Beyond Yuri!!! On ICE: The themes and motifs of Yamamoto Sayo

Yuri!!! On ICE might’ve been one of the best things about 2016. It engaged viewers, offered one of the most positive portrayals of a queer relationship I’ve ever seen in anime, and—most importantly—offered me a chance to talk about Yamamoto Sayo, a director whose works have until now struggled to gain attention despite their high quality.