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* ExpressiveEars: The horse girls have those, just like real horses. And their tails are sometimes expressive, too.


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* ExpressiveEars: The horse girls have those, just like real horses. And their tails are sometimes expressive, too.
* {{Expy}}: The French horse girl Broye is one of [[Manga/TheRoseOfVersailles Lady Oscar]].


Named after the racehorses of a different world, the Uma Musume (ウマ娘, ''horse girls'') dedicate their lives to running. For many of these young women, their biggest dream is to participate in the Twinkle Series, run alongside Japan's fastest, and shine on the winner's stage.

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Named after the racehorses of a different world, the Uma Musume ''Uma Musume'' (ウマ娘, ''horse girls'') dedicate their lives to running. For many of these young women, their biggest dream is to participate in the Twinkle Series, run alongside Japan's fastest, and shine on the winner's stage.


* OneGenderRace: Horsegirls, apparently. The anime does not explain exactly how they are conceived, and WordOfGod states their fathers were completely normal. (Pregnancy and birth are explicitly mentioned).

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* OneGenderRace: Horsegirls, apparently. The anime does not explain exactly how they are conceived, and WordOfGod states their fathers were completely normal. (Pregnancy and birth are explicitly mentioned).mentioned.)

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On December 15, 2018, it was announced that the spinoff 4-koma Manga ''Umayon'' will be getting an anime adaptation, but no specific date was announced.


Based on the mobile training game by Cygames, ''Uma Musume: Pretty Derby'' is Creator/PAWorks' animated take on the horse girl racing scene.

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Based on the mobile training game by Cygames, Creator/{{Cygames}}, ''Uma Musume: Pretty Derby'' is Creator/PAWorks' animated take on the horse girl racing scene.

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* CastingGag: TM Opera O, a boisterous and proud tomboyish horse girl, is voiced by Creator/SoraTokui, who also voiced Applejack in the Japanese dub of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic another famous show about girls who are horses]].


// Every time Trainer tries to touch the legs of a new horse girl, he gets kicked.
** In most races, when a fast girl passes some other girl at incredible speed, the other girl reacts with a loud [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muri_(Japanese_term) MURI]], usually translated as "[[ThisCannotBe Impossible]]" or "I can't". Also when a girl is preparing to "make her move" hoping wo with the race, she will exclaim IKERU ("I can do it"); in one race, four Ikerus are heard in quick succession. The MURI even makes an appearance in the EatingContest in Episode 6.
* ShownTheirWork: in spades. The amount of elaborate reality references in the anime is staggering, and they are found in surprising places sometimes, to the delight of the fandom.
* ShipTease: a staple of this anime. Special Week/Silent Suzuka is closest, but also a few others.

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// ** Every time Trainer tries to touch the legs of a new horse girl, he gets kicked.
** In most races, when a fast girl passes some other girl at incredible speed, the other girl reacts with a loud [[https://en."[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muri_(Japanese_term) MURI]], muri]]", usually translated as "[[ThisCannotBe Impossible]]" or "I can't". Also when a girl is preparing to "make her move" hoping wo to with the race, she will exclaim IKERU "ikeru" ("I can do it"); in one race, four Ikerus "ikerus" are heard in quick succession. The MURI "muri" even makes an appearance in the EatingContest in Episode 6.
* ShownTheirWork: in In spades. The amount of elaborate reality references in the anime is staggering, and they are found in surprising places sometimes, to the delight of the fandom.
* ShipTease: a A staple of this anime. Special Week/Silent Suzuka is closest, but also a few others.


** RealPersonCameo: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yutaka_Take Yutaka Take]], the legendary jockey who rode Special Week and many other prototype horses to their best victories, [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2018/04/22/real-life-jockey-makes-the-jump-to-2d-in-umamusume-pretty-derby appears]] AsHimself as a real-time commentator at Nippon Derby in Episode 5, also voicing himself, also credited. His facial expressions show him rooting for Special Week; [[EasterEgg in the corresponding real-life race he was riding Special Week]].
* ATasteOfDefeat: [[spoiler:Special Week]] experiences this in episode 3.

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* ATasteOfDefeat:
** RealPersonCameo: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yutaka_Take Yutaka Take]], the legendary jockey who rode Special Week and many other prototype horses to their best victories, [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2018/04/22/real-life-jockey-makes-the-jump-to-2d-in-umamusume-pretty-derby appears]] AsHimself as a real-time commentator at Nippon Derby in Episode 5, also voicing himself, also credited. His facial expressions show him rooting for Special Week; [[EasterEgg in the corresponding real-life race he was riding Special Week]].
* ATasteOfDefeat:
[[spoiler:Special Week]] experiences this in episode 3.



* BigEater: Special Week. She has a giant box filled with carrots and eats so much that she gets a BalloonBelly. In fact, when on a diet, she is noticed by another to have less rice then normal even though it was still a big serving.

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* BigEater: BigEater:
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Special Week. She has a giant box filled with carrots and eats so much that she gets a BalloonBelly. In fact, when on a diet, she is noticed by another to have less rice then normal even though it was still a big serving.



* TheBigRace: There is a race in every episode. A few are just intra-school things for training (or, in once case, for selecting a member for a team); but most races in this anime happen on racecourses and have a significant audience.



* CombatStilettos: The Horse Girls wear heeled shoes when racing, with a horse shoe nailed to their soles. In reality, heels would be the last thing a professional runner would choose to wear.

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* CombatStilettos: CombatStilettos:
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The Horse Girls wear heeled shoes when racing, with a horse shoe nailed to their soles. In reality, heels would be the last thing a professional runner would choose to wear.



* EpicFail: At the beginning of episode 3, despite winning their respective races, every member of Team Spica minus Suzuka does something embarrassing during the victory concert. So Trainer asks Tokai Teio to train them to improve their performances.

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* EpicFail: EpicFail:
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At the beginning of episode 3, despite winning their respective races, every member of Team Spica minus Suzuka does something embarrassing during the victory concert. So Trainer asks Tokai Teio to train them to improve their performances.



* EyeScream: Every time Gold Ship tries to compete over something with Mejiro [=MacQueen=], she gets hit in the eye.
** In Episode 9 Gold Ship gets GenreSavvy and [[spoiler:wears a helmet with an eye shield]] before attempting a prank.

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* EyeScream: Every time Gold Ship tries to compete over something with Mejiro [=MacQueen=], she gets hit in the eye.
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eye. In Episode 9 Gold Ship 9, she gets GenreSavvy and [[spoiler:wears a helmet with an eye shield]] before attempting a prank.



* NeverTrustATrailer: the [[https://youtu.be/HYrVKLBhitE original trailer]] was different in many ways from the anime. This is apparently not a case of a misleading trailer, but rather the concept being developed between the 2016 trailer and the 2018 anime, possibly taking into account some of the InternetBackdraft that the trailer caused.

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* NeverTrustATrailer: the [[https://youtu.be/HYrVKLBhitE original trailer]] was different in many ways from the anime. This is apparently not a case of a misleading trailer, but rather the concept being developed between the 2016 trailer and the 2018 anime, possibly taking into account some of the InternetBackdraft that the trailer caused. anime.



* NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction: [[spoiler: El Condor Pasa's victory in Tenno Sho in Episode 7. She did want "revenge" on Suzuka, but not ''that'' kind of revenge.]]

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* NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction: [[spoiler: El Condor Pasa's victory in Tenno Sho Sho]] in Episode 7. She [[spoiler:She did want "revenge" on Suzuka, but not ''that'' kind of revenge.]]



* RealPersonCameo: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yutaka_Take Yutaka Take]], the legendary jockey who rode Special Week and many other prototype horses to their best victories, [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2018/04/22/real-life-jockey-makes-the-jump-to-2d-in-umamusume-pretty-derby appears]] AsHimself as a real-time commentator at Nippon Derby in Episode 5, also voicing himself, also credited. His facial expressions show him rooting for Special Week; [[EasterEgg in the corresponding real-life race he was riding Special Week]].



* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Special Week and Silence Suzuka. As common in many cases involving high school girls in anime, there is [[LesYay fandom speculation about more]], and the makers are not averse to teasing, but this is all we ''know'' from canon, apparently.

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* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Special Week and Silence Suzuka. As common in many cases involving high school girls in anime, there is [[LesYay fandom speculation about more]], and the makers are not averse to teasing, but this is all we ''know'' from canon, apparently.



* RunningGag: Every time Trainer tries to touch the legs of a new horse girl, he gets kicked.
** In most races, when a fast girl passes some other girl at incredible speed, the other girl reacts with a loud [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muri_(Japanese_term) MURI]], usually translated as "[[ThisCannotBe Impossible]]" or "I can't". Also when a girl is preparing to "make her move" hoping wo with the race, she will exclaim IKERU ("I can do it"); in one race, four Ikerus are heard in quick succession.
*** The MURI even makes an appearance in the EatingContest in Episode 6.

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* RunningGag: RunningGag:
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Every time Trainer tries to touch the legs of a new horse girl, he gets kicked.
** In most races, when a fast girl passes some other girl at incredible speed, the other girl reacts with a loud [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muri_(Japanese_term) MURI]], usually translated as "[[ThisCannotBe Impossible]]" or "I can't". Also when a girl is preparing to "make her move" hoping wo with the race, she will exclaim IKERU ("I can do it"); in one race, four Ikerus are heard in quick succession.
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succession. The MURI even makes an appearance in the EatingContest in Episode 6.



* TheBigRace: There is a race in every episode. A few are just intra-school things for training (or, in once case, for selecting a member for a team); but most races in this anime happen on racecourses and have a significant audience.
* ThePowerOfFriendship (or ThePowerOfLove, depending on how you read the relationship): [[spoiler: Special Week saving Suzuka from possible death in Episode 7. In RealLife, Silence Suzuka was hurt so much he had to be put down. If fate of horsegirls in the anime world is tied to that of the horses in our world, then that scene is "power of friendship, or of love, [[ScrewDestiny defeats fate itself]]".]]

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* TheBigRace: There is a race in every episode. A few are just intra-school things for training (or, in once case, for selecting a member for a team); but most races in this anime happen on racecourses and have a significant audience.
* ThePowerOfFriendship (or ThePowerOfLove, depending on how you read the relationship):
ThePowerOfFriendship: [[spoiler: Special Week saving Suzuka from possible death death]] in Episode 7. In RealLife, Silence [[spoiler:Silence Suzuka was hurt so much he had to be put down. If fate of horsegirls in the anime world is tied to that of the horses in our world, then that scene is "power of friendship, or of love, [[ScrewDestiny defeats fate itself]]".]]



* VitriolicBestBuds: Daiwa Scarlet and Vodka are constantly arguing with each other in the opening and are not averse to exchanging stingy remarks in the anime itself, but are really good friends in Team Spica.
** Also, [[{{Tsundere}} Hishi Amazon]] and Narita Brian.

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* VitriolicBestBuds: VitriolicBestBuds:
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Daiwa Scarlet and Vodka are constantly arguing with each other in the opening and are not averse to exchanging stingy remarks in the anime itself, but are really good friends in Team Spica.
** Also, [[{{Tsundere}} Hishi Amazon]] and Narita Brian.

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* BookEnds: Special Week's Mom gets off the train early by mistake in episode 12, and is directed on her way by the same station attendant that directed Special Week back in episode 1. In both cases, they run the remaining distance to the race track.


* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: the racing history in this anime generally follows the Japanese 1998 season, though not without significant deviations. See the [[ShoutOut/UmaMusume ShoutOut page]] for details.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: the racing history in this anime generally follows the Japanese 1998 season, and 1999 horse racing seasons, though not without significant deviations. See the [[ShoutOut/UmaMusume ShoutOut page]] for details.


** Mejiro [=McQueen=] was the grandsire of Gold Ship, but the two are unrelated friends in the series. Gold Ship is instead of LovingBully always seeking [=McQueen=]'s attention.

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** Mejiro [=McQueen=] was the grandsire of Gold Ship, but the two are unrelated friends in the series. Gold Ship is instead of a LovingBully always seeking [=McQueen=]'s attention.


* FailedASpotCheck: In Episode 9 El Condor Pasa shows Broye's signature on her guidebook, thinking that Broye mistook her for a fan. The writing is in French, which El-chan does not understand... but if we zoon in onto it, we see it clearly includes the word "Condor".

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* FailedASpotCheck: In Episode 9 El Condor Pasa shows Broye's signature on her guidebook, thinking that Broye mistook her for a fan. The writing is in French, which El-chan does not understand... but if we zoon zoom in onto it, we see it clearly includes the word "Condor".


* AsHerself: the regular second commentator/analyst during the anime races, as seen at least in Episodes 1 and 3, is Junko Hosoe, a past jockey who is now a real life racing analyst (so her role is similar to NewscasterCameo). She has a [[https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%B4%B0%E6%B1%9F%E7%B4%94%E5%AD%90 page in Japanese Wikipedia]]. She is voicing herself and is duly credited.

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* AsHerself: the regular second commentator/analyst during the anime races, as seen at least in Episodes 1 and 3, races is Junko Hosoe, a past jockey who is now a real life racing analyst (so her role is similar to NewscasterCameo). She has a [[https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%B4%B0%E6%B1%9F%E7%B4%94%E5%AD%90 page in Japanese Wikipedia]]. She is voicing herself and is duly credited.

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* OpposingSportsTeam: Team Rigil serves as a LighterAndSofter example of this trope. While they are the #1 ranked team with the best players, and Hana's training methods are very strict as suits the trope, they are close friends with the opposing teams.


* WritersCannotDoMath: a Japanese Derby [[https://pasteboard.co/HiTD0wo.png poster]] in the anime lists the date as 6.7 SUN, which means June 7, Sunday. June 7 was a Sunday in 1998, when the prototype real-life race happened. However, the anime appears to be happening in the present (it has technology, like IC cards in Tokyo train stations, that was not there in 1998). And June 7, 2018 is not a Sunday. This is not a major issue because there introduction mentions "a different world" (where horses from our world are reincarnated), and in a different world dates might also be different. (Alternatively, the events might be happening in ''[[NextSundayAD 2020]]'', a year that has June 7 as a Sunday but is unlikely to have technology very different from 2018.)
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by keeping the symbolism of the original Tenno Sho autumn 1998, which was on 11.1 (November 1) and Silence Suzuka had the number 1.

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