Uma musume is a cross-breed species between humans and race horses, born to race with their given special names. In a world where humans and uma musume live in peace, Special Week has just moved to Tokyo as a new student in Tracen Academy in order to achieve her dream: to become the number one uma musume in Japan!
Videtra Reynaldi – The Indonesian Anime Times
Uma Musume: Pretty Derby is the third series in Cygames’ media mix project to receive an anime adaptation after Rage of Bahamut and Granblue Fantasy. In the first episode, we are introduced to Special Week, currently trying to adapt into her new life as well as making new friends in her school.
There are two key aspects in Uma Musume: Pretty Derby: horse racing and live concert (it’s from one of the creators of The iDOLM@STER game, what do you expect?). As an introductory episode to the series, the focus is more on the former, considering Special Week’s main reason to enroll in Tracen Academy is to become the number one uma musume in Japan.
Uma Musume: Pretty Derby is also full of well-known seiyuu (especially from THE iDOLM@STER franchise), so if you’re an idol seiyuu fan looking for an all-star cast, Uma Musume: Pretty Derby could be your go-to show.
Marwa Pranata – KAORI Newsline
For much of human history, horse is one of the animals closest to human life. Perhaps it is for that reason that some people make a series about racehorses in the form of humans.
But don’t be mistaken, beyond these characters with their “extravagant” designs, lies an anime that doesn’t just sell “moe” characters. Yes, even with the cute appereances of the “horses”, it is better to call this anime a sports anime! Why so? What other anime genre that in the opening sequence, show their charactech running in race track, training in the gym, upon a background of blazing flame?
It is a very interesting show to watch this season, with its exciting race (running) scene and the soundtrack that’s really close to the real thing. Who knows, maybe this anime could be a dark horse (pun intended) this season.
PS: still disappointed they’re not centaurs
PPS: Vodka best girl (or horse)
Facts and Figures
|Source Material||Multimedia Project developed by Cygames|
|Casts||Azumi Waki as Special Week
Machico as Tokai Teio
Marika Kono as Silence Suzuka
Ayaka Ohashi as Vodka
Chisa Kimura as Daiwa Scarlet
Hitomi Ueda as Gold Ship
Koji Okino as Trainer
Megumi Toyoguchi as Hana Tojo
Saori Onishi as Mejiro McQueen
Yukiyo Fujii as Tazuna Hayakawa
|Director||Kei Oikawa (Minami-ke: Okaeri, Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Zoku)|
|Character Design||Yousuke Kabashima (D.Gray-man Hallow, Madan no Ou to Vanadis)|
|Opening Theme||Make Debut by Azumi Waki, Marika Kono, Machico, Ayaka Ohashi, Chisa Kimura, Hitomi Ueda, Saori Onishi|
|Ending Theme||Grow Up Shine! by Azumi Waki, Marika Kono, Machico, Ayaka Ohashi, Chisa Kimura, Hitomi Ueda, Saori Onishi|
|Broadcast Date||1 April 2018 (15:00 GMT/22:00 WIT)
2 April 2018 (00:00 JST)
Screenshots and Trailer
The Indonesian Anime Times