In recent news: your latest mixed media addiction is here — and it features horse schoolgirls studying to be racehorse idol singers.
Like, at this point this isn’t hard to believe.
Okay, let’s get one thing straight first. As far as we know, this has nothing to do with that bishonen horse app. This is something totally new.
Uma Musume: Pretty Derby is CyGames’s latest brainchild: a horse racing/idol raising app that puts you in charge of cute girls dreaming of stardom. As their new trainer, you’ll walk them through academics, aerobics, and singing and dancing to help raise the perfect horse/human hybrid sports idol. Which is a thing now.
The app includes a training center and CG races. And at the end of each race is a “Winning Live” — a concert featuring the top girls performing one of the franchise’s songs.
Wait… songs? Yep! There are already nine singles available from the project’s various stars, and more will be rolling out in the near future.
On the Small Screen
And naturally, there will be an Uma Musume anime! P.A. Works, the team behind Angel Beats! and Sakura Quest, are teaming up with CyGames to create the series.
Leading the pack is voice actress Azumi Waki (Maika in Blend S) as our main heroine, Special Week. Accompanying her are Marika Kono (Petra in Re:Zero) as Silence Suzuka, and Machico (Tsubasa Ibuki in The IDOLM@STER Million Live!) as Tokai Teio.
All told, there are currently 59 horse girls listed on their character page — and each is named after an actual Japanese Thoroughbred racehorse! (You know, in case you were wondering about names like Agnes Tachyon or Narita Brian.) Will you get a chance to meet them all in the game… or in the anime, for that matter? Only time will tell! The release of Uma Musume: Pretty Derby is right around the corner, but we don’t know yet if we’ll see it hit the West.
Would you play Uma Musume if it became available? Let us know in the comments!