Ping Pong the Animation

Ping Pong the Animation

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"The hero comes. The hero comes. The hero comes. Chant these words in your mind, and I'll surely come to you..." This mantra is what Makoto Tsukimoto repeats as a source of motivation when he fights through the stress of not only grueling ping pong matches, but also in situations of his life. Makoto doesn't fight alone; he and his friend, Yukata Hoshino, nicknamed Smile and Peco respectively, are two boys who have grown up playing ping pong together nearly every day. Peco, brimming with confidence, aims to be the best table tennis player in the world; Smile, on the other hand, shows little ambition. Nevertheless, the two have always stuck together, with a bond built upon their mutual love for this sport. Every year, students from all across Japan gather for the inter-high table tennis competition to achieve national and international stardom. Through intense training and competition, only the very best persevere. From the avant-garde director of Tatami Galaxy, Masaaki Yuasa, Ping Pong The Animation serves a tale of ambition with its fair share of bumps along the way. Whatever the odds, Peco and Smile will face them together.

User Rating: 5 ( 3 votes)


English: Ping Pong the Animation
Japanese: ピンポン THE ANIMATION
Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2014 to Jun 20, 2014
Premiered: Spring 2014
Broadcast: Fridays at 00:50 (JST)
Producers: Aniplex, Dentsu, Fuji TV, Kyoraku Industrial Holdings, Science SARU
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Tatsunoko Production
Source: Manga
Genres: Drama, Psychological, Seinen, Sports
Duration: 23 min per ep
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 720p, 1080p
Type: BD, Dual Audio


Masaaki Yuasa – Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Composition
Eriko Kimura – Sound Director
Eunyoung Choi – Episode Director, Key Animation, Assistant Director
Pyeonggang Heo – Episode Director
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Tada Hitori (唯一人)” by Bakudan Johnny (爆弾ジョニー)
ED1: “‘Ano Hero to’ Bokura ni Tsuite (“あのヒーローと” 僕らについて)” by Merengue (メレンゲ) (eps 1-4, 8, 10-11)
ED2: “‘Ano Yoake Mae no’ Bokura ni Tsuite (“あの夜明け前の” 僕らについて)” by Merengue (メレンゲ) (eps 5-7, 9)

Episode List

01: The Sound of the Wind is in the Way
02: Smile is a Robot
03: Devoting Your Life to Table Tennis is Creepy
04: The Only Way to Avoid Losing by Not Fighting
05: Where Did I Go Wrong?
06: You Love Table Tennis More Than Anyone Else!!
07: Yes, My Coach
08: Enter the Hero
09: I’m Gonna Go Cry
10: You’re a Hero, Aren’t You?!
11: Blood Tastes Like Iron



Instead of stressing ourselves to achieve something, we should strive to enjoy the sports, careers or hobbies we do that define us.


This is not a traditional sports anime. It only uses ping pong to tell a much bigger story about the great cast of characters. A must watch.


Got me rethinking some important life decisions.
talk shit about the animation, i’ll kill you.


The greatest work of Yuasa. This show isn’t anything like a standard sports anime, but it’s all about the characters that makes it so great.


Talent, discipline, dreams, self-discovery & more are tackled believably in this stylish little story, with a bangin’ OST for good measure.




Even though many people in my circle said this was an amazing anime, it was hard to really see why until I watched it. Great Sports anime.



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