Kodansha opened an official website for a television anime adaptation of Kotoba Inoya's Runway de Waratte (Smile at the Runway) on Monday, revealing staff, cast, a key visual (pictured above), and the first promotional video. The anime series will begin airing in January 2020.
Synopsis Runway de Waratte starts with the story of Chiyuki Fujito, an aspiring fashion model and daughter of a fledgling Modeling Agency, Mille Neige. Ever since she was little, Chiyuki's dream was to be the star model of her dad's agency and perform at Paris Fashion Week. With great looks and a gifted environment, it seemed like she was on the right track to fulfill her dream, but she soon found herself faced with a seemingly insurmountable wall when her height stopped growing at 158 cm; too short to be a professional model.
Although Chiyuki still kept on believing in herself for years despite everyone telling her it's impossible, Chiyuki's resolve starts to crumble as she enters her last year of high school. This is when she meets Ikuto Tsumura, a lame classmate with a surprising talent for designing clothes, who is also considering giving up his dream due to unfortunate circumstances. Together, they begin the journey of doing the impossible in order to realize their dreams. (Source: MU)
The fashion-themed manga marks Inoya's serialization debut, which began in Weekly Shounen Magazine in March 2017. Kodansha published the 12th volume on Tuesday. The manga currently has over 1 million copies of its compiled volumes in print.
Kodansha Comics licensed the manga in English under the title Smile Down the Runway this July for digital distribution. The first volume was released on September 3.