An event entitled ‘Yuri on Stage’ for the anime Yuri on Ice (created by Mitsurou Kubo, directed by Sayo Yamamoto, and produced by MAPPA) was held on 29 April 2017 at Maihama Amphitheater in Chiba. Our friends at Comic Natalie have presented a report of the evening section.
Attending the event were Kubo, Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Yuri Katsuki), Junichi Suwabe (Victor Nikiforov), and Kouki Uchiyama (Yuri Plisetsky). The cast thrilled the audience as they entered saying their characters’ lines: ‘There’s no point if you don’t get excited!’, ‘There isn’t a gold medal you can feed to a pig!’, and ‘Today I will find my love in the rink!’
After Toyonaga and Suwabe’s opening greetings, the talk corner ‘Learn to love yourself…… Popovich’s Carabosse Room’, hosted by Wataru Hatano (Georgi Popovich), began. The cast would separate into groups and discuss their favorite scenes. Ayumu Murase (Kenjirou Minami), Shinichi Toki (Leo de la Iglesias), Yuutarou Honjou (Guang-Hong Ji), and Hiroki Yasumoto (Christophe Giacometti) were chosen as the ‘Absolutely Cute Team.’ In response to Kubo saying that Chris was part of the ‘cute butt team,’ Yasumoto commented, ‘I’ll make sure to polish it nicely.’ He also reflected on the recording sessions saying, ‘Chris’ scenes were quite tricky. “Have sex with the water.” and stuff like that. What is that supposed to mean? It was a challenge every time.’
Chosen as the ‘Conceited! My Pace! Team’ were Kenshou Ono (Phichit Chulanont) and Satoshi Hino (Emil Nekola), who took to the stage and discussed their favorite scenes. The conversation turned to the scene when Phichit yelled ‘Congratulations on your wedding’ to Yuri and Victor and Ono commented, ‘When I read the script I felt that this scene would definitely stir up the conversation.’ Suwabe said, ‘It’s impossible to choose a lot of famous scenes but, I’d have to say the scenes with Maccachin. You shouldn’t sneak a bite!’ directing the last phrase at the Maccachin tissue case and drawing laughter from the audience.
The final section of this corner was the ’Heart-pounding Gap Team’ made up of Toyonaga, Uchiyama, Kenji Nojima (Seung Gil Lee), and Jun Fukuyama (Takeshi Nishigori). Toyonaga recommended the scene when Yuri performs ‘Ai ni tsuite ~Eros~’ as the first time he felt Yuri K’s gap. He said, ‘I stood in front of the mic as Yuri Katsuki.’ Uchiyama spoke about the scene when Yurio hands Yuri a katsudon pirozhki saying, ‘Before that, Yurio went outside to search for Yuri. I think that is a scene that made you think, “I want to see more of this.”’
Also, in the middle of the quiz segment entitled ‘We have to work really, really hard!!!! Katsudon Pirozhki Battle! World Question!’, Mamoru Miyano (Jean-Jacque ‘JJ’ Leroy) appeared via a video, striking a familiar pose and saying ‘It’s JJ style!’ After singing ‘Theme of King JJ,’ Miyano said, ‘You guys are the best! thanks for gathering for JJ’s sake! Keep enjoying ‘JJ on Stage’ after this!’ causing the audience to burst out laughing.
During the event, video messages from Yoshimasa Hosoya (Otabek Altin) and Tomoaki Maeno (Michele Crispino), who were not able to makeit to the event, were screened. The live recording corner called Hasetsu Exhibition ‘Onsen on Ice’ Victor with Friends began with Suwabe’s line ‘Sumptuous feast… the night was exactly that.’ and was about the skaters who gathered in Hasetsu for an ice show.
For the ending greeting, Toyonaga commented, ‘I want to meet Katsuki-kun again. I would be happy if you would never forget Yuri on Ice.’ The production of an original movie was then announced and aroused thunderous applause from the audience. A Blu-ray/DVD set depicting the event reported on in this article will go on sale on 28 July 2017.
(c)はせつ町民会／ユーリ!!! on ICE 製作委員会