It was revealed at the end of the evening session of the “Yuri!!! on Stage” event in Chiba that production on a brand-new Yuri!!! on Ice film has been green-lit. The announcement specifically rules out the film as a recompilation of the television anime. The film will feature an original story.
The cast also announced that the event itself will be available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on July 28.
Yuri!!! on Ice is a sports anime television series about figure skating. The anime was produced by MAPPA, directed by Sayo Yamamoto and written by Mitsurou Kubo. Character design was by Tadashi Hiramatsu, and its music was composed by Taro Umebayashi and Taku Matsushiba. The figure skating was choreographed by Kenji Miyamoto. The series premiered on October 6, 2016 and ended on December 22, with a total of 12 episodes. The series revolves around the relationships between Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki; his idol, Russian figure-skating champion Victor Nikiforov, and up-and-coming Russian skater Yuri Plisetsky; as the two Yuris take part in the Figure Skating Grand Prix, with Victor acting as coach to Yuri K.
Released to critical acclaim, Yuri on Ice has been well received in Japan, selling over 40,000 Blu-ray Disc volumes. It has also won three awards at the Tokyo Anime Award Festival including “Animation of the Year: Television category”, and seven awards in streaming platform Crunchyroll’s inaugural Anime Awards including “Anime of the Year”. The series has raised discussion concerning its depiction of a same-sex relationship between its protagonists and also raised a brief controversy concerning a similar figure skating-based title to be released in the United States in 2017.
In April 2017, it was announced Yuri on Ice would return with a film of the series featuring an original story.
Yuri!!! on Ice synopsis:
The show’s story revolves around Yuuri Katsuki, who carried all of Japan’s hopes on his shoulders to win at the Gran Prix Finale ice skating competition, but suffered a crushing defeat. He returns home to Kyushu and half feels like he wants to retire, and half feels like he wants to continue ice skating. With those mixed feelings swirling inside him, he confines himself inside his parents house. Suddenly the five-time consecutive world championship ice skater Victor Nikiforov appears before him, and along with him is Yuri Plisetsky, a young Russian figure skater who is already defeating his seniors. Victor and both Yuris take up the challenge on an unprecedented Gran Prix series.
Source: Anime News Network