Well, Yuri’s on the ice, but it’s certainly not yuri on ice.
Earlier today, an English website for Yuri!!! on Ice opened its doors. The page features cast and crew details, as well as an English synopsis. They describe the show as:
He ended in dismal failure in the Grand Prix Final which he challenged with full of expectation from all over Japan…
A figure skater who was about to return back to his home, Kyushu, Yuri Katsuki. “Remaining in, or retiring from active duty is respectively 50% and 50%”, Yuri was thinking in that way, and staying at his home. Then, Victor Nikiforov, who is the five-peat champion of World Championship, suddenly visited Yuri …
Japanese skater standing on an edge of a cliff, Yuri Katsuki, and Russian skater in case of the tail wagging the dog, Yuri Plisetsky. Unparalleled Grand Prix Series that two “Yuri”s and the champion Victor challenge against is now drawing a curtain aside!
The show’s official Twitter account also revealed that TV Asahi announcer Taihei Katō will join the cast as Hisashi Morooka.
Yuri!!! on Ice is an original title, which was created by manga author Mitsurou Kubo (Moteki) and director Sayo Yamamoto (Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, Michiko & Hatchin). Yamamoto is directing the work at studio MAPPA and taking charge of series composition for the project. Tadashi Hiramatsu (Parasyte -the maxim-) will provide character designs, as the team of Taku Matsushiba and Taro Umebayashi score the soundtrack.
The confirmed voice cast includes:
- Yuri Prisezki: Kouki Uchiyama
- Victor Nikifolov: Junichi Suwabe
- Yūri Katsuki: Toshiyuki Toyonaga
- Takeshi Nishigōri: Jun Fukuyama
- Atabek Altyn (Kazakhstan): Yoshimasa Hosoya
- Chi Guanhong (China): Yūtarō Honjō
- Jean-Jacques Leroy (Canada): Mamoru Miyano
- Kenjirō Minami (Japan): Ayumu Murase
- Kristoff Giacometti (Switzerland): Hiroki Yasumoto
- Lee Seung-gil (Korea): Kenji Nojima
- Michele Crispino (Italy): Tomoaki Maeno
- Phichit Chulanont (Thailand): Kensho Ono
Yuri!!! on Ice is currently slated to hit Japanese TV in October. Two promo videos, plus several visuals were released to promote the project, which you can check out below: