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May 1, 2014 9:25 AM

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THIS IS AN ANIME ONLY DISCUSSION POST. DO NOT DISCUSS THE MANGA BEYOND THIS EPISODE.
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Another good episode, I just love the OST and style of this show.

The match in this episode really had a tense atmosphere going on. The ping pong movements were fairly fast and I'm just as impressed as China and his coach is. Dat monster. The dragon symbolism was awesome imo. I was rooting for China though despite his feeling of hopelessness. 5/5, loved it.

P.S. It was nice to know a little about China's character. I find that to be appreciable since he's my favorite in the show.
 
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May 1, 2014 9:32 AM
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Ah, something to look forward to when I get home from work. This show has such a great look and feel to it, almost unique. Makes Ping Pong seem like an epic battle between the forces of light and darkness, which considering "China's" story seem appropriate.

A good deal of its charm is with how it gets close to being racist, without it being racist. Not to praise racism mind you, but the characters have a bit of an edge and say things that normal people say, not to be mean mind you, but just displaying ignorance or nativity all too typical with people. It's a nice touch of realism that makes the show seem just a touch more real.

Add to that absolutely awesome art direction, and a good touch by the director, and what more could one want.
 
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May 1, 2014 10:21 AM

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Very surprised Kazama beat Wenge. Overall that a a very good episode.
 
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May 1, 2014 10:29 AM

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Good episode.

And man is that OST amazing >.<!! I want it!!

Didn't expect Kazama to be that BA! He owned Kong just as much if not more than Smile :O And Dat Dragon lightning! He truly looked like a monster there. A Titan at that XD

Well at least Smile will have competition and not be totally on another level.

Peco got owned too. Hopefully his character will start developing now.

And DAMN! Who the hell can win against Kaio if their life is like that XD 24/7 TT lol

Felt bad for Kong :( Gotta admit he looked so lame trying to hit back Kazama's balls XD
 
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May 1, 2014 10:37 AM

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That dragon though. Good episode. Interested in seeing if Smile actually joins the Kaio team.

The bonuses the members had were something else. Holy shit.
 
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May 1, 2014 11:15 AM

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And once again a good episode. A bit stereotypical here and there but still bloody amazing.
Stone Ocean adaption when?
 
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May 1, 2014 11:25 AM

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Not my favorite episode so far but still great nonetheless, the dragon imagery was especially interesting. And gosh, Kaio is one rich high school. o.o
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May 1, 2014 11:35 AM
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Now I'm really annoyed that Smile lost to Wenge, because it was completely pointless. Wenge lost to Ryuuichi and didn't get into Inter-High anyway! I wouldn't be so frustrated if Wenge won, because that would mean that Tsukimoto's sacrifice at least meant something.
 
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The match between Kazama and China was even better than in the manga. They really managed to show how weak China felt during the game with the Dragon. Plus we get a short filler flashback for him that adds to his character.

The part with Kaio's training facilities was also filler but I guess they wanted to emphasize even more Kazama's personality and wining desire, as well as showing that you need help if you want to be at the top. It was kind of extreme but a good addition.

The pacing is better than expected so far, they adapted 22 chapters - 33 remaining.
 
May 1, 2014 11:49 AM
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Kind of sad that both Peco and Wenge lost but oh well.
The show is pretty good so far, looking forward to the next episode.
 
May 1, 2014 12:02 PM

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Another good episode, wasn't as focused on Smile as much as the others but that's to be expected(what is this like the second time he's quit ping pong). Get to see the identity of the girl who was sneaking around since the last episode, wonder what kind of a personality she has. Eyebrows sure noticed her and Smiles.
The outcomes weren't that surprising but they were needed, I look forward to Peco's future and whatever happens to Kong.

I like the imagery in each match.
 
May 1, 2014 12:06 PM

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I hope Smile decides to go to Kaio.
 
May 1, 2014 12:07 PM
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Seems like Wenge realized that Smile lost on purpose..

Sakuma's tactics were petty at the start but Peco fell right into them; ultimately resulting his loss.

Kazama was unexpectedly badass; almost seemed too op against other players.

Smile is offered by Kazama to be on his time. Damn, they have quite the facility!

Good episode. Hope Smile vs. Kazama happens soon.
 
May 1, 2014 12:09 PM
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Now I'm really annoyed that Smile lost to Wenge, because it was completely pointless. Wenge lost to Ryuuichi and didn't get into Inter-High anyway! I wouldn't be so frustrated if Wenge won, because that would mean that Tsukimoto's sacrifice at least meant something.

I thought it would serve kind of nice as an eye-opener for Smile because then he would realize that even if he loses on purpose, it doesn't mean others will too. But I guess he didn't (?) really think too much of it, although he was really paying attention the the matches. Random, but I like the way Smile was portrayed in this episode, just the way he was holding his bag (I think that's what it was), it really emphasizes his introverted personality and how he is closed-off.

Also, the intensity of that match between Kazama and Wenge was amazing. It's a little sad that Wenge lost, but I like the way he dealt with his loss, as well as the conversation he had with his coach (or "friend") afterwards. He is only at the starting line in his life :) Which, is a foil to Peco's loss, as he kind of just sits in front of the building, catatonic, and crying. Seems like it's starting to hit him that he can't underestimate people anymore.
 
May 1, 2014 2:46 PM
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Man, Peco how you gonna lose to a freakin lobber. Looper > Lobber.

Anyway that Kazama vs. Wenge match was awesome. Takuan_Soho's point about the show being more realistic due to the characters' own biases, ignorance, etc. which I really liked.
I liked getting some back story on Wenge definitely my favourite character in the show.
 
May 1, 2014 3:36 PM

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Kazama was so badass and was pretty good, too bad Kong lost to him.
 
May 1, 2014 3:56 PM

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Once again, some great character development. Fantastic portrayal of Kazama's match.
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May 1, 2014 4:00 PM

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An overall killer episode. It's managing to be consistent to the style of the manga while still allowing Yuasa to give it his own flare. He is even giving his own spin onto the symbolism found in the manga.

The music in this episode was brutal and stellar, it goes keeps getting better and better in my opinion.
 
May 1, 2014 4:18 PM
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I totally cried when Kong was talking with his coach after he lost.
 
May 1, 2014 5:15 PM
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Smile quits ping pong (not) and now Kong quits ping pong too, that Kazama is really good
 
May 1, 2014 5:22 PM

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Such a perfect anime
 
May 1, 2014 5:47 PM
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I love the animation in this show. The Wenge match against Kazama was incredible.
 
May 1, 2014 6:19 PM

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This is seriously really good.
 
May 1, 2014 6:37 PM

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Ping Pong never dissapoints.
 
May 1, 2014 6:37 PM

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Damn, I want to go to Kaio Academy now! The gym, the library, the money, wish my high school had been like that :/
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May 1, 2014 6:39 PM

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Amazing episode. I just love the animation during matches.
 
May 1, 2014 8:26 PM

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This show is amazing.
 
May 1, 2014 9:37 PM

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Dam those Ping Pong matches were intense and awesome. Kazuma is pretty scary with those dragon image, and Kong lost in the process. A little character development for Kong though.

I'm hoping for a match between Smile and Kazuma.

 
May 1, 2014 9:44 PM
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Now I'm really annoyed that Smile lost to Wenge, because it was completely pointless. Wenge lost to Ryuuichi and didn't get into Inter-High anyway! I wouldn't be so frustrated if Wenge won, because that would mean that Tsukimoto's sacrifice at least meant something.


No, no, no. Smile doesn't lose because he thinks there is a point, but rather because Smile sees himself as being a hero and hero's don't defeat the weak. Smile sacrificed nothing when he lost to Wenge, indeed he probably didn't even think about that, indeed the reason why Wenge lost was because he KNEW that Smile gave him the match so winning was pointless. That this happens reflects positively on both characters. Even Kazuma understood this (which is why he is even more keen on getting Smile to his school).
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May 1, 2014 10:17 PM
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i swear the guy animating/drawing this was on acid, nevertheless i do enjoy it.

I liked the bit with Wenge and his coach after he lost, chines/mandarin is such a peaceful language to listen to.
Eagerly waiting for the next ep
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May 1, 2014 11:10 PM

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I didn't like this episode as much as the previous two but that's okay seeing as this was still boss. I can't wait to see where it goes from here.

I wonder what the importance of that girl is. Does Kong's loss actually meant anything to Smile? You just can't tell with that guy.
 
May 2, 2014 12:44 AM

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every week im loving this show more and more and it's on 4 episodes in. kazama's match was one of the most exciting contests i've seen in a sports anime it gave me a similar feeling to watching a great fight in a shounen like hunter x hunter. not to mention all the great dialogue with the old coach and the old lady and also kong and his coach...just amazing. easy 5/5 episode
 
May 2, 2014 12:58 AM
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At first, I am really worried about this animation's sales ( esp. it's sold as completed box =.=!!!)
But today I checked the accumulated and predicted points of the whole animations this season, it goes well........( beyond my imagination ^.^)
 
May 2, 2014 2:10 AM
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Not sure what to feel about this episode, but seeing Smile leaving Peco to cry at the stadium while being nonchalent and going home without consoling Peco is quite sad.
 
May 2, 2014 2:14 AM
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this is the best sports anime i can remember watching, such a breathe of fresh air compared to how cliched sports anime usually are
 
May 2, 2014 2:24 AM

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Good episode.

Peco needed to lose one time, so he can see that he's not the best there is and that he has to improve himself too. Still sad seeing him crying alone at the end, i thought Smile should at least go home together with him.

Sad to see Kong lose, Kazama really looked like a Titan^^ I guess we won't be seeing Kong around anymore, I actually liked him. It was nice to hear some Mandarin in anime for a change which also made it more realistic.
 
May 2, 2014 3:57 AM

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I can't get enough of that OP.
 
May 2, 2014 5:26 AM

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I'm not sure why Kaio is still regarded as high school lol.

Peco being lost is a good thing, he underestimated his opponents too much. I hope he would improve later.

I wonder if Smile is going to accept the inv or not, since he has quitted the club.


Another great episode overall, glad i picked up this series.
 
May 2, 2014 6:40 AM

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In what world is this 5 frames per second animation with crappy looking art great? Also, around 13:05, Kong's shot clearly hit Kazama's side of the table TWICE, yet Kazama was allowed to return it and score the point. Really unbelievable and egregious error by the animators.
 
May 2, 2014 9:46 AM

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Hisomi said:
At first, I am really worried about this animation's sales ( esp. it's sold as completed box =.=!!!)
But today I checked the accumulated and predicted points of the whole animations this season, it goes well........( beyond my imagination ^.^)

Hmm? How well is it doing? Just curious, since I'm worried about the sales too.

Another great episode, the matches are seriously intense. Love the directing techniques used, especially the matches and that dragon bit. I wish the budget and schedule was better though.
 
May 2, 2014 9:53 AM

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This show is superb, I love every part of it.

That opening artwork is unbelievable..
The matches were great, especially Kong VS Kazama
 
May 2, 2014 10:24 AM

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god-damn wenge got own'ed
 
May 2, 2014 12:03 PM
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While the 'animation' gives me eye-cancer, I can't but get interested in the story. Lately I've been into sports anime, so there's that, but Ping Pong has something unique to it that draws me in. Once again, eye cancer is almost guaranteed, but hell, it's worth it.
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May 2, 2014 12:16 PM

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For being such a cocky bastard, you have to feel bad for Wenge because ping pong was his life, but feel good for him because he lifted a huge weight off his shoulders.

Amazing episode once again
 
May 2, 2014 12:24 PM

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wat the fuk Kazama

WHAT THE FUCK KAIOU

A SCHOOL (or academy, whatever the fuck's the difference) WITH PING PONG AS IT'S MAIN SPORT?

shite shite shite what on earth's going on niggers

This is a nice change for once. The super strong guy isn't some photogenic kiddy fuckhole. Shit. EVERYONE in fact. Except Kong. Give me some Kongdick.

So that's 2 eps in with the new OP animation. Things are about to become sexy feces time.
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May 2, 2014 1:06 PM

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Kazama is a beast, respect.

Kaio Academy looks amazing, except the meal part, I EAT WHAT I WANT, GOT IT?!

Peco got owned, step it up n!gga and Tsukimoto got b!tchslapped ;)

That's the end of Kong Wenge?! :(

Where's the sea dude? he was amazing! Need more of him:)
 
May 2, 2014 1:38 PM

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Epic match !!!
 
May 2, 2014 3:05 PM

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So basically, Smile lost for no reason
 
May 2, 2014 3:08 PM

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So basically, Smile lost for no reason
I don't know what you're talking about, he lost for a reason. He gave up because he knew how important it was to Wenge.
 
May 2, 2014 3:47 PM

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Awesome episode. That was fantastic. Intense matches, nice moments near the end as well.

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