Fashion Dreams Come True in Smile at the Runway TV Anime

Main staff and cast revealed in new trailer for upcoming adaptation based on fashion model manga by Kotoba Inoya

A key visual for the upcoming Smile at the Runway TV anime, featuring would-be fashion model Chiyuki Fujito and her friend, budding designer Ikuto Tsumura.


Two unlikely candidates dream of making it big in the world of high fashion in Smile at the Runway (known as Runway de Waratte in Japanese, and alternatively as Smile Down the Runway in English), a newly announced TV anime based on the manga by Kotoba Inoya. The main staff have been revealed for Smile at the Runway, including:


  • Original work: Kotoba Inoya (serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine)
  • Director: Nobuyoshi Nagayama
  • Series composition: Touko Machida
  • Character design: Misaki Kaneko
  • Animation production: Ezo'la


Additionally, in Smile at the Runway, voice actress Yumiri Hanamori plays lead heroine Chiyuki Fujito, while voice actor Natsuki Hanae plays the male lead, Ikuto Tsumura.



The original Runway de Waratte manga is serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine, and an English language version is also available from Kodansha Comics under the title Smile Down the Runway. Kodansha Comics describes the story of the series as follows:


Chiyuki Fujito has a dream: to become a Paris Collection model. The problem is, she’s too short to be a model, and everyone around her tells her so! But no matter what they say, she won’t give up. Her classmate, a poor student named Ikuto Tsumura, also has a dream: to become a fashion designer. One day Chiyuki tells him that it’s “probably impossible” for him, causing him to consider giving it up … ?! This is the story of two individuals wholeheartedly chasing after their dreams in spite of all the negativity that comes after them!


The cover of the first English language volume of Smile Down the Runway by Kotoba Inoya, published by Kodansha Comics.


The Smile at the Runway TV anime will broadcast in Japan beginning in January of 2020.


Source: Comic Natalie


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