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Uma Musume Pretty Derby Gets New Key Visual & Cast Members

It’s time to hit the course with this new group of athletes!

Earlier today, the official Uma Musume Pretty Derby anime website updated with a new key visual. The new image is an update to the visual that hit in February, and features six characters:

  • Special Week
  • Silence Suzuka
  • Tōkai Teiō
  • El Condor Pasar
  • Grass Wonder
  • Seyoung Kai

The new characters also received voice cast members, which are as follows:

  • El Condor Pasar: Minami Takahashi
  • Grass Wonder: Rena Maeda
  • Seyoung Kai: Akari Kitō

Uma Musume – Pretty Derby will air in April 2018. Tokyo MX, Kansai TV, Saga TV, BS11, and Abema TV will all carry the show in Japan. Toho Animation will host a talk show and mini-concert featuring the show’s cast on March 25, at their Anime Japan booth.

The series will be helmed by Kei Oikawa (Outbreak Company, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!) at P.A. Works, with Yousuke Kabashima (D.Gray-man Hallow, Lord Marksman and Vanadis) filling the dual role of character designer and chief animation director. Masafumi “Pierre” Sugiura (Barakamon, Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru) and Akihiro Ishihara (Cygames) will work together to write the scripts and tackle series composition.

The seven core cast members (Azumi Waki, Marika Kōno, Machico, Ayaka Ohashi, Chisa Kimura, Hitomi Ueda, Saori Ōnishi) will perform both the opening and closing themes to the show. The opening theme will be titled Make Debut, while the closing will be named Grow Up Shine!

The series will star the following:

  • Special Week: Azumi Waki
  • Silence Suzuka: Marika Kōno
  • Tōkai Teiō: Machico
  • Vodka: Ayaka Ohashi
  • Daiwa Scarlet: Chisa Kimura
  • Gold Ship: Hitomi Ueda
  • Mejiro McQueen: Saori Ōnishi
  • Tazuna Hayakawa: Yukiyo Fujii
  • Trainer: Kōji Okino
  • Hana Tōjō: Megumi Toyoguchi

All of the cast members, save Okino and Toyoguchi, are reprising their roles from the smartphone game.

Uma Musume – Pretty Derby is a multimedia project from Cygames, which will include a manga series, a smartphone game, and the upcoming anime series. The game is on track for a 2018 release.

The manga, titled Starting Gate -Uma Musume Pretty Derby-, launched in March on the publisher’s “Cycomi” manga website. The work is being drawn by “S. Koisugi,” though the author’s full name is still unknown.

Source: Otakomu

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