The official Twitter account for the Uma Musume Pretty Derby franchise announced on Wednesday that the anime’s third season will premiere in 2023. The account also revealed a teaser visual and promotional video:
The third season features a returning cast.
Kei Oikawa is once again directing the anime at Studio KAI. Yousuke Kabashima is returning to serve as co-character designer, as is co-character designer Tomoko Tsuji. Satoru Fujimoto returns to the staff as chief animation director, along with Manabu Nii. Shingo Nagai and Tetsuya Kobari are handling series composition.
The franchise‘s YouTube channel also began streaming a promotional video for the Uma Musume Pretty Derby: Road to the Top net anime, and it reveals that the anime will debut on YouTube on April 16 at 9:00 p.m. JST. The net anime is separate from the third television anime season. It will depict T.M. Opera O, Admire Vega, Narita Top Road, and other Uma Musume (Horse Girls) going head-to-head to win Classic competitions.
The first 13-episode Uma Musume Pretty Derby television anime season premiered in April 2018. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. A “BNW no Chikai” (BNW’s Oath) anime came bundled with the Uma Musume Pretty Derby television anime’s fourth Blu-ray Disc volume in December 2018. The second season of the main Uma Musume Pretty Derby television anime premiered in January 2021. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. A third season of the anime is in production.
A special anime commemorating the first anniversary of the game debuted online in February 2022.
The Uma Musume Pretty Derby game launched in February 2021 for iOS and Android. The game was originally slated for a release in Winter 2018, and was delayed in order to raise the game’s quality. The game got a release on PC via DMM Games in March 2021.
The game’s concept begins with Uma Musume (Horse Girls), girls endowed with excellent running capability, and who aim to become top idols and compete in the national sports entertainment show “Twinkle Series.” Players take the role of both teacher and trainer for the girls in the Nihon Uma Musume Training Center Gakuen (Japan Horse Girls Training Center Academy) and help them make their debut.