Just finished watching Ping Pong - The Animation. Really enjoyed it.
What did you think?
best coming-of-age story in a long while and it's really, really fucking different, about facing challenges, personal growth, ups and downs, with some of the best worst looking animation in years
also they play ping pong i guess
AOTY 2014, the way it exploded at the last few episodes was fucking amazing to witness. It managed to stay solid all throughout its run and also the soundtrack was great. Characters were interesting and also REAL. They felt fucking REAL, like a dude you could actually encounter in your life. 8~9/10. Real good stuff.
Felt like I was watching an American sports movie. I don't understand why /a/ is so in love with it.
I thought it was very good, maybe in my top 10 of the year, but not top 5. Pretty flawless and packed a good emotional punch at the end. Good music too. I liked the character-driven story.
The only thing I didn't really like was how cliche and predictable everything was. And the characters were also kind of hit-and-miss. I couldn't have possibly given less of a shit about Dragon, or that Chinese guy.
An American sports movie is all about "YEAH WE CAN DO IT, WE'RE THE BEST, BOYS, GOT GET EM SON OF BITCHES" it would all be about the sport and nothing about the characters so it always ends up having no real feeling of wanting to know who's going to win. Ping-Pong manages to do both.
I didn't even start watching it because the art is ugly as shit. Yeah, I get it. They CHOSE to have ugly shitty art. It was a choice to go with an ugly art style that takes 0 effort.
Pff, spare me.
>an american sports movie is all about
>look everybody I haven't watched a single american sports movie
Not a masterpiece like some would herald it as but it had some of the strongest development I've seen in years. The show also flowed very well and gave off the feeling the show just got better with each subsequent episode. AOTY '14 obviously, no debate on that.
You can claim to have watched whatever you want and done whatever you want.
It doesn't change the fact that if you have that opinion, that you either have not seen any, or are too retarded to have understood them. And that's a very high level of retardation.
It was pretty good story-wise and by far the best sports anime I've ever seen, but I still think that they could've made it even better with a less controversial look. Like, come on. It's a visual medium, at least give me something to look at that doesn't make me want to scratch my eyes out.
I don't understand why so many people got a problem with the looks. To me it might have been what I enjoyed the most about it and what got me interested in the first place.
I get that something like that is very subjective but still...
It's about ping pong. No matter how serious or complex the plot can possibly be, it's a small step up from bayblades and card games.
Besides, the people who like it seem unreasonably enthusiastic about it without being able to put forth any criticism whatsoever. A lot like fanboys basically, who pretty much only got into anime a few years ago.
Probably because they have eyes, you know?
And Yu Gi Oh isn't actually about card games.
Really enjoyed it. My expectations were that it would be average, but it was pretty good if not amazing. The style was different and the story really developed every character amazingly. I thought before watching "I'm not going to like the matches for ping pong, they bore me". Found myself really enjoying the way they present the matches.
I didn't understand Kong's character
Every time he was "fuck this, I am going back to mama", but then he continued training until he won. What gives? Was he really not allowed to go back to China without winning? Why couldn't he quit?
>but I still think that they could've made it even better with a less controversial look.
It's like no one here read the manga, or anything else, by Matsumoto. The anime is about 85% faithful to the story and moreso for the artstyle. It's the way he draws and changing it would lose a lot of the character the series has. If anything, having a different, safer artstyle would make it less notable and have cries from people complaining about a reverse Aku no Hana.