The Price of Smiles (Egao no Daika), the anime created to celebrate the 55th anniversary of Tatsunoko Production, is set to hit screens January 4. Now we’ve got a shiny new look at the series via its most recent promo video.
The Price of Smiles appears to center around the 12-year-old princess of a kingdom on a “planet far from Earth” and a 17-year-old soldier named Stella who is “always smiling.”
The series is directed by Toshimasa Suzuki (Fafner: Heaven and Earth) with script supervision by Shinichi Inotsume (Hayate the Combat Butler).
Tatsunoko Production is, of course, the legendary studio founded by brothers Tatsuo, Kenji and Toyoharu Yoshida. Famous for their classic series like Mach Go Go Go (aka Speed Racer) and Gatchaman, they’ve recently produced series like Wake Up, Girls! and Ping Pong.
They’ve also been celebrating their 55th for like two years now, but whatevs.
Here’s the official description of The Price of Smiles:
In a planet far, far away from Earth, there reigns a kingdom that overflows with smiles.
Princess Yuki is 12 years old and is beginning to feel the roller coaster of emotions that come with adolescence. Each day is a mixture of tears, laughter, and dare we say giddiness. Yet the palace is full of fun, with vassals who add color to her life. There’s Laila the tutor, Izana the political advisor, Harold the Grand Master, and of course Joshua, a childhood friend and close aide.
“Yuki! As long as you have the will and passion, you can do anything!” says Joshua.
“Ugh. That again?! Joshua, you need to act more regal!” she replies.
Seventeen-year-old Stella is a brilliant warrior. Even though she is cool as a cucumber, she never fails to smile. That’s because smiling is essential to life.
This is a story about two girls born in a distant planet.
The price of a smile here at OUSA is free, by the way. 😎