Yuri on Ice Season 2 looks like a fan fiction rather than a reality; 6 years on, the wait continues.
What happens when you combine sports with boy-on-boy romance? You get a beautiful representation of figure skating and an unexpected love story called Yuri on Ice.
Yuri on Ice is a MAPPA original series that follows the story of Yuri Katsuki, who has suffered a crushing defeat in the Grand Prix Final and returns home, contemplating his future.
In his hometown, he visits a friend Yuko and performs his idol Victor Nikiforov’s (five-time world champion) advanced routine to perfection, which gets uploaded secretly on the internet.
The video becomes viral and gets Victor s’ attention, who offers to coach Yuri and bring life back to his career, which Yuri immediately accepts. In a different sequence, 15-year-old Russian prodigy Yuri Plisetsky isn’t thrilled by Victor, who had promised to coach him after winning Junior World Championship, which he did.
Victor has no memory of such a promise but decides to make the two compete against each other, and he will coach the winner. Yuri Katsuki wins the battle as Victor becomes his coach. Can Yuri Plisetsky take his revenge, and who wins the Grand Prix Championship is the remaining plot of the show?
It’s been more than six years since the first season ended, and fans of the show have been in constant demand for Yuri on Ice season 2. So today, let’s check out all the latest updates on Yuri on Ice season 2.
IS YURI ON ICE SEASON 2 RENEWED?
The first season aired from 6th October 2016 to 22nd December 2016 with a 12-episode run.
As of writing, there is no news from the creator of renewal for Yuri on Ice season 2.
Post season one, we have only received an OVA titled “Yuri on Ice Side Story: Welcome to The Madness,” released on 26th May 2017, and an original movie titled Yuri on Ice the Movie: Ice Adolescence that, released on 29th April 2017.
The series has been a resounding success and common-sense dictates that it’s not been canceled. We might have to wait a bit more for a renewal announcement and Yuri on Ice Season 2 release date confirmation.
We expect if it happens, Yuri on Ice season 2 release date to be around mid or late 2023, which would take the waiting period to a remarkable seven years.
|Yuri on Ice Season one||6th October 2016|
|Yuri on Ice Side Story: Welcome to The Madness||26th May 2017|
|Yuri on Ice the Movie: Ice Adolescence||29th April 2017|
|Yuri on Ice Season 2||TBA|
YURI ON ICE MANGA CATCHUP + REAL-LIFE INSPIRATION
More often than not, animes are based on the writings of a mangaka and used as source material. But Yuri on Ice is not based on any manga and is an original work of MAPPA studios.
So what inspired creator Mitsuro Kubo to create this masterpiece. The first and foremost requirement to create any sports anime is to have passion and a deep understanding of that sport. This factor was crucial in the show s’ development as the team behind the Yuri on Ice anime are massive figure skating nerds.
Most of the figure skaters in the Yuri on Ice anime have been inspired and based on real life. For instance, the main character Yuri P is characterized by the real-life world’s best skater with 12 world records, Yuzuru Hanya.
Victor in the anime is a five-time world champion which is again based on Russian figure skater and four-time Olympic medallist Evgeni Viktorovich Plushenko. Yuri Katsuki draws inspiration from retired Japanese figure skater Tatsuki Machida who won a silver medal in the 2014 world figure skating championship.
YURI ON ICE PROFITS AND POPULARITY
Yuri on Ice has been a massive success in terms of sales and popularity. Yuri on Ice was the most-tweeted anime of the season (collecting 1,440,596 tweets). It had over a million tweets more than its closest rival, the volleyball-based anime Haikyu (348,109 tweets).
It has won numerous awards such as Crunchyroll Anime of the year 2017, IGN ‘s best anime opening 2017, 39th Grand Prix Festival s’ Best male character Victor,16th Tokyo Anime award for Best Animator Tadashi Hiramatsu, and many more.
Yuri on Ice also became the second most successful media franchise, with ¥3,262,936,824 made from sales in home video and music releases. It was ranked number one on disc sales on Oricon Animation DVD rankings. The first week sold more than 50,000 disc copies, and for the first half of 2017, the show had the most sales in Japan.
According to Ratingraph.com the average episode rating was 7.9 with more than 6000 votes.
Yuri on Ice is rated 7.9/10 and ranked #694 with 791k members on MyAnimeList.
YURI ON ICE SEASON 2 PLOT
In the final episode of season one, “Gotta Super-Super-Supercharge it! Grand Prix Final Free Skate,” we see Yuri P winning the Grand Prix final with Yuri K coming second and JJ getting the third spot.
Victor decided to return to ice skating after seeing both the Yuris beating his world record. The episode ends with Yuri K and Victor performing an ice dance edition of the latter s’ routine. Yuri K moves to Russia with Yuri P to be coached by Victor, who simultaneously wants to compete again.
Yuri on Ice Season will most likely feature a battle between the master and his students, i.e., Victor taking on both Yuri P and Yuri K. In the film trailer, we see Yuri P executing a new routine which would indicate that the rivalry with Yuri K will carry on in season 2.
Despite the controversy surrounding the relationship between Yuri K and Victor, we expect it will be explored further in the second season. They exchanged good luck rings. Was that just friendship, or are they engaged?
Yuri K won the first battle with Yuri P, but the latter had the last laugh as he won the gold in the Grand Prix festival. It raises an interesting question; will Yuri K win a gold?
Also, how does Victor reclaim his world records after he makes a comeback to competitive skating? Will we see Yuri K return to Japan, and how will the competition affect the Yuri-Victor relationship?
The second season will answer many unanswered questions, or hopefully, a Yuri on Ice season 2 trailer will reveal some upcoming storylines.
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YURI ON ICE CHARACTERS, CAST, AND CREW
Yuri on ice is directed by Sayo Yamamoto and Jun Shishido. Mitsuro Kubo scripts the show, and the music is composed by Taro Umebayashi. MAPPA studios develop the animation.
You can find the Yuri on Ice characters and voice cast below:
|Yuri Katsuki||Toshiyuki Toyonaga|
|Victor Nikiforov||Jun’ichi Suwabe|
|Yuri Plisetsky||Koki Uchiyama|
|Phichit Chulanont||Kensho Ono|
|Otabek Altin||Yoshimasa Hosoya|
|Takeshi Nishigori||Jun Fukuyama|
|Leo de la Iglesia||Shunichi Toki|
The word is ‘patience’ as we wait till MAPPA comes out with a piece of official news for Yuri on Ice season 2.