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Ping Pong The Animation

Ping Pong The Animation

Alternative Titles

Japanese: ピンポン THE ANIMATION

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2014 to Jun 20, 2014
Genres: Sports, Seinen
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.691 (scored by 23149 users)
Ranked: #432
Popularity: #805
Members: 43,326
Favorites: 1,669
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

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Synopsis

Makoto Tsukimoto (nicknamed Smile) is a quiet high-schooler who's been friends with the loud and energetic Yutaka Hoshino (nicknamed Peco) since childhood. They're both in the local table tennis club and both have a natural talent for it, although Smile's personality always prevents him from winning against Peco. The club teacher, however, notices Smile's talent and tries to make him gain some sportive tenacity.

(Source: ANN, edited)

Episodes

Episodes  11
Aired  Apr 11, 2014 to Jun 20, 2014
Status  Finished Airing
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Related Anime

Adaptation: Ping Pong

Characters & Voice Actors

Hoshino, Yutaka
Hoshino, Yutaka
Main
Dismuke, Aaron
English
Dismuke, Aaron
Katayama, Fukujurou
Japanese
Katayama, Fukujurou
...
Tsukimoto, Makoto
Tsukimoto, Makoto
Main
Uchiyama, Kouki
Japanese
Uchiyama, Kouki
Solusod, Micah
English
Solusod, Micah
...
Ota
Ota
Supporting
Hoshino, Takanori
Japanese
Hoshino, Takanori
Rinehart, Tyson
English
Rinehart, Tyson
Yurie
Yurie
Supporting
Kawasumi, Ayako
Japanese
Kawasumi, Ayako
Seidel, Lindsay
English
Seidel, Lindsay

Staff

Yuasa, Masaaki
Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Composition
Ohira, Shinya
Episode Director, Storyboard, Animation Director, Key Animation
Choi, EunYoung
Episode Director, Assistant Director, Key Animation
Merengue
Theme Song Performance



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Jul 7, 2014
Vexper
This is it. This is the series right here that redeems your faith in a long lost genre. The genre of sport. Because unlike most works in the genre of sport, this show doesn’t focus on the sport. That’s right folks, it’s a sports show, that isn’t about the sport. It’s a show called ‘Ping Pong’ which isn’t actually about ping pong. It never once really explores the game itself. You look at the average baseball anime and they’ll explain technique for ten minutes straight, you’ll hear technique and strategy mentioned in Ping Pong briefly when it flashes across your screen when they introduce a read more
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Apr 20, 2015
MeraTau
Ping pong is one of those anime shows that prefer minimalism of action and a great deal of thought-provoking flashbacks from the psychological view of a character. This - of course - is not preferable for many of anime fans, but if you are interested in such shows then sit back and watch it because it is one of the best character-wise and has a very unique way of conveying its many messages.

The story of this show hooks the reader from the first episode with its bizarre setting and its simplistic world. The events take place in a normal city and revolves around young sportsmen read more
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Jun 19, 2014
Volunteer
Ping Pong The Animation is an exceptional show. This is less of a sports anime and more of a powerful emotions series. It's a beautifully crafted coming of age story and one that certainly doesn't come along often. In a word, it's unconventional. Nothing about Ping Pong feels ordinary so love it or hate it, it's hard to not recognize its artistic merit.

The story is a simple one and it chronicles the lives of two boys and their experiences with table tennis. We're introduced to Makoto Tsukimoto, aptly nicknamed "Smile", and his boastful best friend Yutaka Hoshino, or "Peco". These two are polar opposites read more
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Jul 7, 2014
Satire
It's a rarity nowadays to find many series or studios willing to take risks. Much of the anime industry has taken to fan-service oriented pandering and it's left me craving for something new. Something that can blow me away with it's creativity and unorthodox presentation. Utilizing its unconventional style, fantastic character development, symbolism, and occasional moments of witty dry humor, Ping Pong The Animation is that something.

When I first started this series I had low expectations. How could a series about Ping Pong be any good? It seemed like the flop of the season. Fortunately, I have never been so wrong. Despite its appearances of read more
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Recommendations

A quiet protagonist who seem to be bounded with a mysteriously talented friend/demon whom he can't beat. It also have a very obscure animation style and is enjoyable to watch especially if you like 'weird' perspectives.
Both shows are more about character development and life itself, rather than the actual sport. The game scenes also share a similar intensity. Sports that are usually thought of as quite boring to watch - karuta, table tennis - are portrayed as super intense and awesome in both shows.
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Protagonist for both shows are quiet and are also very talented in what they do. Both are about sports but more importantly a friendship of two great athletes.
Both anime are based on manga by the same author, so they have very similar art and story elements. Tekkon Kinkreet is more adventurous and trippy, while Ping Pong is more realistic.
Also a short slice-of-life story about childhood friends, where they seem to forget about how important their bonds are.
Both shows have the same director in Yuasa Masaaki. Kaiba is an original anime written by Masaaki whereas Ping Pong is adapting source material by Taiyou Matsumoto. The shows are very different in terms of what they are actually about, but if you like the visuals in Ping Pong or Kaiba then you would definitely appreciate the other. I get more "Kaiba-vibes" from Ping Pong than I do Kaiba's sibling, The Tatami Galaxy, in terms of aesthetics, and especially when Smile is "Entering the Hero".

Opening Theme

"Tada Hitori (唯一人)" by Bakudan Johnny (爆弾ジョニー)

Ending Theme

#1: "'Ano Hero to' Bokura ni Tsuite ("あのヒーローと" 僕らについて)" by Merengue (メレンゲ) (eps 1-4, 8, 10-11)
#2: "'Ano Yoake Mae no' Bokura ni Tsuite ("あの夜明け前の" 僕らについて)" by Merengue (メレンゲ) (eps 5-7, 9)

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