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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Twin Turbo really a just a weirdo or is she a case of Obfuscating Stupidity? Given that the only other horsegirls to see through Teio's almost-perfect disguise were Nice Nature and Biwa Hayahide, she really might be the latter case...
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: After two years of delays and troubled production, the released game earned 2 billion yen in the span of five days, tallied into a 120 million dollars revenue and 4 millions download near the end of their first month. Not something you would expect from a series about real life race horses reincarnated into girls who are also racers and idol singers.
    • The second season broke the record for cumulative disc sales of Television anime, selling over 160k copies in its first two weeks. Cash Cow Franchise indeed.
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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.
  • Broken Base: The fact that a second season of the anime exists has divided the anime community, due to the fact that the Blu-Rays of the first season only sold so well because Cygames put codes for Granblue Fantasy items in them. Critics accuse the series' creators of exploiting an anime production loophole to foist a second season that no one actually wants on the world, while fans argue that the second season is the result of the mobile game's success and are happy to see their favorite horsegirls again.
  • 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 enjoy looking for her doing what she's known for every episode.
    • King Halo was a late addition to the whole cast, but she still has fans despite losing every onscreen race she appeared in, thanks to good voice acting and cute character design.
    • Gold Ship, aka "most popular character in the franchise", even people who don't know the series recognize her as that "funny horse girl" thanks to her eccentric personality, always doing something odd in the background, her attractive appearance and fantastic voice actress. The staff knows very well about her popularity and even made her the (un)official mascot of their youtube channel. She even has her own Twitter account. It also helps that the real life Gold Ship was very popular in horce races and still is very meme-friendly.
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    • Rice Shower exploded in popularity after her episodes were aired and arguably stole the show away from the season's protagonists, Teio and McQueen. Being a Creepy Awesome Badass Adorable Elegant Gothic Lolita who defeated McQueen is just the start of the fanbase's love for Rice Shower.
    • Twin Turbo, one of the new characters introduced on the second season of the anime, has also garnered attention of the fans upon the release of her episodes.
    • Some characters that were initially overlooked have gained more traction upon the release of the game, as they have been fleshed out within their ingame stories. Notable examples include Nice Nature (who also appeared at the anime's second season) and Agnes Tachyon.
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  • Fountain of Memes:
    • Easily the biggest source of memes for the franchise as a whole has to be Gold Ship, as noted in the Ensemble Dark Horse entry. If there is a meme of this franchise, there is a high chance it involves her.
    • At least in the Korean fandom, Silence Suzuka. As noted in the Memetic Mutation, her comment about Special Week having two mothers easily became the single most hilariously infamous line for them. This became even better when it was revealed that in season 2 she went to America...which in Korean culture can be interpreted as a euphemism for being sent to death.
  • Genius Bonus: The real life Japanese kanji symbol for "horse" is 馬 (uma). It represents a horse with four legs. In the anime as well as the game, this symbol is changed to show two legs.note 
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The franchise has a decent fanbase in Korea and China even before the game's official release, which explained Cygames's decision to announce a Korea and China release at the end of their first month.
  • 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).
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Expect most newcomers decided to search about the franchise "Uma Musume" for only reason:Gold Ship. She easily has a ton of fanart, and many want to know more about her.
  • 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".
    • 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 a common practice in Japan, it's typically only done for 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.
    • The second season has Tokai Teio and Mejiro McQueen forming a Friendly Rivalry where the two inspire each other, to the point the Evolving Credits implies McQueen has become as important to Teio as her idol Symboli Rudolf. Then episode 11 hits, and ramps up the subtext, by having Teio suddenly become tongue-tied when trying to express her gratitude, with McQueen remarking that Teio's acting like she's trying to confess. Eventually Teio works up the courage to straight up ask McQueen out on a date between friends, where she can finally thank her, while the whole thing plays out like a romantic scene. (And the episode even finds time to play at a similar Puppy Love between Kitasan Black and Satono Diamond.)
      • Episode 12 then has it coming the other direction when McQueen has a Heroic BSoD when she hears about her incurable leg injury, with her greatest sorrow being that she can no longer race against Teio as a rival — the language of her inner thoughts practically makes the latter out to be her soulmate.
  • Incest Yay Shipping: Despite having no blood relation within the franchise's lore, pairings formed from the real-life horse relations are pretty popular in the fanbase, like McQueen/Gold Ship (Grandfather/grandson), Agnes Tachyon/Daiwa Scarlet (Father/daughter), Special Week/Suzuka (siblings) etc...
  • Memetic Loser: Haru Urara's status as a Real Life example of the trope is lovingly transferred into the series.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Gold Ship's drop kick.explanation 
    • "So nice you have two mothers." explanation 
    • Uma Musume is an incest anime. explanation 
    • EI EI MUN!explanation 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tear Jerker: Has a whole page.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Rice Shower. The In-Universe fans do not like her because she ended up spoiling both Mihono Bourbon's undefeated Triple Crown win and Mejiro McQueen becoming a consecutive three time Tenno Sho winner. The fans of the show however love her because they feel sorry for how she is treated and her performance in the actual races.


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