Ranked #39
Ping Pong The Animation

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
Genres: Sports, Seinen
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.701 (scored by 29069 users)
Ranked: #392
Popularity: #722
Members: 54,480
Favorites: 2,240
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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 over the continent of Asia gather in Japan for an 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
Ohira, Shinya
Ohira, Shinya
Episode Director, Storyboard, Animation Director, Key Animation
Choi, EunYoung
Choi, EunYoung
Episode Director, Assistant Director, Key Animation
Merengue
Merengue
Theme Song Performance

More episodes Episodes(11/11)

# Episode Title Aired
1 The Sound of the Wind is in the Way
Kaze no Oto ga Jama wo Shiteiru (風の音がジャマをしている)
Apr 11, 2014
2 Smile is a Robot
Smile wa Robot (スマイルはロボット)
Apr 18, 2014
3 Devoting Your Life to Table Tennis is Creepy
Takkyuu ni Jinsei Kakeru Nante Kimi ga Warui (卓球に人生かけるなんて気味が悪い)
Apr 25, 2014
4 The Only Way to Avoid Losing by Not Fighting
Zettai ni Makenai Yuiitsu no Houhou wa Tatakawanai Koto Da (絶対に負けない唯一の方法は闘わない事だ)
May 2, 2014
5 Where Did I Go Wrong?
Doko de Machigaeta? (どこで間違えた?)
May 9, 2014

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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Volunteer
Jun 19, 2014 11:40 AM
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 1:31 AM
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 8:36 PM
"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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galimx
Jun 20, 2014 7:04 AM
Have you ever wondered if people can fly? Have you ever sought for a hero to set you free? Ping Pong is not a typical sport anime. It's an anime about life, coming of age and friendship.

Ping Pong is an anime adaptation of Taiyo Matsumoto's original manga from year 1996 and it is directed by Masaaki Yuasa, the man who is well-known by his unusual and free art style.
It is set up as a story about high-school level competitive table tennis in Japan. In the sport's anime series we are following the quiet and stoic boy Smile, who by his ironic nickname never smiles read more
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