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Smile Down the Runway Anime Reveals TV Ad, Casts Junichi Suwabe

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Anime premieres on January 10

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kotoba Inoya's Smile Down the Runway (Runway de Waratte) manga revealed a television commercial, the second key visual, and an additional cast member on Friday. The video previews Ami Sakaguchi's opening theme song "Lion."

Junichi Suwabe is voicing the character Hazime Yanagida, an up-and-coming fashion designer in charge of a brand of the same name. He attends Paris Fashion Week with the hope of establishing his brand on a global scale.

The anime will premiere on January 10 on MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS on the Animeism programming block. The anime will get an advanced screening at United Cinemas Toyosu in Japan on December 14 at 4:00 p.m. Members of the cast will participate in a talk show at the screening.

The previously announced cast includes:

Yumiri Hanamori as Chiyuki Fujito

Natsuki Hanae as Ikuto Tsumura

Ai Kayano as Kokoro Hasegawa

Yui Ishikawa as Honoka Tsumura

Hibiku Yamamura as Aoi Tsumura

Hikaru Akao as Ichika Tsumura

Ryohei Kimura as Toh Ayano

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.

J-JUN (Zoids Wild) is performing the anime's ending theme song "Ray of Light."

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 September 17. Kodansha Comics published the third volume digitally on November 5.

Sources: Smile Down the Runway anime's website, MoCa News

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