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  • The Abridged Series: Octopimp, the co-creator of 50% OFF, made Yaoi!!! On The Rocks, but it was eventually cancelled after only one episode was made.
  • Anime First: One of the many original anime premiering in the Fall 2016 Anime season, and by far the most successful.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Played straight in the English dub where Kenjiro Minami is voiced by Trina Nishimura, but averted in the original Japanese where he's voiced by Ayumu Murase.
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  • Dawson Casting: Inverted with Yakov in the dub — a coach who's 70 years old is voiced by then-23 year old Daman Mills.
  • Defictionalization: The Makkachin tissue box cover, which first shows up in Episode 4, was eventually made into actual merchandise.
  • Deleted Scene: The last DVD/Blu-ray volume includes a bonus video of Yurio's exhibition performance, "Welcome to the Madness", which was cut from the TV version due to time constraints.
  • Demand Overload: When Episode 12 came out, Tumblr's, Crunchyroll's, and many other anime streaming sites' servers all crashed.
  • Doing It for the Art: The figure skating scenes; the fact that the team behind the anime was willing to fully animate the skaters' programs without resorting to stills or CGI models of the characters, even if it sometimes resulted in Off-Model shots in the later episodes, is pretty commendable. It's taken further on the DVD/Blu-ray releases, where the animation is improved and some crowd reaction shots are replaced with more skating footage. Director Sayo Yamamoto has said that she'd wanted to make an anime about figure skating for a while, but had trouble finding a studio who would be willing to animate it (especially considering the differences Yuri!!! on Ice has from most other sports anime, such as focusing on adult athletes and having many non-Japanese characters).
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  • Dueling Shows: Not in Japan, but in the West, it's gone neck and neck with Keijo!!!!!!!! as one of the top viewed sports anime in the Fall 2016 Anime season. It helps that both were Crunchyroll/Funimation co-licenses (under a partnership they had at the time) and Keijo!!!!!!!! was highly advertised at the beginning of the season, with Yuri!!! on Ice completely supplanting it halfway through when it got popular.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Yaoi!!! on Ice" and its derivatives, thanks to the rampant Ho Yay in the series. It also sometimes gets "Slavs on Ice" because of the huge presence of Russians in the story.
    • "Piglet", "Piggy", or other porcine-themed names for Yuri.
    • "Natasha" for Mila, the female red-haired skater on the Russian team, because of her suspiciously similar appearance to Scarlett Johansson's portrayal of Black Widow.
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    • "Chicken Nugget" for Kenjiro Minami, likely due to his red and blonde hair reminding people of McDonald's.
    • For a time, Christophe was referred to as "Swiss Miss".
    • Michele is sometimes referred to as Crispy.
    • Since there was no name given to the piano tune played at the end of Episode 9 at the time of the episode's release, some fans nicknamed the song "Reunion". The official soundtrack revealed that the tune is actually called "At the Airport".
  • I Just Write the Thing: According to Kubo, her initial ideas were knocked off-track when Yuri and Victor fell in love instead of keeping their relationship strictly as coach and skater as initially intended, and certain plot points such as the possibility of separating the pair at the end of the series, no longer made any sense. In short, the characters hijacked the plot.
  • I Knew It!:
    • The fandom’s reaction in Episode 10 when Yuri and Victor exchange engagement rings, since the preview in Episode 9 had already hinted at it with the words “something round and golden”.
    • Almost no one was surprised when the audience learns that Victor really was flirting with Yuri as opposed to being The Tease in the early episodes. The only thing they debated on was the reason why.
    • When the preview for Episode 8 showed Makkachin drooling over a pile of steamed buns, a fair share of fans weren't surprised when Episode 8 reveals that Makkachin eats them and gets sick.
  • Name's the Same: J.J. shares his name with a character from the BL Game Omerta: Chinmoku no Okite.
  • Playing Against Type: Daman Mills being Yakov. See the aforementioned Dawson Casting for details.
  • The Red Stapler:
    • Chanel lip balm increased in sales after being used by Victor on Yuri in Episode 5.
    • Karatsu, the city in Saga, Kyushu that Yuri's hometown of Hasetsu is heavily based on, became a popular pilgrimage for fans of the anime even before the success of Zombie Land Saga boosted tourism in Saga even further.
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  • Sleeper Hit: While many assumed it would only be a modest hit due to being an original anime about an unconventional sport, the series steadily grew in popularity as it aired. Once Episode 7 hit and Yaoi Fangirl and LGBT Fanbase alike heard that yes, Victuri was an Official Couple and not just the average sports anime's Ho Yay, viewership went way up, to the point that Crunchyroll started promoting Yuri!!! on Ice more heavily than Keijo!!!!!!!!, which until then was the only thing they were advertising off-site that season aside from the Big Three shounen Long-Runners. It was also hugely successful in Japanese Blu-ray and DVD sales, surpassing fifty thousand copies in the first week and becoming the fourth best-selling anime of all time less than a year after its release.
  • Talking to Herself: Akiko Yajima voices all three of the Nishigori triplets. Averted in the English dub, where they're separately voiced by Lara Woodhull, Kristi Rothrock and Kristen McGuire.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The format and rules of figure skating as depicted in the show are fixed to how they were in 2016. For example, the 2018 season shortened the men's free skate by 30 seconds, and the Cup of China (an important event in the show) was absent from that year's Grand Prix calendar.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Commentary from the second bluray volume reveals that Yurio's mother was going to make an appearance in Episode 3, when she travels from Russia to Japan to watch Yurio skate in the Hot Springs on Ice competition, but this was also cut because of time. There was also a backstory planned for her, namely that she was a former Russian idol who quit show business early and gave birth at a young age.
    • Kubo explained that the series was supposed to strictly be about the relationship between a coach and their student, this changed as Yuri and Victor fell in love with each other. Kubo went along with it, essentially meaning the characters hijacked the plot, leading one to wonder how the story could've panned out; especially with Yuri proposing Victor stops being his coach after the Grand Prix.
    • The scenes in the ending credits of Yuri and Victor at the beach were originally going to happen in the anime itself, but they were cut due to time and were relegated to the ED instead.
  • The Wiki Rule: Has a wiki here.
  • Word of God:
    • Lead writer Mitsurou Kubo confirmed on her Twitter that yes, The Big Damn Kiss in Episode 7 did in fact happen. Some time after Episode 12 aired, she also confirmed in a magazine interview that Yuri not winning gold was planned since the beginning, and he really would have retired if that had actually happened.
    • In the magazine Crea & Febri, she confirmed that the engagement rings are proof of Victor and Yuri being soulmates.
      • The director of the series, Sayo Yamamato, later (quite a bit later) corroborated the statement by saying, once and for all, that Yuri fell in love with Victor.


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