First of all, do you know this anime character ? If you know, then you already have a great taste in anime.
But if you don’t, then you are in for a surprise. The name of the character is Kong Wenge from Ping Pong Animation and the animation is a masterpiece. Art is completely different and soundtrack is pure bliss. The series is just 11 episodes long and every episode is just 20-23 minutes long.
“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.
Ping Pong The Animation won the Animation of the Year award in the Television category for the Tokyo Anime Award Festival in 2015.
In November 2019, Polygon named Ping Pong the Animation as one of the best anime of the 2010s, and Crunchyroll listed it in their “Top 25 best anime of the 2010s”. IGN also listed Ping Pong the Animation among the best anime series of the 2010s.