The blu-ray boxset for Yuasa Masaaki’s ( KickHeart ) highly acclaimed Ping Pong animated series is looking super sumptuous. This extravagance is in keeping with his equally jawdropping boxset for Mind Game.
Here’s the breakdown of the box’s contents ( release date August 28th 2013 ) :
– Discs – 3 BR ( 11 episodes + supplementary materials ) + 2 audio CDs
– Matsumoto Taiyo + Masaaki Yuasa illustrated box
– Masaaki Yuasa Production Notes Booklet
– Animation “Making Of” Booklet ( both booklets totaling about 270 pages in all )
– Original Ping Pong T-Shirt
Supplementary material contents :
– Storyboard Gallery – storyboards by Masaaki Yuasa for the 11 episodes
– “Raw” opening and ending sequences free of rolling credits
– Promotional videos, CM
Audio CD contents
– Original Soundtrack CD
– Audio Commentaries
Note : The top image is showing both the front and back designs for all the materials included.
(below) A very good look at the actual box and contents.
(above) A closer look at the T-shirt design and Masaaki Yuasa illustration on the booklet. (below) Some of the contents in consideration for inclusion in the “making of” booklet.
And now for the bad news – the specs listed on Amazon Japan mentions no English subtitles for the series, which would probably be a deal-breaker for those who don’t speak the language.
Giving the popularity of the series in the States however, I’m guessing there will be a US blu-ray release for the series ? Can anyone confirm this ?
I’ve not seen a lot of anime series recently but Ping Pong is so extraordinary I really recommend every to see it.
Also be sure to check out the Switch magazine Ping Pong special.
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Pics of the blu-ray box are courtesy of the Ping Ping Anime twitter stream.2