The ice skating anime Yuri on Ice far surpassed any expectations for its popularity. With the release of one singular season, Yuri on Ice became one of the biggest anime of all time. Named one of the top 25 anime to be released in the 2010s by Crunchyroll, Yuri on Ice received massive critical and fan acclaim.
Praised for both its depictions of same-sex relationships and the struggles of anxiety, Yuri on Ice brought a much-needed seriousness to these topics in the world of anime. While remaining a lighthearted and fun watch, Yuri on Ice quickly became a fan-favorite.
While the series received massive acclaim after the premiere of its first season, Yuri on Ice has never officially been renewed for a second season. While the series does have a manga, the manga actually functions as a spin-off or continuation of the anime series, which came first.
As the series was not based on a manga, there is no range of source material for the creators to draw on. While there is certainly more story to tell, as well as an audience that would be ready to hear it, there is as of yet no official word on a potential second season.
Yuri!!! on Ice the Movie: Ice Adolescence
While the series has not yet been renewed for a second season, the idea of it being renewed is certainly not out of the question. As of now, the creators have no intention of letting the story end, as production on a feature film has begun.
Entitled Yuri!!! on Ice the Movie: Ice Adolescence, the feature film will pick up where the series left off. As the movie shows that the creators are not done with the story, there is still a likelihood of a potential second season being announced in the future.
While a movie for the series was announced in 2017, the movie’s release has come to a halt. The title for the movie was revealed in 2018, with additional footage from the film being shown in 2019. Originally scheduled for release in 2019, the release of the film has since been delayed.
While little can be determined by the way of a potential plot for season 2, a bit of the plot of the film has been depicted in its teaser trailer. Showing Viktor Nikiforov skating during the Winter Olympics, it is possible the film was delayed in order to be released in conjunction with Japan’s Olympic Games.
However, with the 2020 Olympic games being delayed, it is uncertain as to when the film may actually be released.
Yuri On Ice Season 1
Yuri Katsuki is only 23 years old when he suffers a massive defeat at the Grand Prix Final. Feeling as though his dreams have been crushed, Yuri pauses his career in order to return to his hometown.
There, he performs a skating routine that goes viral and attracts the attention of Viktor Nikiforov, Yuri’s idol, a man Yuri once drunkenly asked to be his coach. Meanwhile, 15-year-old Russian figure skating prodigy Yuri Plisetsky arrives on the scene, reminding Viktor of his promise to coach him in the upcoming training season.
In order to determine who he would coach, Viktor makes the two Yuris face-off against one another. Yuri Katsuki wins the showdown, and both Yuris promise to win the Grand Prix Finale. Both skaters later qualify for the Grand Prix, where the feelings of everyone involved reach a boiling point.
Viktor and Yuri realize their feelings for one another, going so far as to buy gold rings and spark remarks as to their possible engagement. However, Yuri knows that both of them cannot pursue their dream of skating while remaining in a relationship with one another.
The two Yuris face off against one another in the Grand Prix Finale, while Viktor and Yuri make a painful decision regarding their love for one another and their love of the sport.
Yuri On Ice Season 1 Ending
Season 1 of Yuri On Ice had a near-perfect ending, depicting the end of the Grand Prix Final. Following the two Yuris of the series, Yuri Katsuki and Yuri Plisetsky, both skaters have made their way to the final.
Along with the two skaters is Viktor Nikiforov himself, staying on as the coach of Yuri Plisetsky. Ending on the note of a long-lasting and professional rivalry as well as a long-awaited duet, the series managed to provide a realistic and ideal ending to season 1 while leaving the doors open for a potential continuation of the series.
The finale functioned well by giving the protagonist Yuri a satisfying personal victory without having achieved his ultimate goal. This ending provided him with the necessary growth while also giving him more than enough to work toward in potential season.
While the cast list has not yet been announced for season 2, one can speculate that the major actors of season 1 will return.
- Yuri Katsuki – Toshiyuki Toyonaga
- Viktor Nikiforov – Junichi Suwabe
- Yuri Plisetsky – Kōki Uchiyama