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Posted 5/8/14 , edited 5/8/14
Smile and Wenge just keep winning my heart....but honestly right now I think I relate most to Peco and Sakuma, especially after this semester...haha...................................why am I laughing, this is sad :/\

The last message as talent trumps hard-work, that really hurts, I won't deny beacuse that edge is about as valid as it gets. Once talent adds hard-work into the mix....the simple hard-work just doesn't stand a chance, that is just life's giant middle finger to your face to deal with.
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Watching everyone else slowly get crushed under Smile, Kazama and Wenge's talent is hard. Even though it will ultimately be in their best interest to realize early on that they just can't compete on a college or professional level, it still hurts my heart to watch them suffer so much.
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Posted 5/10/14
Never thought I'd like this show, but I love it. The animation is strange, the humor is quirky, but everything works great.
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This show has an odd balance between Peco, Smile, and Akuma. Talent and hard work trump either of the two on their own. Peco has talent and Akuma has hard work, but Smile can destroy both of them. Past that, I think there's one more element to it, which is one's passion or love for the activity. I think that the irony of the situation is that Smile and Akuma have a genuine love for ping pong, yet it's hard to judge what Smile is thinking, or if he even knows what he really wants to do. They each have two out of the three elements, and you can tell that none of them are truly satisfied. Contrast that with Kazama vs. Wenge, and only Kazama is happy.

Shouldn't this show be more depressing than it is? lol It's still a fun watch despite itself

With all that said, I think Peco has the potential to be the best player of the three. Convenient, since he's apparently the main character lol
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Posted 5/15/14
Episode 6


Great episode in general. We get to see more of China and what his personal life is like. On the other hand is Peco and I hope he truly masters the art of Ping Pong. Like some of the other said, it is a complex sport.

The singing in the latest episode was awesome too.
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I am so sad to see this thread is still only at 5 page count....from characters of Kong to Smile and then Kazama,...even Peco ...the show already deserves praise just to be at least checked out.

Anyway as to episode 6:
The Kong Scenes continue to produce such heart warming emotions for me, I wouldn't mind a side story entirely dedicated to him and his upbringing.
Glad to see Peco getting back to his senses.
Something I really love about the show, it could be any sport or any other device and the plot would still strive, I wish some didn't just dismiss the show based on being in the sports genre.
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Ping Pong is not actually about ping pong.

This is the truth about this ugly looking show, and it's beautiful.
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Posted 5/16/14
This show definitely has the strongest characters this season and this season features the Blank siblings so thats saying something. It really hit home this episode that every character in this anime is nearly perfect, even the one off characters like Wenge's mother.
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Posted 5/17/14

iblessall wrote:

Ping Pong is not actually about ping pong.

This is the truth about this ugly looking show, and it's beautiful.


Yes, yes. This alone has been worth paying for Funi this year (on sale). I'd have hated to miss it. The way they revealed stuff in that whole long passages with the song, and glimpses of not-Ping-Pong were amazing. And Peco's inner dialogue. All just really sucked me in, and got me all contemplative. I love that kind of thing.


Griffhor14 wrote:

This show definitely has the strongest characters this season and this season features the Blank siblings so thats saying something. It really hit home this episode that every character in this anime is nearly perfect, even the one off characters like Wenge's mother.


And more yes, yes.



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Posted 5/21/14 , edited 5/21/14
I just finished watching all last 5 episodes
I really like this anime more and more. Got alot of more serious tones and realism.Character development is pretty good .

Funny how seiyuu Uchiyama is in 2 sport anime this season. Although his character as "Smile" has his usually flat affect delivery which he is really good at and his smirky character in Haiyuu.

The actor Josei Bun for Kon Wenga is pretty good too. I wonder if he is an haiyuu and that is his stage name . He looks mixed , must be half chinese, his mandarin is pretty good.

I live in an area where I hear Taiwanese,mandarin and cantonese. My friends in childhood speaks mandarin since they have relatives in Hong Kong. I always gets mistaken for chinese when I was with my chinese friends , since I do have chinese blood but I can only speak greetings

ANyway watching Kaio do their stretch band exercises reminds me to do mine I have been slacking .

Table tennis was one thing I was pretty good when I was a kid but like Tsukimoto , I play defense alot becuase I was too kind . I played against friends so at times I dont like competition. Sometimes I would intentionaly lose a game. So I could understand his character but it was also enjoyable to make my opponent run for it

i might get myself a new raquet ...now i need to find a club nearby

Back to the anime,
I like where the story is going, I rellay enjoyed the scene of Kon's mother and the entire dorm/ club having a christmass feast ...and I agree I wouldnt mind a side story of his side too but that would require more chinese speaking seiyuu
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Posted 5/22/14
Episode 7


Another good episode! Glad to see everyone train so hard especially Peco and China. I think at this rate, he should be able to get better and maybe even on par against some of the pros soon.

Emotions were shown and development will still strong. Smile also had some decent moments and with his coach I think. China is training hard too. :3
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Posted 5/22/14 , edited 5/26/14
I agree , episode 7 was pretty good.

From Christmas to Valnetines day is already covered.I like how things are developing.I just realized the director oft his anime is Masaaki Yuasa who did Kickheart.I am glad i met him last year at Anime Expo.

There are a lot of realistic themes in this one, relationships , inner problems, determinations to overcome, saddness, lust and envy . Not that other anime doesnt have it but it just well written in this title and well portrayed.

Quiet surprising for a sports anime that is not very popular at all.

ps I just bought a 175 grams midrange raquet . I am going to get back into ping pong
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Posted 5/25/14
I was surprised at what a hard worker Peco ended up being willing to be.

Yes this show is all about ndividual character, but I'm especially loving how it's also really so tuned into the importance of relationships. Mostly between players and their coaches, but there's also what's his name and that girl. Yeah. (I'm terrible at remembering character names and too lazy at the moment to look them up.)
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Posted 5/26/14
My favorite relationship in the series is between Peco and Obaba. It's nice to see an honest representation of a child/mentor dynamic.

It's not hard to see how Ping Pong is not popular. It's based off an old seinen manga, and not only an old seinen manga, but a sport seinen manga. The manga came out in 1997, the movie adaption was 2002. Old titles are a hard sell outside of JoJo, but JoJo finally blowing up was an inevitability considering its influence and staying power in Japan going back to the late '80s.

I'm just happy that there is something great to watch this season. Anime has been pretty challenging to me of late, with so many bad light novel-based anime coming out each season. I am only watching No Game No Life to see how many anime references there are, and it's not altogether rewarding. I am getting old, so maybe my tastes just don't match up with the young'uns. Ping Pong this season reminds me of how I reacted to Monster when it came out, with that combination of ecstasy and relief that there's some grown up shit to watch.

"Aishiteruze."
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Posted 5/26/14
A Ping-Pong Anime. Wow. That sounds pretty freaking righteous...Makes Me wanna play some!
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