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     Toho brings the new anime film UMAMUSUME: PRETTY DERBY – BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA to Japanese cinemas this weekend. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2024 UPDMAP

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd
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    Translator: Andres Perez (Sakura Central)
    Special Thanks to Sachiko Tanaka

    Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2024 UPDMAP

    Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res images from UMAMUSUME: PRETTY DERBY BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA (劇場版『ウマ娘 プリティーダービー 新時代の扉』, Gekijō-ban Umamusume Puritīdābī Shin Jidai no Tobira). The mobile game-turned-anime follows anthropomorphized horse girls, each based on famous Japanese racehorses throughout history, as they study and train at the Tracen Academy to become the best racers and pop idols in Japan.

    Both the film’s screenwriter and scenario director previously worked together on the 2023 four-episode OVA series, UMAMUSUME PRETTY DERBY: ROAD TO THE TOP (ウマ娘 プリティーダービー Road to the Top).

    UMAMUSUME: PRETTY DERBY BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA will be released nationwide in Japan by Toho on May 24, 2024. 


    Jungle Pocket, a.k.a. Pokke, is a horse girl who partakes in freestyle races, aiming to be the strongest. Pokke is shocked by Fujikiseki's performance in a Twinkle Series race that she watched on a whim, and decides to enter the Twinkle Series herself.

    Pokke joins "Tracen Academy," a school where horse girls gather, where she takes on the "Classic Triple Crown Race," which she is only allowed to attempt once in her life. It is here where she trains under the guidance of Tanabe, the person who raised Fujikiseki.

    Waiting for her are rivals from her generation who are even more talented than Pokke. Dedicated to her work, Dantsu Flame continues to work hard and earnestly. Manhattan Cafe, meanwhile, is running after a "friend" that only she can see. Lastly, Agnes Tachyon is a mad scientist who seeks beyond the full potential of horse girls…

    These horse girls run with their pride, determination, and souls on the line.

    The hot and fierce battle opens the door to a new era.

    “I don't care who the opponent is! I'll become the strongest horse girl!”



    Japanese Theatrical Release: Friday, May 24, 2024

    Jungle Pocket : Yuri Fujimoto
    Agnes Tachyon: Sumire Uesaka 
    Manhattan Cafe: Yui Ogura
    Dantsu Flame: Haruna Fukushina
    T. M. Opera O: Tokui Aozora
    Fuji Kiseki: Eriko Matsui
    Narita Top Road: Kanna Nakamura
    Meishou Dotou: Misaki Watada
    Tanabe Trainer: Kenichi Ogata
    Ru: Miyuki Sakurai
    Shima: Yurie Igoma
    Mai: Saya Hitomi
    Nana Izumimoto (Sports Commentator): Rina Honizumi


    Original Story: Cygames
    Director: Ken Yamamoto
    Scenario Director/Story Composition: Tetsuya Kohari
    Screenplay: Kiyoko Yoshimura
    Character Design / Chief Animation Director: Jun Yamazaki
    Art Director: Yusuke Watanabe
    Color Designer: Hiroshi Iwaida
    3D Director: Yoshinori Nakano
    Directors of Photography: Hiroki Kawashita, Akane Fushihara
    Editing: Yoshiko Kimura
    Sound Director: Youta Tsuruoka
    Music Producer: Tetsuya Uchida
    Music: Masaru Yokoyama
    Content Director: Takuma Akitsu
    Character Design Supervisor : Minami Kiyonaga
    Animation Producer: Kan Mizoguchi


    Theme Song: "Ready!! Steady!! Derby!!"
    Lyrics and Music: Masayoshi Oishi


    Production: CygamesPictures
    Distributor (Japan): Toho

    ©2024 UPDMAP


     Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2024 UPDMAP

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