In an intriguing match of talents, Mind Game
director Yuasa Masaaki has taken the controls of a new anime adaptation of Tekkon Kinkreet
writer Matsumoto Taiyo's hugely popular coming of age sports story Ping Pong
Already the subject of an excellent live action film by Sori Fumihiko, this new anime version promises to be very well worth seeking out. Matsumoto is revered amongst fans of intelligent, character based manga, for one thing, his work embracing youthful outsiders struggling to find their way through life with a style that is immediately recognizable while defying most of the conventions of mainstream manga. And in Yuasa, Matsumoto's written work finds a perfect complement in one of the most endlessly inventive and compelling directors working in animation anywhere in the world.
But don't take my word for it. The first trailer is out now and can be viewed below. Ping Pong airs as part of Fuji TV's noitamina block starting in April.
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