The breakthrough sports anime series, “Yuri!!! On Ice” has just been given the Animation of the Year: Anime Fan Award at the recent Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAFF). The said festival put up a poll where fans can vote the best among the 550 animated television series that aired from October 2015 to October 2016. The list was eventually narrowed down to just 100 anime titles wherein “Yuri!!! On Ice” took the top spot.
The said figure skating anime series got hold of the first place after garnering more than 41,000 votes from fans, earning the Animation of the Year: Anime Fan Award. Trailing just behind “Yuri!!! On Ice” is the mystery thriller anime series, “Joker Game”, which gathered 37,552 votes. And taking third place is comedy anime series, “High Speed! Free! Starting Days” with 16,094 votes. Besides winning the said fan-based award, Tadashi Hiramatsu, the character designer for “Yuri!!! On Ice”, also received the Best Animator award.
“Yuri!!! On Ice” is a highly acclaimed original animated series that made its debut in October 2016 and ran its first season with 12 episodes. Aside from its fluid animation and great take on the untouched stories of figure skaters, the anime was highly praised for including a same-sex relationship between prominent characters. With a series that was greatly received, it is no surprise that it landed another season.
Though MAPPA Studio has yet to announce the official release date of “Yuri!!! On Ice” Season 2, fans have speculated that it will also be aired sometime in fall this year, most likely in October. But fans are taking into consideration that it might take a while for the second season to air since the creators have to live up to the success of the first season. Creator of the anime series, Mitsuro Kubo has always shown interest in the sequel and she has assured fans that she will focus on the making of the said anime.