Last month we asked fans to submit questions for Ping Pong – The Animation director Masaaki Yuasa. We sent over a few of our favorites and director Yuasa took time out of his incredibly busy schedule to answer them. Take a look below!
Sylverstone14 asked: “Which of the characters resonate with you the most, and why? (For me, I’d say Smile because of his demeanor.)”
Y) That’s constantly changed over the last 18 years. But it’s chiefly Akuma, Dragon, and Egami.
LiuwdJelly asked: “What made you decide to use split-screen reaction shots? What was the hardest part of adapting the manga’s visuals?”
Y) The medium of manga has its own expression of frames (such as how you can compare each frame to the one that came before it, and how multiple frames can make up one overall picture), and I wanted to try my hand at doing that in the anime medium. Also, for this particular show I wanted to use art from the original manga while preserving the exact same meaning it had there. In manga, you can switch angles whenever you want, so there were many cases where even if I’d wanted to use that material as-is, it didn’t follow the laws of video.