01. High-profile table tennis
As of the afternoon of August 1, the Chinese Olympic delegation has won a total of 49 medals, including 23 gold, and sits firmly on the top of the medal table. . Among them, the table tennis event, known as the "national game", has contributed 5 medals (2 gold and 3 silver), which is really dazzling, but there is also a trace of regret.
Of course, netizens who have been following the Olympic Games know that every medal is hard-won--
Chen Meng The women's singles champion and runner-up with Sun Yingsha, and the mixed doubles Xu Xin/Liu Shiwen won the silver medal. On their way to victory, they all met the same representative team player ---
In the past few decades, Japan has always been a strong enemy on the way China has dominated the world table tennis. However, these competitions were originally the battle of the century. However, due to various reasons, the two representative teams have become the focus of public opinion, and they are still fermenting---
The teams are both enemies and friends. They are opponents on the field and friends off the field. In addition to some international competitions, Chinese and Japanese teams often hold exchange games. There are even many Japanese players who come to China. Study and build a deep friendship with the Chinese team players---
Before, Liu Shiwen attended Ai Fukuhara’s wedding, and afterwards Ito Mima and the Chinese team Share rice balls. Competitions are inherently lost and lost. Every athlete has a desire to win and it is normal for those who win the game to appear excited.
We can disagree with the result of this game, but we don't have to rise to the personal attack on the players. This is not only against the moral quality of people, but more importantly, it is against the spirit of sports ---
This game is just an episode between the Chinese and Japanese teams. China lost a game, but there is still a chance to win back in the future. I believe that the athletes will sum up their experience and give better results in the next competition.
Of course, I am not a professional table tennis player and cannot make an objective judgment on this game, but as a Zhai, I can learn relevant information through channels I am familiar with---
As a country with a well-developed animation industry in Japan, there are naturally many ACG works on sports, which almost cover popular sports.
Although we didn’t see many ACG-related elements at the opening ceremony, we can understand the Japanese views on competitive events from some animation works---
In the field of table tennis, there is such an animation, which hides the Japanese people's yearning for Chinese table tennis technology and their aspirations to defeat.
02. A Unique Sports Fan
In April 2014, Japanese animation master Masaaki Yuasa’s self-directed sports animation "Ping Pong" was broadcast, which was adapted from Matsumoto Taiyo created a sports cartoon of the same name in 1996. It tells the story of Hoshino Hiroshi (Abian) and Tsukimoto Makoto (Liao Ye) of the Katase High School Table Tennis Club honing their skills in a ball game and finally growing up-- -
As a sports fan, it is natural to talk about hard work, frustration, and growth, but the highlight of the plot of "Ping Pong" is that it tells the humanities care.
In this animation, three kinds of people are described, "people with talent but not working hard", "people with talent and hard work", and "people without talent but working hard". There are three kinds of people, corresponding to A Bian, Xiao Ye, and Kong---
A Bian has shown a genius in table tennis since he was a child. To win easily without training and warming up, over time will become arrogant and arrogant and treat daily training perfunctorily.
Although Xiaoye is equally skilled, but his expression is cold and lacking in fighting spirit, he often let Abian in training. And these are all heard by a Chinese player "Kong"---
Kong is a Chinese table tennis player with the strength of the provincial team. Due to the fierce competition of the domestic table tennis team, even a strong player like Kong can hardly go further, so he was coached Persuaded to come to Japan as a foreign aid.
However, looking at the Japanese high school students who are not focused and loose in training, Kong expresses very helplessness. He thinks that in this low-level school, even if he is brushed in the country, he is a violent thing- --
Knowing that Chinese players have come to Japan, A Bian and Xiao Ye sneaked into Kong’s school and wanted to fight against him, and Kong also learned Xiao Ye was superb, so he accepted A Bian's challenge first.
However, this talented player who lacked training eventually lost to Kong with a score of 0:11 and experienced the most tragic defeat in his table tennis career. And Xiao Ye refused the game on the grounds that he would lose anyway;
In Kong’s view, such a talented but not fighting person is very sad, but even more sad is himself. Confident but not talented---
The battered Ah Bian also frequently loses in the subsequent matches, even though he is talented. , Also gradually lost interest in playing, and once left the table tennis circle.
With the encouragement of other players and the training of coaches, Xiaoye has become a dark horse that cannot be ignored in the arena.
However, these are not what Xiaoye wants. In his heart, he has been waiting for a "hero"---
And the Chinese player Kong, who thought he was full of ambition, could beat the world invincible in this Japan.
However, there are some outsiders. In the match with Xiaoye, Kong didn't win smoothly; in the match with Haiwang Academy's main general, Kazama, it was a miserable defeat.
However, self-confidence and self-knowledge also helped Kong quickly get out of the haze. In the many matches with Japanese players, Kong gradually let go of his prejudices, began to communicate with each other, make progress together, and finally realized himself in this foreign land. Dream of table tennis (5 years after naturalization to qualify for the Olympic Games)---
In many people’s eyes, Kong, who was born in the ping-pong kingdom, lost to The Japanese players seem to be a bit "losing face", and they have also caused dissatisfaction among domestic fans---
Of course, dissatisfaction is only a minority. Now Douban Over 30,000 people scored a high score of 9.5, which shows that domestic comic fans are "buying" on this---
It can be said that the author of Japanese comics is in Kong. The character setting is a bit tricky.
The eliminated young Chinese golfers, with perseverance and positive energy quality... They did not step on any side, but at the same time they left room for the Chinese players to lose, satisfying Japanese manga fans’ ambitions to defeat the table tennis empire---
In this work, there are winners and losers in competitions, as well as the various forms of life, regardless of Are you a hardworking mortal or an arrogant genius, you will eventually experience failure.
The important thing is not how to win, but to understand why you lose; summing up experience and then challenging is the true portrayal of athletes---
Of course, the excellence of "Ping Pong" lies not only in the character shaping and the understanding of the theory of innateness, but also the mastery of Yuasa Masaaki in painting and storyboarding. With "Heizi's Basketball" and "free! 》This kind of sports that pays more attention to beauty is different---
In terms of painting, "Ping Pong" uses rough lines to show "sports". On the camera, although the expressions and proportions of the characters are exaggeratedly deformed, they also show the mixed emotions and movements of the characters.
In the storyboard, Masaaki Yuasa has repeatedly used comic storytelling to express the expressions of the characters and the situation of the ball game. In a sense, the concept of "moving cartoons" is realized. , And this creative style also gives the work a stronger sense of picture, so that every movement of the athlete becomes extremely sharp, so that this "small ball sport" has an impact comparable to all competitive sports ---
Both Speaking of fictional works reflecting reality, indeed, many of the characters in "Ping Pong" are actually true portrayals of athletes.
Some people have different talents and easily reach a height that ordinary people can’t climb; there are also mortals who work hard, spend time and energy to surpass themselves;
Opponents and people who lost to reality abound. The true portrayal made this work praised by countless people---
But in my opinion Now, it is ironic that many of the propositions that Japan has shown in ACG's works in sports are about talent and ordinaryness, unity and friendship, growth after setbacks, or sportsmanship and other positive thoughts.
However, in reality, we do not clearly see the ideas that the Japanese have shown in these works---
The epidemic is still raging around the world. Epidemic prevention measures should be strengthened, but the media reports that Olympic-related personnel have been diagnosed; because of the conflicts of the management, the production team of the opening ceremony was changed many times, and finally a show was staged. Everyone screams ugly performance; but the Olympics, which originally advocated the spirit of fair competition, frequently appeared "black whistle", which is really embarrassing---
I wonder what kind of show will the organizer do in the follow-up projects?
I just hope that our Chinese team can perform well, achieve ideal results, and return safely.