Adaptation based on Kotoba Inoya's manga hits the "animeism" programming block in January of 2020
A new character preview delves into the motivations of the male lead in Smile at the Runway (known as Runway de Waratte in Japanese, and alternatively as Smile Down the Runway in English), an upcoming TV anime based on the manga by Kotoba Inoya about an unlikely duo who dream of taking the fashion world by storm.
The preview video (below) focuses on Ikuto Tsumura (CV: Natsuki Hanae), the eldest of four children. Ikuto longs to pursue a career as a fashion designer, but his family is poor and he also considers dropping out of school and getting a job to help support his mother and three sisters.
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 Smile at the Runway TV anime is directed by Nobuyoshi Nagayama and features animation production by Ezo'la. The series will broadcast as part of the "animeism" programming block on Mainchi Broadcast System / Tokyo Broadcasting System / BS-TBS beginning on January 10, 2020.
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