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Ping Pong Club


a.k.a. Ike! Ina-chuu Takkyuubu

Genre: Comedy
Company: Grouper/TBS
Format: 26 episodes
Dates: 4/5/1995 to 9/27/1995

Take an all teen cast including: a bishounen, a person with terrible BO, a three-foot-tall pervert, two outrageous idiots, a leader no one listens to and an attractive girl with a bad attitude and what do you get? A school ping pong club worried about anything but playing ping pong. Most of them being hardly able to hit the ball, these guys will need to struggle everyday to keep their club from being disbanded. Fortunately, sportsmanship is not required for cooking up evil and perverted schemes.

summary by Kjeldoran


Reviewed: 04/28/2004 by
Grade: 81% av-Kjeldoran

Highs: Guilt-ridden hilarity; anything goes

Lows: Gradually loses its novelty; dreadfully twisted and baffling

There is a fair chance many will despise this anime with all their heart. Why should you not hate Ping Pong Club? Crude art, cruder characters, crudest jokes and if that’s not enough, countless sequences that will make no sense whatsoever to anyone who isn’t soaked from head to toe in Japanese culture. Why do I recommend this seemingly horrible anime? I have never laughed so hard in my entire life.

If you thought Golden Boy to be of bad taste, stay far away from this one. Not only does Ping Pong Club dare to do what no anime has done before, it also does it explicitly and confidently. Set aside the few anime references, even the most zealous otaku will most likely be left confused over the bizarre humor and innumerable Japanese inside jokes. A peak in comedy can be observed soon after you get use to the wackiness. After that, the show’s shock value inevitably dissipates slowly; it constantly brings about new material but there comes a time when you’ve essentially seen it all.

The animation stays true to the manga it is based on and goes along with the nonsensical content and deformed character design quite nicely. The plots (as the series displays a semi-linear style) do not require much concentration but are interesting and innovative enough to keep the viewer gripped. I hope no one can entirely relate to the characters but these losers bear hints of humanity which makes us care for them in some way.

You can see it as pure genius or childish fart jokes or anything in-between; the fact of the matter is: Ping Pong Club is here to provoke you and does so abundantly. As far as weird, gross-out humor is concerned, this series wins the palm. Watch this one with an open mind or not at all; you have been warned.


Ping Pong Club can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.


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