Five ping pong prodigies learn to navigate the harsh climate of competitive sport and the even more frightening realm of self realization.
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Koki Uchiyama Koki Uchiyama ...  Makoto Tsukimoto 11 episodes, 2014
Yosei Bun Yosei Bun ...  Kon 'China' Wenga / ... 11 episodes, 2014
Alan Chow ...  Kong 'China' Wenge 11 episodes, 2014
Aaron Dismuke ...  Hoshino 11 episodes, 2014
Fukujurou Katayama Fukujurou Katayama ...  Yutaka 'Peco' Hoshino 11 episodes, 2014
Tyson Rinehart Tyson Rinehart ...  Ota 11 episodes, 2014
Micah Solusod ...  Makoto Tsukimoto / ... 11 episodes, 2014
Mark Stoddard ...  Koizumi 11 episodes, 2014
Yûsaku Yara ...  Jou 'Butterfly Joe' Koizumi 11 episodes, 2014
Pam Dougherty ...  Tamura 10 episodes, 2014
Takanori Hoshino Takanori Hoshino ...  Ota 10 episodes, 2014
Masako Nozawa ...  Obaba Tamura 10 episodes, 2014
Shunsuke Sakuya Shunsuke Sakuya ...  Ryuuichi 'Dragon' Kazama 10 episodes, 2014
Marcus D. Stimac ...  Kazama 10 episodes, 2014
Christopher Bevins ...  Takamura 9 episodes, 2014
Mitsuaki Hoshi Mitsuaki Hoshi ...  Takamura 9 episodes, 2014
Tze Yep Tze Yep ...  Kong Wenge's Coach 9 episodes, 2014
Tei Ha Tei Ha ...  Kong's Coach 8 episodes, 2014
Kenji Hamada Kenji Hamada ...  Masayuki Sanada 8 episodes, 2014
Akihiko Ishizumi Akihiko Ishizumi ...  Taku Kazama 8 episodes, 2014
Bill Jenkins ...  Taku 8 episodes, 2014
Mitsutaka Nishida Mitsutaka Nishida ...  Young Yutaka 'Peco' Hoshino 8 episodes, 2014
Ian Sinclair ...  Sanada 8 episodes, 2014
Maxey Whitehead ...  Young Hoshino 8 episodes, 2014
Anthony Bowling Anthony Bowling ...  Sakuma 7 episodes, 2014
Scott Hinze Scott Hinze 7 episodes, 2014
Subaru Kimura Subaru Kimura ...  Manabu 'Demon' Sakuma 7 episodes, 2014
Clifford Chapin Clifford Chapin ...  Nekota 6 episodes, 2014
R. Bruce Elliott 6 episodes, 2014
Aaron Roberts Aaron Roberts 6 episodes, 2014
Philip Weber Philip Weber 6 episodes, 2014
Kenta Ôkuma Kenta Ôkuma ...  Nekota 6 episodes, 2014
Ian Bailon Ian Bailon 5 episodes, 2014
Ben Bryant Ben Bryant 5 episodes, 2014
Jarrod Greene Jarrod Greene 5 episodes, 2014
Josh Grelle ...  Yamada 5 episodes, 2014
Chris Hury Chris Hury 5 episodes, 2014
Jeremy Inman ...  Michio 5 episodes, 2014
Trenton Jons Trenton Jons 5 episodes, 2014
Ayako Kawasumi ...  Yurie 5 episodes, 2014
Sean O'Connor ...  Miyasaka 5 episodes, 2014
Hiroshi Satomura Hiroshi Satomura ...  Young Makoto 'Smile' Tsukimoto 5 episodes, 2014
Lindsay Seidel ...  Yurie 5 episodes, 2014
Shohei Shimada Shohei Shimada ...  Yamada 5 episodes, 2014
Takahiro Shimada Takahiro Shimada ...  Michio Tamura 5 episodes, 2014
Greg Silva Greg Silva 5 episodes, 2014
Apphia Yu Apphia Yu ...  Young Tsukimoto 5 episodes, 2014
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Five ping pong prodigies learn to navigate the harsh climate of competitive sport and the even more frightening realm of self realization.

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Perfect on all Fronts
29 September 2018 | by ehavericSee all my reviews

Starting Ping Pong, I was a bit unnerved by the unorthodox animation and scene portrayal. Not that it was bad by any means, but more so that it was just so different as compared to almost any other anime.

The show follows the journey of 5 distinct high school ping pong players each having their own struggles inside and outside of the game. The most fascinating part of the storytelling is that it does not really have a "main character", and with that the anime doesn't really have a central theme. Via the eyes of Sakama it can be seen as a tragedy of the loss of love for a sport; whereas through Smile's eyes it is an antihero's journey. Through Kong a humbling journey of self realization, through Kazama tragic downfall, and finally through Peco a heroic triumph. Sympathy can be drawn for every character at all parts of the show, including ones not aforementioned such as Egami and Sanada. The show does not cut any corners when it comes to realistic life challenges and obstacles, and portrays them in as human a way as possible.

Along with the incredible storytelling comes the animation and action sequences. Because of the art style of the show, complex emotions can be difficult to portray on the faces of our characters; as a result the show resolves to prevalent use of symbolism and music to further the plot-line. Intense matches often dissolve into abstract symbols (most notably the "hero") and intense music beating in the background. The music is so intelligently used at times of heightened emotion that as the track is repeated it evokes that same feelings on top of what is happening currently. From the "Heroes Theme" to "China" and even to "Peco", the soundtrack for the show is absolutely pristine and in my opinion one of the most beautiful OST's ever created.

Altogether, the show is a representation of coming of age and the harsh realities that come with adulthood. Dreams that once were, innocence that once was, and hopes that might be all dissolve with the inevitable responsibilities of age.

Ping Pong the Animation is my favorite show/movie of all time, and if you are in any way shape or form someone who enjoys a heartfelt and real story, I implore you to give it a chance.

Favorite Character / OST Track : Kong / China


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