Umamusume: Beginning of a New Era’s Trailer Previews Intense Animation and Theme Song

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The upcoming Umamusume: Pretty Derby — Beginning of a New Era anime movie has gotten a full-length trailer that puts its formidable animation and drawings on display. It also previews the theme song “Ready!! Steady!! Derby!!”

Additionally, the anime film has gotten a key visual and more cast and staff reveals. The newly announced cast are Kenichi Ogata as Trainer Tanabe, Miyuki Sakurai as Lugh, Yurie Igoma as Shima, and Saya Hitomi as May.

The newly revealed staff members include Yusuke Watanabe (Cygames Corporate Animation Movie Follow Your Fantasy) as art director, Yo Iwaida (Spy Classroom) as color designer, Yuki Kawashita (Akebi’s Sailor Uniform) and Akane Fushihara (Spy x Family Code: White) as compositing directors, Masaru Yokohama (Mashle, Tsurune) as music composer, and Tadashi Mizoguchi (Umamusume: Pretty Derby — Road to the Top) as animation producer.

Umamusume: Pretty Derby — Beginning of a New Era was announced last December with a May 24, 2024 Japanese release date. The story will see Jungle Pocket (Yuri Fujimoto) taking on the Classic Sankan (Triple Crown) Race and facing same-generation rivals Agnes Tachyon (Sumire Uesaka) and Manhattan Cafe (Yui Ogura).

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The Cygames-created Umamusume: Pretty Derby franchise started in 2018 with a P.A.Works-produced TV series. Season 2 (produced by Studio KAI with P.A.Works providing assistance) followed in 2021, while Season 3 (produced by Studio KAI) aired from October 5 to December 28, 2023. A CygamesPictures-produced web anime titled Umamusume: Pretty Derby — Road to the Top was released on the Pakatube YouTube channel during the Spring 2023 anime season.

Crunchyroll describes the first season as:

This is a tale of a world where “horse girls”; with glorious names and incredible running abilities live alongside humanity. Horse girl Special Week has moved from the country to the city to attend Tracen Academy. There, she and her classmates compete to win the Twinkle Series and earn the title of “The County’s #1 Horse Girl.”

Aside from anime, the franchise includes a social simulation game, manga, and stage play. 


• Director: Ken Yamamoto (Pokémon: Hisuian Snow director, Princess Connect Re: Dive Season 2 opening storyboard artist and director)
• Scenario director and story composer: Tatsuya Kobari (Umamusume: Pretty Derby Season 3 co-series composer) 
• Character designer and chief animation director: Jun Yamazaki (Umamusume: Pretty Derby — Road to the Top)
• Animation production: CygamesPictures

Source: @uma_musu_movie

Melvyn is one of Anime Trending's main news writers. Aside from anime, he can sometimes be found writing about Japanese/anime-related video games, VTubers, manga, and light novels. Occasionally, he'll put out a review or listicle too. Every anime season, he looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese.
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