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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Original Science-Fiction Anime The Price of Smiles

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Tatsunoko's anime premiered on January 4 with Crunchyroll stream

Sentai Filmworks announced on Sunday that it has licensed The Price of Smiles (Egao no Daika), Tatsunoko Productions' original television anime to mark the studio's 55th anniversary. Sentai Filmworks will stream the anime in "select digital outlets," with a planned home video release. Crunchyroll is currently streaming the anime as it airs in Japan.

The series premiered on January 4.

Sentai Filmworks describes the anime:

On a world far removed from the Earth, there is a certain kingdom that's brimming with smiles. Fate thrusts young Princess Yuki, filled with idealism, joy, and innocence, into a station in life for which her most endearing qualities are ill-matched. Her kingdom faces grave danger as the Empire threatens the realm's security. Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the conflict, an imperial soldier known as Stella Shining hides behind a facade. However, a time may come where her mask cracks, potentially costing her everything. Princess Yuki and Stella's paths will cross, and the fate of nations will follow.

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. Dynamo Pictures is in charge of 3DCG.

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 the artist kimi no orphée is performing the ending theme song "Kono Sekai ni Hanataba" (A Bouquet For This World).

Source: Press release


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