The Price of Smiles – Mini Review

NOT an Idol Anime

I’ve mentioned this before in an update I did during some of my semi-hiatus time, but I genuinely thought that The Price of Smiles was going to be an idol anime. The way Princess Yuki looks, along with the only image I had seen at the time, really had me convinced. SPOILERS! It’s not an idol anime at all… it’s a mecha show about war. Not what I expected but that can be good, so, was it?

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Said image, featured on Karandi’s wonderful site. Be sure to check it out!

I also mentioned this in my little update, though in not very much detail, that this was a palate cleanser that I was finding just enjoyable. That held true throughout the entire viewing experience. The Price of Smiles was never boring, but it suffered from being too short at only 12 episodes. As a result, a lot of stuff just kind of happens because the show has to get to its ending. A shame too, because this could and should have been a far better show than it ended up being.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like The Price of Smiles had anything revolutionary to say, or even did anything innovative, but there was a solid show here. If this would have been doubled in length, it would have easily fixed a lot of the problems that resulted in this being such a short series. Namely, pacing and impact.

I mention this because the ending falls short in a lot of ways. Things just get wrapped up because they have to and it all feels a little too easy. It takes away from what should be a meaningful moment for the series, causing me to not really care when it came down to everything. It was all going to work out of course, but the stakes weren’t quite there. It didn’t help that in the epilogue, brief as it is, doesn’t really show any of the stuff they were talking about leading up to the ending. Lives were supposedly changes, but it didn’t seem that way at all. 

It’s not all bad though. As I mentioned not too long ago in my collab with Yomu covering Art Clubsometimes an average, enjoyable show is exactly what you need. For a season that was jam-packed with excellent titles, having something like this to slot between watches was a much needed blessing.

Taking all this into consideration, I don’t really have all that much more to say about the actual anime itself. I suppose I could poke fun at the simply ridiculous hairstyles that almost rival Shiki in that regard but a picture is going to speak more than words ever could there.

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I’m exaggerating a bit in regards to most the cast, but some guys really take the cake…

Beyond that, I suppose I should mention the OP, “Egao no Kanata” by Chiho feat. Majiko. I really like when things sync up well in OP’s and this has a shinning example where Yuki and Stella sing part of the song back-to-back. It is super good! There was actually quite a lot of great imagery in OP’s this season but that’s a topic for another time.

For better or worse, The Price of Smiles was just a pretty average show. A Pretty average show that I would fully recommend, especially if you are a fan of mecha stories about war. That’ll do me for this one folks, see ya in the next one!


What were your thoughts on The Price of Smiles? Did you think it was going to be an idol anime like I did? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. While you’re down there, tell me what your favorite mecha anime is too! If you would like to support my writing, please utilize my donation button below. I’d greatly appreciate that! As always, thank you so much for reading and have yourself an excellent day.

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The First Anniversary of the Jon’s Creator Showcase – A Warm Thank You & Submission Update

CONGRATULATIONS!

Thanks to YOU and the efforts of the community Jon’s Creator Showcase is now celebrating its first successful year! To think, this project was almost completely shutdown after the first month of operation, and there was a bit of a rough patch towards the end, but everything worked out and it is now a fairly beloved staple in our community here. To every single person who has hosted, submitted, or promoted the project in any way:

THANK YOU!

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Jon Spencer Reviews now on Patreon

I Need Your Help!

Real talk guys. As some of you may know, I finished University at the start of the summer and have been looking for work. I used to have a pretty great job, but they couldn’t keep me once I was no longer a student. Long story short, I haven’t had much luck in finding a job. Please take a moment to read this and spread the word as much as possible.

Jon Spencer Reviews started out as a passion project in 2015. I wanted a platform to discuss, share, and critique the various things that I enjoy. We started off with just me. I primarily did anime and board game reviews. Since then, there have been over 300 articles written by myself and contributors and growing! It all started off with an article series I did for the anime Last Exile (which you can view here).

There have been some truly fantastic people who have worked with me, for absolutely free, on the site. Some of you may know Jacob, and more recently Frank, as they are currently active contributors. We’ve had other writers who have since moved on such as Dana and Origamillama. No matter how large or small the contribution, these wonderful people who have (and ever will) given to Jon Spencer Reviews their time, work, and dedication I thank you.

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This brings us to today; I am in need of your help. I sincerely cannot find a job that will work for me at this current juncture in my life. This may seem a bit sappy, but I was born with something called Cerebral Palsy and as a result some aspects of day-to-day life can be difficult for me. One of these things is driving; I just can’t safely do that. Unfortunately, the transit system where I live is not very accommodating and there are a variety of other factors related to my Cerebral Palsy that have prevented me from considering moving very far a viable option.

I’m taking a risk by asking that you help support me. One of my close friends, Mrs. K (for those who may recall her), said that I should try turning to this site to earn a living. I understand that this may be a big ask, and it’s a huge step for me to take, but I’ll never know if I don’t try. Writing is an ideal job for me, so maybe this dream really could happen.

Don’t think that I’m just asking for your money because I’m not. In exchange I will work my hardest to produce quality content that will be available to everybody, regardless of if they support me or not. A percentage of the money will be distributed to my contributors as well, regardless of how much, or how little that is, because without them I would not have seen nearly as much support as I do now. Money that I don’t need in order to exist will be used to help the site. This may mean something as big as making a YouTube channel at some point, but right now I just don’t know yet.

Here’s how you can help me out. Follow this link (just click this sentence) to get to my Patreon. There you will see varying options of suggested donation levels. Different options allow for different rewards. For example, at $1 you can have your name, and if provided, link to your own site/YouTube listed on a Patreon supporter tab that will be added to the front page of the site. At higher rewards you may suggest a topic for me to discuss, a show to review, etc…

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The Liebster Award

liebster2I Got Nominated!

Sublime Game Reviews gave me this nomination so a big thanks to him and I highly encourage you to go check out the site. The Liebster Award is a way for people to find out about cool sites they might not otherwise know about. Each nominee gets asked some questions and then is supposed to nominate other blogs. So let’s get to those questions. Continue reading “The Liebster Award”