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Ping Pong the Animation

Alternative Titles

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


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


Score: 8.641 (scored by 83,004 users)
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Ranked: #632
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #555
Members: 168,996
Favorites: 7,908


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. 
report Recommended by Emberred
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. 
report Recommended by neko-komori
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. 
report Recommended by M0richild
Both are coming-of-age stories that use sports as a tool for character development and focus more on the depth of the characters involved in the games and matches (even the minor ones). 
report Recommended by irasshai
The anime that I consider closest to Ping Pong is definitely Ashita no Joe, same goes the other way around where I consider Ping Pong the modern equivalent to Ashita no Joe. While the themes of Ping Pong are Dreams and Talent, the themes of Tomorrows Joe (As you can partly guess from the english title) are Dreams and Passion. The two are also very similar stylistically both in visual direction (Namely Ashita no Joe 2's visual direction being similar to Ping Pong) and in that they're both not about the sport they cover but rather they are about the character's lives and how the sport  read more 
report Recommended by Maleel
Sakamichi no Apollon and Ping Pong the Animation feature two bespectacled protagonists, Kaoru and Smile who are taciturn and withdrawn but have a skill and passion brought out by catalyst characters Sentarou and Peco. Sakamichi's common theme may be Jazz and Ping Pong's ping pong however, it's not about the topic itself, it's about people, their ambitions, their challenges, their relationships with others, and why they play.  
report Recommended by xxxATiON
Both are good sports anime about kids working hard to be the best they can be at what they love and also the struggles that go along with that. It seemed to me that Ping Pong the Animation may have been partly inspired by Hikaru no Go as a lot of the smaller themes are identical. 
report Recommended by AWLR
Same director. similar character development strategies, but a completely different story. Unfortunately also the same horrible art-style 
report Recommended by skyscan
Both Ping Pong and Hajime no Ippo are anime based on sports, with Ping Pong being about table tennis and Hajime no Ippo being about boxing. What makes these two anime similar is the character development: both Ping Pong and Hajime no Ippo focus on several character, all with unique personalities and skills. Both focus on exploring the motivations these characters have for practicing these sports. Ping Pong and Hajime no Ippo also deal with similar themes, like for example: talent vs effort etc. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
Both are sport anime that deal with the the psychology of the players instead of just focusing on the flow of the game. Both anime show you the complexity of simple-looking games. 
report Recommended by Deago
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.  
report Recommended by El_Roaddd
Clever and symbolic writing, experimental and original direction and animation style. I think whoever appreciates Yuasa's works can be a fan of Taniguchi's as well. 
report Recommended by ManjoumeSandalo
- Similar fluid and exaggerated art-style - Energtic OST - Bowl-cut protagonist 
report Recommended by Lemon
While both are typically different at their core, they manage to take their portrayal of Ping Pong more seriously than other sports anime. Fast paced, full of sweat, tests of agility and the like without completely decaying off of realism. It's a moe series, yes, but its showcase ping pong is about as good, if not as good, as PPTA's. 
report Recommended by MagicalMahou
The Opening and the Ending reminds so much to Ping Pong each with a very characteristic beautiful animation. The fact that The protagonist has got an idol and does the same than him and in some point of the animation he could become better than his hero. 
report Recommended by Geek_Boy
-Pretty intense and dramatic (moreso with Hanebad!) for a sports anime -Both anime feature sports with a net and a racket (Hanebad! focuses on badminton while Ping Pong obviously focuses on table tennis) -Both protagonists have similar traits and personalities (Peco = Ayano, Smile = Aragaki) 
report Recommended by Markdoka
Euphonium is just Ping Pong but with the Kyoani artstyle and yuribait. Although the two shows deal with different subject matter, they are very similar in the themes that they explore. 
report Recommended by Arfbarf
Bespectacled protagonist with an immense talent struggles to actually be able to use it. Two main characters must brave the gulf that has started in between them. Both protagonists are sympathetic and wonderfully designed. 
report Recommended by BoyHime732
The portrayal of youths as they grow and struggle to achieve their dreams and find meaning in their lives is wonderfully conveyed in both series. The cast of well developed characters and their realistic depiction is brilliantly perceived in both. The various roller coaster rides of emotions that are felt in both will leave you sympathizing and relating to the characters. The two series are very good coming of age series that are about finding what matters most in life. 
report Recommended by retii
Apparently cheap but well-thought and original art style and direction.  
report Recommended by ManjoumeSandalo
Both change the way you'll see life after watching them. Both are also masterpieces. 
report Recommended by NotNano
I'm surprised how no one has related this two series. I think they're really alike in how they present their sport; with passion, dynamism, good animation and exaggerated metaphores. If you liked ballroom e youkoso you'll really love ping pong. 
report Recommended by Ajinomoto
Both are sports anime, which focus a lot on character development. Both feature energetic characters, who gain new experiences and meet new people while practicing their sport, leading to a better understanding of themselves, their talents, and their surroundings.  
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
Sato = Tsukimoto Misaki = Hoshino Both main character are saved by his friend to a better world. Both show are really enjoyable and has an outstanding storyline... 
report Recommended by Programmer69
Both are coming of age stories with similar art style used for similar purpose. Well, Fuujin Monogatari is more artistic and aesthetically pleasing but they both carry similar meaning with their visuals. Both are engrossing and endearing. A strong sense of affection coats them both. 
report Recommended by Prottoy
They both show how the players grow, and the value of the game for them changes. Shows what they gain and what they lose, when the game affects their lives. 
report Recommended by qit1
I would say these are both masterpieces. They have character driven stories and are so heartwarming. Interesting characters and themes 
report Recommended by killerqueen2000
-Both feature two best friends with almost completely different personalities -Both feature an emotional backstory relating to these best friends -Both have a unique art style that emphasizes movements -Both have the same director and music composer -The music is similarly amazing in both -The mangas both are based off are cult classics in the industry.  
report Recommended by AltEgg
They might seem different at first - the one is about the art of storytelling (rakugo) the other one is about sports (ping pong/table tennis). But you should easily recognize they are similar if you watch them both. I'd never recommend any other generic sports anime to Ping Pong. Ping Ping is more than just sports. Also ganbatte anime are different from this. Ping Pong and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu are both character-driven and about two guys that are connected by ping pong (Ping Pong) and rakugo (Shouwa Renroku Rakugo Shinjuu). While they are friends they also are rivals. You don't need to know anyting about ping pong/rakugo  read more 
report Recommended by Luthandorius
World record, and Kid's Story share a similar art and animation style. Even though unrelated story wise, if you enjoyed the art from one you will enjoy the other as well. 
report Recommended by kibak
When I started to watch Ping Pong the art style from Aku no Hana popped in my mind. I didn't really like Aku no Hana that much, but if you like this "realistic" type of art give it a try. Note: Aku no Hana is a lot darker than Ping Pong and isn't recommended for children. Also completely different besides the art.  
report Recommended by phenstyle
Both stories show characters trying to make the most out of their lives, their struggles, and their great determination. Also, they both use unusual art styles. That might put off some viewers but in my opinion makes the anime more unique, memorable, and impressive in ways that you just won't see coming. 
report Recommended by PandaJerk007
Also a short slice-of-life story about childhood friends, where they seem to forget about how important their bonds are. 
report Recommended by SuperSamos
Koi wa Ameagari is not about age gap romance. Its about keeping yourself faithful to your vocation and to yourself. Ping Pong is about that, but also about discovering your vocation by passing for trials until you reach ripeness. 
report Recommended by jpmc
Ping Pong The Animation is more heavy-handed in its seriousness, but it uses ping pong like Hana to Alice uses its mystery to develop its characters. Of course, that's not the only similarity they share--they both also have a similarly unique art/animation style rarely seen in anime, so if you're seeking somewhat experimental art/animation styles, Ping Pong The Animation is a good bet. To add to that, Ping Pong The Animation is also a really great character-driven series. It is strong in every aspect, including its story and plot progression, which is something that Hana to Alice fell short in. 
report Recommended by Fall
If the relationship between Killua and Gon was very important to you in HxH, or conversely, if the relationship between Peco and Smile was the fundamental to you in Ping Pong, then you'd definitely enjoy the other show beyond measure, genres be damned.  
report Recommended by Atrithau
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".  
report Recommended by Volt1993
Althrough these two anime are different in story, there is one major thing linking them - the animation. Both have original artistic, experimental and sometimes abstract animation you will remember. Both animation techniques have hand-drawing feeling. Also both anime have deeper meaning in general. If you liked one, there is a chance you´ll like the other one. 
report Recommended by abystoma2
Forget that one series is about sport and another is about drawing manga. Neither of these shows are about those subjects at hand on the surface (at least not as main points), they are first and foremost about the hardships of life and trying to get to the top in your respective field while having support from your peers and friends/family. These shows are mostly about the characters themselves, being branded as geniuses but still having to work hard to achieve their goals and be at the very top (whether it's being a top ping-pong player or top mangaka). Neither of the characters from either series can  read more 
report Recommended by HandsomeMan
- Both are sports stories, that tackles the life of pros, the dreams and efforts that goes into professional sports. Differences: - Ping pong is fast and concise, QZGS requires a long prep time but contains far larger scope. - Art style and action  
report Recommended by ap1001
Both are sports and seinen anime that revolve around the characters. Though Giant Killing isn't as character focused and doesn't feature an interesting art style. 
report Recommended by Chaostrooper
while not similar in plot or world build, both shows have an incredibly strong usage of art and animation, as well as individual stories in cinematic and non-cinematic ways to percieve their stories and motifs in the best way. both are incredibly well built and thought out, and heavily rely on atmosphere as a way of passing the story to the viewers. 
report Recommended by aware
"Sport is amazing." You will get the feling when you watching these two shows.. When many of sport anime/mangas still using shounen approach when a main character will win unrealistically after got owned one second before, these two anime/mangas using realistic but entertaining ( much more entertaining for me ) way to win a sport match.. Not to forget, realistic character developments are at best in these shows.. 
report Recommended by Jim_Heart
Facing obstacles and embracing the love of a sport, both series captures the essence of growth as it chronicles the journey characters go through to reach stardom. The characters go through tough experiences and learns from their mistakes from both series. And while they focus on different sports, there’s a similar feeling when it comes to the competitions. I recommend both of these series for sports fans especially those looking for a show that has appreciable development.  
report Recommended by Stark700
Both share a similar type of story in terms of maturity and elegance, as well as distinct art styles.  
report Recommended by Atrithau