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  • [Winter 2019] The Price of Smiles Discussion Thread

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    エガオノダイカ

    A fantasy show about two girls from very different worlds who are smiling, and fighting quite hard to keep on smiling.

    Airs: Friday, January 4, 2018

    Studio: Tatsunoko

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    On a planet far from Earth, there is a kingdom full of smiling faces. Princess Yuuki 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 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.

    "Yuuki! 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.


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    The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

  • #2
    Episode 1

    Capture the flag.

    Well, not much happens in the beginning as it's just a prelude for big things to come. Princess Yuki is introduced as someone who smiles and is looking to establish and maintain peaceful relationships with her neighbors, all while the soldiers get introduced led by Joshua as they engage in a game of capture the flag in mechas. I realize that Tatsunoko isn't exactly known for their animation quality as I felt it was off for the match, but it still had some decent drama to it. Anyway, things figure to get more interesting once Stella and company arrive, and that's when I'll really know exactly what this show is trying to be as I just don't know after this episode.

    So like always, trial rules apply, and with this being one of the first shows of the new season knowing absolutely nothing about, I can't gauge it's prospects without watching a little bit more of this.
    MyAnimeList | Avatar: Ellenoir Seiran, Endro~!
    Watching: Machiavellism, La Verite, Shining Hearts, Buso Renkin, Toonami Stuff
    Simulcasts: FTL, TOA-I, TSL, SAO, KTF, CQK, KMF, DAL, TSH, PNL, More TBD
    The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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    • #3
      Episode 2

      This is no cause for smiling.

      After an episode dedicated to training, the real battle is on, and in the end Joshua was KIA'd, leading to Yuki to break down. As it turns out, the empire isn't exactly in the wrong as they are running out of resources and on the verge of collapsing due to their large size. That was just a sudden punch in the gut there seeing Joshua go out so quickly. Next time, it's Stella's turn to get finally get her time in the spotlight. Yuki's story just felt underwhelming, and I'm hoping that Stella's story turns out better than this as unlike with Yuki, Stella has to go out on the battlefield herself looking to smile in the face of the situation.
      MyAnimeList | Avatar: Ellenoir Seiran, Endro~!
      Watching: Machiavellism, La Verite, Shining Hearts, Buso Renkin, Toonami Stuff
      Simulcasts: FTL, TOA-I, TSL, SAO, KTF, CQK, KMF, DAL, TSH, PNL, More TBD
      The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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      • #4
        Episode 3

        Fighting to survive.

        And now, the war is told from an imperial soldier's perspective as last time, it was mentioned that the Empire is trying to stay upright with resources dwindling as it had become too big for its own good. Stella's job is to blow up a plant and steal a device that could help out with food production in the process, and while they made friends with some kids who are just hanging around as outcasts, after seeing how ruthless these guys can be they have another opinion about them. Stella is between a rock and a hard place here as while she will follow orders, she's having doubts about them. Quite a nice way to humanize these soldiers that aren't exactly doing this because they want to rule the land, but it just goes to show how tough war is on everybody. This show is certainly better when it focuses on the Empire rather than the Kingdom.

        So I'll give it one more episode before deciding what to do with this show. It looked like a sure-fire drop at the beginning, but after this episode, it's not so obvious of a decision.
        MyAnimeList | Avatar: Ellenoir Seiran, Endro~!
        Watching: Machiavellism, La Verite, Shining Hearts, Buso Renkin, Toonami Stuff
        Simulcasts: FTL, TOA-I, TSL, SAO, KTF, CQK, KMF, DAL, TSH, PNL, More TBD
        The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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