PREVIEW – Hikari: Ping Pong Vol. 1 Taiyo Matsumoto


Published on Feb 15, 2018


Ping Pong follows the story of two childhood friends Yutaka Hoshino, said Peko, and Makoto Tsukimoto, said Smile, both players are very talented ping pong and a member of the club of their school.

Peko – the passionate and charismatic hero who Tsukinoto idolized during their childhood – to play, because he “loves ping pong and hates to lose.” Smile – cold, shy and taciturn – play “to kill time”. One day they meet a chinese student in Japan for a period of study, and the defeat that Peko undergoes change forever the approach of the two towards this sport. Together, the two will intertwine the sports activities and the choices that will change their life.

Table Tennis appeared for the first time in the magazine Big Comic Spirits (Shogakukan), from 1996 to 1997, and was later collected in five volumes. The new format Hikari, true to the japanese edition, and for one of the mature works of the master, Taiyo Matsumoto, in which he demonstrates all his sensitivity and artistic ability.

A seinen manga sports and atypical that has had a film adaptation (Fumihiko Sori, 2002), and in 2014 has been the protagonist of an anime directed by the prestigious Masaaki Yuasa.

Ping Pong will be published by Hikari monthly in 5 volumes.


Title: Ping Pong vol. 1
Author: Taiyo Matsumoto
Hikari Editions
Translator: Juan Of The Box
Pages: 224 | paperback with flaps
Format: 15×21 | b/n and color
Cover price: 12.95 €

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