to accept yourself and understanding that people will love you despite your flaws. 

(Mostly it's because theyre both kinda gay so if you like shipping and stuff they both definitely fall under the same general umbrella.)

fantasyme fantasyme says...

There both have the same background romance

The relationship between Eiji and Ash is similar to that of Yuri and Victor

They have the same feel to them

GhoulStar25 GhoulStar25 says...

Both anime have very different plots, one is about ice skating and one is about guns and drugs. Even so, they work together so well! They both have moments that make your heart race and the graphics are very similar. If you just watched Yuri!!! On Ice and you want a more hardcore anime, go with Banana Fish. If you liked Banana Fish and want a more fun happy anime, try Yuri!!! On Ice.

WackyBats WackyBats says...

Though Banana Fish is more action pacted and somewhat aggressive at times (More than Yuri on Ice I mean), I would have to say that if you liked Banana fish you'll also like Yuri on ice and vice versa. The reason is because both anime are BL (Boy's Love aka having to do with two guys in a relationship) and focus on the main charater's actions and realationship while keeping a steady and entertaining story line.

Aicaseth Aicaseth says...

The gayness of the concept... and I'm addicted to sports anime and seductive things.... What's wrong with me?

Zeldaonice Zeldaonice says...

Banana Fish and Yuri on ice both get you in the feels. Quality anime anyone can enjoy. I recommend. 

barbz4lifee barbz4lifee says...

The main protagonists of Banana Fish can be related to the characteristics or physical appearances of the main protagonists in Yuri!!! on Ice and vice versa. Although the setting and themes of each anime are very dissimilar, the general concept of them can be related: to love and acknowledge an individual's worth. They both are an intriguing rollercoaster ride of emotional explosions, however Banana Fish is constantly surrounded with a melancholic or somber sense that has a devastating end.

Endless Night

Endless Night

Kenji Miyamoto, the one and only choreographer in Japan x Atsushi Kamijo, a cartoon artist x figure skating An animated work in very unusual collaboration!

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HyakkiHikou HyakkiHikou says...

One of the most attractive facet of Yuri on Ice!!! is its breathtaking animation and choreography of the skating programs. Endless Night (2015) is a short from the Japan Animator's Exhibition, an event that brought about other shorts such as ME!ME!ME! (2014) and Bureau of Proto Society (2015). While only being seven minutes long, its animation is near as spectacular as Yuri's. Sporting avant garde art and very appropriate music accompaniment, Endless Night is worthy of being a compared to its successor. 

Dororo Dororo says...

This is exactly the same wonderful feeling when you watch it! Kenji Miyamoto is just a genius *_*

MageOnx MageOnx says...

Both of these shows were coreographed by the same person, Endless Night serving as a predecessor and a test drive, as well as an early concept to YURI!!! On Ice.

For those of you who watched YURI!!! On Ice, you might make the connection that Endless Night is an early concept for Japanese Yuri's infatuation with Victor and ice skating as a career. Endless Night also features a brilliantly animated pair skate between the two protagonists that fans were hoping for out of YURI!!! On Ice.

In short, if you haven't had enough of one, by all means go ahead and check the other.

FullmetalDragon FullmetalDragon says...

Both feature ice skating very heavily (unsurprisingly), with some gorgeous animation and general awesomeness. 

Nicknames Nicknames says...

Both are gorgeously-animated shows in which ice-skating is the main focus. Even if Endless Night doesn’t have much of a plot (it’s a few minutes long after all) fans of one will enjoy the other too.

No. 6

No. 6

Sion is intelligent, highly educated and lives a privileged life within the walls of No. 6, one of six city-states that was built after the world was destroyed from war. But Sion's comfortable existence changes forever when he meets Nezumi, an escaped convict, on the eve of his twelfth birthday. Due to his assistance in keeping Nezumi safe, Sion loses his rights and is forced to live in the lower town, where he becomes a normal citizen. Four years later, Sion finds himself back in Nezumi's company and in the midst of a dangerous conspiracy that leaves a trail of bodies in its wake. What is really going on in No. 6?

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YagamiRiku YagamiRiku says...

Although they both have very different genres, both animes have a positive, explicit portrayal of an LGBT+ relationship. Relationships are normalised and aren't fetishised.

Mayoigawasgood Mayoigawasgood says...

Both shows have canon lgbt couples that aren't grossly sexualized and have actual development.

barbz4lifee barbz4lifee says...

Although the plot is generally very different from each other, I think anyone who's watched Yuri on Ice should try No. 6, and vice versa. This is because the two main protagonists are individually very different from one another, but they learn a lot from each other, which is recognizable in both shows. On other aspects such as character development which was crucial in Yuri on Ice, I can't say much because I haven't gotten so far in No. 6 (fourth ep). The two shows both have themes of lgbtq and have interesting characters and relationships, and it seems that No. 6 also has much development and growth to come, so to anyone's who watched Yuri on Ice, you should try No. 6, and for anyone who watched No. 6, from what I think, you should try Yuri on Ice.

MTSNOW13 MTSNOW13 says...

An inclusive anime which shows a Boys Love  relationship and positive portrayal of LGBTQ characters 

sadplum sadplum says...

The relationship between Nezumi and Sion is similar to Yuri (from Japan) and Victor's in the way that they share a past together and that they then proceed to learn from each other which, might I say, is pretty Epic (capital E). Strap your seatbelts tight lads, you're in for one hell of an adventure. 

Stay safe :)

Welcome to the Ballroom

Welcome to the Ballroom

Feckless high school student Tatara Fujita wants to be good at something - anything. Unfortunately, he's about as average as a slouchy teen can be. The local bullies know this, and make it a habit to hit him up for cash, but all that changes when the debonair Kaname Sengoku sends them packing. Sengoku's not the neighborhood watch, though. He's a professional ballroom dancer. And once Tatara Fujita gets pulled into the world of the ballroom, his life will never be the same.

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Ka0nonymous Ka0nonymous says...

Both Ballroom Dancing and Ice Skating have a similar vibe which these two anime explore. The talented protagonist overcomes trials to excel in mastering their passions with the help of an established coach in the field. 

yunaleska yunaleska says...

It is very similar, the difference is that it changes competitive ice skating by competitive ballroom dancing.The protagonists are very similar, Tatara is a newbie, but he learns very fast and has a professional tutor like in Yuri on Ice.

The animation is very dynamic and the style is very beautiful.

Tanum Tanum says...

Both anime have the same look and feel to them just in slightly different settings. And both anime have 'love' as the main drive, th love for the art of dancing.

YariMari YariMari says...

As others have already said, ballroom dancing and figure skating are sports that give off the same vibe. The animes themselves are also very similar in the way the main character grows with and from the people around him. They also heavily focus on competition. Both anime focus on the technical as well as the creative and expressive side of the different sports, and follow both the main character as well as the other competitors.

Regardless if you have any previous knowledge of the sport or not, it's easy to get into either show because they explain the point systems very well. The different ice skating routines and dances are also beautifully animated.

xyurix xyurix says...

THEY BOTH HAVE THE SAME VIBE AND STORYLINE I REALLY ENJOYED THEM BOTH THEY ARE VERY SIMILAR YET VERY ENTERTAINING 

Ginban Kaleidoscope

Ginban Kaleidoscope

Tazusa Sakurano is a 16-year-old girl whose beauty is worth $10 billion -- or at least, that's how she describes herself. She is a skilled figure skater who represents Japan, and is working hard to earn a spot in the Olympics; but unfortunately, at the same time that she fumbled on her triple lux, a ghost possessed her body! His name is Pete Pumps, and he now sees all that Tazusa sees, and feels all that she feels -- especially hard falls. The two have no idea why Tazusa's body was chosen, and how to undo it. If things weren’t complicated enough, the media also hounds Tazusa for being a poor representative for Japanese women in the figure skating arena, and worst of all she has absolutely no privacy! Realizing that there's no way fight against the situation, Tazusa and Pete work together to give their best performance in figure skating.

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ravenjade ravenjade says...

Both of them revolves around competitive figure skating. Ginban Kaleidoscope has a more cute and romancy feeling to it. If you like one of them, you will most likely love the other.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

D you simply need more ice skating? Don't care if the gender gets swapped? Like a little romance thrown in? Well, these two anime pair up rather well under those criteria. If one caught your eye, go look at the other. 

Candies Candies says...

I don't know about the stories or characters but they are both based on a sport, ice skating. 

MTSNOW13 MTSNOW13 says...

An inclusive anime which shows a Boys Love  relationship and positive portrayal of LGBTQ characters 

Princess Jellyfish

Princess Jellyfish

Tsukimi is an otaku and jellyfish enthusiast whose only means of coping with the world is to reject it: she and her friends live in a house they declare a man-free zone, generally avoid 'stylish people', and spend their days blissfully bonding over geeky rituals. As misfortune would have it, their convenient existence is about to be turned on its head by the arrival of Kuranosuke, a seemingly beautiful young woman who is actually a beautiful young man. While he may be strange even by their standards, Kuranosuke embodies everything Tsukimi secretly dreams of being - a princess as ethereal as a floating jellyfish - and promises the kind of mind-boggling adventures only possible when geek meets chic!

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VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

At the core of these shows are beautiful, charismatic men (Kuranosuke in one show, Victor in the other) making an impact on the lives of the people around them, especially the shy and closeted lead. The animation in Yuri on Ice is enthralling and on a more sophisticated level, but Kuragehime manages some pretty moments as well. Generally, both achieve an impressive combination of warmth and humour that is hard to find in shows like this. And if the yaoi/gender-fluid elements really appealed to you in one show, then there is no doubt the other show will also entertain.

AliciaMA AliciaMA says...

Both are super light and fluffy shows (also if you watch the english dub of both, The Voice of Yuri also plays Kuranosuke!

winriepon winriepon says...

Both are really emotional animes that revolves around selfsteam, hard work and a tiny bit of romance, with a really pleasant heartwarming feeling.