Hotshot Designer Joins the Cast of Smile at the Runway TV Anime

Adaptation based on fashion manga by Kotoba Inoya hits the TBS / MBS "animeism" block in January of 2020

Student designer Toh Ayano plays coys in a scene from the upcoming Smile at the Runway TV anime.


A new cast member and a new character preview video have been revealed for 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 that follows a short girl and a poor boy trying to break their way into the world of high fashion as a model and a designer, respectively.


A character visual of Toh Ayano, a 4th year fashion design student and genius designer from the upcoming Smile at the Runway TV anime.


In Smile at the Runway, voice actor Ryōhei Kimura plays Toh Ayano, a fourth year fashion design student. Toh is a brilliant student designer, and even though he's still in college, he already works for his grandmother's brand, "Aphro I dite". Toh also has the unique ability of being able to determine someone's measurements simply by embracing them.



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!


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.


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.




Official Smile at the Runway Twitter feed (@runway_anime)


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