Yuri!!! on ICE is a 2016 anime television series produced by Studios MAPPA. The anime explores the relationships between the three protagonists, Yūri Katsuki, a Japanese figure skater whose role model is Victor Nikiforov, a renowned Russian figure skater who already has world champion status, and Yuri Plisetsky, another Russian figure skater who competed with Yūri at the Grand Prix finale, with Victor taking on the role of Yūri’s coach. In this article, we are going to tell you everything you need to know about a potential second season of Yuri!!! on ICE.
The second season of Yuri!!! on ICE still hasn’t been confirmed yet. The first season aired five years ago and a movie was planned in the meantime, but has been postponed to an indefinite date because of the pandemic. Still, Yuri!!! on ICE is a very popular and critically acclaimed series and based on all the known facts, a second season not impossible. We just don’t know when.
The rest of this article will bring you all the known and unknown information related to a potential season 2 of Yuri!!! on ICE. You’re going to find out about its potential release date, whether there is a trailer, what the story could be about, and much more about this extremely popular new anime series.
Yuri!!! on ICE Season 2 release date
The series premiered on October 6, 2016 on TV Asahi. The anime was produced by the MAPPA studio, directed by Sayo Yamamoto, and written by Mitsurō Kubo. It features character designs by Tadashi Hiramatsu, music by Tarō Umebayashi and Taku Matsushiba, and figure skating choreography by former figure skater Kenji Miyamoto.
The series was licensed for streaming in the United States by Crunchyroll, while Funimation simulcast the series as well. Yuri!!! on ICE was released on six Blu-Ray/DVD volumes in Japan. The first volume, containing the first two episodes, was released on December 30, 2016. Each volume includes bonus content such as booklets, production audio commentaries, costume design, and choreography videos.
A Yuri!!! on ICE original film was announced on April 29, 2017. The film’s title, Yuri!!! on ICE the Movie: Ice Adolescence was announced on July 1, 2018. The film was originally scheduled to be released in 2019, but it has been delayed to another, currently unknown release date because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A teaser trailer depicting a young Viktor Nikiforov performing at the Winter Olympic Games was released in Japan on January 17, 2019. On November 26, 2020, the same teaser trailer was released worldwide.
As you can see, the future of Yuri!!! on ICE is quite uncertain, but not because there’s no interest. The series is extremely popular and we’ll just have to see how the movie does to make a proper prediction about the potential continuation of the series. In any case, the earliest we could see a potential second season is 2024, but we’d have to get some confirmation on the future during 2022 or 2023.
Yuri!!! on ICE Season 2 trailer
You now know all the facts and our thoughts related to Yuri!!! on ICE Season 2, which means that you’ve probably deduced for yourselves that there is no trailer for the second season of Yuri!!! on ICE. This is because we do not know whether there will even be a second season of the show, which means that a trailer might not appear at all. But, based on all the information we have, this does not seem like a likely outcome.
As we have said, Yuri!!! on ICE is a very likely candidate for a return. The anime has received universal acclaim from both professional skaters and the otaku community We also have a movie on the way, a movie that has been postponed because of the pandemic, so we’ll have to wait and see how that one goes as well. After that, we have to wait and see whether there are actual plans for a continuation before we can make a proper prediction.
Taking into account everything we’ve said, a trailer for Yuri!!! on ICE is unlikely to come out this or the next year. The earliest we could see a trailer is 2024, but we would have to get confirmation of a second season sometime during 2023 for that to happen.
Yuri!!! on ICE Season 2 plot
At this moment, we do not know where the second season of Yuri!!! on ICE could take us because it is an original story, and we still have to wait for the movie to see how far the plot will advance. Namely, due to a lack of information in general, we have absolutely no clue how far the second season might go if it even happens. What follows is a general overview of the show’s plot.
The Japanese figure skater Yūri Katsuki made it to the Grand Prix final at the age of 23, where he met his great role model, the Russian Victor Nikiforov. But Yūri is in bad shape and ends up last in the overall standings. Soon after, a similar thing happens to him at the National Championship and other competitions, leaving him dejected and returning home for the first time in five years of study and training.
In his hometown of Hasetsu on the island of Kyūshū, he is warmly welcomed by family and friends – despite his defeats, he is a local celebrity – but he initially withdraws to his family’s bathhouse. Eventually, he regained courage and ran a program he copied from Victor Nikiforov in front of his childhood friend in the city’s ice rink.
But their daughters film him and upload the video to the internet, where this stunning replica of the famous Russian figure skater quickly went viral. Eventually, he sees Victor Nikiforov himself. Yūri had met him at the banquet after the Grand Prix, where they both got drunk and Victor fell in love with him. Yūri had forgotten the night, but now Victor comes to Hasetsu to train Yūri.
This one is thrilled to be coached by the one he has adored since childhood. But Victor is surprisingly strict, but also open-hearted. After Victor’s arrival, Yuri Plisetsky soon follows him. The 15-year-old won the World Youth Championship, hates Yūri for his failure at the Grand Prix final, and now wants to make a successful adult debut under Victor’s training – as he promised.
He demands this from Victor, who suggests a competition between the two athletes. In preparation under Victor’s guidance, both have to develop a new approach to figure skating – Yuri less aggressive, Yūri more passionate. Eventually, Yūri is able to excel in competition and Victor sticks to becoming just his coach. Together they work to make Yūri win the Grand Prix next season.
At the same time, they get closer. As the new season begins, Yūri makes a big announcement that he will aim for Grand Prix victory with the confidence that love has given him. He also makes “love” the theme of his performance. First of all, he can easily qualify for the big competitions at the national competition.
After that, Yūri meets his friend Phichit from Thailand, with whom he studied together, and other acquaintances at the Cup of China. Switzerland’s Christophe Giacometti, like other figure skaters, would rather face and defeat Victor than Yūri, who he trained. Although he can take first place in the short program, he loses his confidence before the freestyle the next day.
Victor finally confronts him about not continuing to train Yūri if he loses. Yūri then bursts into tears. After that, however, he loses his tension and takes second place. At the Cup of Russia, Yūri meets Yuri, who already longs for revenge. Yuri is now coached by Victor’s former coach Yakov and has made great strides.
At the same time, there is a lot of pressure on the other competitors who want to qualify for the Grand Prix – only Christophe and the Kazakh Otabek Altin already have their participation in their pockets. After the short program that was successful for Yūri, she received the news from Japan that Victor’s dog was sick. Victor is leaving and Yakov is to step in as Yūri’s coach.
Unnerved by Victor’s absence, Yūri narrowly qualifies – along with Yuri, Phichit, and Canadian Jean-Jacques “JJ” Leroy. When Yūri returns to Japan, he finds Victor healthy along with the dog. Together they travel to Barcelona, where the Grand Prix final takes place. Before that, they have some free time to visit the city and meet other Grand Prix participants.
In a joint round shortly before Christmas, Yūri and Victor exchange the gold rings that Yūri had previously bought to thank Victor for everything. Victor presents these as engagement rings and vows in front of the others that if Yūri wins, they will marry. However, the short program doesn’t go as well as hoped for Yūri. JJ, who had been very self-confident up to that point, succeeded even worse.
So Yuri Plisetsky can put himself at the top. In the evening, Victor and Yūri talk about the competition and the future: Yūri wants to separate from Victor after the Grand Prix and end his career. Victor is crying and angry and they put the decision off until the end of the competition. The next day, JJ, having recovered from the previous day, starts so well that he is catching up.
Yūri is so motivated in what may be his final performance that he breaks Victor’s previous world record for top freestyle rating. Finally, Yuri is the last to step onto the ice, having just learned from Victor that his rival Yūri might be quitting. So now he makes an extra effort to outbid him on this occasion and ends up winning gold just ahead of Yūri. Joining him on the podium are Yūri in second and JJ in third. Yūri then decides to continue his career together with Victor as a coach.
Yuri!!! on ICE Season 2 cast
It’s still too early for us to discuss a potential second season of Yuri!!! on ICE in terms of cast and characters, simply because we do not know whether there will even be a second season. But, seeing how we know that the series is going to have a more-or-less fixed cast, we really don’t expect to see too many changes in the structure of season two, if it ever happens. Now, the main characters that have appeared in season one, likely to return for a second season, include:
- Yuri Katsuki
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga
A 23-year-old professional skater, he’s been in the senior category for five years and started skating as a child. His passion was fueled by admiration for Victor Nikiforov, his idol. He is no skating prodigy but his skills are honed by rigorous training. Despite all the affection from his family and his friends he believes he has to fight alone and for this he succumbs very easily to the pressure. To continue skating, he moved to Detroit from Japan. The year before the start of the series he totally failed his first Grand Prix final and for this reason his already low confidence in himself collapsed.
- Victor Nikiforov
Voiced by: Jun’ichi Suwabe
Legend in world skating, he is currently twenty-seven years old. Since his teens he has participated and won many competitions, including five consecutive victories at the Grand Prix Finals, followed by victories in the National and World Figure Skating Championships. His motto is: “he does the opposite of what people expect, this is the only way to surprise them!” He has always chosen music and personally created the choreography of his programs. He has a brown poodle. At the beginning of the series, Victor has won his fifth consecutive cup and the public is starting to wonder if he will also participate in the following season.
- Yuri Plisetsky
Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama
Fifteen-year-old professional skater, he is trained by the same tutor as Victor. He has won two consecutive Junior World Championships. He participated in the Junior category at the same Grand Prix where the Yuri of Japan failed, taking the first prize and at the beginning of the series he is preparing for his first season as Senior. Due to his arrogance he is known as the “Russian Punk”, but also as the “Russian Fairy” due to his good looks. During his time in Japan he is called “Yurio” so as not to confuse him with his namesake.
- Phichit Chulanont
Voiced by: Kenshō Ono
- Otabek Altin
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya
A nineteen-year-old professional skater from Kazakhstan. His character is introverted and he doesn’t use social networks. He becomes friends with Yuri Plisetsky.
- Takeshi Nishigōri
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama
- Leo de la Iglesia
Voiced by: Shunichi Toki
American skater and choreographer
Where to watch Yuri!!! on ICE Season 2?
At this moment, as expected, there is no means of watching Yuri!!! on ICE season two, as there is no season two of Yuri!!! on ICE to watch. The first season was streamed globally by Funimation and Crunchyroll, the best anime-related sites on the Internet, so it is safe to assume that a second season would also be streamed via Funimation and Crunchyroll.
Will there be a Yuri!!! on ICE Season 3?
The future of Yuri!!! on ICE is, as of this moment, unknown. At this moment, we don’t really know anything about a second season, so whether we’ll be seeing the third season or not is still unknown. The series has done well and there is still a lot of material to adapt, which is a good sign for fans of RYuri!!! on ICE, and we still have to see how well the postponed movie does before we can make a prediction about a third season. Depending on how well that goes and how the story evolved, a third season of Yuri!!! on ICE could be very likely.