Ping Pong the Animation

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Synonyms: PPTA
Japanese: ピンポン THE ANIMATION
English: Ping Pong the Animation
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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
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, SportsSports
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.621 (scored by 178260178,260 users)
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Ranked: #802
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Popularity: #581
Members: 381,518
Favorites: 15,484

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Despite being polar opposites, Makoto "Smile" Tsukimoto and Yutaka "Peco" Hoshino have been best friends since childhood. Although the overly confident Peco strives to be the best ping-pong player in the world, he often skips practice, earning the ire of his fellow teammates on the Katase High School ping-pong team. Meanwhile, Smile—in spite of his innate talent for the sport—cannot help but hold back his full strength when playing against others. Through their mutual love for ping-pong, the two have developed a bond that is seemingly unbreakable.

When Peco hears that an ex-national team player from China is coming to Japan, he drags Smile over to rival Tsujido High School to observe them. The subsequent trip leads to a clash between Peco and Kong Wenge, who overwhelmingly defeats the former in one game. Stunned by such a comprehensive loss, Peco finds himself questioning why he plays to begin with. Seeing his potential as a player, Katase's coach begins to train Smile to overcome his hesitation, but he is reluctant to play if it is not for enjoyment.

As the two struggle to find meaning in the sport, a plethora of stronger players—each with their own internal strifes—await them at the inter-high tournament, where only the very best can persevere. But when these young athletes let their unbridled ambition go unchecked, the hardships they face paint a somber reality as they pursue glory.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


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

The series was released on Blu-ray and DVD by Funimation Entertainment on June 23, 2015.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Tsuda, Kenjirou

Koizumi, Jou

Yara, Yuusaku

Tamura, Obaba

Nozawa, Masako

Kong's Coach

Ha, Tei


Kawasumi, Ayako


Cook, Justin
Yuasa, Masaaki
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Key Animation, Series Composition
Kimura, Eriko
Sound Director
Ohira, Shinya
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Animation Director


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

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Jul 28, 2023
This show is not for everyone so, whoever wants to approach it, is advised.
"Ping Pong the Animation" is an unusual anime, mainly based on the characters' development and their bond with this sport.

ANIMATION (10) - it is literally written in the title of the show so.. animations are extraordinarly-well drawn (surely there were lots of studies about real ping-pong players playing): very smooth and fluid, they give you that feeling of watching a real professional ping-pong game.
Even if sometimes they do look repetitive and weird, especially when lots of people are drawn in the same scene, I felt satisfied overall.

CHARACTERS (9) - another strenght of ...
Apr 12, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Ping Pong - The Animation, an underdog sports anime of sorts. Ping Pong is promising from the get-go with its fast paced action and resourceful split-frames leaving no idle moments. The animation style is unique and makes use of realistic movement rather than the typical characters only moving their mouth. The surface level plot behind it is also fairly intriguing with quiet and loud ping pong prodigies MC, Hoshino and Tsukimoto.

PP:TA leaves nearly no narrative detail unexplained, the story line follows 2 high school boys of opposing personalities and outlooks on life who are tightly connected through the mutual interest of Ping Pong. Their ...
Mar 31, 2021
I want to like this show more than I actually do. First off, it’s racist (I’ll explain in the Writing section). I would have dropped the show by the end of episode 5 if it weren’t for Kong, my favorite character. Seeing that he reappears in episode 8 encouraged me to hang on. Episode 10, the second to last episode, was the first ostensible feeling of fun I had watching the show. Episode 11 then wrapped up the series in a satisfying manner.

- Story. This show is 40% sports 60% character arcs. There were a couple revelations about character backgrounds and relationships that pleasantly ...

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