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Ping Pong 1 Taiyo Matsumoto | Review

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Published on Feb 28, 2018

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The history of Ping-Pong has as its protagonists two childhood friends, Yutaka Hoshino, said Peko, and Makoto Tsukimoto, said Smile, both players are very strong in the game of ping pong and a member of the club of their school. Both strong, but also very different from each other for how to deal with this sport and, in general, the view itself. Peko, in fact, is a true enthusiast of this sport and is also the hero that Tsukinoto idolized during their childhood. Peko plays because he “loves ping pong and hates to lose.” Smile, technically very strong, but with a character that tends towards isolation from the others, so that these do not disturb his space in existence, to play instead, “to kill time”. Everything changes however when one day they meet a chinese student in Japan for a period of study, that challenge the two guys, realizing the capacity of unspoken Smile in ping pong. But it is Peko, who decides with her convinced the enthusiasm of the challenge, suffering a heavy defeat. This fact will forever change the attitude of the two guys in the sport, but also in everyday life.

Taiyo Matsumoto is back in Italy with a work of five volumes dedicated to the world of ping pong.

It would therefore appear that Matsumoto, always a composer who is very mature in themes, wanted to experiment with the genre-a prolific and appreciated the manga, one of the sport. And in a sense this is so as there is no lack typical elements of the genre, such as the need for the athlete to have a stronger opponent to draw inspiration from, and that you need to overcome to be the number one. In table tennis, this role seems to be covered at least in the first volume from the chinese boy that defies the two boys; from this confrontation “friendly” the story will take a new direction for both the protagonists.

It would be simplistic to reduce this manga is a classic spokon, given that the way in which the characters play ping pong is only the external manifestation of their character. If so, Peko, moved by love for this sport (or from the fact that you can't right?), has a style that is very aggressive, as in life, so Smile is submissive, do not waste, do not look for the shot with the effect; just as in life, in fact, that aspiration seems to go unnoticed, never to be the center of attention, so that we can live peacefully with others, with the claim that, given that it does not disturb others, would be obliged not to disturb him... a mutual indifference, then, would be its ideal condition.

But the events of the life change soon this situation and to face the fact that this reciprocity often does not exist; and the Smile with the help of his coach will have to learn it (and express it) through ping pong and his technical game, to finally find that fighting spirit that the relationship with Peko has not never allowed to find.

Unlike other works of the author, like Sunny, here the section is more angular, with sharp lines that leave the smug smoothness of the above-mentioned work before. The environments are very rich of details, even if we're still talking about environments for the most part at school. The characteristic feature of the construction of the table, however, is often the perspective from which to view the reader in the scene, which often is very bold; but the spectacle of the scene can increase very much the dynamism, and this is appreciated, especially during the exchange of shots during the games.

The edition of Hikari confirms the high quality of this label editorial for its products. The volume contains a brief history of table tennis from its birth to the present, following the development and also technological and technical. Very rich in the notes section, with exhaustive explanations on the use of certain terms and some curiosities lexical.

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