Vicchan is first described as deceased by Yuuri at the Sochi GPF, which had caused Yuuri to come in last place. A poodle that catches Yuuri's eye also reminds Yuuri of Vicchan. When Yuuri returns home the following year, he is anxious to see Vicchan's shrine.
A few days after Yuuri imitating Victor's free skate goes viral, Yuuri tries to take his mind off by shoveling snow, but is knocked over a poodle. He automatically assumes this poodle to be Vicchan, but quickly realises that the poodle standing in front of him is much bigger than Vicchan.
Upon finding out that Makkachin had choked on some manju, Yuuri, being reminded of Vicchan, urges Victor to return to Japan to oversee Makkachin's operation, even if that would leave Yuuri in Moscow without a coach.