MAPPA Faces More Criticism Over Cancellation of Yuri On Ice

MAPPA Studios, famous for their animation for the globally hit anime franchise Jujutsu Kaisen, Chainsaw Man, and Attack on Titan: The Final Season, made their name earlier with the release of Yuri!!! On Ice. The abrupt cancellation of the much-awaited sequel film of Yuri on Ice has sparked anger among fans. They believe the studio has neglected its loyal fanbase to prioritize the success of Jujutsu Kaisen instead.

Fans are criticizing MAPPA for canceling Yuri!!! On Ice the Movie: Ice Adolescence, a sequel to the series. They’ve been waiting for eight years to see the story continue, especially since Yuri!!! On Ice was a huge success and helped the animation studio gain recognition and success.

Fans Disappointed Over The Cancellation

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MAPPA first announced Yuri!!! on Ice: Ice Adolescence back in April 2017. However, the studio has now issued a statement, stating that they have officially stopped production on Ice Adolescence due to “various circumstances.”

Although MAPPA apologized to fans who were eagerly anticipating the film, many disappointed fans still expressed their frustrations on X (formerly Twitter).

The sequel film, which was supposed to focus on Viktor’s character, was first announced in April 2017. Originally planned for release in 2019, it faced multiple delays. Although a teaser trailer was released in Japan in 2019 and globally in 2020, there were no further updates until the surprising announcement of the project’s cancellation.

Is MAPPA’s Long List Of Controversy The Reason For The Cancellation?

It is not a new thing to see MAPPA Studios trending on social media, whether for their commendable animation or their inhumane work conditions for the animators working for poor monthly wages.

Fans have accused MAPPA of holding on to the sequel due to the success of Jujutsu Kaisen, stating that if the sequel had just been given in the hands of another studio, the movie would have been done and out by now.

Many have expressed disappointment regarding the cancellation of Yuri!!! On Ice: Ice Adolescence as the anime and its story holds a special place in their hearts and their lives. The show has received acclaim for portraying a same-sex relationship in a sport and country where this topic is still seen as controversial.