Any anime fan or those who are atleast half enthralled by the world of anime would know the beautiful world of Yuri!!! On ice. If you don’t then I have questions for you; can you really call yourself a fan of anime? Have you been living under a rock? ( Chill, no offense dude…) Why are you abstaining from fantastical emotional experiences?… Anyways, let’s get on with it.
Yuri!!! On ice won several awards and topped the charts for the following year. It portrayed same-sex relationships in a more mature and delicate way than the intense yaoi genre of anime. But it did have passion, it was the passion for figure skating and facing your emotions for the ones you love. It was also heavily appreciated for its portrayal of emotional distresses like anxiety and depression. All things which still are quite neglected, generalised and stigmatised in the eastern half of the world. A second season was promised to the fans.
Yuri!!! On ice premiered in the fall of 2016 and took the world by an Ice storm ( hehe, see what I did there… sorry). It is a warm and icy tale of Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki, an emotionally vulnerable youngster in his early twenties who is struck deeply by the demise of his poodle, enough to perform poorly in the Grand Prix final and put his career on hold. That’s when a video of him performing a perfect rendition of famous Russian figure skater Victor Nikiforov’s ( Yuri’s idol) signature move goes viral and he is motivated to find Yuri and coach him. Enters a competitor, Yuri Plisetsky, a fifteen year old figure-skating prodigy competing for Victor’s guidance. With time revelations are made, emotions run rampant and romance blooms. The series however, ended on a sweet and mature note.
But, here’s the biggest question: When????? When exactly are we going to get the taste of that exquisitely delicate and sweet story???
The creators answered with a film. Yes! A film. Ice Adolescence , a probable prequel to the story is supposed to be released before the second season. Check out the trailer that was released in 2019:
Many fans are disappointed to have waited this long. ( Geez! Seriously, it’s been almost four years!!!!) But of course, nothing can deter us from loving it and be on the lookout for anything suggesting it’s comeback. It is speculated that Ice Adolescence would be released next month i.e June 2020 and the second season would follow in the fall like the first season. The creators are pretty tight-lipped about the exact release date but it is upon us.
The world is struck by the Covid-19 pandemic but I’m really praying it wouldn’t affect the release of the movie or the second season. The world could use a fine story right now. I’m really looking forward to it. Are you? (No? Well, you should *cue maniacal laugh*…) .
Fingers crossed people!!!!