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The Best Episodes of Ping Pong the Animation

Every episode of Ping Pong the Animation ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Ping Pong the Animation!

Makoto 'Smile' Tsukimoto and his friend Yutaka 'Peco' Hoshino have been playing table tennis together since they were kids, but as they enter high school, they find that the game, and how they see it, has changed. Peco, brimming with confidence and energy, wants to be the best in the world, but the reserved Smile has little fighting spirit and doesn't want to sacrifice others' happiness just to win, despite his innate talent. As the two grow, and experience the ups and downs of the sport – and life – they try to figure out exactly who they really are and what drives them to play.

Genres:AnimationDrama
Network:Fuji TV

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Ping Pong the Animation" is "I Thought You Were the Hero!!", rated 9.1/10 from 235 user votes. It was directed by Eunyoung Choi and written by Masaaki Yuasa. "I Thought You Were the Hero!!" aired on 6/13/2014 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Blood Tastes Like Iron".

  • I Thought You Were the Hero!!
    9.1/10 235 votes

    #1 - I Thought You Were the Hero!!

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2014-06-13

    Peco and Dragon tackle the question of whether only birds can fly.

    Director: Eunyoung Choi

    Writer: Masaaki Yuasa

  • Blood Tastes Like Iron
    9.0/10 214 votes

    #2 - Blood Tastes Like Iron

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2014-06-20

    The final match is on.

    Director: Masaaki Yuasa

    Writer: Masaaki Yuasa

  • The Hero Appears
    8.5/10 177 votes

    #3 - The Hero Appears

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2014-05-30

    Smile, Peco, Dragon, and China begin another prefectural qualifier. Will the results be different this year?

    Director: Ho Pyeon-gang

    Writer: Masaaki Yuasa

  • Gonna Cry a Bit
    8.5/10 180 votes

    #4 - Gonna Cry a Bit

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2014-06-06

    In the third round, Dragon has an unexpected visitor, Sanada questions himself, and Peco scares lots of people in lots of ways.

    Director: Ryota Itoh

    Writer: Masaaki Yuasa

  • Smile Is a Robot
    8.3/10 186 votes

    #5 - Smile Is a Robot

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2014-04-18

    Coach Koizumi has started working Smile hard, and he definitely doesn't appreciate the extra attention.

    Director: Hideki Ito

    Writer: Masaaki Yuasa

  • Staking Your Life on Table Tennis Is Revolting
    8.3/10 177 votes

    #6 - Staking Your Life on Table Tennis Is Revolting

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2014-04-25

    All the teams gather at the prefectural qualifiers, and China gets to play Smile at last.

    Director: Masatsugu Arakawa

    Writer: Masaaki Yuasa

  • You Love This Sport More Than Anyone!!
    8.3/10 182 votes

    #7 - You Love This Sport More Than Anyone!!

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2014-05-16

    Five athletes have five very different Christmas Eves, and Peco gets a wake-up call.

    Director: Takehiro Kubota

    Writer: Masaaki Yuasa

  • The Only Way to Be Sure You Won't Lose Is to Not Fight
    8.0/10 172 votes

    #8 - The Only Way to Be Sure You Won't Lose Is to Not Fight

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2014-05-02

    Peco learns a hard lesson from someone he never took seriously enough, and then we finally see how Dragon earned his name.

    Director: Fumihiro Ueno

    Writer: Masaaki Yuasa

  • The Wind Makes It Too Hard to Hear
    7.9/10 198 votes

    #9 - The Wind Makes It Too Hard to Hear

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2014-04-11

    Two old friends go to spy on a new table tennis champ at a rival high school, but meanwhile their own team is falling apart.

    Director: Takehiro Kubota

    Writer: Masaaki Yuasa

  • Where Did I Go Wrong?
    7.8/10 164 votes

    #10 - Where Did I Go Wrong?

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2014-05-09

    Dragon's obsession with Smile prompts Akuma to do something rash.

    Director: Masaki Utsunomiya

    Writer: Masaaki Yuasa

  • Yes, My Coach
    7.7/10 163 votes

    #11 - Yes, My Coach

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2014-05-23

    Players, coaches, captains, and their families.

    Director: Ryota Itoh

    Writer: Masaaki Yuasa