As the name Uma Musume Pretty Derby implies, the series focuses on anthropomorphic horse girls based on famous racehorses from the 1990s to present.
The series was initially announced in 2016. The first season of the anime aired in 2018, when the game was originally supposed to be released. But it was quite late out of the gate — the release was delayed until February 2021. But as soon as the race started, these beloved horse girls quickly sprinted their way to the top of the mobile app stores within Japan.
Not only that, but the title Uma Musume Pretty Derby also took top spot on pixiv Encyclopedia and Nico Nico Pedia, making it one of the most viral terms of 2021. The fandom was whipped into such a frenzy, it even spawned “Uma Pyoi” memes to the theme song.
Fan favorites include Special Week, Gold Ship, Silence Suzuka, and more…! Will you place your bets on your best girl — err, horse?