The BEST Episodes of Ping Pong

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2019

Network: Fuji TV

The story revolves around two longtime friends Smile and Peco who are both members of the ping pong club at their high school and are both very talented at the sport. However, Smile's quiet personality keeps him from being able to win against Peco. The club's teacher takes notice of Smile's talent and works to change his attitude toward the sport.

You're a Hero, for Cryin' out Loud!

#1 - You're a Hero, for Cryin' out Loud!

Season 1 - Episode 10

Peco and Dragon's match is about to begin. Dragon is surprised when he handles Peco's racket. Peco dauntlessly smiles and tells Dragon he bought it to play with him. It is a reverse penhold racket.

star 9.03
32 votes
Directors: Masaaki Yuasa
Writers: Nobutaka itou
Blood Tastes Like Iron

#2 - Blood Tastes Like Iron

Season 1 - Episode 11

Relentlessly working his injured knee, Peco beats Dragon. The upset sends shock running through the gymnasium. The final match pits Katase High's Peco against Smile.

star 8.94
35 votes
Directors: Masaaki Yuasa
Writers: Nobutaka itou
A Little Cry

#3 - A Little Cry

Season 1 - Episode 9

Peco beats Kong. Sanada faces off against Smile as well. Peco advances and Smile does away with his next opponent to head to the finals. Peco has one monster in his way.

star 8.75
28 votes
Directors: Masaaki Yuasa
Writers: Nobutaka itou
Enter the Hero

#4 - Enter the Hero

Season 1 - Episode 8

Peco practices among college students at the training center in preparation for the Inter-High preliminaries. When Koizumi learns from Obaba that Peco is still playing table tennis, he registers Peco for the event.

star 8.39
31 votes
Directors: Masaaki Yuasa
Writers: Nobutaka itou
The Only Way to Not Lose Is to Not Fight

#5 - The Only Way to Not Lose Is to Not Fight

Season 1 - Episode 4

Smile loses his match against Smile. After watching the game, Koizumi expresses his rage, saying, "A guy who doesn't even want to win shouldn't treat the game like a joke!" Seeing his fury, Obaba asks Koizumi if Smile reminds him of himself 50 years ago.

star 8.03
32 votes
Directors: Masaaki Yuasa
Writers: Nobutaka itou
Staking Your Life on Table Tennis Is Revolting

#6 - Staking Your Life on Table Tennis Is Revolting

Season 1 - Episode 3

The Inter-High preliminaries begin as though swallowing the hopes of every player. If Peco defeats his noisy quarterfinal opponent, he'll remain in the top 4 and advance to nationals. Peco's quarterfinal opponent is Sakuma AKA "Akuma".

star 7.97
36 votes
Directors: Masaaki Yuasa
Writers: Nobutaka itou
You Love Table Tennis More than Anyone Else!!

#7 - You Love Table Tennis More than Anyone Else!!

Season 1 - Episode 6

Having quit table tennis, Peco hangs around Tamura Table Tennis Hall eating snacks. Meanwhile, Smile polishes his skills with Koizumi in order to win, causing discord between himself and his teammates.

star 7.90
30 votes
Directors: Masaaki Yuasa
Writers: Nobutaka itou
Where Did It All Go Wrong?

#8 - Where Did It All Go Wrong?

Season 1 - Episode 5

After winning the Inter-High, Dragon goes on to win the Junior Olympics singles, and makes his triumphant return. At a press conference after his return, Dragon clearly states Kaio's need for players on Tsukimoto's level. Dragon's statement creates subtle waves in the Kaio Academy team.

star 7.90
29 votes
Directors: Masaaki Yuasa
Writers: Nobutaka itou
Yes My Coach

#9 - Yes My Coach

Season 1 - Episode 7

Smile is finally scouted by Kaio. Dragon declares, "Keep playing in this dumpy environment and your talent will rot." After attempting to persuade Smile, as Dragon heads home, he recalls painful memories from his past. Meanwhile, Peco decides to make a comeback and Obaba works him hard.

star 7.89
28 votes
Directors: Masaaki Yuasa
Writers: Nobutaka itou
Smile's a Robot

#10 - Smile's a Robot

Season 1 - Episode 2

Peco is shocked when he gets skunked by "China" a.k.a. Kong Wenge. Meanwhile, Koizumi tells Smile not to play with Peco anymore. Koizumi instructs Smile to overcome his lack of competitive spirit by the Inter High.

star 7.63
38 votes
Directors: Masaaki Yuasa
Writers: Nobutaka itou
The Wind Makes It Too Hard to Hear

#11 - The Wind Makes It Too Hard to Hear

Season 1 - Episode 1

Spring. The Hatase High school gymnasium. Table tennis club adviser Koizumi Jo notices a cut-man with glasses on the team. He is one of the up-and-comers who joined the team this year, Tsukimoto Makoto (Smile). Meanwhile, the other up-and-comer Hoshino Yutaka (Peco) is swindling a man at Obaba's Tamura Table Tennis Hall.

star 7.44
45 votes
Directors: Masaaki Yuasa
Writers: Nobutaka itou