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「夢の舞台」 (Yume no Butai)
“Stage of Dreams”

If you read up on the results of the 1999 Tokyo Cup race, or watched it online, you probably had a general idea of who was going to win this one. Much like Suzuka’s injury or Pasa’s victories/defeats, real life does act as a spoiler to many of the results of Uma Musume‘s recent races. However, it doesn’t discount the emotional impact of the race as the episodes before this were all setting the stage for Special Week to go from a diamond in the rough to an impressive runner, fighting the odds to be able to shake off France’s very own Broye.

Everything that Spe-chan, her friends, her mentors, and her loved ones had done up to this point all culminated to this, and the anime spares no expense to make her win at the Tokyo Cup as momentous as can be for her and those around her. The emotional weight of Spe-chan’s journey to pulling off a victory against Broye could be felt across the stadium as crowds roared, the girls of her academy cheered her on, the Trainer and Toujou rooting for her in unison, and her foster mother shedding tears all the way through as she shared Spe-chan’s proudest accomplishment yet with her late friend. Silence Suzuka’s happiness and her encouragement for her friend to keep on trucking despite feeling winded helped Spe-chan during the final stretch.

They also did a great job with the friendly rivalry going on between Spe-chan and Broye. Thanks to Pasa’s ill-guided attempt at getting Spe-chan to tell her and her fellow racers off in French, they had a good way to rile up the crowd and create a tense yet cordial relationship between her and the rest of the racers. Add that on top of Broye kissing her cheek as a greeting to get her flustered, and the unintentional mind-game Spe-chan played with Pasa’s one French phrase set the stage for a race where the two were both on competitive terms. Her fellow races did take the French term for “don’t get too cocky” much more seriously as they were temporary elated by the idea of putting Spe-chan in her place, but Broye took both her phrasing and the defeat by her hands with stride as she repeated the phrase Spe-chan used with a wink and a smile. Although Broye was set up to be the strong adversary for Spe-chan to win against, she was a very pleasant rival as we saw her prep up with a last-minute workout at her hotel and make press runs before she faced off in the Tokyo Cup. It was a treat to see how they handled the French language too with the admirable job her seiyuu does at speaking French.

Though it was easy to see where it was going, it still made for a thrilling episode that was emotionally impactful and rewarding for Special Week as her victory cements her position as the racer she aspired to be. It might’ve been the most cinematic way to end the series, but Uma Musume has one more trick up its sleeve with the next race being a dream match between the girls at Spica and the more popular members of the cast.

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June 11, 2018 at 12:38 pm
11 comments »
  • June 11, 2018 at 1:05 pmWorldwidedepp

    It was an nice Ride, even if there is still 1 episode left.. The Climax was reaching and i liked it

    • June 11, 2018 at 1:08 pmWorldwidedepp

      in my youth i was also an fast runner. but at some age my feet could not go any faster, but my brain wanted it so much…”faster faster!” but my legs did not speed up the rhythm

  • June 11, 2018 at 1:44 pmMurii

    It couldn’t be the ending either way. Spe might have accomplished her dream but Suzuka still hasn’t done anything to get closer to hers. She wanted to win big and go overseas and become the receptacle of everyone’s hopes and dreams. She’s as far as it gets from this at the moment. How to fix this? A time skip and a dream race with all the legends the show has to offer. If Suzuka wins this race, she’ll finally get closer to her dream.

    Additionally, it gives the audience the Suzuka vs Spe showdown we have been waiting for all along.

    • June 12, 2018 at 5:41 amNaweG

      Personally I’m assuming they’ll do a tie between Spe and Suzuka. Given we saw a tie earlier in the season it won’t be quite as big a deal as if this was the first time ever. Alternately, an endless eight episode where we see the race run several times with different winners. After all, if this is going to promote a gatcha game you have to give folks hope they can win with “their” horse.

  • June 11, 2018 at 3:40 pmweasl

    Ending is a fanservice race with all the characters.. I can deal

    • June 11, 2018 at 3:50 pmMurii

      I couldn’t care less about Broye so this dream cup race is the true ending as far as I’m concerned.

  • June 11, 2018 at 6:13 pmstarss

    Let’s be honest. There wasn’t any other way they could end this episode without Spe-chan winning First. It’s just that kind of idealistic, optimistic show, but I was so happy through the whole thing! To shake things up they had her foster mother attend in person, to further puts things in full-circle.

    Also it appears the writers agreed with me that the idol-singer angle was complete corporate horsepoo, given how they included it in as an afterthought and just literally forgot about it until the ending!

    I really hope they have a bonus ep or something because I was so surprised how much I loved this show! The game probably won’t be available in America but I will monitor letsplays to see how it is.

  • June 12, 2018 at 11:03 amHalfDemonInuyasha

    “WHAT?!”

    XD

  • June 13, 2018 at 12:46 amMagnus Tancred

    1999 Tokyo Cup race

    It’s Japan Cup. :P

    In any case, the result is actually better than the actual 1999 Japan Cup, as Montjeux (the real-world counterpart of Broye) only placed 4th– quite anticlimactic if the writers didn’t change that. :D

    https://randomc.net/image/Uma%20Musume%20Pretty%20Derby/Uma%20Musume%20Pretty%20Derby%20-%2012%20-%20Large%2012.jpg

    I got a good laugh since I didn’t expect Suzuka to do this.

  • June 17, 2018 at 11:02 amWorldwidedepp

    Ep 13:

    The entire Episode feels more like an Omake for the fans, and it is good

    And ending to tight all lose ends of this anime. You done well Uma Musume Pretty Derby crew. it was the “dark horse” of this season for me :)

    If you need happy feelings, go watch this episode and you will find them

    • June 17, 2018 at 11:04 amWorldwidedepp

      also it was an wise decision to keep this dancing stuff as long as possible out of the racing horses. so we could focus more on the girls and not how “kawaii and Moe” they could dance as horse girls