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Uma Musume Pretty Derby Spinoff Manga Umayon Gets Anime Project

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
4-panel manga centers on cute, everyday lives of franchise characters

Cygames announced at the Cygames Fes event on Saturday that the Uma Musume Pretty Derby spinoff manga series Umayon is getting an anime project. The announcement did not state the format of the project.

Jet Kuma (The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Gekijō) draws the manga, and Satoshi Itō is in charge of storyboards. Cygames is credited with the original work.

Kuma launched the manga on Cygames' Cycomi website on March 30, and the 38th chapter debuted on the service on Thursday. The four-panel manga centers on the everyday cute lives of the characters Special Week, Silence Suzuka, and more from the franchise.

The 13-episode Uma Musume Pretty Derby television anime premiered on April 1. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. "BNW no Chikai" (BNW's Oath), a new anime that will be bundled with the Uma Musume Pretty Derby television anime's fourth Blu-ray Disc volume on December 19, will have the same length as three episodes.

Kei Oikawa (This Art Club Has a Problem!, Outbreak Company, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!) directed the anime at P.A. Works. Yousuke Kabashima (D.Gray-man Hallow, Lord Marksman and Vanadis) designed the characters and served as chief animation director. Masafumi Sugiura (aka Pierre Sugiura, Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru scripts) and Cygames' Akihiro Ishihara both wrote and oversaw the series scripts. UTAMARO movement composed the music at Lantis.

Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby game is currently in development, with a planned release on iOS and Android this winter. Cygames is also publishing several other spinoff manga for the franchise on Cycomi, including Uma Musume Pretty Derby: Haru Urara Ganbaru! and Starting Gate: Uma Musume Pretty Derby.

Sources: Cygames Fes (Kim Morrissy), Cygames' YouTube channel

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