The Ping Pong Club box cover


Available on DVD from Software Sculptors.
TV Series: 26 episodes on 5 DVDs
25 minutes per episode
What I've Seen So Far: episodes 1-12 (subtitled in English)
Objectionable Content: Pretty much everything

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The Ping Pong Club

The Ping Pong Club is probably the most unbelievably outrageous attempt at offensive comedy I've seen yet. If you think Beavis and Butthead and South Park are gross and repulsive, then don't even *consider* watching a single episode of this series. It's depraved, disgusting, and does nothing to hide the fact that it's supposed to be that way.

And, surprisingly, it's also quite funny. Now, I'll admit it took me a couple episodes to get used to the antics of the characters, but pretty soon I was waiting to see what disgusting stunt these guys would pull next. Mind you, there are some relatively normal people among this group, like Takeda, Kinoshita, and Tanabe, who actually seem to *want* to play Ping-Pong. Of course, this was probably done to give someone the audience to identify with, and also to contrast the actions of Maeno, Izawa, and Tanaka, the misfits in the group. One thing I did find particularly amusing was Software Sculptor's warning that all characters depicted in the nude or engaged in sexual acts (there's plenty of that, though this isn't really an H-anime) were at least 19 years of age. 19-year old junior-high delinquents. Riiiiight.

Now if I haven't got across the point that this anime is depraved, you probably just haven't seen it yet. Between watching things like Maeno's "protruding pecker" serve, or seeing Maeno and Izawa dress up in dog suits and redefine "puppy love", the humor is anything but subtle. However, while there are some truly retch-inducing moments, the shocking material seems to reach a limit after the first half-dozen episodes. As the series continues, the episodes became more sober in nature. And having seen less than half the episodes overall, I'm left with the distinct feeling that the gross-out comedy will flatten out as the series progresses.

The animation style was a bit different from regular anime offerings. Most of the characters actually looked Asian, which is a little unusual for anime. However, the overall technical qualities aren't outstanding.

If you're looking for something completely over-the-top in terms of gross factor, and can stomach pretty much anything, then give this series a try. It's certainly not for everyone, but it'll probably appeal to anyone who enjoys offensive comedy.