In a world very much like our own, great race horses of the past have a chance to be reborn as "horse girls"—girls with the ears and tails of horses as well as their speed and endurance. The best of these horse girls go to train at Tokyo's Tracen Academy, hopefully moving on to fame and fortune as both racers and idols.
Special Week, a high school horse girl from the countryside, has just transferred to Tracen, and she's determined to fulfill her promise to her mother to become the best horse girl in Japan. On her way to school, she takes a pit stop at the race track and instantly falls in love with Silence Suzuka's style, becoming determined to race on the same team as her.
Uma Musume tells a story of horse girl idols, attending horse girls' school, participating in races and giving concerts afterwards. Just how abstract does this concept sound? As weird as it might seem, Uma Musume is an outstanding show that exceeded my expectations.
Let's start with characters, which to me play the most important role in this case. All the horse girls are based on real race horses and their designs are all connected to their real life equivalents. I love the character designs - they are all so detailed and the connection to the actual horses makes them even more interesting. All girls are unique,
both physically and in terms of personality. And I love them all. With a cast this broad, it's amazing that all characters stand out in one way or another, and I think everyone watching this show will find a horse girl they'll love. Honestly though, at first it was hard for me to choose a favourite. But among all the lovely ladies, I think it's the elegant Suzuka that I love the most.
It's also worth noting that the characters have the names of the actual horses, and these can be a bit quirky, yet - in my opinion - really cool.
Now onto the races. They are also based on the races that actually took place, and their outcomes are also inspired by how it was in real life - now this is a unique kind of fanservice! My advice is to read a bit about the horses and their stories. You might spoil yourself a bit, but it makes watching this anime all the more interesting, since you know what is about to happen. And it increases the emotional impact. Not everything goes like it was in real world, though - and I'm especially happy about one thing that got changed. So happy that it made me burst into tears.
The races are exciting and well done, I enjoyed watching them, and the fact that I actually care about the characters made watching them race even more enjoyable for me, since I was cheering for my favourites.
Aside from racing, we see how the characters train, get stronger mentally and physically, develop friendships, face their fears and make their dreams come true. And as much as I get bored of regular slice of life, I enjoyed such kind of scenes in this anime. The comedy scenes are actually funny, there are some unique gags in Uma Musume which get repeated throughout the series but don't get old or unfunny. Uma Musume made me laugh many times. About as many times as it made me cry. I didn't expect a show about horse girl idols to make me this emotional, but Uma Musume did have an impact on me. It was funny, it was sad, and it was heartwarming.
As I said before, our horse girls shine not only on the track, but on the stage as well! The songs are nice and catchy. And if you like them, I recommend checking more of the characters' songs, not only these that were included in the anime. Still my personal favourite is Silent Star, which we get to hear at the end of one of the episodes.
Uma Musume both sounds and looks good. As I said, I love the detailed and diverse character designs, and the artstyle and animation are of good quality too.
To wrap it up, Uma Musume turned out to be a great surprise for me and I enjoyed it in every aspect. I highly recommend it, no matter if it's the slice of life, the races, the horse girls or the comedy that you're looking for. I hope you will love my horse girls as well!
Each season PA Works delivers an enjoyable series, this time Uma Musume: Pretty Derby. The anime deepen values such us the need to improve no matter the adversity and the friendship. It is great seeing they did not resort to the fanservice or the boring and the repetitive plot ideas of the average sports series. The simple story carries a diverse set of characters and exploits their various personalities. Furthermore, the idea of moving forward keep us the viewer entertain until the end of the series.
The main story is about horse-girls and their struggle to be the best. They suffer, cry, smile, joke, they are
rivals, and are good friends. The story follows Special Week and her dream. In the beginning, we can feel her character a bit generic. As the story progresses, her role increases the complexity showing her emotions and fitting the story development. Special Week is the center of the story. However, the other horse girls aren’t left behind, and all the characters advance with the story and develop their personalities. For example, Silence Suzuka, her reasons for competing, and her values. The story pacing is excellent. For a sports anime, they do not prolong the tracks in an annoying loop. The direction focuses on both aspects, the sport and the slice of life of this horse girls. It is pleasing how these girls keep fighting to improve and to be the best but in a very healthy way and not the annoying, pedant rivalry from other series.
On the other hand, the horse-girls names came from real horses. Perhaps, some of the details in the story are from real events, but those do not spoil the plot. Furthermore, the story has comical events executed are a perfect time and are used to boost the interest in the characters. The anime tried to mix the horse-girl idea with the idols. I am not entirely sure if they succeeded, but the idea is not intrusive with the whole story and adds some dynamism at the end of each race.
Another remarkable aspect from this series are the characters. For me, they are the most enjoyable part of the story. They do not need the fanservice or the idolizing theme to gather the viewer's attention. The plot helped the characters to evolve and to show their values, rivalry with some comical events each episode.
Finally, I consider Uma Pretty Derby an acceptable series that could bring some entertainment that some viewers will find enjoyable and funny. You should give this series a try and maybe support the video game in the nearby future when released.
Sometimes I just really fucking love Japan. This time is that time. Welcome to Uma Musume, show about horse-girls.
Ever since the masterpiece of sports anime, Keijo, ended, I have been eagerly waiting for another series that treasures the beauty of sportic anime ladies. This time they have animals ears, tails and are so goddamn happy all the time. It's great.
The characters are the selling point of this anime. Special Week (yes, that's an actual name of the main character) is super positive and energetic. It's almost as if there is no reining day in her life.(heh, pun). Unless someone sexually abuses her legs. Make
sure to never go behind a horse girl or she might just kick you!
Silence Suzuka on the other hand is perfectly sportic. She was born to run. Whenever she trots away I find myself sitting on the edge of my saddle in awe. Amazing. This is what Sports series should be like. Forget that seasonal 'Megalo Box' and see what true sportsmanship is all about.
These girls have a dream to be the fastest horse-girls in the universe (by universe I mean within this anime because this type of shit doesn't exist anywhere else). How do they achieve this then? By going to horse-girl school and eating food like a.... well like a horse, but also with the power of friendship (the polar opposite type of friendship than you see in my little pony, I swear). Pretty neat.
Some say these characters should have been centaurs. Pfff. Centaurs are the worst mythical creatures ever invented. Why? Because they have 2 backs, but can't lie on either. Must be worse than hell. The best choice was clearly to make them human-horse hybrids.
The animation is great, everyone looks sexy and the sounds match the series like tail matches a pony. Just truly a stable production (heh pun v.2.0).
This series obviously won't work when watched seriously. The best way to enjoy this is to take all the silliness in it with open pastures. Gallop to your closest Crunhyroll and give it ago because this type of greatness should be witnessed by all.
A fiery horse (girl) with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty HIYO SILVER!!!!Now that this anime has been competed , I can say for sure that it was good, since it isn't always that the cast who portrays around here were a bunch of horse girls, who were competing to be on top in some overly rated track and field, now that polt maybe the usual main character who enters such competition to make it to the top, It now alway something new was added in what can be say as the usual girls with cat ears, dog ears and
the most common rabbit ears and now we have horse ears with matching horse tail. On the Character category, so ok them horse girl were name after famous real life racehorses in Japan, but let's not focus on that, rather let's focus on them horse girls' relationship were we can't deny that there was this shoujo-ai involve but was hidden in some way like the relationship of Special Week and Silence Suzuka in a form that SpeChan want to race her, Gold Ship and Mejor McQueen in a form of GolShi's Bullying on McQueen that often backfires Scarlet Daiwa and Tokai Teo whose relationship can be compared to that of two bitches duking out and liking it as well well, either way it was funny and touching as well especially when we talk about the background on them as real horse in real life were it pretty much match up if you'll look on the details of those real horses . Now on the Art category of this anime there was the usual knee high socks and every horse girls were sporting it, so cosplayer will have something to go for it but when it comes to them horse girls racing attire, I sure them cosplayers would have a lot to choose from . When it come to this anime's enjoyable it was quite intense on the last episode when we see all them racing for the Japan Cup only to not know who won since studio P.A Works is saving this for the game that Cygames wants to produce via Android or IOS...so my verdict:
Story-Good 7: Since we get to see something usual but diffrent when we talk about something that was related to the real horses of Japan.
Art-Fair 6: I'm sure them cosplayers are gonna have a heck of a time when choosing an outfit of them horse girls in thier racing outfit, plus the knee high socks were all over the place. Btw no panty, no bikini services around here and none of that big bouncing melons around...too bad no joystick playing around.
Sound-Fair 6: Nice opening theme and the song in the last ep. and that's that.
Enjoyment- Very Good 8: feels like you're in areal race.
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