Yuri!!! On ICE Opening Theme Goes International

Victor Nikiforov in competition
Victor Nikiforov in competition

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the commentary on the Yuri!!! on ICE opening reveals that the song was written with international audience in mind. The choice for the opening theme artist is also interesting as Dean Fujioka broadened his horizons outside Japan. Fujioka studied in Seattle (USA) and gained fame as a model and actor in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Currently, he works in Japan and lives in Indonesia with his family. In addition, the production of the opening theme also involved an Indonesian DJ.

Read Dean Fujioka’s commentary below, along with those of the storyboarder and the director.

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Yuri!!! on ICE Special Talk Event: Sexiness & Figure Skaters

This is a summary of three news reports covering the Yuri!!! on ICE special talk event of August 21, 2016 held at Roppongi Hills Arena in Tokyo. Each report contained different bits and pieces, so I decided to summarize instead of translating just one article. Kubo Mitsurou and the main cast talk about sexiness, figure skaters, voice acting in the Yuri!!! on ICE series.

Kubo Mitsurou and the leading voice actors
Kubo Mitsurou and the leading voice actors

Yuri!!! On ICE Portrays the Sexiness of Figure Skaters

The original anime Yuri!!! on ICE is created and produced by Kubo Mitsurou, Yamamoto Sayo and MAPPA. It will start airing in October this year. A special talk event was held on August 21, 2016 at Roppongi Hills Arena. Kubo Mitsurou, Toyonaga Toshiyuki (Katsuki Yuuri), Suwabe Junichi (Victor Nikiforov), Uchiyama Kouki (Yuri Plisetsky) and Fukuyama Jun (Nishigori Takeshi) took the podium. Katou Taihei was the MC. Kubo and the others made their entrance holding uchiwa fans1)A traditional Japanese fan. of the anime. When Suwabe Junichi greeted in the Russian language, “Dasvidaniya” 2)’Goodbye’ or ‘See you later’ in Russian., the public’s enthusiasm quickly reached a peak.

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1. A traditional Japanese fan.
2. ’Goodbye’ or ‘See you later’ in Russian.

Hatsuno Sei x Ooya Hiroko Dialogue Part 1: HaruChika Anime Adaptation

Thie first part of a translation of a dialogue between HaruChika author Hatsuno Sei and book reviewer Ooya Hiroko on the HaruChika anime adaptation and the novels. Originally posted at honto.jp on March 30, 2016.

Talking with that person about books – 6: Hatsuno Sei x Ooya Hiroko (2016/03/20)

HaruChika Anime Adaptation
Special Book Wrapper with an illustration of the HaruChika Anime Adaptation

In this corner book reviewer Ooya Hiroko talks with writers she wants to talk to. The sixth guest is Hatsuno Sei-san, who is in the midst of breaking out. His series “HaruChika” received an anime adaptation. She asked plenty of questions about HaruChika: from the original author’s impressions of the anime he watched until what happens to HaruChika hereafter.

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Yuri!!! on ICE Production Presentation: Sayo Yamamoto and Mitsurou Kubo

MAPPA’s Yuri!!! on ICE is helmed by Sayo Yamamoto and Mitsurou Kubo. This is Kubo’s first foray into the world of anime production. Originally she made a name for herself as the mangaka of Again!! and Moteki. On the other hand, Sayo Yamamoto is mainly known for directing the series Michiko & Hatchin and Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine.

I translated an article of the presentation talk with the two creators. This article was originally published on Comic Natalie on March 27, 2016.

Yuri!!! on ICE’s theme is the Grand Prix series, Mitsurou Kubo drew a large amount of rough manga drafts

Mitsurou Kubo and Sayo Yamamoto
From left to right: Moderator, mangaka Mitsurou Kubo and director Sayo Yamamoto.

The production presentation of “Yuri!!! on ICE”, the new original animation by Mitsurou Kubo, Sayo Yamamoto and MAPPA was held on March 27 in Tokyo Big Sight, inside the avex pictures booth during “AnimeJapan 2016”.

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HaruChika Anime: Casting the Voice Actors

haruchika anime
The three main characters of the Haruchika anime.

Here is a partial translation of the HaruChika anime interview with the Director Hashimoto Masakazu and Producer Tsuji Mitsuhito, which was published on animeanime.jp on December 31, 2015. This part of the interview covers the casting decisions of the main characters of the HaruChika anime. The reasons why they chose Hanae Natsuki for the teacher are especially interesting.Continue reading