Review: Ping Pong #1 - Taiyo Matsumoto
Ping Pong is a story about Peko and Smile, two friends with a love-hate relationship with ping pong. This volume follows them as their relationship with the sport changes and affects how they see the world and themselves.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE WORK
Ping Pong Volume 1 focuses on the nature of competitive sports, friendships, and rivalry. It also examines what constitutes talent and whether hard work alone can lift us above our capabilities.
This is a story that goes beyond ping pong. It looks at the extent to which we humans can drive ourselves in the name of acceptance and mastery.
The art style can form a significant barrier to entry. However, once that is overcome, the story soars.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Lovers of sports manga and comics will love this.
Many thanks to Viz Media for the review copy.