This spring, alt-audience anime programming block Noitamina will be presenting a Tatsunoko produced adaptation of Taiyo Matsumoto's Ping Pong. The production will feature newcomer Fukujūrō Katayama, cast by audition to join Kouki Uchiyama as the leads in the series. This week's ad from the block introduces Shunsuke Sakuya as Ryūichi Kazama aka Dragon.
Acclaimed animator/director Masaaki Yuasa (Kick-Heart, Tatami Galaxy) will be returning to TV for this adaptation of Taiyo Matsumoto's (TekkonKinkreet) Ping Pong. The 1996, five-volume Big Comic Spirits manga follows long time friends and ping pong players, cold Smile and flamboyant Peko.
Principal cast includes...
Yutaka Hoshino (Peco) - Fukujūrō Katayama
Makoto Tsukimoto (Smile) - Kouki Uchiyama
Ryūichi Kazama (Dragon) - Shunsuke Sakuya
Manabu Sakuma (Akuma) - Subaru Kimura
Kong Wenge (China) - Yousei Bun
Obaba - Masako Nozawa
Jō Koizumi - Yūsaku Yara
Original: Taiyo Matsumoto (originally published in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits)
Director: Masaaki Yuasa
Character Designer: Nobutake Ito
Music: Kensuke Ushio
Color Design: Kunio Tsujida
Art Director: Kevin Aymeric
Director of Photography: Shunsuke Nakamura
Editing: Kashiko Kimura
Sound Director: Eriko Kimura