Ping Pong Anime's 'Smile' Character Previewed in TV Ad

posted on 2014-02-27 13:03 EST by Egan Loo
Kouki Uchiyama plays quiet but talented player from Taiyo Matsumoto's manga

The "Smile" commercial for the Ping Pong television anime began airing and streaming on Thursday.

The ad introduces Makoto "Smile" Tsukimoto (voiced by Kouki Uchiyama), a ping pong player whose hidden talents are awakened. He holds his racket "shakehand" style and uses the "chop" stroke. "When the times get tough, a hero will always appear."

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.

This first commercial featuring Smile will be followed by weekly commercials for China, Akuma, Dragon, and Peco.

Thanks to Maxim Firsov and Saeglopur25 for the embedded videos

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