Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Ping Pong

The anime adaptation of Taiyo Matsumoto's (松本太陽) 1996-97 manga series Ping Pong (ピンポン) began airing on Japanese TV last month. Ping Pong was the follow up to Matsumoto's Japanese Academy Award winning Tekkonkinkreet (鉄コン筋クリート), the anime adaptation is being directed by Masaki Yuasa (湯浅正明) famous for his work on family favourite Crayon Shin-chan (クレヨンしんちゃん), and more recently The Tatami Galaxy (四畳半神話体系).

There was also a film adaptation in 2002 directed by Fumihiko Sori (曽利文彦) which was nominated for several Japanese Academy Awards, starring Yosuke Kubozuka (窪塚洋介), Arata Iura (井浦新), and Shido Nakamura (中村獅童).

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