“Switch” is a popular arts and media magazine in Japan, with special articles on the latest Japanese films and animation. This issue features the making of Yuasa Masaaki’s ( KickHeart, Mind Game ) highly acclaimed Ping Pong animated series, adapted from Taiyo Matsumoto’s ( Tekkon Kinkreet ) manga of the same name.
(above) Matsumoto Taiyo doodles the lead characters from Ping Ping on a Ping Pong table.
(above) Sagami Bay in Enoshima. Matsumoto, who lives nearby in the neighbourhood of Fujisawa, based the world of Ping Pong around Enoshima.
(above left ) “Kanai-kun“, Matsumoto’s first illustrated picture book.
(above) The article features select pieces of color scripts, storyboards and image boards used in the making of the anime. (below) Animation for the series is done by Tatsunoko Productions. One of the founders of the studio is Kuri Ippei, the creator of Gatchaman.
A fascinating look behind the making of Ping Pong. Don’t miss this if you are a fan of the series. Please note that the Ping Pong special covers only about 1/3 of the magazine’s contents.
– Dimensions – 11.1 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
– Softcover, 128 pages
– Color, in Japanese
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