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This page is for characters in Yuri!!! on Ice who live in the town of Hasetsu, skating coaches, along with characters who are unsorted.

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Hasetsu Citizens

    The Katsuki Family 

Hiroko, Toshiya and Mari Katsuki

Hiroko voiced by: Kei Hayami (Japanese), Rachel Robinson (English)

Toshiya voiced by: Soryuu Konno (Japanese), Charlie Campbell (English)

Mari voiced by: Kyoko Sakai (Japanese), Leah Clark (English)
From left to right: Toshiya, Hiroko and Mari

Yuri's parents and older sister. Together they run Yu-topia Katsuki, the last remaining hot springs resort in Hasetsu.

  • Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Hiroko and Toshiya have this going for them, with Hiroko being chubbier than her husband.
  • Cool Big Sis: Mari is a downplayed version; she says outright that she's willing to support Yuri if he wants to continue skating, and Yuri clearly thinks highly of her since he refers to her as "Mari-neechan". However, she's more laid-back than most examples.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Hiroko has brown hair and eyes.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Toshiya's eyes are almost always closed. One notable instance where his eyes open is when he sees Yuri and Victor kiss on international television.
  • Family Theme Naming: Along with Yuri, both Toshiya and Mari have the character "利" in their names.
  • Fangirl: Mari is this for Yurio, though it's mostly because he looks a lot like her favorite singer.
  • Good Parents: Hiroko and Toshiya are very supportive, friendly and loving of Yuri.
  • Has a Type: Mari has a thing for blond boys according to Word of God, which is why she becomes a fan of Yurio due to his resemblance to her favorite blond singer from a Boy Band she likes.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Mari gets along well with Minako, who is older than her mother. They travel together to Barcelona to see the Grand Prix Final live.
  • In Vino Veritas: Toshiya is usually fairly calm and mellow, but he becomes wild and rambunctious when drunk. It turns out that Yuri inherited this trait from him, which is a big plot point in Episode 10.
  • Mellow Fellow: Mari is usually laid-back and somewhat aloof. However, she gets excited when she sees how similar Yurio looks to her favorite singer, and during the Grand Prix Final she becomes just as much of an excitable fangirl as Minako.
  • Multicolored Hair: Mari's hair is mostly brown with bleached blonde tips.
  • The Nicknamer: Mari, as she is the one who starts calling Yuri Plisetsky "Yurio".
  • Open-Minded Parent: Hiroko and Toshiya seem surprised, but not the least bit bothered by Yuri and Victor kissing during the Cup of China. Hiroko is actually even smiling.
  • Parents as People: Hiroko and Toshiya are very loving and supportive parents towards Yuri, but they don't know much about figure skating (Toshiya is more of a soccer fan) and thus they aren't entirely able to help Yuri with his anxieties and how closely tied his self esteem is to the sport.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Hiroko is rarely ever not seen smiling, even if she's clearly worried about Yuri.
  • Shipper on Deck: A conclusion to Hiroko's reaction to Victor kissing Yuri. The woman looks like she is about to start planning a wedding.

    The Nishigori Family 

Yuko, Takeshi, Axel, Lutz, and Loop Nishigori

Yuko voiced by: Mariya Ise (Japanese), Alexis Tipton (English)

Takeshi voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (adult), Ami Naito (child) (Japanese), Cris George (English)

The triplets voiced by: Akiko Yajima (all three, Japanese), Lara Woodhull (Axel, English), Kristi Rothrock (Lutz, English), Kristen McGuire (Loop, English)
From left to right: Axel, Yuko, Takeshi, Lutz, and Loop

Yuri's childhood friends and their mischievous little triplet daughters. Yuko and Takeshi operate the local skating rink, Ice Castle Hasetsu, where they learned how to skate as children along with Yuri. Their daughters Axel, Lutz and Loop are huge fans of figure skating, earning themselves a reputation as the "Skate Otaku Sisters" despite their young age.

Tropes that apply to Yuko and Takeshi
  • Ambiguously Bi: Takeshi is Happily Married to Yuko, but he's still not ashamed to admit that Yuri was sexy when skating Victor's program. It isn't clear whether he's just teasing or he genuinely finds Yuri attractive.
  • Beta Couple: In the early episodes. Notably, the Nishigori couple's main strength is communication — the way they talk to each other suggests that they're comfortable mulling over the issues and people in their life together. Meanwhile, this is Yuri and Victor's main stumbling block.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Takeshi has the biggest eyebrows in the cast by far.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Yuko and Takeshi have known each other since childhood, and now they're married with triplet daughters.
  • Childhood Friends: Yuri, Yuko and Takeshi have all known each other since they were kids, having met when learning how to skate at the same rink. Yuko and Yuri were friends right out of the starting gate, but it took a while for Takeshi to warm up to Yuri, since he bullied Yuri when he first came to the skating rink.
  • The Confidant: Since Yuko and Takeshi are Yuri's oldest friends, they both act as this to him. Yuri tries to pull himself out of his depression and regain his love for skating by performing Victor's "Stay Close to Me" program for Yuko (since he and Yuko would often copy Victor when skating together), and he expresses his worries about performing the Eros program to Takeshi, who in turn tends to give him blunt but practical advice.
  • Expressive Hair: Yuko's ponytail tends to spike up whenever she's angrily reprimanding the triplets.
  • Fangirl: Yuko is a huge one for Victor, and has been one since childhood. In fact, she was the one who first introduced Victor's skating performances to Yuri, leading Yuri to become a fan himself.
  • Friendly Address Privileges: Yuko tells Yuri to call her "Yu-chan" after he comes back to the rink for the first time in five years and calls her "Yuko-san" (which is a bit overly formal considering how they're Childhood Friends). However, he only calls her this once, and he eventually settles for calling her "Yuko-chan".
  • Good Parents: The triplets might drive them to distraction, and Yuko can snarl when she has to enforce the boundaries, but they're clearly devoted to their daughters. Yuko takes great pride in showing off how much they've grown to Yuri, and the whole family enjoys fanboying/fangirling over figure skating together.
  • Hair Decorations: When Yuko was younger, she wore a pink ribbon in her hair to hold up her ponytail.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: Played with in Yuko's case; she had pigtails when she was little, but other flashbacks show that she later wore her hair in a ponytail like she does now (though her hair was longer back then).
  • Happily Married: Yuko and Takeshi work together as a team, both in their relationship and running the skating rink, and they're clearly happy and comfortable with their lives together. Judging by their conversations with Victor about Yuri and their handling of the triplets' antics, they're on the same page on most issues.
  • In-Series Nickname: Yuko used to be known as "the Madonna of Ice Castle Hasetsu" when she was younger, since she was the best female skater at the rink.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: In Episode 3 Yuko strikes up a friendship with Yurio, who's ten years younger than her. She helps him train for the Hot Springs on Ice competition, and in Episode 4 she even texts him when he's gone back to Russia. In Episode 11, when Yurio thinks of all the people he's met who have influenced his feelings of agape, Yuko is one of them.
  • Last-Name Basis: Despite having known both of them since they were children, Yuri only refers to Takeshi by his family name while being on First-Name Basis with Yuko.
  • Manly Tears: Even Takeshi can't help but cry when he watches Yuri flawlessly skate his free program in Episode 12, and bursts into tears again during the medalling ceremony.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: You'd be forgiven for thinking Yuko was the triplets' older sister rather than their mother. Justified since she really was fairly young when she had them (she's 25 and the triplets are 6, meaning she would have given birth to them when she was 19).
  • Nice Girl: Yuko has always been kind and supportive towards Yuri ever since they were children, and she's pretty nice in general, even to the point of having an Intergenerational Friendship with the irritable Yurio. However, her patience can wear thin when dealing with her mischievous daughters.
  • Nosebleed: Poor Yuko bleeds herself unconscious while watching Victor's demonstration of the Eros program. A bit later, she gets another nosebleed when she sees Yurio dressed in one of Victor's old skating outfits.
  • Odd Friendship: Supportive Nice Girl Yuko somehow manages to form a friendship with Yurio, who's irritable and short-tempered as well as being ten years younger than her.
  • Otaku: Yuko may not be quite as obsessive over the figure skating world as the triplets, but the fact that her daughters are named after skating jumps and her fangirling over Victor definitely says something about how much she loves the sport.
  • Parents as People: A positive example. Long after becoming parents, Yuko and Takeshi maintain their friendships, interests, jobs and personalities, as well as operating well as a romantic couple. They are not simply "the parents of the triplets" — in fact, their role in the story involves their friendship and history with Yuri more than anything else. They can even appreciate other good-looking people without even vaguely threatening their devotion to each other. Impressively, they manage all this while being Good Parents and running damage control on their daughters' antics.
  • Reformed Bully: Takeshi used to pick on Yuri, but is now one of his closest friends.
  • Romantic False Lead: Yuko is this to Yuri, almost to the point of being Played for Laughs. In the first episode she excitedly greets Yuri when he arrives at the skating rink, and we see flashbacks of them as children skating together and bonding over their mutual admiration of Victor. After Yuri reenacts Victor's program for her, it seems like she's being set up to be Yuri's romantic interest...but then her triplets pop up and we learn she's been married to Takeshi for several years, and any idea of romance between the two disappears.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Yuko" versus "Yuuko". Similarly to Yuri's name, "Yuuko" would be the more culturally correct spelling, but In-Universe it's romanized as "Yuko" (as seen in Episode 4 when Yurio gets a text from her on his phone).
  • Surprisingly Good English: Yuko's text to Yurio was sent in fluent English.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Takeshi and Yuko are respectively 24 and 25, and the triplets are 6, meaning that Yuko gave birth to the triplets when she was 19 and Takeshi was 18. It's unknown whether or not she and Takeshi were already married at that point.
  • Tights Under Shorts: Yuko seems to favor this style, since she wears black tights under her shorts both as a young girl and as an adult when she's at the skating rink. She also wears white tights with her pajamas at home.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Takeshi isn't exactly ugly, but he's definitely not conventionally attractive like most of the male cast. Meanwhile, Yuko is still very pretty even after giving birth to triplets at a young age.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: Takeshi's eyebrows are rather thick and slant downward.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: Takeshi. Part of his initial hostility towards Yuri seemed to be as a result of Yuri's closeness to Yuko, and he's a third wheel in some of the flashback conversations between Yuri and Yuko. Nonetheless, he ends up marrying and having children with Yuko.

Tropes that apply to Axel, Lutz, and Loop

  • Always Identical Twins: Identical triplets in this case, which is quite rare; fraternal triplets or only two triplets being identical is much more common in Real Life.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: The hoods on their vests all have animal ears on them; Axel's hood has bear's ears, Lutz's has bunny ears, and Loop's has cat ears.
  • Blush Sticker: Being kids, they have permanent ones.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: All of them, though it's mostly aimed towards their mother. They were the ones who recorded and uploaded the video of Yuri performing Victor's free program to the internet, and they used Yuko's Youtube account to upload it without her permission — which she reprimands them for later, and apparently this isn't the first time they've done this behind her back. They also regularly stay up past their bedtime to watch livestreams of competitions and post on social media, much to Yuko's chagrin.
  • Camera Fiend: Downplayed in comparison to selfie nut Phichit, but they're usually eager to take pictures and videos of their favorite skaters and post them online. This is what leads them to record and upload the viral video of Yuri performing Victor's program to the internet. They also take pictures of Victor while he's skating at Ice Castle in Episode 2, and in the ED they're the ones who uploaded the Instagram photo of Victor combing Yuri's hair.
  • Child Prodigy: These three little weasels are far smarter than any 6-year-old ought to be. They're skilled at using the internet and various electronics, have a comprehensive knowledge of figure skating and how competitions work, and were responsible for organizing the "Hot Springs on Ice" event in Episode 3. Word of God says "their potential is bottomless" and people tend to forget they're only six years old since "they can do anything".
  • Color-Coded Characters: Axel wears purple, Lutz wears light blue, and Loop wears pink.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Being identical triplets, they always wear matching clothes, though most of their outfits are color-coded in order to tell the girls apart.
  • Dirty Kid: The triplets have shades of this. They mention that there's going to be a "boob flash" in the preview for Episode 2, and in Episode 8 they comment on Seung-Gil's sex appeal.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In their first scene they excitedly ask Yuri questions about his personal life (since they're all big fans of him), and they then proceed to take pictures of him when Takeshi teases him about his weight.
  • Fangirl: They're big fans of both Yuri and Victor. Their phone case even has a picture of Victor on it (and they made it themselves according to Word of God).
  • Hair Decorations: They all wear hair scrunchies that are the same color as their respective outfits.
  • Hidden Depths: Aside from their various figure skating-related talents, they're also very good at drawing, though since they're 6-year-olds they only use crayons.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Along with their color-coded outfits, they can be told apart by their hairstyles; Axel has Girlish Pigtails, Lutz wears her hair in a bun, and Loop has a ponytail that sticks straight up.
  • Otaku: The triplets are a bit too young to do any serious figure skating, so they're relegated to obsessing over the skating world. They're already known as the "Skate Otaku Sisters", and their shared Instagram account is even called "sukeota3sisters" (with "sukeota" being short for "skater otaku").
  • Same-Sex Triplets: The girls are identical, so it's a given.
  • Shared Family Quirks: The triplets are huge fangirls about figure skating just like their mother. This is highlighted in Episode 4, when the assignments for the Grand Prix are posted online:
    Triplets: Crap, crap, crap!
    Yuko: Do you three realize what time it is?!
    Triplets: Mom, the assignments!
    Yuko and triplets: Crap, crap!
  • Single-Minded Twins: Or Single-Minded Triplets in this case. Though there are ways to tell them apart in appearance, they all have the same mischievous, figure skating-obsessed personality. They'll also speak in unison or finish each other's sentences fairly often.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The triplets can often be a source of comic relief and they provide exposition about how skating competitions work, but they're still relatively minor characters. However, had it not been for them recording Yuri's reenactment of Victor's program and uploading it online, the entire plot would have never happened. This applies even after The Reveal in Episode 10.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The triplets all have their mother's hair, eye color and skin tone, but they have their father's facial features (namely his pudgy face, small eyes and slanted eyebrows).
  • Theme Twin Naming: Theme Triplet Naming, rather. They're all named after skating jumps: the axel jump, the lutz jump and the loop jump. To take it even further, their names are written in kanji (making it likely that they're meant to be "kira kira names"), and they all share the same "ru" (流) character.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: They've all inherited Takeshi's slanted eyebrows, though theirs aren't as big as his.

    Minako Okukawa 

Minako Okukawa

Voiced by: Yuka Komatsu (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)

Yuri's ballet teacher, and an old friend of his mother Hiroko. She used to be a famous ballerina, and now runs both the local dance studio and a small snack bar.

  • Audience Surrogate: She can be viewed as a stand-in for all the figure skating fans in the audience, since she fangirls over pretty much all the skaters in the story (especially Christophe).
  • Beauty Mark: She has one below her left eye.
  • Cool Big Sis: She's an even straighter example of this towards Yuri than his actual older sister Mari. As his ballet teacher, she can be strict towards him and Yuri is sometimes intimidated by her, but she still cares a lot about Yuri's well-being and she goes to as many of his competitions as she can to support him (though she also goes out of personal interest).
  • Eating the Eye Candy: She's very into Christophe's sensual performance in Episode 6.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Though this isn't quite as apparent as it is with Victor, Minako does have a few quirks of her own. She often acts more like an enthusiastic older sister towards Yuri than a teacher, and in the first episode she expresses regret that Yuri didn't advance very far in competitions after the Grand Prix because she wanted him to give her the other male skaters' hotel room numbers. However, she is a former prima ballerina and she plays as much of a part in Yuri's skills as a figure skater as Victor does; Yuri's high program components scores in competitions are all but stated to be thanks to her teaching him ballet, and she's the one who suggested that Yuri get into figure skating in the first place.
  • Fangirl: Of male figure skaters in general, but she seems to be an especially big fan of Christophe. She gets to put a flower wreath on his head after his free skate in Episode 12, and much to her delight, he thanks her for it.
  • Genki Girl: Despite being an adult in her fifties, she's very energetic and enthusiastic, often striking ballet poses when she's excited about something.
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: She looks younger than Yuri's 30-year-old sister, but is older than his 49-year-old mother.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Downplayed since we don't see her drink often, but she does like her alcohol and she becomes pretty loud and brash after she's been drinking. She also runs a snack bar (which, in Japan, is a kind of hostess bar) as a sideline business.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Minako is good friends with Yuri's older sister Mari, whom she calls "Mari-chan".
  • The Mentor: To Yuri, before Victor and Celestino came along. In fact, she was the one who encouraged Yuri to get into ice skating in the first place.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Downplayed; the skaters she fangirls about are young enough to be her sons, but aside from fangirling over them and occasionally Eating the Eye Candy, she doesn't take it any further than that.
  • Older Than They Look: She's one of the few named characters whose exact age hasn't been revealed, but Word of God has stated that she's older than Yuri's mother Hiroko (who's 49 and calls Minako "senpai" since they went to school together), which would put her in her fifties. Despite that, she looks younger than Yuri's sister Mari, who's 30.
  • Parental Substitute: Somewhat; Yuri states that he spent more time in her studio than at home when he was growing up, and given that she taught him ballet and encouraged him to become a figure skater, she's a combination of a secondary mother figure and a Cool Big Sis to him.
  • Retired Badass: She was a prima ballerina who was recognized internationally, and in Episode 2 we see a framed photo of her receiving the Benois de la Danse award, one of the highest honors in the ballet world.
  • Tears of Joy: She tends to shed these whenever she watches Yuri pull off an especially good performance.



    Yakov Feltsman 

Yakov Feltsman

Voiced by: Hideaki Tezuka (Japanese), Daman Mills (English)

Yurio, Mila and Georgi's coach as well as Victor's former coach.

  • Ambiguously Jewish: Between his distinctly Ashkenazi name, prominent aquiline nose, and frequent complaining, it seems likely that he's supposed to be Jewish.
  • Amicably Divorced: With Lilia, who he hires to help better Yurio's skating and choreograph his free program.
  • Cool Old Guy: He is stern, but he helps Victor with Yuri as soon as Victor has to go back to Japan.
  • Funny Foreigner: Definitely fits this, based on his reactions to Victor's behavior.
  • Grumpy Old Man: He's rarely ever in a good mood, usually because the skaters he trains (most often Yurio or Victor) don't always listen to him.
  • The Mentor: To the Russian skaters of the show. As far as coaching goes, Victor still seems to look up to him.
  • Only Sane Man: Between Georgi's heartbreak, Yurio's explosive temper, Mila's teasing and Victor's whimsical nature, he becomes this and keeps everybody on track.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Though he isn't happy with Victor for leaving Russia to "play coach", he still accepts Victor's request for him to take over as Yuri's coach for the free program in Episode 9 when Victor has to go back to Japan due to Makkachin being hospitalized.
  • So Proud of You: He reacts in this manner towards Yurio after the latter sets a new record for the short program in the Grand Prix Final, even hoisting him up in the air while saying "That's my Yuratchka!".
  • Stern Teacher: He tends to go on long, angry lectures even in the kiss-and-cry. His criticism is always fair though, and he doesn't expect his students to follow all of his directions to a T.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: His interactions with Lilia sometimes comes off as this.
  • Working with the Ex: He and his ex-wife Lilia work together to train Yurio, leading to some moments that could imply Unresolved Sexual Tension.

    Lilia Baranovskaya 

Lilia Baranovskaya

Voiced by: Seiko Tamura (Japanese), Caitlin Glass (English)

Yakov's ex-wife and a former prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet, currently training Yurio.

  • Almighty Mom: She's technically not Yurio's mother (or grandmother), but she still counts due to acting like one. It helps that she is able to discipline him, and is one of the few people who can keep his attitude in check.
  • Amicably Divorced: With Yakov, who hired her to help Yurio improve his skating and choreograph his free program.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: Beneath her usual outfit lies a very well-built body. Justified, as she was a ballerina and still teaches ballet, but still.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: She uses it with Yurio when she catches him about to yell a swearword to his fans. He obediently shuts up and proceeds to humor the girls for a while.
  • Mistaken for Romance: Lilia wants to make it clear that despite the fact she is going to live with Yakov, it's for Yurio's sake and she has no interest in getting back together with him. He seems to not have expected them to get back together either.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: She's largely based off the famous Bolshoi prima Maya Plisetskaya, both in appearance and in character.
  • Not So Stoic: She's normally a very stern and stoic person, but she sheds some tears while watching Yurio's performance when he does six jumps on the second part of his free program in Episode 9, and in Episode 11 she even smiles when Yurio breaks Victor's short program record.
  • Parental Substitute: Despite her very strict behavior when training Yurio, she can be rather motherly towards him, given that she gets moved to tears while watching him perform, along with proudly clapping in joy when Yurio breaks Victor's world record for the short program.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: She almost always wears her hair in a ballet bun that is as neat as the rest of her, though we do see her with her hair down in the Welcome to the Madness bonus manga.
  • Retired Badass: Like Minako, she's a former prima ballerina; she used to be part of the Bolshoi Ballet, one of the most internationally renowned ballet companies. She's implied to be very famous In-Universe, since two women are seen whispering about her when she first appears.
  • Stern Teacher: Although Yurio is considered an up-and-coming ice skater with his flexibility, Lilia is not the least bit impressed by it and neither by his skills, stating that she can push him further.
  • The Stoic: Rarely ever shows emotions.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Her interactions with Yakov sometimes comes off as this.
  • Working with the Ex: She works with her ex-husband Yakov to train Yurio, though she makes it clear that she has no intention of getting back together with him.

    Celestino Cialdini 

Celestino Cialdini

Voiced by: Kouichi Ochiai (Japanese), Ian Sinclair (English)

Phichit's current coach, who was also Yuri's former coach.

  • Alliterative Name: Celestino Cialdini.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: He quickly passes out and starts foaming at the mouth when he was drinking with Victor.
  • Funny Foreigner: In-universe, Phichit finds him to be one, calling him "Ciao Ciao" after his catchphrase.
  • Gratuitous Italian: Being Italian-American, he's prone to this, to the point that Phichit calls him "Ciao Ciao" since he always says that when greeting people.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Celestino is shown as a rather sweet and supportive coach. Not only is he shown to be kind and friendly with Phichit, but he's shown comforting Yuri after his disastrous GP performance, doesn't appear to hold a grudge over Yuri terminating his contract with him, and is even happy to help Yuri and Victor out as they blunder their way through their own coach-and-skater relationship. That said, he insists that the devastated Yuri do his duty and attend a banquet he's not really up to, he works Phichit hard and he's not beyond using his prior knowledge of Yuri's weaknesses to bolster Phichit's chances of success — at the end of the day, he's got a job to do.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Along with the Nishigori triplets, he has a rather large impact on the plot despite his minor role as Yuri's former coach. If he hadn't dragged Yuri to a banquet that Yuri really didn't want to go to, Yuri and Victor would never have met — at least, not properly — and this meeting was a huge factor in Yuri and Victor becoming an Official Couple later on, as it's heavily implied that this was when Victor fell in love with Yuri.


Other Characters

    Nikolai "Kolya" Plisetsky 

Nikolai "Kolya" Plisetsky

Voiced by: Misao Kobayashi (Japanese)

Yurio's beloved grandpa.

  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: He tenderly pats Yurio's head while wishing him good luck on his free skate.
  • All There in the Script: Yurio simply calls him "grandpa", but his nickname (from which his full name can be deduced from) appears in the ending credits.
  • *Crack!* "Oh, My Back!": He has a bad back, and it cracks when Yurio hugs him a bit too enthusiastically.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Yurio looks nothing like him, except for his green eyes.
  • Morality Pet: He brings out the sweeter and more cheerful side of Yurio, who cares about him a great deal.
  • Nice Hat: He is never seen without his grey cap, even when he's at home watching TV.
  • Parental Substitute: Appears to be this to Yurio, since a flashback implies that Yurio's mother wasn't much of a presence in his life.
  • Your Favorite: Every time he meets his grandson, he makes sure to bring him some of his homemade pirozhkis. After Yurio tells him about the pork cutlet bowls he had in Japan, Nikolai prepares him pirozhkis stuffed with said dish.



Victor's pet poodle, who he takes with him to Japan.

  • Ambiguous Gender: Makkachin's gender is officially unknown; none of the other characters refer to Makkachin with any gendered pronouns in Japanese, though the Crunchyroll subtitles and the English dub use male pronouns.
  • Big Eater: According to an excerpt in an In-Universe magazine covering an interview with a younger Victor, Makkachin eats a lot and would often sneak around to eat more.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: The first thing Makkachin does when meeting Yuri is pounce on him enthusiastically and lick his face.
  • Canine Companion: To Victor, who takes Makkachin with him to Japan when he decides to train Yuri. Judging from his In-Universe interview, Victor and Makkachin have been together since Victor was 12 years old.
  • Dog Stereotype: Aside from being a bit spoiled (Victor lets Makkachin sleep in his bed), Makkachin averts pretty much every poodle stereotype, being a standard poodle whose hair grows out naturally and acting like a Big, Friendly Dog rather than your typical Mister Muffykins.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Downplayed; Makkachin is fairly intelligent and is mostly well-behaved, which is Truth in Television as poodles are one of the most intelligent dog breeds. Makkachin can give in to basic dog instincts, though, since Makkachin ate some steamed buns after Victor said not to, and gets hospitalized as a result. Thankfully, Makkachin recovers.
  • Empathy Pet: A realistic example. Makkachin doesn't emote exactly the same way Victor does, but reacts in ways that generally echo Victor's in a believably canine fashion. Makkachin's attachment to Yuri — immediately taking a liking to him, keenness in snuggling up to him, and a delighted reaction to spotting Yuri at the airport — also bears a certain resemblance to Victor.
  • Funny Background Event: Makkachin often serves as this, from bouncing along like Tigger behind Victor or being held by him like one would a stuffed toy, sitting and watching the skating in a very civilized and un-doglike manner with the other Hasetsu residents, or snoozing in Yuri's bed.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Victor states in the aforementioned interview that Makkachin almost always sleeping when there's nothing else to do.
  • Love at First Sight: The dog-like version. When Makkachin first meets Yuri, Makkachin almost instantly takes a liking to him (see Big, Friendly Dog above), mirroring how Victor became attracted to Yuri after their first official encounter.
  • Old Dog: Downplayed; Makkachin is at least fifteen years old (which is pretty old for a dog) and likes to sleep often, but is quite energetic when awake.
  • Older Than They Look: Makkachin is at least fifteen, which is quite old for a dog, but you'd never guess that from Makkachin's puppy-like antics.
  • Series Mascot: Makkachin serves as this, being featured prominently on the official website and in merchandise.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The Crunchyroll subtitles write it as "Maccachin", but official Japanese products favor "Makkachin."
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Makkachin seems to love steamed buns so much that Victor specifically warns not to eat any before leaving for Beijing, though Makkachin ate some anyway, resulting in hospitalization.



Yuri's pet poodle, who passed away from old age prior to the series.

  • Canine Companion: He was this for Yuri.
  • In-Series Nickname: He's more commonly known as Vicchan, but he's formally named Victor.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Yuri named him after his idol, Victor.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: His death is not the focus of the series' plot, but the whole story still happened the way it did because of his death. Yuri may have been suffering from pressure at the Sochi Grand Prix Final, but Vicchan's death was the final nail in the coffin for Yuri's mental state, making him too emotionally-damaged to skate properly... and that's not as simple as it sounds.
  • Posthumous Character: It's already stated since the first episode that he's dead, having died from old age.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Just look at the picture; he's a cuddly little pup.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Who knows what would have happened instead if he hadn't died? After all, it was his demise that triggered a Heroic BSoD in Yuri, causing Yuri to drink out of depression, resulting in his encounter with Victor, and setting the rest of the plot in motion.

    Isabella Yang 

Isabella Yang

Voiced by: Yuki Kazu (Japanese), Dawn M. Bennett (English)

Isabella is J.J.'s girlfriend and fiancée.

  • Chastity Couple: Word of God said that J.J and Isabella haven't slept together yet due to being devout Christians, and pre-marital sex is frowned upon in said religion.
  • The Gadfly: Like J.J., she also pokes fun at Yurio, but both of them mean no actual harm with their teasing.
  • High-School Sweethearts: J.J. and Isabella have known each other since high school, and now they're engaged.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Although she's only doing it to goad Yurio, she's correct about saying that his fans are ill-behaved. They're pretty extreme seeing as they have no problem chasing and even tracking him by his scent all over Barcelona, even when he makes it clear that he wants to be left alone.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Her first scene has her make of fun of Yurio's fangirls, and initially it seems like she only exists to boost J.J.'s already enormous ego. However, she proves to be genuinely in love with J.J. when she leads his fans in cheering for him even after he bombs his short program in the Grand Prix Final.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Since she has a Multiethnic Name and she's most likely from Canada like J.J. (and Canada is very racially diverse), it's safe to assume she has this.
  • Multiethnic Name: Her first name is Italian and her last name is a common family name in both China and Korea, meaning she's at least part-Asian or ethnically Asian (Canadian nationality-wise).
  • Official Couple: With her fiancé J.J.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Isabella is considerably pale-skinned, has dark hair and even has red lips.
  • Satellite Love Interest: She doesn't have much of a role in the story aside from being J.J.'s girlfriend.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Isabella and J.J. often flirt in each other's presence, much to the annoyance of anyone else who's around.


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