A collection of links to official sites, translations, meta commentary and fun extras on Sayo Yamamoto’s dream project.

The major staff and cast interviews can be found in alphabetical order here.

For up-to-date news on the show, events, cool merchandise etc etc, subscribe to the YOI Wednesdays podcast on iTunes and soundcloud. You can also find a list of all publicity and important merchandise here, here or here. Please also read this post about what Kubo-sensei has said about sending her artwork on Twitter/social media.

Last update: April 12, 2017
(*) marks updated or new entries, each for about a week

OFFICIAL STUFF

Official web links

Official Website
Official Twitter (and YOI merchandise on Twitter)
Official Facebook account
Official Instagram

Writer Mitsurō Kubo has also created a YOI-specific Twitter for her series-related art and comments.

Watch on Crunchyroll (sub), FUNimation (dub), nicodouga (for viewers in Japan)

Prior work: ENDLESS NIGHT

ENDLESS NIGHT, Japan Expo August 2015
Behind the Choreography of ENDLESS NIGHT

Media Coverage

Do note that, even though she hasn’t been involved in much of the publicity, Yamamoto is the person who birthed this project. In fact, she’d been wanting to do a figure skating anime since the time of the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. The only reason Kubo is the one we hear so much from is that she was put on the publicity team after her work on the scripts was done (probably by Aug 2016 at the latest).

Pre-broadcast publicity

2016-03-27 Anime Japan Presentation by Sayo Yamamoto & Mitsurō Kubo (JPN, translated by Laeza)
2016-March to April Kenji Miyamoto’s heroic efforts during the Choreography Shoot
2016-08-21 Yuri!!! Talk event (written up by Laeza based on several JPN event reports)
2016-09-10 Mitsurō Kubo: “A unique anime that only we can make”, from Newtype Oct (@)
2016-09-10 Mitsurō Kubo on her passion for YOI, from Pash! Oct (@)
2016-09-22 The Yuri!!! On ICE Opening Theme Goes International
2016-09-30 Mitsurō Kubo on how the project got off the ground, Spoon2Di vol.18 (@)
2016-10-01 Kubo x Mura, from 2016-17 Figure Skating Season Guidebook (partial: Japanese, translation)

Short comments on the official website

The Yuri!!! Voice Actors on their roles (from the official website, translated by Justin Luster for CR).
Former World Champion, now coach and choreographer, Stéphane Lambiel on participating in YOI

Publicity during broadcast

2016-10-08 Toshiyuki Toyonaga in Animage Nov
2016-10-08 Toshiyuki Toyonaga in Newtype Nov
2016-10-08 Toshiyuki Toyonaga in Otomedia Nov
2016-10-08 Interview with Mitsurō Kubo (original story, script), from Pash! Nov (@)
2016-10-31 Interview with Kenji Miyamoto (choreographer), from KISS&CRY special Dance! Dance!! Dance!!!
2016-10-31 Spoon 2Di vol.19
                     Interview with Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Yūri Katsuki)
                     Interview with Manabu Ōtsuka (producer, MAPPA)
2016-11-02 Otsuka (mantanweb)
2016-11-09 Kubo (anan)
2016-11-10 Interview with Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Yūri) & Kōki Uchiyama (Yuri Plisetsky), from Animage Dec
2016-11-10 Interview with Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Yūri) & Kōki Uchiyama (Yuri), from Girl’s Style Dec
2016-11-10 Newtype December
                     Interview with Yōji Shimizu (sound director) (@)
                     Interview with Yoshihiro Sakaguchi (Sound Effects Editor) (@)
2016-11-10 Otsuka, and Hiramatsu, in Otomedia December
2016-11-10 Pash! December
                     Interview with Yoshihiro Sakaguchi (Sound Effects Editor) (p.9)
                     Interview with Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Yūri) & Kōki Uchiyama (Yuri) (p.10-11)
                     Interview with Tadashi Hiramatsu (character design, chief animation director) (p.13)
                     Comments from the rest of the cast (p.12-13)
                     Commentary on episodes 1-6 by Mitsurō Kubo (story, script) (p.14)
                     Interview with Kenji Miyamoto (choreographer) (p.15)
                     Q&A with Mitsurō Kubo (story, script) (p.15) (Pash!+ extra: JPN, ENG)
                     Interview with Yuuko Sagiri (original costume design, Chacott) (p.16-17)
2016-11-30 Hiramatsu, Hatano, in Spoon.2Di vol.20
2016-12-03 Otsuka (getnews.jp)
2016-12-10 Animage January 2017 (Miracle on ICE special)
                     Interviews with Toyonaga (Yūri), Jun’ichi Suwabe (Victor Nikiforov) and Uchiyama (Yurio)
                     Interview with Wataru Hatano (ED theme, Georgi)
                     Interviews with Yūichirō Hayashi (ED seq), Kayoko Ishikawa (costume design) (notes)
                     Interview with Izumi Hirose (Color Design)
                     Interview with Kenji Miyamoto (choreographer)
                     Interview with Mitsurō Kubo (story, script) (#)
2016-12-10 Abiko x Tatenaka, Otsuka, Newtype
                     Taihei Katō on doing play-by-plays for Yuri!!! on ICE
2016-12-10 Otomedia January 2017
                     Interview: Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Yūri) x Jun’ichi Suwabe (Victor) x Kōki Uchiyama (Yuri)
2016-12-10 Pash! January 2017
                     Interview with Keisuke Tominaga (music producer) (@) (Pash!+ extra: JPN 1 JPN 2, ENG 1 ENG 2)
2016-12-11 Chacott collaboration café talk event: Mitsurō Kubo x Kenji Miyamoto

Post-broadcast publicity

2016-12-26 Mitsurō Kubo talks Yuri!!! on ICE’s ending on the radio show!
2016-12-28 Spoon2Di vol.21
                     Interview with Mitsurō Kubo (story, script)
2017-01-10 Animage, Animedia, Otomedia, Pash!
2017-01-31 Pash! Illustration File 2017
2017-01-31 Spoon2Di vol.22
2017-02-07 CREA 2017/03
                     Interview with Mitsurō Kubo (story, script) and episode commentary (notes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
                     Kenji Miyamoto, Eiji Abiko x Junpei Tatenaka, Yuuko Sagiri and Keisuke Tominaga
2017-02-10 Animage, Animedia, Newtype, Otomedia
2017-02-10 Pash!
                     Commentary on episodes 7-12 by Mitsurō Kubo (p.10-11)
                     Q&A section with Mitsurō Kubo (p.11) (Extra: JPN)
2017-02-10 Random piece of info. from Mitsurō Kubo autograph session
2017-02-11 All Night Event Report (toraonice, Pash! PLUS: JPN ENG)
2017-02-13 Febri vol.40
                     Interview with Mitsurō Kubo
2017-03-03 “An Intensive Course that will help you enjoy Figure Skating 100x more!”
(*) 2017-04-10 Pash!
                    Sayo Yamamoto’s first media interview on Yuri!!! on ICE!! (Pash!+ extra: JPN, ENG)

NB: Thank you to @frog-kun for checking anything marked with a (@), and to toraonice for helping me check the one with (#).

BD/DVD interviews and extras

vol. 1 (2016-12-30)
      Interview with Mitsurō Kubo, and other information from the booklet
      Ep. 1 audio commentary, with Mitsurō Kubo and Toshiyuki Toyonaga
      Choreography footage commentary (Stammi vicino…, In Regards to Love ~Eros~)
vol. 2 (2017-01-27)
      Interview with Kenji Miyamoto, and other information from the booklet
      Ep. 3 audio commentary, with Mitsurō Kubo and Kōki Uchiyama
      Choreography footage commentary (In Regards to Love ~Agape~, Yuri on Ice)
vol. 3 (2017-02-24)
      Interview with Eiji Abiko and Junpei Tatenaka, and other information from the booklet
      Ep. 6 audio commentary, with Mitsurō Kubo and Jun’ichi Suwabe (some extra notes)
      Choreography footage commentary (Minami’s Boogie, Shall We Skate?, Still Alive, Intoxicated)
(*) vol. 4 (2017-03-31)
       Interview with Jun Shishido and Yūsuke Tannawa, and other information from the booklet
      Ep.7 audio commentary, with Mitsurō Kubo, Kenshō Ono, Yūtarō Honjō and Shunichi Toki
      Choreography footage commentary (coming soon)

BD versus TV

on tumblr: Episode 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

on vk.com: Episode 1 and 2, 3, 4, 5-1 5-2 5-3 5-4 5-5, 5 and 6-1 5 and 6-2, 6-1 6-2 6-3 6-4,
                     Episode 7-1 7-2, 8-1 8-2,

Chacott’s Costume Designs

The Chacott designer on Yuri!!! Original Costume Designs
      Japanese originals on the Chacott website (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
      Translated by Good Haro on Sakuga Blog (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

Misc

Mitsurō Kubo, Tatsuki Machida and the story of Yuri!!! on ICE (Japanese, English, finale update)
Mitsurō Kubo and the film within the show: The King and the Skater

For the seiyuu fans out there, this blogger is summarising the YOI radio show!

Translation of Yuri’s character profile on the Japan Skating Federation website.

BY FANS, FOR FANS

(NB: if the primary link is a reblog, it’s because the original had music that needed to be turned off)

On the show itself

On the OP and ED themes

2016-10-09 Dean Fujioka and the meaning of “History Maker”
2016-11-23 You Only Live Once (translation)

Lost in translation

Correct skating terminology
Nuances from Japanese lost in the subs
Based on Ep.10, a little translation fix

Notes: Much as we all complain about “this is how I’d have translated that” from time to time, the CR translation teams, for YOI included, generally do a really good job considering the constraints they work under, so I hope you’ll support them nonetheless. Also, whilst I personally don’t agree with the conclusions lookiamnotcreative makes, the analysis of the language itself seems pretty accurate much of the time. Not always, but I have too much on my plate to give it a thorough check myself.

However, please be careful not to put words into the creators’ mouths, as in the examples laid out in the following posts:

That’s what Kubo said?! Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 (upcoming)

My initial comments on the November 20th Twitter and tumblr storm brought on by some of Kubo-sensei’s tweets can be found here and here. A more comprehensive analysis is forthcoming… -Karice

Yuri!!! and its real life locations

On tumblr
      Hasetsu = Karatsu City in Kyushu (1, 2)
      Barcelona!
      Victor’s apartment and his designer chair!
Chris’s apartment: the Palladium de Champéry in Valais, Switzerland
On Crunchyroll
      Karatsu, St Petersburg, Florence and Iceberg Skating Palace, Yoyogi and Imperial World venues
      Detroit, Okayama, Moscow and Barcelona!

And situating Yuri!!! time-wise.

Bonus: Magazine cover/poster locations
Spoon.2Di vol.20: Outside the GUM [ГУМ] Department Store, Moscow
Spoon.2Di vol.21: New Year Shrine Visit (Karatsu Shrine)
Pash! Illustration File 2017: Tel Aviv (Twitter, Tumblr)
Spoon.2Di vol.22: Teaspoon (Чайная Ложка) on Nevsky Avenue (credit; google maps)

I figured I should also link this explanation about how promotional artwork is commissioned. TLDR version: Magazine staff (Pash!, Animage, Animedia, Spoon etc) make an order for an image; the animation staff fulfil it, provided it falls within the rules that have been set to protect the world of the show in question. Same translator has also said that “Magazine illustrations (including posters like these) are chosen by the magazine staff. They’ll send an idea to the publicity person for each show and that gets modified and returned with a sketch from the animation studio. That process repeats until both magazine/publicist agrees and the image is made.”

Fun extras

On Russian Names and Nicknames (by ladyegcake on tumblr)
The gifts on the ice (originally posted by lamienthana here)

Yuri!!! and the real World of Figure Skating

An introduction to Figure Skating

Figure Skating 101 and a few more basics (1, 2, 3)
Want to know how to tell the jumps apart?
Explaining Choreographers (by lazuliblade on tumblr)
More supplementary Figure Skating Info (see also this post on Yuzu and Zhenya)
Behind Victor’s Quad Fest
Explaining Grand Prix Series assignments
      (see also episode 8 of Ice Talk, where ice dancer Alex Shibutani explains it from his pov)

Analysing the characters’ programs and performances

Micchy’s livetweets for all episodes can be found here on Storify.
She’s also keeping track of all the music they’re skating to on Spotify.
Here’s a translation of the song that Victor skated to in episode 1, along with a couple of analyses.
Lazuliblade has also dissected the “Agape” and “Eros” performances from episode 3.
I also do a little bit of program analysis in my own episode notes.

For (aspiring) hard-core FS otaku
Handbooks for Singles and Pair Skating
Calculate all their maximum possible scores here!
And listen to Ice Talk!

Comparisons
Comparing Yuri’s “Eros” performances (from episodes 3, 5, 6 and 8)
Comparing the “Yuri on Ice” performances (from episodes 5, 7, 9 and 12)
Victor’s and Yuri’s “Aria (Stammi vicno, non te ne andare)”

Bonus:
An Introduction to Judging.
Technical Elements – Base Values and GOEs (NB: this will change again for the 2018-2019 season)
What is the Presentation Score? (full, summary)
An analysis of Yuzuru Hanyu’s record-breaking 2015-16 programs.
A few commentaries that provide a glimpse of what judges reward skaters for.

If you have more figure skating questions, try micchy, Lazuliblade or this tumblr blog.

On the Banquet Ending sequence for Episode 10

Here’s what some RL pole dancers had to say… (Japanese)
The dance that Yuuri and Victor perform is apparently a Paso Doble, which, incidentally, is one of the dance patters that ice dancers can be assigned to skate to.
And…guess what figure skaters really are like behind the scenes!

I mention this on twitter from time to time, but do check out people like Misha Ge and the ShibSibs if you want to see what real life skaters do with social media. You might also be interested to know that Misha Ge, who’s still skating competitively, has also started choreographing for his fellow skaters.

On the rings

Figure Skating Charms and a Wealth of Nuance

It may also be interesting to look up some of the older discussions amongst fans of ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir… -Karice

Real world Figure Skaters and YOI

A masterpost on RL figure skaters who’ve talked about Yuri!!! on social media
      And Frog-kun’s analysis of social media in-show and out
The RL inspiration for the Maccachin tissue box
The blades of Victor’s skates are based on Stéphane Lambiel’s!
Also check out Johnny Weir’s interview re: YOI at the Geekiary
CBC gets in on the fun with Canada’s top skaters as anime characters
Explaining JJ
The ‘pair skate’ at the end is actually based on Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s free dance this year!
And figure skating fans on the Golden Skate forums are also finding all the other cool references!

Misc

Characters’ skates (Yurio, Yuri)
A fun little exchange with the South Park creators (one, two)
Why Russians celebrate New Years like Christmas

And that’s everything that I’ve come across (or worked on myself) so far. As always, please message me on Twitter, curiouscat or Tumblr if there’s anything you think I should add!