The official website for Egao no Daika (The Price of Smiles), Tatsunoko Productions‘ original television anime to mark its 55th anniversary, began streaming the second promotional video for the series on Wednesday. The video features Chiho feat. majiko’s opening theme song “Egao no Kanata” (Beyond the Smiles).
The series will premiere on WOWOW on January 4 at 9:30 p.m., and it will later begin airing on Tokyo MX, Yomiuri TV, AT-X, and J:COM TV. The anime will have 12 30-minute episodes.
On a planet far from Earth, there is a kingdom full of smiling faces. Princess Yūki is 12 years old, and about to enter a sensitive age in a person’s life. Everyday, she cries, laughs, and sometimes, her heart throbs with excitement. All the while, she lives merrily in the royal palace.
Filling her days with color are her loyal vassals: her tutor Reira, Izana who assists in political affairs, the leader of the chivalry Harold … and then, there is her childhood friend and aide Joshua.
“Yūki! If you have spirit and guts, you can do anything!”
“…No, not this again! Joshua, be nobler!”
Stella is 17 years old and a capable, reserved soldier. However, she is always smiling … for smiling is essential to living.
This is a story of two girls born on distant planets.
Toshimasa Suzuki (Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-ne, Fafner: Heaven and Earth) is directing at Tatsunoko Productions, and Shinichi Inotsume(Hayate the Combat Butler, PERSONA 5 the Animation) is in charge of the series scripts. NOB-C (Musasino!, Urawa no Usagi-chan) is credited with the original character designs, as well as the original story concept with Hikaru Yuasa. Naoto Nakamura (Miss Monochrome assistant character design, High School Fleet) is designing the characters for animation. Dynamo Pictures is in charge of 3DCG.
Kazuya Tanaka is directing the sound, and Tsubasa Itō is composing the music. The artist kimi no orphée is performing the ending theme song “Kono Sekai ni Hanataba” (A Bouquet For This World).
Source: The Price of Smiles anime’s official website, Happinet Pictures‘ YouTube channel, MoCa News