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Smile Down the Runway Manga Gets TV Anime

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Yumiri Hanamori, Natsuki Hanae to star in anime based on manga about aspiring model, fashion designer

An official website opened on Monday to announce that Kotoba Inoya's Smile Down the Runway (Runway de Waratte) manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation that will premiere in January 2020. The website began streaming a promotional video and revealed a key visual and the main cast and staff for the anime.

The cast includes:

Yumiri Hanamori as Chiyuki Fujito

Natsuki Hanae as Ikuto Tsumura

Nobuyoshi Nagayama (Happy Sugar Life, My Girlfriend is Shobitch, Are You Lost?) is directing the anime at Ezo'la (Happy Sugar Life, Are You Lost?). Touko Machida (A Centaur's Life, Lucky Star) is in charge of series composition, and Misaki Kaneko (chief animation director for Fruits Basket, animation director for Classroom of the Elite) is designing the characters.

Kodansha Comics publishes the manga digitally, and it describes the story:

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 manga launched in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in May 2017 as INOYA's debut work. Kodansha published the manga's 12th compiled book volume on Tuesday. Kodansha Comics published the first volume digitally on September 3.

Sources: Smile Down the Runway anime's website, Comic Natalie, Weekly Shōnen Magazine issue 42

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