One of the coolest recent success stories in the world of anime has to be the first season of Yuri on Ice, a season of 12 episodes that premiered all the way back in October 2016.
Following the relationship between Victor and Yuri, this anime focused on the world of ice-skating, same-sex relationships, mentorship, and really discovering an inner strength and perseverance that lies dormant inside each and every one of us.
Fans in Japan and the United States (as well as elsewhere around the world) went absolutely crazy for the first season, so much so that the producers working behind the scenes put forward a special single episode in May 2017 to keep the ball rolling.
On top of that, an anime movie was announced (though there hasn’t been a lot of action on that front of late, unfortunately) and news began circulating about a second set of a dozen episodes being launched shortly afterwards.
However, here we are almost 3 years after the initial launch of the first Yuri on Ice episode and we are still waiting for the second season to drop.
If you are a big fan of Yuri on Ice, have been dying to hear about whether or not season two is coming – and when it can be expected – as well as any other rumors, news, and announcements regarding this amazing anime, you have come to the right place.
Let’s dive right in!
Season 2 Rumors
To start things off, it’s important to say that there hasn’t been a lot of “on the surface” information about everything that the second season of Yuri on Ice may or may not include.
For a variety of different reasons, getting information out of the production facility and studio responsible for this anime has been almost impossible.
Rumors abound regarding what the next season will be about, what the stories will focus on, and how the relationship between Yuri and Victor is expected to grow – but right now we just don’t have anything close to concrete.
Some news that has been popping up left and right online suggests that we are going to see Victor begin competing with your rate during the next Grand Prix event, even though right now Victor is acting as a mentor for Yuri.
There obviously be some interesting tension there that could be really fun and really exciting to see, and obviously fans are crazy for information that might shine a little bit of light on these upcoming storylines.
A lot of rumors regarding the second season of Yuri on Ice also suggest that things are going to continue almost immediately following the conclusion of the Yuri! On Stage! anime movie that was released in 2017. Some had suggested that there might be some time skipping involved because of the long delay between that anime movie’s release and the release of the second season, but now it’s starting to look like things are going to pick right up where they left off.
What We Know For Sure
Now that we have touched on what the rumors are saying about Yuri on Ice, it’s time to get down to some more concrete things that we know for sure about the second upcoming season of this anime.
Right out of the gate, we know with 100% certainty that a second season is in fact in the works behind the scenes at the production facility and studio that has been producing Yuri on Ice.
The entire voice acting cast for the first season (both the Japanese and English voice actors alike) have already been signed on for a second season of 12 episodes. Interestingly enough, there are a couple of new names on the casting lists as well that could point to some new characters being introduced. That would be awesome!
Secondly, we know for sure that the second season of Yuri on Ice is not going to be launching in 2019 or even early 2020.
If the past experiences with this anime production studio are anything to go off of we likely won’t see the second season of Yuri on Ice launch until October 2020 – and possibly even October 2021.
That feels like a long time off, to be sure, and we’re definitely going to have to revisit the crushing and crippling defeat that Yuri experienced at the end of season one to see how things move forward from here.
On the flip side of things, however, this extended production schedule does look like it is going to give the anime creators a lot of time to not only come up with a season two story line but also to hit the ground running on what will hopefully be season three of the Yuri on Ice anime as well.
Fans that have been waiting and waiting for a number of years would be a lot more forgiving if the second season of Yuri on Ice was announced with a third season soon to follow. Wouldn’t that be great news!