Uma Musume Pretty Derby


Sorry guys, I am burnt out on writing full-length reviews. Blame the hot summer weather for sapping all my enthusiasm! From now on I think I’ll just type out brief summaries on the stuff I have watched recently. To make up for the lack of detail the posts will include a link to a more detailed review from a fellow (more talented) blogger.

We’ve had female warships, female felines, female consoles and now the time has come for female racehorses. Uma Musume Pretty Derby is a glorified advert for an upcoming mobile phone game. Thankfully, unlike most anime based on a video game, this one is pretty (derby) entertaining. Part sport show and part “cute girls doing cute things” series, this thirteen-episode P.A. Works production follows a clumsy gal named Special Week. She has travelled from the countryside to the big city with the aims of fulfilling the promise she made to her mother – become the best horse girl in Japan!

The show offers a nice mix of comedy (were Special Week and friends “horse” around) and serious sport drama. Pretty Derby also has pop idol component to it, were winners celebrate their victory by dancing on stage. The scriptwriters however seem to forget about the idea after the first few episodes. One cool thing I discovered, after watching the series, is that the characters and story lines are all based off genuine Japanese racehorses. Haru Urara, a minor character that always finishes last, for example is named after a mare who has never won a race. The poor girl has lost more competitions than England has lost World Cups!


Check out the Yuri Nation’s opinion of the anime by clicking HERE.

21 thoughts on “Uma Musume Pretty Derby

  1. You can tell the “Me Too” movement hasn’t had any impact on Japanese society! :-p It seems they’ll try to sexualise anything or come up with crazier ways to exploit and diminish women… ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    • I guess Japan doesn’t have many money grubbers who ruin lives by posting accusations, with no evidence, on social media ๐Ÿ˜‰ Can’t say that I am a fan of the Me Too movement. I’m sure only a fraction of the people who use it are victims. Anyone who has been assaulted should immediately go to the police. I don’t understand the logic of using Twitter for such things.

      With respect to this series, the character designs are more cute than sexualized. Anthropomorphic horses is a bit weird though. This series could have easily worked with competitors who are athletic sprinters for example.

      • There was a documentary on BBC 2 a couple of weeks back (might still be on iPlayer) about a Japanese journalist who claims she was drugged and raped by a famous TV news reporter but the Japanese law and media refused to believe her when she went public about it because his counterclaim was that it was consensual, and it was his word against hers.

        The programme showed what the Japanese considered sexual assault or inappropriate behaviour, and the shocking levels of ignorance towards what is considered consent. When the “MeToo” movement was brought up, no-one had heard of it whilst many women didn’t understand it as they have resigned themselves to being groped on the train as part of their daily life whether they like it or not. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

        Quite sad really but things are slowly starting to change to give women better protection against sexual abuse.

        I’m sure this show is harmless in its own way but the concept just seems a little creepy to me, probably because they are anthropomorphic horse girls… :-/

      • Comedian Owen Benjamin has a great joke about #MeToo

        He says that he is older, so he is not used to using the “hashtag” symbol on Twitter. To our generation the ” # ” symbol means POUND. So he was confused when all this woman was posting “pound me too”.

      • The problem is that a lot of times the perpetrators just move on to a new place of employment. That, or because the perpetrator is getting results for the company, the people who should report the abuse just dismiss it or “forget” to or assume that since there hasn’t been any convictions before, it must be false. It’s how one of the biggest universities in my state as well as the USA Gymnastics league let a child molester get away for years, not to mention other institutions rocked by systematic scandals.

        But I agree the anthromorphic horses aspect is weird. Even weirder is to have them dance. That’s how they want to celebrate a win?

  2. Glad you enjoyed the show dood. I see your favorite horsies were Air Groove and El Condor Pasa. Good choices.

    Oh and be careful out there this Summer.

    • I prefer warm weather to a cold climate usually, but the recent temperatures are testing that opinion. El Condor Pasa is cool. For a while I mistakenly believed she was meant to be Mexican due to her Latin sounding name and the mask, which makes me think of Lucha Libre.

  3. โ€œTo make up for the lack of detail the posts will include a link to a more detailed review from a fellow (more talented) blogger.โ€ I really hope you are kidding here: you do realise that you have enormous talent and that your posts are always very skillfully written right? In case you donโ€™t let this serve as a reminder, lol
    Well…not to sure about this anime though. Donโ€™t think this is my particular cup of tea. Then again stranger things have happened, and no I am not talking about the tv series. Great post ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Thank you for the kind words. I think I need a break from full blown reviews. For the last month every time I write a review I get stuck after typing out a couple of paragraphs. That’s why my recent posts have not been reviews. I’ll trial doing a weekly write up of stuff I have seen/played instead and see how that goes.

      I like the idea of linking to other people’s content. Often I find that other bloggers have already covered a show in more detail than I ever could. Plus, from a community perspective, I am sure that my followers will appreciate the added exposure.

      Pretty Derby is a bit like Keijo. If you can get past the weirdness you’ll be surprised to see that it is a fairly solid sport anime.

      • Itโ€™s definitely hard to write them sometimes. I have had that happen quite a number of times myself as well, so really no worries about it all. And no matter what you write: I enjoy reading all your posts ๐Ÿ˜Š
        Yes, I know what you mean. And in that way it is also very nice to discover new blogs that you otherwise might have missed ๐Ÿ˜Š

  4. This hot summer weather just drains the energy from you. I can see why you’re feeling a little burnt out, at the minute. It’s a great excuse to get fat on ice cream, though hehehe XD

    This anime sounds really funny, especially the wanting to become Japan’s best horse girl thing. It seems bizarre but hilarious. I’ll have to add it to my “cheer up” anime list ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Good idea. Screw the beach body. I’ll battle the high temperatures by stocking up on strawberry Cornettos. Horse girls is a weird idea for a series, but if you can just roll with it the series is quite funny. After a while I got invested in the competitive races too.

  5. I really thought humans as animals began and ended with cats in anime, It’s going to take some time for me to get over this. The show does seem like good fun and even though.

  6. See, I almost expected horses to turn up. Given there were already cow kemonomimi it made sense. Plus, the monster girls did have already done spiders, which seems odder to me. Either way though, I’m expecting more animal hybrids to come.
    This looks fun. It’s one I want to try if I get the time. The problem is finding a moment to start another new series.

    • Cow girls can be cute. You are right, I’m not sure why so many people find this series creepy when arachnid girls have proven to be popular in the past. I think you will like this series, providing that enjoy sport shows. Making time to watch more anime is tough, but thankfully Pretty Derby is only a cour long so you can marathon it in a few days.

      • Sports shows can be fine. Plus, I made it through Keijo and found some enjoyment there, so I have some hope for it, even if it mostly extends to expecting some silliness.
        There definitely seems to be a trend for monster girls and moe anthropomorphism at the moment. There are odder sounding ones than this too, like the manga “My girlfriend is a T-Rex”

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