Ping Pong
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Ping Pong

Alternative Titles

Japanese: ピンポン


Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 55
Status: Finished
Published: 1996 to 1997
Genres: Drama Drama, Sports Sports
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits
Authors: Matsumoto, Taiyou (Story & Art)


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Ranked: #1392
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Popularity: #878
Members: 19,851
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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)


Ping Pong was published in French by Delcourt from November 2003 to November 2004 and in Spanish by ECC Comics from August to December 2016. It was published in English by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint as omnibus volumes from May 19, 2020 to September 15, 2020.

The manga was adapted to film in 2002 by director Fumihiko Sori, and released in Japan on July 20th of that year, under the same title. It was nominated for eight Japanese Academy Awards, with Shidou Nakamura winning the 'Newcomer of the Year' prize for his performance as Dragon.

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Aug 15, 2010
"I'm sure you'll understand too, someday. The melancholy of winning. The pain of praise. The weight on your shoulders... the loneliness and agony. The time will come where your efforts will seem meaningless and your victories empty."

Like much of Taiyo Matsumoto's work, Ping Pong includes the same level of energy and surprising depth that outshines its basis to the point of sheer brilliance. Ping Pong, contrary to the title, is less a story about table tennis and more a story about the coming of age of two polar opposite individuals. The author uses ping pong as a medium to advance the story and to develop ...
Apr 7, 2014
Taiyou Matsumoto is somewhat of a hidden master of manga, most people don't know about him but those who do respect him a lot. Sadly until recently I was someone from the first group, but fortunately I have now converted to the second group. This guy is master of telling a story by very subtle means, conveying the tell with both his excellent and imaginative writing and unconventional and brilliant drawing.

Ping Pong is one of his most famous mangas and after you are few chapters within you begin to understand just why is this guys so special. This manga is a very simple tale of ...
Jan 27, 2015
At first glance Ping Pong looks like your typical generic sports manga, albeit with a choice of sport relatively uncommon to be found in the medium. And yet, while it does have the usual ingredients (tournament, rivalry, dramatic matches, training sessions, etc.), Ping Pong is way more than its simple, literal, title suggested.

To start, there's nothing typical with Taiyou Matsumoto's art. His style is very distinctive and could initially be hard on the eyes, especially if you're used to pretty, conventional, manga artwork. Matsumoto's characters looked like little demons at times, especially when they're grinning, and in this series ...

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