Makoto Tsukimoto (nicknamed Smile) is a quiet high-schooler who's been friends with the loud and energetic Yukata Hoshino (nicknamed Peco) since childhood. They're both in the local table tennis club and both have a natural talent for it, although Smile's personality always enables him from winning against Peco. The club teacher, however, notices Smile's talent and tries to make him gain some sportive tenacity.
- imDb Rating: 8.6 (1,737 Votes)
- Metascore: N/A
Five ping pong prodigies learn to navigate the harsh climate of competitive sport and the even more frightening realm of self realization.
- Rated: TV-14
- Released: 11 Mar 2014
- Runtime: N/A
- Genre: Animation, Drama, Sport
- Director: N/A
- Writer: N/A
- Actors: Koki Uchiyama, Alan Chow
- Language: Japanese
- Country: Japan
- Awards: 2 wins.
- Total Seasons: 1
Blood Tastes Like Iron
Episode 1x11; Jun 20, 2014
1x11: Blood Tastes Like Iron
1x10: You're a Hero, for Cryin' Out Loud!
1x9: A Little Cry
1x8: Enter the Hero
1x7: Yes My Coach
1x6: You Love Table Tennis More Than Anyone Else!!
1x5: Where Did It All Go Wrong?
1x4: The Only Way to Not Lose is to Not Fight
1x3: Staking Your Life on Table Tennis is Revolting
Kouki Uchiyama as Makoto "Smile" Tsukimoto
Shunsuke Sakuya as Ryūichi Kazama
Masako Nozawa as Obaba
Fukujurou Katayama as Yutaka "Peco" Hoshino
Yōsei Bun as Wenge "China" Kong
Yūsaku Yara as Jou Koizumi
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|Episode No.||No. Overall||Title||Airdate||Runtime||Summary|
|1||1||The Wind Makes It Too Hard to Hear||2014-04-11||25|
|2||2||Smile's a Robot||2014-04-18||25|
|3||3||Staking Your Life on Table Tennis is Revolting||2014-04-25||25|
|4||4||The Only Way to Not Lose is to Not Fight||2014-05-02||25|
|5||5||Where Did It All Go Wrong?||2014-05-09||25|
|6||6||You Love Table Tennis More Than Anyone Else!!||2014-05-16||25|
|7||7||Yes My Coach||2014-05-23||25|
|8||8||Enter the Hero||2014-05-30||25|
|9||9||A Little Cry||2014-06-06||25|
|10||10||You're a Hero, for Cryin' Out Loud!||2014-06-13||25|
|11||11||Blood Tastes Like Iron||2014-06-20||25|
|Kouki Uchiyama||as Makoto "Smile" Tsukimoto|
|Shunsuke Sakuya||as Ryūichi Kazama|
|Masako Nozawa||as Obaba|
|Fukujurou Katayama||as Yutaka "Peco" Hoshino|
|Yōsei Bun||as Wenge "China" Kong|
|Yūsaku Yara||as Jou Koizumi|
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