Ping Pong Club (TV)

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©1995 Minoru Furuya/Kodansha • Kitty Film • Tokyo Broadcasting System

Alternative title:
Go! Ina Junior High Ping Pong Club
Go! Inaho Junior High Ping Pong Club
Ike! Ina-chuu Takkyuubu (Japanese)
行け! 稲中卓球部 (Japanese)
Themes: sports
Objectionable content: Intense
Plot Summary: Inaho Jr. High's Boys Ping Pong Club has only 6 members, the club minimum. Takeda is your average nice guy. Kinoshita is good looking and popular with girls. Unfortunately, the rest are branded as losers. Tanabe is too foreign, while Tanaka is petite and perverse. Maena and Izawa are truly deviant, and their crazed antics have earned the team some powerful enemies. In spite of their differences, the team needs to work together to retain their practice room and club status.
User Ratings: 207 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 32 votes (sub:25, dub:6, others:1
1 Russian subtitled
 Excellent: 27 votes (sub:23, dub:4)
 Very good: 53 votes (sub:39, dub:12, raw:1, others:1
1 Spanish subtitled
 Good: 41 votes (sub:27, dub:11, raw:1, others:2
2 Spanish subtitled
 Decent: 14 votes (sub:11, dub:3)
 So-so: 9 votes (sub:6, dub:3)
 Not really good: 8 votes (sub:6, dub:2)
 Weak: 7 votes (sub:5, dub:2)
 Bad: 4 votes (sub:3, dub:1)
 Awful: 9 votes (sub:7, dub:1, raw:1)
 Worst ever: 3 votes (sub:2, dub:1)
Seen in part or in whole by 469 users, rank: #2009 (of 7521)
Median rating: Very good
Arithmetic mean: 7.116 (Good), std. dev.: 2.4586, rank: #2447 (of 7548)
Weighted mean: 7.048 (Good), rank: #2513 (of 7548) (seen all: 7.60 / seen some: 6.36 / won't finish: 2.70)
Bayesian estimate: 7.075 (Good), rank: #2283 (of 5709)
Running time: 12 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 26
Episode titles: We have 26
Vintage: 1995-04-05 to 1995-09-27
Opening Theme:
#1: "shanimuni SHEIKU! SHEIKU!" by Switch
#2: "man-in densha hitomebore" by Switch
Ending Theme:
#1: "itsu ni natte mo itsu made mo" by The Zip Guns
#2: "booing" by Sakura Uehara
Trivia: We have 1
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DVD (Region 1)
    Ping Pong Club - DVD Collection (DVD) 2002-12-03
    Ping Pong Club - Anime Test Drive (DVD 1) 2003-10-28
    Ping Pong Club - Make Way for The Ping Pong Club (DVD 1) 2002-08-13
    Ping Pong Club - Love & Comedy (Die! Die! Die!) (DVD 2) 2002-10-22
    Ping Pong Club - Goes Too Far (DVD 3) 2002-12-03
    Ping Pong Club - Loser's Club (DVD 4) 2001-09-11
    Ping Pong Club - Rots In Hell (DVD 5) 2001-11-13 (from $5.99)
    Ping Pong Club - Make Way for the (Dub.VHS 1) 2002-08-13
    Ping Pong Club - Love & Comedy Die Die Die! (Dub.VHS 2) 2002-10-22
    Ping Pong Club - Goes Too Far (Dub.VHS 3) 2000-09-26
    Ping Pong Club - Loser's Club (Dub.VHS 4) 2001-09-11
    Ping Pong Club - Goes For Broke (Dub.VHS 5) 2002-07-23
    Ping Pong Club - Assorted Shorts (Dub.VHS 6) 2001-11-13
    Ping Pong Club - Rots in Hell (Dub.VHS 7) 2001-12-11

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Series Director: Masami Hata
Director: Kenichiro Watanabe (ep 35)
Series Composition: Sukehiro Tomita
Kenji Tarada
Kenji Terada (4 episodes
eps 5, 10, 23, 25

Sukehiro Tomita (10 episodes
eps 1-3, 8, 13-14, 16, 18-19, 26

Tsunehisa Ito (6 episodes
eps 6, 9, 12, 17, 21, 24

Yoshihiro Sasa (6 episodes
eps 4, 7, 11, 15, 20, 22

Futa Morita (ep 17)
Harumi Tamano (eps 2, 6)
Hideaki Oba (ep 12)
Kenichiro Watanabe (ep 15)
Masakazu Amiya (ep 4)
Masami Hata (eps 1, 8, 16)
Raisen Hanyū (eps 18, 23)
Shin Kuromaru (5 episodes
eps 9, 18, 20, 23, 25

Takahiro Okao (ep 7)
Takashi Tanazawa (eps 14, 24)
Takeshi Mori (ep 21)
Takeshi Ushigusa (ep 10)
Takuo Suzuki (5 episodes
eps 5, 13, 19, 22, 26

Toshi Noma (ep 3)
Toshiaki Kanbara (eps 4, 14, 24)
Yoshio Suzuki (ep 7)
Yukio Takahashi (ep 11)
Episode Director:
Futa Morita (ep 17)
Harumi Tamano (ep 6)
Johei Matsuura (ep 12)
Jun Takada (eps 2, 7)
Kenichiro Watanabe (eps 15, 20)
Michie Niise (ep 25)
Raisen Hanyū (4 episodes
eps 13, 18, 20, 23

Shin Kuromaru (eps 9, 13, 23)
Takahiro Okao (ep 7)
Takashi Tanazawa (5 episodes
eps 4, 14, 19, 22, 24

Takeshi Ushigusa (eps 5, 10)
Toshiaki Kanbara (5 episodes
eps 4, 8, 14, 19, 24

Toshiyuki Sakurai (ep 3)
Yoshio Suzuki (ep 2)
Yukio Takahashi (5 episodes
eps 1, 11, 16, 21, 26

Music: Katsu Hoshi
Original Manga: Minoru Furuya
Character Design:
Joji Tanaka 
Minoru Tanaka
Art Director: Tsutomu Nishikura
Chief Animation Director: Minoru Tanaka
Animation Director:
Chikai Okado (ep 22)
Daijirou Sakamoto (eps 4, 14, 24)
Hideo Maru (5 episodes
eps 6, 11, 16, 21, 26

Joe Mashitano (eps 2, 7, 12)
Junko Isaka (ep 6)
Kinuko Mane (eps 13, 23)
Koji Yasuda (ep 22)
Michiaki Sugimoto (ep 17)
Minoru Tanaka (ep 1)
Nobuhiro Watanabe (eps 18, 23)
Osamo Ichikawa (eps 3, 9, 13)
Osamu Nanami (5 episodes
eps 5, 10, 15, 20, 25

Takao Yamazaki (eps 2, 7)
Tamotsu Tomaru (ep 19)
Toshiaki Kanbara (5 episodes
eps 4, 8, 14, 19, 24

Sound Director: Katsuyoshi Kobayashi
Director of Photography: Hidetoshi Watanabe
Norio Yamakawa (Kitty Films)
Tetsuo Gensho (TBS)
Tsunemasa Hatano (Grouper Pro)

Animation producer: Shoji Muronaga (Kitty Films)
Assistant producer: Toru Taga (Kitty Films; eps 3-26)
Color design: Osamu Date (eps 15-26)
Editing: Tomoko Kida (Hokuto Eiga)
Insert Song Arrangement: Takayuki Negishi (Kimi Dake no Michi; eps 1-13)
Insert Song Composition: Katsuki Maeda (Kimi Dake no Michi; eps 1-13)
Insert Song Lyrics: Keiko Kimoto (Kimi Dake no Michi; eps 1-13)
Insert Song Performance: Keiko Yoshinari (Kimi Dake no Michi; eps 1-13)
Literature Manager: Hiroshi Iwata
Music producer: Tetsuya Tsujihata
Hiroshi Tabata (Kitty Films)
Sukehiro Tomita 
Program Manager: Shinji Suzuki (TBS; eps 3-26)
Sound Effects: Masakazu Yokoyama
Sound Mixing:
Akiyoshi Tanaka
Yōichi Ōtani (eps 1-2)
Theme Song Arrangement:
Akihisa Matsuura (OP2)
Ginga Keikakusha (ED2 for 14-17)
Katsu Hoshi (ED2 for 18-26)
Satoshi Nakamura (ED1)
Theme Song Composition:
Daisuke Inoue (OP2)
Kai Tachibana (ED2 for 18-26)
Toshitaka (ED1)
Yoshiyuki Oosawa (OP1)
Yosui Inoue (ED2 for 14-17)
Theme Song Lyrics:
Fumi Ogami (OP1-2)
Kai Tachibana (ED2 for 18-26)
Toshitaka (ED1)
Yosui Inoue (ED2 for 14-17)
Theme Song Performance:
Kyoko Iwashita (ED2 for 18-26)
Sakura Uehara (ED2 for 14-17)
Kousuke Okano as Maeno
Masato Amada as Tanabe
Susumu Kaseda as Kinoshita
Takumi Yamazaki as Izawa
Tsutomu Takayama as Takeda
Yasuhiro Takato as Tanaka

Nanami Kurosaki as Kamiya
Sakura Uehara as Kyoko

Chafurin as Kaoru Suematsu
Hidetoshi Nakamura as Morio Tachikawa
Yūichi Nagashima as Shibazaki
Japanese companies
Animation: Grouper Productions
Animation Cooperation: Studio Hibari
Backgrounds: Studio Jack
Cooperation: HoriPro (eps 3-13)
Development: Imagica
Editing Studio: Hokuto Eiga
Insert Song Label: Polydor (Kimi Dake no Michi; eps 1-13)
Photography: T. Nishimura
Recording Studio:
Apu Meguro Studio
APU Studio
Sound Production: Audio Planning U
Theme Song Label:
BMG Victor (ED1)
Kitty Enterprises (OP1-2)
Polydor (ED2)
Titles: Maki Production
English cast
English staff
ADR Director: Anthony Salerno
Executive producer: John O'Donnell
ADR Formatting Supervisor: J.B. Baxter
Associate producer:
Anthony Salerno (VHS release)
Tom Wayland
Dubbing Supervision: Tom Wayland
DVD Coordination: Michael Palan
In-House Production: Justin Sevakis
In-House Production Manager: Tim Werenko
Mix Engineer: Dan Rich
Script Adaptation:
Anthony Salerno
Dan Rich
Special Thanks To: Ringo Farkas
Buddy Woodward as Izawa
Gil Goujons as Tanaka
Hans Brikfeice as Kinoshita
Jack Bean as Tanabe
Jimmy Zoppi as Maeno
Mark Percy as Takeda

Agent Zero as
Cookie D'Goodie as Kyoko
Dominic Moore as Tachikawa
Paula Brown as Kamiya

Agent Zero as
Referee B
Buddy Woodward as Old Man
Cooper McQueen as
Nursery Teacher
Dan Green as Tanabe (Credited as Jack Bean)
Dominic Moore as
Junpei's Father
Mr. Kida
Ed Paul as
Mr. Uehara
Frank Frankson as
Frankie Frame as
Ms. Kito
Gil Goujons as
Hans Brikfeice as
Coach Hoshino
Jack Beam as
Mr. Hojo
Jimmy Zoppi as
Blue Angel
Tough Cherub
Mandy Bonhomme as Tachibana
Mayblissa Cummings as
Paula Brown as Softball Player
Scottie Ray as
Summer Pepper as
Tara Jayne as
Miss Ishizika
Sayuri Ichijo
Veronica Taylor as Rika Abe

English companies
Audio Post Production: Taj Studios Inc.
Distributor: Software Sculptors
DVD Menu Design:
Metropolis DVD
DVD Premastering:
Metropolis DVD
Licensed by: Central Park Media
Recording Studio: Sonomat, Inc.
Subtitles: Captions, Inc.

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