Makoto “Smile” Tsukimoto doesn’t smile even though he’s got a natural talent for playing ping pong. As one of the best players in school, all hopes are on him to win the regional high school tournament, but winning is not what Smile really wants to do. Will the fierce competition to be number one bring out his best or drive him away from the game? Ping Pong is Taiyo Matsumoto’s masterwork reflection on friendship and self-discovery.
story and art by Taiyo Matsumoto ; translation and English adaptation, Michael Arias ; touch-up art and lettering, Deron Bennett
Reads manga style, from right to left and back to front.
Original Japanese edition published in 2014 by Shogakukan.