4. Ping Pong

Ping Pong anime

This table tennis anime’s artwork may not be to everyone’s liking, but give it a chance and the simple storyline will draw you in. Ping Pong is pretty much a coming of age story about two boys, Peco and Smile, growing up playing ping pong and how their friendship, despite their clashing personalities, endure in the face of adversity.

This animation is certainly quite different from the rest on this list, for one the animation style is a total departure from the usual anime, and secondly, there is certain realistic depth to the anime, nothing fancy or over the top moves, which in my opinion, makes this one of the more realistic anime, though it might come across to some viewers as mundane. Though it might take some time to get used to the animation, don’t let it distract you from the storyline.

Why Watch it?: Ping pong may not necessarily be the most exciting sport but this anime does make it a lot more interesting than it is. Coupled with a pretty good storyline and an untypical animation style, Ping Pong does more than enough to draw you in.

TV series: 11 episodes