Watch Ping Pong: The Animation

Ping Pong: The Animation is a Japanese anime television series focused on the fast paced sport of table tennis. The series was based on the popular manga created by Taiy? Matsumoto while the anime was directed by Masaaki Yuasa and produced by Studio Tatsunoko Production.

The series focuses on two young table tennis players, Smile and Peco, with wildly varying personalities. Despite their obvious differences they have been best friends for years and enjoy a mild rivalry in the world of table tennis. However, when Peco is utterly defeated by a Chinese opponent he is so totally defeated that he gives up on the game thus forcing his childhood friend Smile to step up and get him back in the game!

Friday 1:00 PM et/pt on Fuji TV
1 Season, 11 Episodes
April 10, 2014
Anime, Sports
8.6/10
Cast: Koki Uchiyama, Alan Chow
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Ping Pong: The Animation Full Episode Guide

  • Relentlessly working his injured knee, Peco beats Dragon. The upset sends shock running through the gymnasium. The final match pits Katase High's Peco against Smile.

  • Peco and Dragon tackle the question of whether only birds can fly.

  • In the third round, Dragon has an unexpected visitor, Sanada questions himself, and Peco scares lots of people in lots of ways.

  • Peco practices among college students at the training center in preparation for the Inter-High preliminaries. When Koizumi learns from Obaba that Peco is still playing table tennis, he registers Peco for the event.

  • Smile is finally scouted by Kaio. Dragon declares, "Keep playing in this dumpy environment and your talent will rot." After attempting to persuade Smile, as Dragon heads home, he recalls painful memories from his past. Meanwhile, Peco decides to make a comeback and Obaba works him hard.

  • Having quit table tennis, Peco hangs around Tamura Table Tennis Hall eating snacks.Meanwhile, Smile polishes his skills with Koizumi in order to win, causing discord between himself and his teammates.

  • After winning the Inter-High, Dragon goes on to win the Junior Olympics singles, and makes his triumphant return. At a press conference after his return, Dragon clearly states Kaio's need for players on Tsukimoto's level. Dragon's statement creates subtle waves in the Kaio Academy team.

  • Peco learns a hard lesson from someone he never took seriously enough, and then we finally see how Dragon earned his name.

  • All the teams gather at the prefectural qualifiers, and China gets to play Smile at last.

  • Coach Koizumi has started working Smile hard, and he definitely doesn't appreciate the extra attention.

  • Two old friends go to spy on a new table tennis champ at a rival high school, but meanwhile their own team is falling apart.

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