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Uma Musume: Pretty Derby’s popularity continues to rise

A few weeks ago it was reported that the first Blu-ray compilation package of the second season animated adaptation of Uma Musume’s multimedia project: Pretty Derby, was already dominating in reservations on distribution platforms in Japan. The popularity shock has reached Japanese resellers, who have begun listing the first season packages at fairly affordable prices.

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Originally released at a single price of 12,800 yen (which is equivalent to $123 currently) in 2018, the packs are being resold at individual prices of around 7,000 yen, almost half the original price, with some listing all four packages released (which were jointly priced at 51,200 yen in 2018) priced between 24,000 and 36,000 yen, less than half the original value. However, Japanese forums abound with the key question: “Do you still include the Granblue Fantasy redemption code intact?”

The series has been broadcast in Japan since January 4, while its distribution license is in the hands of the Crunchyroll platform. On the other hand, Uma Musume: Pretty Derby is a multimedia franchise created by Cygames. A smartphone game was planned to be released for iOS and Android devices in 2018, however it was postponed and released on February 24 in Japan.

Production team

  • Kei Oikawa is directing the anime at Studio KAI, replacing P.A. Works who this time are listed as assistants.
  • Takumi Narita replaces Tomoaki Ohta as assistant director.
  • Yousuke Kabashima is returning to serve as a co-character designer in collaboration with Tomoko Tsuji, with both also handling animation direction.
  • Yuuichi Morita, Taro Iwashiro, and Utamaro return as sound director, music producer, and soundtrack composer, respectively.

Synopsis of Uma Musume Pretty Derby

In a world very similar to ours, the great racehorses of the past were given the opportunity to be reborn as “uma musume”, girls with the ears and tail of a horse, but who also count on their speed and endurance. The best of these girls have the privilege of studying at Tracen Academy in Tokyo, hoping to gain fame and fortune as both runners and idols.

Special Week, a small-town high school horse-girl who has just transferred to Tracen, is determined to fulfill her promise to her mother to become the best horse-girl in Japan.

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