Now that the release date for the Yuri On Ice movie has finally been narrowed down with an official announcement, what does that mean for Yuri On Ice Season 2? Anime studio MAPPA has been mostly secretive regarding their future plans but there are some interesting details that have come out in relation to the movie.
Unlike many anime, the story about Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki and Russian figure-skating champion Victor Nikiforov is not based on a light novel series or a Yuri On Ice manga. However, YOI co-writer/manga artist Mitsurou Kubo (whose real name is Mitsuko Kubo) apparently created some manga for the MAPPA staff to use as reference material. A small portion of Kubo’s manga was made available to purchasers of the Blu-Ray/DVD and it’s available online with an English translation.
In a 2017 interview, director Sayo Yamamoto discussed why she brought on board a manga artist to work on an original anime story. Yamamoto did not know Kubo before the YOI project and was looking for “someone who could dedicate all their time and think about figure skating as seriously as myself.” The director heard Kubo talk about figure skating on a radio show and after checking out Kubo’s resume she realized the manga artist was used to doing collabaration projects in different media.
The director also revealed the project first really started way back in 2012 when she “started having these desires to make an anime about figure skating.” Early on, she received pressure to make the anime about a high school figure skating club. She was also told that in order to be successful the anime needed to be based in Japan and have characters with all Japanese names.
In the end, Yamamoto was glad that she ignored all this advice and made an international cast of characters that was based on a character who was just starting to get serious rather than starting out in a club.
“Looking back now, I think that “Yuri!!! on Ice” was the result of me ignoring all this ‘advice,’ and simply making an anime that I myself would enjoy watching — the story of a character who has already matured and is taking on their final skating season, not some story about a character who is just getting started,” she explained. “If I tried creating something that people would simply “like”, it’d end up being nothing but commonplace and mundane.”
The international success was anything but mundane. The Yuri On Ice anime was the top-selling anime Blu-Ray/DVD in 2017 for a TV series if you discount Your Name, since it’s a movie. Therefore, it was inevitable that an anime sequel would be produced.
This article provides everything that is known about Yuri On Ice Season 2 and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news, rumors, and analysis. Meanwhile, let’s delve down into what is known for certain.
Yuri On Ice Movie Release Date Set For 2019: Ice Adolescence A Prequel About Victor?
The first season followed both Yuri On Ice characters as they trained to take part in the Figure Skating Grand Prix. The story finished off with Yuri and Victor agreeing to continue their career together. In past interviews, Kubo has said that the three exclamation marks in the Yuri!!! on Ice title represent Yuri, Victor and Yurio.
Director Yamamoto also explained that some of her inspiration came from watching the careers of actual figure skaters.
“Even when their retirement could be just around the corner, they’d continue to keep fighting and challenging themselves — that compassion for what they loved really stuck with me,” Yamamoto explained. “That’s why I first came up with the idea of Yuri and Victor; a skater on the edge of retirement and a world champion who becomes his coach, all while remaining both his hero and rival.”
The Yuri On Ice movie trailer only teases hints about the story, showing Victor standing on an icy beach along with his dog Makkachin off in the background. The official key visual/movie poster shows Victor wearing a scarf and he appears to have wisps of long hair flowing freely in the wind while most of his hair is tucked down into his clothing. This detail is important since Victor had long hair when he was a teenager but cut his hair when he became older.
Combine that detail with the fact that the Yuri On Ice movie title literally has the word “adolescence” in it and it seems very likely that the film is about Victor’s history in his homeland of Russia. It would be fairly odd for a Yuri On Ice movie to not have Yuri himself in it, so it’s also very likely that much of the story will take place in flashbacks that connect current events to the past. If that’s the case, then the film’s events set in the present would likely take place shortly before the story of Yuri On Ice Season 2.
MAPPA’s returning staff for the Yuri On Ice movie includes director Sayo Yamamoto and writer Mitsurou Kubo. Composers Taro Umebayashi and Taku Matsushiba are also returning and it’s expected for the original Japanese voice cast to return, as well. Presumably, there will be new YOI characters introduced.
There is a rumor skating around that Canadian ice skater Jeffrey Buttle may be involved in the production of the Yuri On Ice movie. The ice skating scenes for the first season were based on choreography by Japanese skater Kenji Miyamoto. In an Instagram photo, Buttle is shown wearing Xsens 3D motion tracking gear and he claimed he was working on a film project.
“A 5 am, after being at the rink since 9:30 pm. The sun was coming up as I was finishing my last take. Can’t wait to see how the movie turns out,” Buttle wrote.
There are not any animated movies (3D or 2D) involving ice skating that have been announced in recent times, so it’s likely the rumor could be true.
The Yuri On Ice movie release date is scheduled for 2019. However, an exact premiere date or even a general time frame for 2019 was not part of the announcement.
Yuri On Ice Season 2 Release Date
As of the last update, Studio MAPPA or any company related to the production of the anime has not officially confirmed the Yuri On Ice Season 2 release date. Nor has the production of a sequel been announced. Once the news is officially confirmed this article will be updated with the relevant information. In the meantime, it’s possible to speculate about when, or if, the Yuri On Ice Season 2 premiere date will occur in the future.
Regardless of how popular an anime series may be, the anime industry as a whole is short-handed on animators and projects take years to develop. Many studios’ schedules are already filled up three years in advance. The anime production committee backing MAPPA will, of course, want to capitalize on the huge financial success of the YOI franchise but first MAPPA must honor any prior contracts they’ve made.
Besides the upcoming Yuri On Ice movie, MAPPA is releasing a summer 2018 anime called Banana Fish that’s based on a manga series. As for 2019, there’s also the anime original Sarazanmai and the manga-based Dororo.
In recent years, MAPPA has been averaging about four anime projects per year although in 2017 they released six anime (Garo: Vanishing Line spanned 2017 and 2018). Hopefully, that means MAPPA could handle producing both the YOI movie and Yuri On Ice Season 2 in 2019. Let’s hope anime fans don’t have to wait until 2020. Stay tuned!