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Old 2014-01-16, 17:02   Link #1
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Ping Pong (NoitaminA)

Here's the PV:

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Here's the synopsis from ANN

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The manga revolves around two longtime friends Smile and Peco who are both members of the ping pong club at their high school and are both very talented at the sport. However, Smile's quiet personality keeps him from being able to win against Peco. The club's teacher takes notice of Smile's talent and works to change his attitude toward the sport.

The five-volume manga originally ran in Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine from 1996-1997.
And the staff so far:

Director: Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, Kaiba, The Tatami Galaxy, Kick-Heart)
Studio: Tatsunoko Productions (Gatchaman Crowds, Muromi-san, Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~ )
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Old 2014-01-16, 17:42   Link #2
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Ping Pong doesn't sound interesting, but I'll watch anything by Yuasa.

That's Kouki Uchiyama's voice in the PV, isn't it? Who's the other one?
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Old 2014-01-16, 18:10   Link #3
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NoitaminA has so many choices for avant garde manga if that's the direction they really want to go... I'm glad they exist and that they aren't completely surrendering and giving themselves over to LN adaptations like everyone else (just 50% surrendering) but this isn't one I'm all that wild about.
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Old 2014-01-16, 18:20   Link #4
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Ping Pong doesn't sound interesting
A few years ago, I would have said the same thing about a card game that involved matching cards to lines of ancient Japanese poetry. Now that I know better, I'm more open to giving shows about subjects like Ping Pong a try. Count me in for at least a look-see.
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Old 2014-01-17, 19:52   Link #5
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Wow, 2014 is really going to rock, from Nagahama to Yuasa (now if we get a god-tier director for Parasyte, I'll be content).

The great Taiyo Matsumoto has written other better manga for me, but I'll take what I can get. Can't wait!

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Old 2014-01-18, 14:59   Link #6
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*adds this to Spring watch list*

I haven't read the manga, but Yuasa Masaaki is always worth watching.
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Old 2014-02-18, 16:59   Link #7
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I'll watch.
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Old 2014-03-06, 05:27   Link #8
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Just realized no one added the first character CM yet.

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Old 2014-03-06, 06:30   Link #9
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Yep looks like a Masaaki Yuasa show alright.
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Old 2014-03-06, 14:12   Link #10
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And the new CM today, with Kon "China" Wenga:

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Old 2014-03-06, 14:39   Link #11
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Yep looks like a Masaaki Yuasa show alright.
Mind explaining this?
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Old 2014-03-06, 20:22   Link #12
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Mind explaining this?
I'm talking about the general art style of the show is somewhat similar to his other works, like the ones he made with Studio 4C (Noiseman Sound Insect, Mind Game), though it looks closer to Tatami Galaxy.
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Old 2014-03-07, 00:43   Link #13
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Is there going to be Chinese voice acting? The PV sounded flat, but at least comprehensible.
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Old 2014-03-07, 09:20   Link #14
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Seiyuu for China is chineese so probably.
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Old 2014-03-21, 11:14   Link #15
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New trailer from the noitaminA lineup announcement yesterday.
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Old 2014-03-21, 11:17   Link #16
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This looks to be good. Definitely excited to watch it.
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Old 2014-04-04, 16:36   Link #17
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Funimation has the stream. [Source] (I haven't found any streaming info yet. Sorry.)
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Old 2014-04-04, 23:36   Link #18
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For some reason I find myself interested to give this series a try. Sports genre series are generally a tough sell for me, but I still like the give them a try when I can.

Maybe a the 11-12 eps thing will help my appreciation of it?

Anyway, will give it a shot.
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Old 2014-04-09, 17:34   Link #19
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Crunchyroll will stream this series.

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set to broadcast every Thursday starting on April 10, at 10:00am Pacific Time, and free members able to watch one week later.

Ping Pong the Animation will be available to Crunchyroll’s audience in the following territories: Europe (excluding Russia and UK), Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Cyprus, Iran, and Israel.

*Please note there is a 6-month holdback for viewers in French-speaking regions
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Note the territories.
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