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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: 8.661 (scored by 13714 users)
Ranked: #452
Popularity: #1085
Members: 25,511
Favorites: 792
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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)

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Adaptation: Ping Pong

Characters & Voice Actors

Hoshino, Yutaka
Hoshino, Yutaka
Main
Katayama, Fukujurou
Japanese
Katayama, Fukujurou
Nishida, Mitsutaka
Japanese
Nishida, Mitsutaka
Tsukimoto, Makoto
Tsukimoto, Makoto
Main
Uchiyama, Kouki
Japanese
Uchiyama, Kouki
Satomura, Hiroshi
Japanese
Satomura, Hiroshi
Ota
Ota
Supporting
Hoshino, Takanori
Japanese
Hoshino, Takanori
Yurie
Yurie
Supporting
Kawasumi, Ayako
Japanese
Kawasumi, Ayako

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
Ito, Nobutake
Character Design, Key Animation, Chief Animation Director, Animation Director



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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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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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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.
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.

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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