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Tatsunoko Marks 55th Anniversary With Egao no Daika TV Anime in January

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Lagrange's Toshimasa Suzuki helms story of princess & military woman from distant worlds

The anime studio Tatsunoko Productions (Speed Racer, Gatchaman, Time Bokan, Infini-T Force) is marking its 55th anniversary with the new original television anime Egao no Daika (The Cost of Smiles), premiering on the WOWOW, Tokyo MX, and YTV channels in January 2019.

Tatsunoko describes the story:

On a planet far from Earth, there is a kingdom full of smiling faces. Princess Yūki is 12 years old, and about to enter a sensitive age in a person's life. Everyday, she cries, laughs, and sometimes, her heart throbs with excitement. All the while, she lives merrily in the royal palace.

Filling her days with color are her loyal vassals: her tutor Reira, Izana who assists in political affairs, the leader of the chivalry Harold … and then, there is her childhood friend and aide Joshua.

"Yūki! If you have spirit and guts, you can do anything!"

"…No, not this again! Joshua, be nobler!"

Stella is 17 years old and a capable, reserved soldier. However, she is always smiling ... for smiling is essential to living.

This is a story of two girls born on distant planets.

The anime stars:

Yumiri Hanamori as Yūki Soleil, a princess of a kingdom which has lasted eons. The girl is innocent, naive, expressive, and often laughing, crying, or getting angry.

Saori Hayami as Stella Shining, a girl who is always smiling when she deals with people. She also has a reserved side, and is an excellent soldier.

Toshimasa Suzuki (Lagrange - The Flower of Rin-ne, Fafner: Heaven and Earth) is directing at Tatsunoko Productions, and Shinichi Inotsume (Hayate the Combat Butler, PERSONA 5 the Animation) is in charge of the series scripts. NOB-C (Musasino!, Urawa no Usagi-chan) is credited with the original character designs, as well as the original story concept with Hikaru Yuasa. Naoto Nakamura (Miss Monochrome assistant character design, High School Fleet) is designing the characters for animation.

Kazuya Tanaka is directing the sound, and Tsubasa Itō is composing the music. Chiho feat. majiko are performing the opening theme song "Egao no Kanata" (Beyond the Smiles) and the artist kimi no orphée is performing the ending theme song "Kono Sekai ni Hanataba" (A Bouquet For This World).

Tatsunoko teased this anime with a visual at AnimeJapan 2018 in March. The text on the teaser visual reads: "A girl who only had her smile to protect her, a girl whose smile will save the world."

Tatsunoko Productions' Infini-T Force franchise also celebrates the company's 55th anniversary. A manga for the franchise by writer Kodachi (Boruto, Naruto: Gaara Hiden - Sajingensō novel) and artist Ejiri (P2! - Let's Play Pingpong!, World 4u_) launched first in Shogakukan's Monthly Hero's magazine in 2015. Udon is publishing the manga. The television anime series had its world premiere at Anime Expo in July 2017, and began airing in Japan that October. The project also spawned a film that opened on February 24.

Viz Media licensed the Infini-T Force television anime and film. Viz Media's Infini-T Force license includes digital streaming, electronic sell-through, home video, and merchandise for North America, Latin America and Oceania. The license also includes theatrical distribution for the film.

Tatsunoko Productions previously produced the Ippatsu Hicchū!! Devander anime to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Sources: MoCa News, Comic Natalie

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