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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This Art Club Has a Problem! – Collaboration with Yomu: Episode 12 (& Series Review)

All Things Must Come to an End

This collab with Yomu has been a ton of fun! Watching Art Club each week has given me something extra to look forward to, as well as providing me with some unique ideas for articles. If you want to check out everything so far for episodes 1-11, you can do that here. Be sure to head on over to Yomu’s place and thank ’em for putting this thing together. Today I’ll be tackling a few themes from the list, which includes reviewing the anime on the whole. Let’s dive in on this final installment of the Art Club collaboration! Continue reading “This Art Club Has a Problem! – Collaboration with Yomu: Episode 12 (& Series Review)”

This Art Club Has a Problem! – Collaboration with Yomu: Episode 11

This is NO Classic

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Throughout this collab with Yomu, I’ve stated multiple times that Art Club has been a show with some pretty big ups and downs. The show really does feel fairly average, occasionally peaking to just slightly better than that. Of course, Collette temporarily brings the show to a 10/10 when she’s on screen, though that is but a fleeting moment. So it really shouldn’t be any surprise when I say, Art Club doesn’t hold a candle to classic anime, but that’s OK. Continue reading “This Art Club Has a Problem! – Collaboration with Yomu: Episode 11”

This Art Club Has a Problem! – Collaboration with Yomu: Episode 10

Sometimes, it’s the Small Stuff

This time around for the Art Club collab, I decided to tackle a core theme. Usually on Yomu’s theme list, I take an episode specific one, but this time I went for an evergreen as we begin our way to the homestretch. This show has had its ups and downs, but the small things are what have largely made Art Club watchable. As such, that’s exactly what I’ll be talking about for today’s episode. Continue reading “This Art Club Has a Problem! – Collaboration with Yomu: Episode 10”

This Art Club Has a Problem! – Collaboration with Yomu: Episode 9

Every Night in My Dreams…

Seriously, click that above. That’s what plays through my head when I picture Collette.

For whatever reason when Yomu put up the themes for this episode the Collette ones didn’t get taken. Seeing that Yomu is also a big fan of resident best girl, I thought it would be a cryin’ shame if the not one, but TWO Collette centered themes went abandoned. Therefore, I have taken it upon myself to explain my favorite two moments featuring the lovable foreigner. Continue reading “This Art Club Has a Problem! – Collaboration with Yomu: Episode 9”

This Art Club Has a Problem! – Collaboration with Yomu: Episode 8

Character Growth is Important

In most shows, characters learn and grow as it goes on. That’s a great thing! Today I’ll be looking at how each character has changed in Art Club! for episode 8’s theme. With just a couple of episodes left, surely the signs of change can be seen in each character… right? Continue reading “This Art Club Has a Problem! – Collaboration with Yomu: Episode 8”

This Art Club Has a Problem! – Collaboration with Yomu: Episode 7

Ladies and Gentleman, Let’s Get Ready to RUMBLE!

It’s finally time folks! The premier event YOU have been waiting for. Imari V. Usami, who will win Subaru’s heart? This is my LIVE play-by-play coverage of episode 7 and the ongoing struggle to prove who’s love is the strongest. There is still a little time left before the show, so let’s check in with our callers at home and see what they have to say:

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I’ll be there!
My money is on Usami, the underdog.

-Yomu

That’s right folks, Usami seems to be the fan-favorite underdog here despite her horrible odds at 50:1! With that, let’s review these contenders statistics and recap the standings so far. Continue reading “This Art Club Has a Problem! – Collaboration with Yomu: Episode 7”

This Art Club Has a Problem! – Collaboration with Yomu: Episode 6

Secret Messages in Art

Image result for this art club has a problem episode 6We are roughly halfway through this collab with Yomu now. Art Club! has had some ups and downs but it has been consistently enjoyable once it got over a bit of a hump at the start. This episode we got introduced to a new character, a lady Otaku who grabs Subaru’s attention. Tsk, tsk, Mizuki, you should have just taken some interest in his hobby when you had the chance, I mean he offered to lend you this cool thing he liked but you turned it down for being, “a boy thing” which was pretty stupid. Anyway, this episode I’m actually talking about the secret whispering of the art featured this time around. What shall we uncover? Continue reading “This Art Club Has a Problem! – Collaboration with Yomu: Episode 6”

This Art Club Has a Problem! – Collaboration with Yomu: Episodes 4 & 5

2-For-1

Last week we took a short break from the collaboration here with Yomu so we could get the Showcase posted. However, we are back this week with episodes 4 and 5. You can check out all the themes and such for episode 4 here, and for episode 5 here. I chose a more unusual theme for episode 4, “liquids” and for episode 5 we’ll be talking about my favorite moment with Collette! Continue reading “This Art Club Has a Problem! – Collaboration with Yomu: Episodes 4 & 5”

This Art Club Has a Problem! – Collaboration with Yomu: Episode 3

Lessons Learned?

We’re back folks for episode three of Art Club! for Yomu’s collab. This time I’m tackling lessons learned in the episode. If you want to see the full list of prompts offered to us all this time, and read the other articles of course, be sure to visit Yomu’s site here! If you need to do some catching up, you can read my takes on episode 1, and episode 2 by clicking the links. Watch the show here for free. Enough formality, let’s dive right in! Continue reading “This Art Club Has a Problem! – Collaboration with Yomu: Episode 3”