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Top 5 Best Horse Racing Anime of All Time

Sports is a very popular genre among anime enthusiasts, and with the release of beloved anime like Haikyuu!! And Kuroko’s Basketball, it gained more fans. But some sports are less well-known or featured than others, and one such sport is horse racing. There are very few anime featuring this sport, so we’ve brought you the top 5 best horse racing anime of all time.

Top 5 Best Horse Racing Anime of All Time

5) Umayuru 


Japanese Nameうまゆる
Number of Episodes17+
GenreComedy, Sports
Studio(s)Scooter Films

Another horse racing anime we have on this list is Umayuru. It’s a web-released series of short episodes with a duration of 3 minutes each. The anime features an all-girl cast and chibi, anthropomorphic characters who practice horse racing. 

4) Girls Jockey

Girls Jockey

Japanese Nameガールズジョッキー
Number of Episodes1

Girls Jockey is a short and straight DVD Special and one of the very few horse racing anime. It is set in an undisclosed year when a woman took the Japan Derby trophy, making girls nationwide interested in male-dominated and often-ignored sports.

Now girls all over the country are practicing horse racing to participate in and win big races like the Japan Derby, Tenno ShouArima Kinenand Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, among others.

3) Uma Musume: Pretty Derby

Uma Musume: Pretty Derby

Japanese Nameウマ娘 プリティーダービー
Number of Episodes13
GenreSports, Comedy
Studio(s)P.A. Works

In a strange isekai turnabout, Uma Musume: Pretty Derby sees racehorses reincarnated as horse girls in a parallel world. One such racehorse, now called Special Week as a horse girl, enrolls in the prestigious Tracen Academy to become a racer.

After seeing another fellow horse girl, Silence Suzuka, race, Special Week is impressed and wants to become a racer like her. She joins the racing team, Team Spica, and thus begins her journey to become a great racer alongside her teammates.

2) Fanfare Of Adolescence

Fanfare Of Adolescence

Japanese Name群青のファンファーレ
Number of Episodes13
GenreSports, Drama

The most recent horse racing anime, Fanfare Of Adolescence, is about a teenage pop idol, Yuu Arimura, who leaves his stardom to become a horse jockey. This dream of his is inspired when he sees a derby and is fascinated by it.

Enrolling in a famous horse racing school, Yuu meets his other classmates, including Shun Kazanami and Amane Grace, and bonds with them. Shun’s talent and Amane’s confidence inspire him further as he works hard to fulfill his dream of becoming a jockey.

1) Uma Musume: Pretty Derby Season 2

Uma Musume: Pretty Derby Season 2

Japanese Nameウマ娘 プリティーダービー Season 2
Number of Episodes13
GenreSports, Comedy

The second season of the beloved horse racing anime, Uma Musume: Pretty Derby Season 2, earned even greater praise than its predecessor. It continues along with the horse girls as Team Spica gains a victory streak.

The main character this season, Tokai Teiou, is on a roll right now and aims to win the Triple Crown. But competition wouldn’t be so easy as she has to face several worthy competitors.

The list of the top 5 best horse racing anime of all time concludes here. It’s a fairly ignored sport in the media, but with these anime, hopefully, that’ll change, and we’ll get more awesome horse racing anime. Until then, take a look at our other exciting articles on Otaku’s Note.

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