Runway de Waratte

Smile Down the Runway

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Synonyms: Smile at the Runway
Japanese: ランウェイで笑って
English: Smile Down the Runway
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2020 to Mar 28, 2020
Premiered: Winter 2020
Broadcast: Saturdays at 02:25 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Ezόla
Source: Manga
Genre: DramaDrama
Themes: SchoolSchool, ShowbizShowbiz, Visual ArtsVisual Arts
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.561 (scored by 5275652,756 users)
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Ranked: #16142
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1719
Members: 127,807
Favorites: 429

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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.

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Opening Theme

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"LION" by Ami Sakaguchi (坂口有望)

Ending Theme

"Ray of Light" by Jae Joong


Mar 27, 2020
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 ...
Sep 7, 2021
Mixed Feelings

A decent handling of an actual friends-who-are-rivals situation; it is actually established that the main characters (Ikuto and Chiyuki) are kind to one another before their temporary rivalry begins, which is something many shounen anime fail to do (and yes, this is a shounen anime). I'm very appreciative of the fact that the show doesn't try to convince the audience that two characters who are shown to be nothing but complete assholes to one another are somehow friends. Ikuto and Chiyuki have a good rapport and are pretty supportive of one another - their rivalry is temporary and to advance their education/careers, and then they're ...
Apr 27, 2020
I regret watching this series. I realised about halfway through how poor it was, but saw it through, wanting the satisfaction of the ending. The ending was not worth persevering for.

The worst aspect of the show was probably the relentless melodrama. Characters hardly ever seemed to stop shouting and crying. Every time someone said something mean to a character, you'd get the dramatic *GASP*, their eyes widening, their body freezing, as if the universe were crashing down around them. When they felt like being especially extra, they'd even drop to their knees. After a while it just became comical and I found myself laughing during ...

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