A few days ago, we reported on the appearance of a mysterious new website with the title, Yuri!!! on ICE. Then, it was barebones, giving us only the names of two of the main production staff, Mitsurou Kubo and Sayo Yamamoto. At the Avex Pictures booth at Anime Japan just now, the first teaser trailer for Yuri!!! on ICE was revealed.
Fans of Yuzuru Hanyu and male figure skating in general will rejoice as Yuri!!! on ICE, from what the teaser trailer has shown us, will focus on male figure skaters. The anime is also set to be a television series although at this time of writing, no release date, save for a projected release sometime in 2016 has been given. Fans of figure skating will also be delighted to know that a professional figure skating choreographer will be involved in this project as well!
Kenji Miyamoto, who was also a figure skater himself, is currently a coach and figure skating choreographer who has choreographed routines for 2014 Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu himself and 2016 Youth Olympic Champion Sota Yamamoto! As such, he is more than qualified to provide his input as the choreographer for the figure skating scenes in Yuri!!! On ICE. Not being new to choreographing routines for figure skating animations, he also provided the choreography for acclaimed director Sayo Yamamoto’s ice skating short titled Endless Night which was shown at last year’s Japan Animator Expo.
In addition to the already announced production staff, Tadashi Hiramatsu will be in charge of translating Mitsurou Kubo’s character designs into animation. He has previously worked on Re: Cutie Honey as a character designer. Taro Umebayashi (also known as milk) and Taku Matsushiba, both from the music collaborative PIANO (which also boasts the likes of Yoko Kanno) will be composing the music with Keisuke Tominaga as the music producer for this anime.
On the cast side, three core cast members have been revealed. The cast at the moment looks stellar with Kouki Uchiyama (Neku Sakuraba from The World Ends With You) taking on the role of Russian figure skater, Yuri Prisezki. Seasoned seiyuu Junichi Suwabe (Archer from Fate/stay night) will take on the role of Victor Nikifolov and singer-seiyuu Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Mikado Ryuugamine from Durarara!!) will play Yuri Katsuki. Very cool!
From what we can see in the teaser, the animation is set to be chillingly stunning. With the combined efforts of an all-star cast, a figure skating expert and a soundtrack that is certainly pleasing to the ear, we are definitely looking forward to seeing what Yuri!!! on ICE can offer! This is definitely one upcoming sports anime to look out for – we are positively shivering with anticipation!