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Ping Pong The Animation


Alternative Titles

English: Ping Pong the Animation
Japanese: ピンポン THE ANIMATION

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2014 to Jun 20, 2014
Premiered: Spring 2014
Broadcast: Fridays at 00:50 (JST)
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.681 (scored by 40,948 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #422
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #631
Members: 77,979
Favorites: 3,894
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Ranked #42Popularity #631Members 77,979
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Episodes: /11

Synopsis

"The hero comes. The hero comes. The hero comes. Chant these words in your mind, and I'll surely come to you..." This mantra is what Makoto Tsukimoto repeats as a source of motivation when he fights through the stress of not only grueling ping pong matches, but also in situations of his life. Makoto doesn't fight alone; he and his friend, Yukata Hoshino, nicknamed Smile and Peco respectively, are two boys who have grown up playing ping pong together nearly every day. Peco, brimming with confidence, aims to be the best table tennis player in the world; Smile, on the other hand, shows little ambition. Nevertheless, the two have always stuck together, with a bond built upon their mutual love for this sport.

Every year, students from all across Japan gather for the inter-high table tennis competition to achieve national and international stardom. Through intense training and competition, only the very best persevere.

From the avant-garde director of Tatami Galaxy, Masaaki Yuasa, Ping Pong The Animation serves a tale of ambition with its fair share of bumps along the way. Whatever the odds, Peco and Smile will face them together.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Ping Pong The Animation won the Animation of the Year award in the Television category for the Tokyo Anime Award Festival in 2015.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Tsukimoto, Makoto
Tsukimoto, Makoto
Main
Uchiyama, Kouki
Japanese
Uchiyama, Kouki
Satomura, Hiroshi
Japanese
Satomura, Hiroshi
Hoshino, Yutaka
Hoshino, Yutaka
Main
Katayama, Fukujurou
Japanese
Katayama, Fukujurou
Nishida, Mitsutaka
Japanese
Nishida, Mitsutaka
Kong, Wenge
Kong, Wenge
Supporting
Bun, Yousei
Japanese
Bun, Yousei
Kazama, Ryuuichi
Kazama, Ryuuichi
Supporting
Sakuya, Shunsuke
Japanese
Sakuya, Shunsuke

Staff

Yuasa, Masaaki
Yuasa, Masaaki
Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Composition
Kimura, Eriko
Kimura, Eriko
Sound Director
Ohira, Shinya
Ohira, Shinya
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Animation Director
Choi, EunYoung
Choi, EunYoung
Episode Director, Key Animation, Assistant Director


Edit Opening Theme

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

Edit 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)



More reviewsReviews

Volunteer
Jun 19, 2014
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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Satire
Jul 7, 2014
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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LeFlower-kun
Jun 25, 2014
"Chant these words three times in your mind!"
"Hero kenzan!" "Hero kenzan!" "Hero kenzan!"
"Do that, and I'll come to you!"

From time to time, a show will be despised by some for the unorthodox and uncommon mediums of presentation and execution. I hold the notion that Ping Pong The Animation truly uses its unorthodox way with great triumph and success.

Ping Pong The Animation is set in a local Japanese town and portrays the lives of two young boys in the local table-tennis club. Having an innate talent for the sport, Makoto Tsukimoto, nicknamed Smile, and his close friend Yukata Hoshino, nicknamed Peco, are depicted read more
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Rqt
Jun 2, 2015
I recently reviewed something and gave it praise for the narrative it was able to achieve in 13 episodes. I can’t help but share that sentiment in regards to what Ping Pong is able to accomplish with its 11 episodes. A transformation story from angsty adolescence to enlightened and matured adults, Ping Pong goes well and truly beyond the generic confines of the sports genre illustrating a beautiful narrative of complex emotional growth and maturation, truly cementing its place as a modern classic.

It wouldn’t be a stretch to call Masaaki Yuasa a genius. Those who have been exposed to his past works will understand read more
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