And they’re off in this simulcast derby!
Yesterday, Crunchyroll announced that they will stream Umamusume Pretty Derby as part of their Spring 2018 simulcast lineup. The series will launch on April 1, at 9:00AM Pacific with an hour-long special.
The publisher released a subtitled version of the teaser trailer, which you can check out below:
Umamusume Pretty Derby will be available to users in the following regions:
- North America
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Latin America
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
- El Condor Pasar: Minami Takahashi
- Grass Wonder: Rena Maeda
- Seyoung Kai: Akari Kitō
All of the cast members, save Okino and Toyoguchi, are reprising their roles from the smartphone game.
Umamusume 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.