In the past, I’ve not really been interested in sports anime. I’ve never been that interested in playing or watching sports, so I thought that shows about sports would also not be to my taste. Long Riders is very strictly slice-of-life with sports elements, it doesn’t really count as it doesn’t have the genre conventions of a sports anime. Scorching Ping Pong Girls has taken me by surprise and made me think that maybe there’s something to sports anime after all (or at least sports anime with cute girls, I’ll have to try some of the other kind to see what I think).
This moment when Koyori faces off against Kururi shows off how over the top and enjoyable the Ping Pong is to watch.
I’m not sure if it’s normal for sports anime to have these sort of ridiculous special moves, but you can see the ball here in a whirlwind, reminiscent of the sort of special attacks I’m more familiar with in shounen series.
Koyori is excited and powers up in return with more ridiculous special moves. It’s interesting in this series that whilst most of the show has the sort of light tones that I’d associate with the slice-of-life shows I watch, when the ping pong heats up, it’s accompanied by pounding electronic beats, which help emphasise the excitement of the moment.
Isn’t this the most scorching Ping Pong?
Scorching Ping Pong Girls has a message at its heart that playing a sport isn’t just about winning, it’s about being able to enjoy yourself! As someone who is not good at sports, and will probably never be good at sports, this is super encouraging and makes me more inclined to go out there and have a go.