The anticipation surrounding the prequel movie to the hit anime series Yuri on Ice has reached a boiling point. Initially announced in 2017, Yuri!!! On Ice the Movie: Ice Adolescence was expected to be released in 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted production, leaving fans in the dark ever since.
Recently, an interview with MAPPA CEO Manabu Otsuka shed some light on the movie’s prolonged delay, causing a stir among the devoted fandom. Otsuka acknowledged the immense success of Yuri on Ice but mentioned that the revenue it generated for the studio was relatively insignificant. This revelation sparked controversy and frustration among fans, who questioned the handling of the beloved series.
Some fans expressed their disappointment, suggesting that if MAPPA believed the profits were insignificant, they should pass the rights to another studio. Criticisms were also directed at Otsuka himself, with accusations of greed and insensitivity towards the LGBTQ+ community, given his involvement in producing popular “Yaoi” series.
However, not all fans were quick to condemn. Some defended Otsuka, understanding the complexities of the anime industry. They recognized that financial considerations were crucial for the studio’s sustainability and the production of other successful series.
The conflicting reactions reflect the passionate and diverse nature of fandoms. While some feel let down and yearn for updates and transparency, others appreciate the studio’s efforts in managing multiple projects and maintaining a profitable business.
As the wait for Yuri on Ice the Movie: Ice Adolescence continues, fans remain hopeful for a resolution. They crave closure to the story they love and eagerly await news about the movie’s progress. Amidst the heated discussions and differing opinions, one thing remains constant: the unwavering dedication of fans who have embraced the series and eagerly await the next chapter of the Yuri on Ice saga.