I kind of have two initial requirements that determine whether I will continue watching a show: great animation and music that helps drive the story and set the mood for the series overall. Those first moments are what draw you into a show or even a film. YURI ON ICE managed to tick all my boxes, and more; not an easy feat when there are so many shows that come out during a given season that are vying for my attention. The runaway, surprise hit of the Winter 2016 TV anime season not only had some of the most stunning animation work seen in recent memory, but also has one of the more memorable opening theme songs (the second one for me would be the OP and ED songs from last season’s Saga of Tanya the Evil). It’s just one of those theme songs that is as upbeat, charming and uplifting as the show it comes from.
This is a 60-second anime clip of “History Maker” that was posted back in September of 2016 on the official YURI! ON ICE series website as a promotion for the new show. The song, performed entirely in English, is written/composed (with collaboration with Taro Umebayashi and Taku Matsushiba) and performed by 36-year-old Japanese actor Dean Fujioka, who is best known as Godai Tomoatsu in NHK’s 2015 morning drama Asa ga Kita and is cast as Roy Mustang in the upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist live-action film to be released later on in 2017.
The TV anime is based on an original story created by manga artist Mitsuro Kubo (Moteki) and anime director Sayo Yamamoto (Michiko & Hatchin). Fujioka was hired to do the opening theme song on the passionate request of Kubo, and this would be his first ever work on an anime theme song. It is currently available for digital download on iTunes.
— TVアニメ「ユーリ!!! on ICE」 (@yurionice_PR) September 21, 2016
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