Low-Brow Heavy-Laugh Humor
madnessmark | Maple Grove, MN | 08/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Finally, Software Sculptors releases the first volume of the Ping Pong Club. You may ask yourself, just what is the Ping Pong Club? Well, it's exactly as it sounds. A group of boys have their own Ping Pong Club in school, but it's more than just that.CHARACTERS
Maeno: The funniest of the bunch who constantly tries to amuse the club with his antics.
Izawa: Maeno's partner in comedy.
Takeda: The captain of the Ping Pong Club. Pretty much the only sane one.
Tanaka: The cirle-headed ... of the group. Constantly fantasizes.
Tanobe: The stinky American member of the group. For some reason, he is the only one who doesn't realize he smells.
Sachikawa: The pretty boy of the group. Yet, he hides a terrible secret.
Shimazaki: The principal of the high school and a big rooter for the boys Ping Pong Club.This volume contains the first 8 15-minute episodes of the series. Here's a rundown.Episode 1: The Ping Pong Club has a test of manly-hood.
Episode 2: Tachikawa tries to force the boys team out of their club room for the girl's team.
Episode 3: The boy's Ping Pong Club tries to fight back to win their room.
Episode 4: The boys come up with a way to get their room back. Underground porn.
Episode 5: Girls start falling for the boys, but this can only mean bad things to come.
Episode 6: The boys club gets a new manager who is a friend of Takeda.
Episode 7: Thanks to one of Maeno's stunts, he must go out and buy new ping pong balls. But can he be trusted with all that money?
Episode 8: It's hot so the boys go to the pool. But with an agressive female instructor watching them, will they live to enjoy it?The extras are quite nice for this release. We have english audio commentary by the voice actors for Maeno and Izawa on Episode 5. But this is a character commentary. In other words, the voice actors retain their roles to make comments on their same roles. Confusing, huh? We also have textless opening and closings and as a special bonus, footage from the 2001 Big Apple Anime Fest.Overall, these episodes can hold their own in comedy and highly recommend this title to anyone who wants to get into anime, but dosen't like it ultra-serious or sensitive. It's delinquint humor at it's greatest."