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Score: 7.79/10

Runway de Waratte [DUB]

Eng Title : Smile Down the Runway

Alt Title : Smile at the Runway

JP Title : ランウェイで笑って

Year : 2020

Genre : Drama, School, Shounen, Slice of Life

Season : Winter 2020

Status : Ongoing

Rating : PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Episodes : 9/12

Duration : 24 min. per ep.

Studios : Ezόla

Synopsis

Being the daughter of a modeling agency owner, Chiyuki Fujito aspires to represent her father's agency in the prestigious Paris Fashion Week, shining under the spotlight as a runway model. However, although she is equipped with great looks and talent, she unfortunately lacks a key element in becoming a successful model—height. Stuck at 158 cm even after entering high school, her childhood dream seems out of reach. Meanwhile, Ikuto Tsumura is a high school student with a knack in designing clothes; however, without the resources to pursue the necessary education, his ambition of becoming a fashion designer remains a mere dream. But as fate brings Chiyuki and Ikuto together, the dim hopes within their hearts are ignited once again. Together, the two promise to rebel against convention and carve out their own paths in the fashion world. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

I don’t care about the fashion industry at all, which is something we should get out of the way up front. I absolutely recognize how much talent goes into designing and producing all those outfits, and I don’t envy the pressures that come from trying to live the life of a runway model, but that doesn’t make it any easier for me to engage with the particular flavor of drama that comes from such work. Smile on the Runway had that basic fact going against it upfront, along with its strange sense of tone. Our heroine, Chiyuki, has a conflict that is both sympathetic and hard for me to take too seriously: She’s a model, a beautiful girl whose father runs Mille neige, the fashion company she dreams of working for, but she’s twenty centimeters too short to be considered for runway work. The opening scenes of the episode play this reveal as deadly serious, and even though the rest of the premiere has some jokes and a lighter tone, I still couldn’t ever get a grasp on how self-aware Smile on the Runway was about how extra it was being regarding its heroines personal drama.

It may sound like I’m really down on this episode, but truth be told, I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed it. So you  can Runway de Waratte anime download and watch anime. The humor was never anything more than mildly amusing, and I still can’t bring myself to care all that much about Chiyuki’s personal obsession with becoming a supermodel, but the plot and character dynamics are well executed, and the production is great all around. A lot of this is because of Ikuto, whose story is what got me connected to Chiyuki’s character, and the show’s plot as a whole. His relationship with his sisters and his mother is much more relatable than what is going on with Chiyuki, and there’s potential for the pair’s partnership as they both climb the ranks in the fashion world. If the show can nail down the personal stakes going forward, there’s real potential for it to become a genuine crowd-pleaser, instead of the moderately but surprisingly successful one-off this premiere is.

That promise came through in the episode’s final moments, which began with me feeling incredibly anxious about some of Chiyuki’s decisions regarding the work Ikuto went out of his way to do for her, but eventually had me grinning from ear-to-ear, even though I was feeling ambivalent for most of the preceding twenty minutes. When a story can instill that kind of automatic reaction, it is doing something right. I was not expecting to give Smile on the Runway a couple of more episodes to cement its place in my seasonal watchlist, but I’ll be doing just that.

I never had a dream I wanted to accomplish. I was born, raised in perfect conditions and will continue to move forward without a final destination. However, upon watching "Runway de Waratte" I couldn't help myself but think that accomplishing a dear dream of yours should really be wonderful. Yes, it won't be easy, but I truly think the best thing is to at least try and if you fail, you should look at the sky and say - Damn, what a journey that was, I should follow up on it. (I would definitely do this exact way if it ever happened to me). "Runway de Waratte" presents the kind of situation when characters have a dream and they genuinely care about it but the way forward is absurdly hard that at any given time they can fail as for the world's ruthless. The way it's displayed is phenomenal which shows how difficult it is to get anything. "Runway de Waratte" is very simple to understand, but to fully understand it you must first understand the characters struggles. You should put yourself in their place and suffer as much as they have. Only in this way will you be able to understand and piece everything together to how great this anime really is. Did I do it too? Yes, and let me tell you something, it's absurdly sad. It's more I would have thought. Whenever I saw someone cry in this anime, a piece of me died along with them. I was suffering for them as well. The anime is about fashion, and I'll be completely honest with you, I never cared about. I've seen some videos here and there about it, but it's not just my type of cum, but when an anime takes that and goes to the next level I'll just say that I'll get hooked up and I did. Even though the characters were the center of attention, I was quite interested on that to the point I was trying to learn how the whole thing worked and at the end of the day, you need to be good at that to have a minimum chance on getting the fame one is looking for. "Runway de Waratte" would be described in one word "rejection". Everyone gets rejected on something and I also have come to understand that in addition to hard work you have to be a little lucky. Without that you won't be going too far on anything. "Rejection" in a sense you won't be receiving anything at first but after a hard-ass work that ultimately would fail. The characters in "Runway de Waratte" are the best part of the anime. I wouldn't have liked the show as much as I do without them in it because lemme tell you something, I like them. Even the most douchebag ones are somewhat likable because I can feel their strugglest as well. I can sense the sadness they have experienced throughout their life. The story is awesomely great even though the amount of cliches might ruin a lot of people's enjoyment. Almost half of the anime is comedy and because it is one of those types of comedies it might turn off tons of people but I think it works pretty well for this kind of stories. It would have been better if it had been reduced but I myself didn't mind. As for the technical sector, no excellence, but not even a serious lack, to be clarified. The character design is amazing: the only flaw are the body proportions which sometimes it feels like seeing a body of 6.5 feel tall person and I didn't mind that because it's anime and hell but hell, they're really tall. Even the protagonist who appears to be short (according to others) is extremely tall when on screen. "Runway de Waratte" is one of my favorite anime i've seen in my life and I'll continue to repeat this for years to come. Chiyuki must be protected at any cost.

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