Ping Pong the Animation

Ping Pong the Animation ★★★★★

HOLY SHIT. BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY PING PONG IS PERHAPS ONE OF THE BEST, IF NOT THE BEST SPORTS DRAMA OF ALL TIME, BECAUSE I AM FUCKING SPEECHLESS RIGHT NOW.

What a miniseries. There are times when I am left speechless by a film or series, but this is on another level; something reserved for the likes of my viewing of 2001: A Space Odyssey or something from my Top 10. There's honestly nothing bad I can say about this series, because it's virtually flawless. Masaaki Yuasa found a way to tackle the sports drama so perfectly; the "tournament" episodes that are so dreaded in anime because of the cliches that come along with them are so creatively written and so beautifully animated that I'm still recovering from every frame; off goes the crappy shonen tropes, and in come Yuasa's wild fever dream of animated greatness. That soundtrack from Kensuke Ushio is so utterly mindblowing that I can't stop listening to it on repeat; it's probably one of the greatest soundtracks I've ever heard from him.

I'm going to stop here, because I could keep going on, and on, and on about Ping Pong, but all I have left to say is that Yuasa deserves every ounce of respect from anyone interested in animation, because the fact that this man made a show about two high school boys playing table tennis so compelling is truly an unbelievable feat.

[Masaaki Yuasa - Ranked]

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