Scorching Ping Pong Girls (Shakunetsu no Takyuu Musume) is a sports show which is about cute girls playing ping pong (or inexplicably table tennis according to the Crunchyroll subs despite ping pong being in the title). The series follows the experiences and challenges of the Suzumegahara Middle School ping pong club, especially the competitive Kamiya Agari, and the new transfer student Tsumujikaze Koyori, as they aim to get their team at a standard to go to the Nationals.
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). Continue reading