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For prior conversation in anticipation of the show see /forumtopic-985885/uma-musume-pretty-derby-anticipation


https://myanimelist.net/anime/35249

Plot Summary


This is a tale of a world where "horse girls" with glorious names and incredible running abilities live alongside humanity.

Horse girl Special Week has moved from the country to the city to attend Tracen Academy. There, she and her classmates compete to win the Twinkle Series and earn the title of "The County’s #1 Horse Girl."



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Type: TV
Episodes: Unknown
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Apr 2, 2018 to ?
Premiered: Spring 2018
Broadcast: Mondays at 00:00 (JST)
Producers: Lantis, TOHO animation, Cygames
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: P.A. Works
Source: Game
Genres: Sports
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First episode is now up. Today, we are getting two episodes. http://www.crunchyroll.com/umamusume-pretty-derby/episode-1-gate-of-dreams-767903

Episode 1

And so it begins with Special Week arriving late at a school for horse girls to be trained into champions on the track. Special Week shows why she's special seeing that she can really turn on the jets, but her technique needs lots of refining if she's going to take down Suzuka. Pretty interesting start there as Special Week begins her training as a member of Team Spica.
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There are so, so many things wrong with this I don't even know where to start.

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runec wrote:

There are so, so many things wrong with this I don't even know where to start.



I know right? Horses can either be fast, or they can be singers -- not both. Amirite?
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The main horse girl's name is...Special Week? Lol?

I think this is going to be more of popcorn comedy and I don't expect the story to be good at all. It had the horse racing gimmicks almost everywhere from this episode. On the production side, the anime does look good in terms of quality for PA Works. They're going to be busy this year...

Eh, the other cast look pretty one dimensional so far. Maybe I'm wrong if they decide to develop them but I'm not getting that feel yet. I'm guessing that Suzuka girl will be someone Special Week will have to overcome in the future or at least prove that she's in her league.

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marklebid wrote:
I know right? Horses can either be fast, or they can be singers -- not both. Amirite?


Her mom isn't a horse girl which means her dad is a horse.

Her mom isn't a horse girl which means her dad is a horse.

I mean, okay yeah it's totally fucked up that there's an entire industry based around treating high school girls like animals then exploiting them for entertainment. Plus apparently they get no education beyond that and their parents are obligated to name them like a race horse.

But.

Her mom isn't a horse girl which means her dad is a horse.
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Episode 2

And it continues to be the gimmicky show that I have come to expect as Special Week continues to be a klutz, but on the racetrack her game's no joke. Well, at least against her competition, but against Suzuka she still doesn't stand a chance. And by winning, she has to do a concert, which is not something that she practiced. Well, at least it looks nice, but again the show is just too gimmicky for its own good.
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Well, that was just about as dumb as I expected it to be given the premise. That said, it's the fun sort of dumb and it clearly doesn't take itself seriously at all so I can certainly see sticking around to watch more.
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runec wrote:But.
Her mom isn't a horse girl which means her dad is a horse.

Nope, they released Ep 2 as well now.

It fully addresses all of your doubts. There are no loose threads. Not a single part of the show has implications better left unconsidered.
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You should see the cast, a lot of voice actresses and all the characters are named after actual race horses. Question is, how the hell do they come up with those stupid names to begin with? Not the girls, the horses the girls are named....hell I looked one up for giggles on Wikipedia and lets just say a horse named Deep Impact made me cringe
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marklebid wrote:
Nope, they released Ep 2 as well now.

It fully addresses all of your doubts. There are no loose threads. Not a single part of the show has implications better left unconsidered.


Technically speaking, nothing I'm seeing in episode 2 so far disproves that her dad wasn't a horse still. So I'm keeping the theory on the table still. Someone made a highly questionable, morally dubious and possibly intoxicated decision somewhere in this world. >.>

Several were clearly made in the writer's room.

Wait, where DID this come from anyway?

....a mobile game? Seriously? Somehow that makes this all even worse.

Edit: Oh god, I think carrots are the premium currency in the mobile game.
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This series is going to be silly. It's going to be gimmicky. It's going to be all over the tropes.

And I'm going to enjoy every minute of it.

Oddly it's all the little details that drew me to the series when the first PV was released. Clothing actually designed to accommodate having a tail. Running that's proper running instead of the ninja/Naruto BS. Putting on new horseshoes before a race. That Special Week dodged the "got my tail caught in the train doors" trope right off the bat sealed it for me. Doing a "running late to school with a carrot" instead of a piece of bread was priceless.

The show is taking itself seriously enough to create a consistent world for the girls to be in but not taking itself so seriously it can't have fun with its silly premise. All it asks is the viewer buy into a world where some girls are born to run and then it's off to the races!

I also like that, so far at least, there haven't been any panty shots. We've had some fan service (Twister training, ha!) but everything's been pretty tame.
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I have very little hope for the one named glue

Honestly this is one of he dumbest shows of the year so far and I love it
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Girls who were once ships, girls who are firearms, girls and accouterments based on WWII aces and their planes, girls who are transfigured animals, why not girls who are also horses?
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