Smile Down the Runway [1st Impression]

Smile Down The Runway is a story about two people fighting for their dreams, despite everyone telling them to give up!

Alt TitlesShine, Smile at the Runway, Smile on the Runway, Улыбайся на подиуме, ถักทอฝันสู่รันเวย์, ランウェイで笑って, 请在t台上微笑, 런웨이에서 웃어줘, Runway de Waratte  
CreatorsINOYA Kotoba, 猪ノ谷言葉
LicensedYes, INKR
GenreComedyComicsDramaRomanceSchool LifeSlice of Life

From anime, Ikuto.

Smile Down The Runway Summary

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 will not 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.

Initially I was finding our female main character Chiyuki a bit annoying.

However, as time goes on you can tell she’s desperately clinging to her dream of becoming a model. Her mantra is to never give up and she tries her best to pursue her dream.

When she meets her classmate, Ikuto, she ends up telling him everything she’s heard in the past about herself. This causes her to become even more motivated to push Ikuto forward.

I haven’t been reading a lot of the manga, but it’s seemingly a really good one. It’s definitely a good story, with a lot of details and feelings put into it.

Some people who have been reviewing it says the story is mostly about Ikuto, which may be good to know.

I think the relationship between Ikuto and Chiyuki is quite nice and I hope they succeed with their dreams.

As with most manga series, it’s black-and-white and reads left to right. It takes some getting used to, but it’s not bad once you’ve gotten the hang of it.

The art in Smile Down The Runway is honestly quite good. As you’d expect if it’s about models and fashion, otherwise it’d be hard portraying it accurately. Despite the lack of colour, it works just fine.

There’s an anime available if you want to see the designs come to life, though. I have no idea if the anime is any good, but if you’ve been watching it, let us know!

Final thoughts: It may not be my cup of tea, but the story and art seems good. Might be worth checking out if you like fashion and model comics.

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