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Lost in Translation
Fuji TV's Noitamina began streaming a promotional video on Friday for the Ping Pong television anime series. The video features merengue's ending theme "Bokura ni Tsuite" (About Us). The series will premiere on April 10.
In the beginning of the video, the Smile says "I don't think I'd want to return to those days. But, even now I recall..." The text of the video introduces the main staff and the words "It was a youth of just ping pong... 5 youths... 5 ping pongs."
Taiyo Matsumoto's original 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 cast includes:
Fukujūrō Katayama as Yutaka "Peco" Hoshino
Kouki Uchiyama as Makoto "Smile" Tsukimoto
Shunsuke Sakuya as Ryūichi "Dragon" Kazama
Subaru Kimura as Manabu "Akuma" Sakuma
Yosei Bun as Kon "China" Wenga
Masako Nozawa as Obaba
Yuusaku Yara as Jō Koizumi
Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, The Tatami Galaxy, Kick-Heart) is directing the television anime at Tatsunoko Productions. Nobutake Ito is designing the characters, while kensuke ushio is composing the soundtrack. Kunio Tsujita serves as the color key artist, and Kevin Aymeric is the art director. The staff also includes Shunsuke Nakamura as director of photography, Kashiko Kimura as editor, and Eriko Kimura as sound director.