One of the most refreshing series of this season. I went in not expecting much out of a low-budget moe anime but was pleasantly surprised as after the first few episodes. Although quite generic, the show is unique in its own way, and its average score makes it feel criminally underrated.
Ping pong is a rare focus for a sports anime, but the story begins quite typically, having some twists and turns here and there, but is generally predictable throughout. However, it is interesting enough to make you anticipate the next episode.
The art is what is expected of a low-budget adaptation, but although not flashy, it is good at what it does, reflects the characters very well, and doesn't go overboard with the fan service. I also appreciate how they don't downplay the ping-pong and keeps is as an essential element in the story.
The soundtrack is surprisingly good. There are few scenes where it actually matters, but the timing and the intensity of these scenes are absolutely perfect. The voice actors are on point as well.
Although the characters' personalities are clearly cookie-cutter, they are not exact copycats of those from other anime. They are surprisingly well developed and support the plot well, especially the main characters.
The amount of enjoyment while watching this anime is what rockets this from an average to great anime. The dialogue is hilariously funny, the scenes are fun to watch, the character interaction is ridiculous, and if you're looking for great laughs or to relieve some stress, then this is the show for you.read more
A cute and relaxing anime that has a bit of a Lucky Star feel. Every character somehow loves tabletennis and attention is given to some strange sections.
It's a pretty slow-paced slice of life without the drama (almost dropped after 1st ep. since it's a pretty big waste of time if you're looking for plot/entertainment).
Story: (I hope you're not looking for one)
- some progress here and there to stop it getting too repetitive
- a new character introduction every few eps
- not much depth
- sometimes a bit like a visual novel in the sense that there are many scenes where the scene just freezes on the character while they talk
- average sound effects that are used almost everywhere
- not a wide variety
- characters are developed pretty well especially since there isn't much plot
- each character is given some individual air time to hone out their personality, history, thoughts
Stuff I dis/liked
+actual pingpong matches don't take a large portion of the anime
- easy to lose interest in
- a bit (or a lot) of cliche & weird stuff
Nothing dramatic happens, no big laughs to be gained, pretty good pick to watch 1 episode of at a time to rewind.read more
I'll be frank form the get go, this is not a very good show. Let's go down the list and see what are the goods and not so goods of this anime. First off we have the story. The story is only as good as the characters in it, and as I will cover them in later in the review, the story is nothing new or remotely unique. It is a bunch of girls in a ping pong club and a few "elites" competing for the number 1 spot and teamwork but rivalry yada yada yada, I'm sure if you've seen any anime even remotely related to sports then you know the whole ins and outs of the story that you are going to get. And you will also know that a story of this low caliber, the interesting things are the characters and the finale, so don't look into this for a compelling, heart touching story (granted I am 5 episodes in and a twist can still happen). Second is the art. not much to say here other than it is a moe-blob archetype and offers a lot, and I mean A LOT of face shots of the characters moaning or grunting or making odd noises. It gets weird and awkward. Now the sound is honestly the better bits of this anime. It has a decent intro and the "battle" scenes are accompanied by a neat background track. the ping pong sounds are consistent with the action and it fits nicely into what it is. Nothing spectacular but you can't expect too much. Still one of the high points. Now the characters, ooh this is where it takes a downhill turn. So the main character is either the red headed clutz Koyori, or the purple haired tsundere Agari, not entirely sure which is another short coming of the anime. Now the characters are not original at all, you have seen them before and you will see them again, design wise and personality wise, such is the nature of these shows. Koyori looks likes she's trying to bank off of Akarin from Yuru Yuri with her main focus and attractive feature being her head blobs, same color and same position. She's your token extremely shy but actually really strong archetype which makes her frustrating to watch out of games but fun during her "fire" scenes. Agari is so desperately an attempt for your Kagamin from Lucky Star, a carbon copy down to hair color and twintails, she's so incredible dull and done over at this point that there's no point in reviewing her. Hanabi is your typical tomboy, energetic girl who closely resembles Ritsu form k-on, always on with her buddy character and being opposites personality wise, but oddly pairs really well. She harasses Koyori and that's about the extent of her character. Then there's Hokuto who is the calculating, quiet girl who's character design looks like a more boring Tsumiki from Acchi Kocchi except with less depth and importance. This becomes agonizingly obvious during the "cat" episode, you'll see. Mune is big oppai girl who's character doesn't go much further than her size, and Kiruka, your senpai who is stringer than you'll ever know but doesn't let you know. It's honestly tiring and downright insulting seeing these charcters pop up again and again. Overall though I give this show a 4/10, whilst the ping pong scenes and music can be enjoyable to watch, the poor characters and uninspiring story leave much to be desired. 1 plus about this show is the sweat detail which you see in almost every episode and it brings up the intensity of ping pong but in the end you're just staring at a bunch of sweating lolis going around and moaning. Enjoy.read more
This show was very relaxing and easy to get into from the get go, I found it to really be a "feel good" anime with your generic characterizations and simplistic story.
the story is very simplistic as it always is for sports anime, they set a goal to make it to nationals and we watch them slowly achieve that goal over time,
comparing it to a better animation (Ping Pong the animation) the story pales in comparison
The art is decent during ping pong matches it shows they used a good portion of their budget on it but as for the off ping pong matches, it is very plain, as for character design I felt each character was designed perfectly to match their personalities
They are your generic anime personalities akin to lucky star but they retain their own individuality in some ways, I enjoyed it because I got to see all the tropes I've enjoyed over the years in different anime
The songs in this show are just perfect, they match every moment for every scene during the ping pong matches they use a great playlist of J-core to happy hardcore, which fits perfectly with the animation and the scene going on, I would recommend this show fully just based on the soundtrack if you love happy hardcore styled music
I fully enjoyed myself while watching this (so far), its definitely a new experience to enjoy and sit back and relax from the other shows of this season, this is 100% a "feel good moe" kind of show where you can just enjoy the characters doing their thing, personally I actually play ping pong recreationally so it was loads of fun watching this.
I'm having fun watching this show and would recommend it to any new anime viewer, its very simple to follow and easy to get in to, the soundtrack is fun and amazing for any J-core or Happy Hardcore fans, characters are very generic almost cliche at times but its still all fun to watch