Yuri!!! on Ice Characters Cameo in Steven Universe Comic
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The figure-skaters from MAPPA and Sayo Yamamoto's Yuri!!! on Ice anime series took a break from practicing at the rink to check out a local Renaissance Faire in Beach City, the home of Cartoon Network's Steven Universe.
Yūri, Victor, Yuri Plisetsky, and Otabek Altin all make background cameo appearances in the Steven Universe #4 comic by author Melanie Gillman and illustrator Katy Farina. Anime News Network asked Farina about what inspired the shout-out.
"I just like YoI - the characters are great! Sometimes drawing backgrounds isn't the most compelling, so I tend to add cameos. It makes it fun for me to draw, and it's a cute little Easter egg for the people reading," Farina said.
Farina found the anime itself inspiring. "When it was airing I was feeling so discouraged and unmotivated. Watching Yūri work hard and learn to find confidence in himself inspired me to do the same. I think a lot of people can relate to that," she shared. "Victor and Yūri's relationship also - watching that develop and the nuance of their dynamic is really compelling. Yūri is definitely my fave though! Whenever I'm feeling like I can't do something I think back to the series and his journey."
Steven Universe #4 went on sale on Wednesday. The series' anime and manga shout-outs aren't limited to just the comic book adaptation. The cartoon is chock-full of Sailor Moon, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Evangelion, and more references. The series also attracted the talent of Studio Trigger animator Takafumi Hori for its "Mindful Education" episode.
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