Ping Pong and Mirai Nikki Released Monday
posted on by Andrew Osmond
Smile and Peco. Peco and Smile. Besties from the beginning, both with a badass backhand. Peco is known for His Arrogance on the table tennis court, and Smile for his silence. But with a new school year and a new high school table tennis team, both boys are in for a challenge, on--and off--the court.
Peco's slacker ways are hurting his game, and after getting crushed in a tournament, he decides to quit. Smile is finally learning to harness his natural talents, but can he squash his sympathy for his opponents enough to beat them?
Ping Pong adapts Taiyo Matsumoto's manga of the same name. Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, The Tatami Galaxy, Kick-Heart) directed the television anime at Tatsunoko Productions. Nobutake Ito designed the characters. kensuke ushio composed the soundtrack. Kunio Tsujita served as the color key artist, and Kevin Aymeric was the art director. The staff also includes Shunsuke Nakamura as director of photography, Kashiko Kimura as editor, and Eriko Kimura as sound director. The band merengue performed the series' ending theme.
Funimation described the story:
Reality quickly unravels for antisocial Yukiteru when Deus Ex Machina calls him into a death match to determine the new god of space and time. Each mentally scarred player possesses a prophetic device tuned to his or her personality disorder, giving them control over their future... and the fate of their opponents. It's their strongest weapon - and their greatest weakness.