Uma Musume – Pretty Derby 2.1: Return of the Neighs

We are back again with the surprise return of the gay horsies. Would they retain the same level of intense competition and, more importantly, yuri power from last time? Let us find out.

Symboli Rudolph Victory

Tokai Teio Pony's Dream

We kicked things off with a flashback of an adorable Tokai Teio pony watching her heroine Symboli Rudolph in awe as she became a Triple Crown Champion. The young Tokai aspired to one day become as awesome as her heroine.

Tokai Teio ReturnsMejiro McQueen Returns

Back in the present we got a Team Spica roll call starting with the two new leads of the show, Tokai Teio and Mejiro McQueen.

Special Week ReturnsVodka and Daiwa Scarlet ReturnGold Ship Returns

The Trainer Returns

Yup. Everyone’s back. Wait. Is someone missing? Hmm.

New Ponies

Satono Diamond and Kitasan Black.

Always nice seeing new ponies. Plus these two will play important roles this season based on the trailer. They were given a tour as more familiar side-horses appeared around the academy. I wonder if the one screaming another horse’s praises down a familiar stump will go somewhere later? At the end of the tour Black and Diamond professed their huge fangirl power for their respective guides. As Teio saw her young self in Black she wished both ponies the best of luck.

Silence Suzuka's whereabouts

I knew I forgot someone. She better not be absent for most of the season. Come back to Japan and don’t spend all season competing in Murica unless we get an episode of you training over there.

Tokai Teio and Symboli Rudolph

I mentioned this when I added S2 to my Watchlist. Keep Teio pining for Rudolph and don’t break up Gold McQueen. Pretty please with sugar on top?

Teio vs McQueen

The main raivarus of the season.

Tokai Teio Intro pose

After a training montage it was time for Teio’s big race for the Double Crown.

Tokai Teio Speed Boost

Teio ran a strategic race, picked her spot and tapped into the Speed Force for the win!

Teio channeling her heroine

All seemed well as Teio channeled her inner Rudolph.

Teio's ankle not well

However, this was only Episode 1 and things couldn’t go swimmingly. Otherwise this would be a short season so the writers were like “Let’s throw in another injury angle”. We’ll see where that goes next time.

Good premiere. Looking forward to more.

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10 Responses to Uma Musume – Pretty Derby 2.1: Return of the Neighs

  1. tbiscut74 says:

    It was only when watching this fantastic premiere that I realized how much I missed our adorable gay horse girls!

    Those little horse girls were adorable!

    So many background comedy this episode!

    Great to see Team Rigil again.

    I missed these characters. I even missed the trainer/manager, being that I was one of those who were not bothered by him and actually liked him.

    I missed are tsundere/bickering/rival couple!

    But more then anything I missed Best Girl Gold Ship! God how I missed her greatness! And yes keep Gold McQueen!

    The song at the end was rocking!

    With Dropout Idol Fruit Tart done this is a great anime to watch on Mondays! And I’ll probably check out the other 2 anime later.

    Can’t wait for more!

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  2. Little Viktoria says:

    Everyone is as charming as always. Cute Special Week (I hope that her pretty, kind girlfriend Suzuka returns soon to cuddle with her), energetic adorable Teio, the unimitable Gold Ship, sex bomb Scarlet with her rival, and the cool girlish beauty McQueen that just begs to be teased a little. I like the choice of focus characters.

    I really liked the twintail brunette cutie at the cafeteria, and the little horses were so lovely. I ship them together when they get a little older ^^

    I also missed the way the girls cry “I can’t” when they’re overtaken on the race track, it’s so silly and cute ^^

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  3. opaco1234 says:

    Oh, they change the point of view to a Spec Teamate, is really new in sport serie just made this change.
    Teio is quite more experience than Spec and that could changes things

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  4. chikorita157 says:

    It’s nice to have the horse girls back. Still, I didn’t expect Teio’s to look up to Rudolph. Still, it’s good that she is closer to achieving her dream, but she is really close to having a Suzuka like disaster from that possible injury. I hope someone tell her to have that checked out.

    Also, I find it silly how Gold Ship rides on a Segway. Then again, she is a prankster after all. I hope that Suzuka will come back at some point.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Teio’s a huge Rudolph fangirl in S1, remember?

      Yup. Don’t drag out her injury.

      Gold Ship is a treasure. Plus she’s smart. Saving up her energy for races. No need to walk when it’s not necessary.

      Yup. Come back soon Suzuka.

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  5. yurimylove says:

    Awesome race right off the bat.

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