Giant Killing Season 1 (2010)
ジャイアントキリング (Jaianto Kiringu)


East Tokyo United, ETU, has been struggling in Japan’s top football league for a few years. It has taken everything they have just to avoid relegation. To make matters even worse, the fans are starting to abandon the team. In an effort to improve their performance, ETU has hired a new coach, the slightly eccentric Tatsumi Takeshi. Tatsumi, who was considered a great football player when he was younger, abandoned the team years before but has proven himself as the manager of one of England’s lower division amateur teams. The task won’t be easy, the teams East Tokyo United is pitted against have bigger budgets and better players. However, Tatsumi is an expert at Giant Killing. ETU home stadium in this manga was modeled on Hitachi Kashiwa Soccer Stadium, while the team appears to have been inspired by Tokyo Verdy, which has faced a similar trajectory in the J. League.
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April 4, 2010




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Giant Killing (Japanese: ジャイアントキリング Hepburn: Jaianto Kiringu) is a Japanese manga series written by Masaya Tsunamoto and illustrated by Tsujitomo. A 26-episode anime adaptation animated by Studio Deen began airing in Japan on NHK, BS2, and BShi on April 4, 2010.

Alternative title

– Giant Killing
– Jaianto Kiringu (Japanese)
– ジャイアントキリング (Japanese)
– 자이언트 킬링 (Korean)

TL;DR Review

Giant Killing is a slow burn type of anime. There are no super-power, just good old fashion storytelling, and character development. I am not a sports watcher, but for some reason, I love sports anime. Maybe because it isn’t about the sport itself, but rather the character themselves that just happen to play a sport.

The art style may throw some people off but stick with it. Anime isn’t all about style. If the story grips you, I would suggest sticking to this series to the end.

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Featured Music

Giant Killing Season 1 (2010)

A collection of notable music and song from this series.


Opening Theme

– “My Story” by THE CHERRY COKE$

Closing Theme

– “Get tough!” by G.P.S.
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Featured Video

Giant Killing Season 1 (2010)

A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.

Takeshi Tatsumi
"Do your best, no matter how many times you fail!"
Takeshi Tatsumi
"What you can see with your eyes isn't everything."
Takeshi Tatsumi
"Where's the fun in it if everything is going just as planned?"



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