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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The donut-eating contest in episode 6 was longer than the rest of the festival montage combined, and served no purpose except humor or possibly a weird fetish. But then you find out that this is actually a representation of a Real Life race, the 33rd Arima Kinen in 1988 (note that the contest is also named "33rd"). The results are in line with the race too, including the disqualification.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Pun aside, despite the show having a lot of named characters, a few still stand out:
    • Just like the real horse, Haru Urara's upbeat attitude and determination earns her fans who admire her spirit.
    • Seiun Sky has merchandise released alongside the main cast despite having little to no appearance in the first PV and trailers.
    • Oguri Cap's spoken lines can be counted on one hand, but fans still enjoying looking for her doing what she's known for every episode.
    • King Halo was a late addition to the whole cast, but still has fans despite losing every onscreen races she appeared in, thanks to good voice acting and cute character design.
  • Genius Bonus: The real life Japanese kanji symbol for "horse" is 馬 (uma). It represents a horse with four legs. In the anime, this symbol is changed to show two legs.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: In a sad way, this moment in the opening became meaningful when Special Week, the Real Life horse, died on April 27, 2018. The opening was first shown on April 1, 2018. (Silence Suzuka, the Real Life horse, is long dead).
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  • Heartwarming Moments: Special Week running to Suzuka and apparently saving her life at Tenno Sho. Bonus point: the Real Life Suzuka died, and it appears that in the anime world Suzuka could die too - except for Special Week).
  • Ho Yay:
    • Special Week's admiration for Suzuka can easily be interpreted as a crush, with Spe's reaction to first seeing Suzuka in action seeming a bit like Love at First Sight. Suzuka isn't at all put off by her admiration so far, and seems to be fond of her as well, even blushing and smiling a bit when she first calls Special Week 'Spe-chan'.
      • Episode 6 definitely plays them (and several others) up as, at the very least, very close friends, if not soulmates (though that episode has no skinshipping between them).
      • In the manga, the yuri subtext is much more pronounced, with Spe-chan calling a city trip with Suzuka a "date".
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    • It’s implied that Special Week’s two mothers were together, more so than just her adopted mother "taking over" baby Spe from her biological mother. Spe's human mother keeps a picture of Spe's birth mother in a little shrine; while this is common practice in Japan, people typically only do this with deceased family members. Of course, this brings up a multitude of questions regarding relationships between humans and horse girls (women?); Word of God says such relationships are possible but does not seem to provide any details.
    • When Mejiro McQueen is brought into the picture, the constant attention and attempted pranks from Gold Ship can easily be taken as a sign of interest on Gold Ship's part.
    • Grass Wonder's affection for Special Week in Episode 8 can be interpreted as that of a jealous stalker, borderline on an obsessive Yandere. Not helping the case is the time when the two Real Life stallions, Grass Wonder and Special Week, while already retired, were exhibited together... and Grass Wonder got a bit too excited.
  • Internet Backdraft: The Blurays and DVDs of the anime sold average at first before doing very well thanks to the Granblue Fantasy in-game bonuses that were added as extras. Said mobile game was created by Cygames who also created Uma Musume and it is one of the most popular mobile RPGs in Japan. Some people are not appreciative with the anime selling largely by the provided extras for an unrelated game instead of by its own merit, calling it an unfair marketing strategy. Others are willing to ignore that as other franchises have done that and are excited to see more of the horse girls in the future.
  • Memetic Loser: Haru Urara's status as a Real Life example of the trope is lovingly transferred into the series.
  • MST3K Mantra: Apparently applies to a number of things like "where are all the older horsegirls".
  • Narm Charm: The show is a fun sports anime with endearing characters, despite the absurdity of the premise and how it’s taken completely seriously.
  • Tear Jerker: Episode 7, where Suzuka gets hurt.. and then we find out she could have died but was saved by Spe's last-moment dash. Would possibly qualify for a Wham Episode, but there were a lot of flags in the episodes before that - and besides, everyone who checked real-life history was broadly expecting this. Still, the way the anime handled this is very moving.
    • And then there is Episode 11, where she returns.
  • The Scrappy: Despite the abundance of Les Yay as mentioned above, yuri fans are not happy with the presence of the male trainer in the anime since his first reveal in one of the trailers. Justified as they feel that he is the Featureless Protagonist that many people expect from a mobile game anime. While some have forgiven him for avoiding several aspects of said trope and instead being a supportive mentor with no horsegirls having romantic feelings for him, his habit of touching their legs from behind has drawn the ire of them.


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