Ping Pong The Animation — First Impressions


A high school club plays ping pong. It’s serious business.

Welp, I’ve been living under a rock, and I didn’t know Yuasa was going to be directing this. It puts things in a different perspective when I’ve actually seen someone in staff in person before (I saw his Kick Heart debut at Anime Expo last year). But honestly, I’ve never been a big fan of his style. I think it’s rather ugly.


It does work quite well for the fluid action scenes though. The final ping pong match in particular was pretty amazing.

Somehow before watching this I thought it was supposed to be a comedy. Was there some other ping pong manga that’s a comedy?

FYI I have some friends staying at my house since last night so everything is going to be falling behind schedule.

12 thoughts on “Ping Pong The Animation — First Impressions

    1. Yea – the “actual” Chinese was excellent! I was really impressed by that extra touch.

      The random Japanese English by the old teacher also cracked me up.

    1. The whole thing looked absolutely gorgeous to me. I understand that the character art is not pretty, but it’s so fluid and expressive, and also raw in a way that really fits the overall mood.

    2. Backgrounds and cinematography looked great! The characters take some getting used to though. I feel the same way about all of Yuasa’s shows…

  1. There’s Ping Pong Club which is a low-brow comedy anime (maybe based on a manga, I dunno). It’s pretty old, though.

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