Ping Pong Club
Hardcore table tennis
Studio: Grouper Productions/TBS
Format: 26 Episodes
Released: 4/5/1995 to 9/27/1995
Written by: Face
The Ping Pong Club stars a group of lovable yet maladroit adolescent misfits in what may be the most blatant and... unusual attempt at scatological humor, ever. Tokyo Pop calls it "your own home-grown South Park", but if you thought South Park was bad, there's no telling how offended you'll be after watching this anime. It's debauched and unabashedly disgusting, and makes damn well sure everyone knows it.
The heroes of our group are Maeno, a sex-craved imbecile; his big-haired sidekick Izawa; Tanaka, a midget pervert; Tanabe, the B.O. infested Japanese American; the pretty boy bishounen Kinoshita; and the Ping Pong club captain Takeda. However, ping pong is the least important thing on their adolescent minds. Takeda has his hands full, that's for sure. But can he keep the team under control and out of trouble?
Don't be fooled by the title, The Ping Pong Club is not about ping pong. It's about Maeno and Izawa dressing up in panda suits. It's about missions to steal panties. It's about getting revenge, even if that means dressing in drag. It's about winning a 12-month free sex pass at all costs. It's about full frontal and ever so confident nudity. It's about anything and everything crude and morally grotesque, and it's downright hilarious.
Each episode is another bizarre adventure into the minds of these hormone raging idiots. From Maeno's infamous "protruding-pecker serve" to the team manager's proposed "12-month sex license", every episode is jam-packed full of lecherous perversions. Much like Seinfeld, entire episodes focus around events caused by humorous misjudgments. They pose as a puppet to help a needy ventriloquist. While spending the night at Kinoshita's, they make it their mission to catch a glimpse of his sister naked. To prove their honor and pride, they perform the most outrageous attacks on their female team manager. And their perverted adventures don't stop there; in fact, they continue to grow into almost epic proportions.
The Ping Pong Club is the master of crude and unusual comedy. The animation may be cheap, and the artwork may be cheaper, but the content couldn't be any funnier. This is one show that doesn't care if you're easily offended. It doesn't care if you don't particularly like derogatory sexist remarks, and it doesn't mind showing off the lower sections of the male body, nor does it mind exposing those of females. With The Ping Pong Club, anything goes, and it frequently goes far... very far.
* * * 1/2 (Above Average)
Posted: July 19, 2004