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Uma Musume Pretty Derby: Star Blossom Manga Launches on April 10

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Shin Hotani, Monjūsaki depict newbie trainer meeting Sakura Laurel

The official YouTube channel of Shueisha's YanJan app began streaming a teaser trailer for the Uma Musume Pretty Derby: Star Blossom manga on Monday. The video revealed the manga's artist and writer, and also reveals that the manga will launch in YanJan, Shonen Jump+, and Tonari no Young Jump on April 10.

© Shin Hotani, Monjūsaki, Cygames

Shin Hotani is drawing the art for the manga, and Monjūsaki is penning the script. The manga will center on newbie trainer Tsubaki Akeishi and her fated encounter with Sakura Laurel, a horse girl with big dreams.

Cygames announced the manga in March 2022.

Cygames is also publishing several other spinoff manga for the franchise on Cycomi, including Uma Musume Pretty Derby: Haru Urara Ganbaru!, Starting Gate: Uma Musume Pretty Derby, and Uma Musume Pretty Derby Uma Musumeshi.

© Cygames, Inc.
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. The anime's third season will premiere this year.

The franchise's Uma Musume Pretty Derby: Road to the Top net 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 Uma Musume Pretty Derby franchise's spinoff manga series Umayon also inspired its own television anime that premiered in July 2020 and ended in September 2020.

A special anime commemorating the first anniversary of the game debuted online in February 2022.

A new short anime series titled Uma Yuru debuted in October 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.

Sources: YanJan YouTube channel, Oricon

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