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Giant Killing

Giant Killing

Alternative Titles

English: Giant Killing
Japanese: ジャイアントキリング


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2010 to Sep 26, 2010
Producers: Studio Deen, NHK
Genres: Sports, Seinen
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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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.

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Adaptation: Giant Killing

Characters & Voice Actors

Murakoshi, Shigeyuki
Murakoshi, Shigeyuki
Okiayu, Ryotaro
Okiayu, Ryotaro
Tatsumi, Takeshi
Tatsumi, Takeshi
Seki, Tomokazu
Seki, Tomokazu
Tsubaki, Daisuke
Tsubaki, Daisuke
Mizushima, Takahiro
Mizushima, Takahiro
Yoshida, Luigi
Yoshida, Luigi
Ono, Daisuke
Ono, Daisuke


Kou, Yuu
Kimura, Hiroshi
Episode Director
Furuta, Takeshi
Episode Director, Storyboard
Tokairin, Shinichi

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Sep 26, 2010
Addicting, suspenseful, and fun, this is a story about what it takes for one dysfunctional soccer team with a poor record to regain its honor and make it in the national soccer league. This team is called ETU (East Tokyo United). The members of ETU start out with a lot of difficulty; they have poor communication, conflicting personalities, mixed low and high self-esteem, and an overreliance on one team member. But within every player, there is a talent that is waiting to be manifested. Their new coach, Tatsumi Takeshi, helps to bring out the ‘giant killing’ in all of them.


Sports anime tend to have a read more
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Feb 27, 2011
When I was younger, I used to watch an anime series called Kickers which revolved around football (or soccer for some). It was one of my very first encounters with anime and it definitely left an impression on me as a child, especially with its inspiring message and characters. Of course, as I grew up I started realizing that the world isn’t as perfect as Kickers depicted it—you wouldn’t always end up coming out on the winning side from conflicts and battles. I also learned that there’s no “I” in team and that a single person can’t stand victorious without some kind of help. Kickers read more
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Oct 3, 2010
Prior to the premiere of Giant Killing, I had never watched a sports anime in my life. I couldn’t even remember the last time I had seriously sat down and watched a sport. I used to watch basketball a lot. I remember rooting for the Bulls, who were my home team mind you, and then after them the Lakers. At some point, I simply lost interest in sports altogether. I have certainly never watched a game of soccer. So, not only does this series serve as a gateway to an entire genre of anime for me, but also an read more
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May 11, 2010
Giant Killing implys Fighting Goliath as David. Which, you know... works beautifully in story books and happy time movies, because in the end we all just know... that everything will work out just fine...

but the authors in these stories are holding there hands over our eyes... like a filter, letting us see a beautiful side without sadness weakness or pain. In reality Goliath can crush David and really David can't throw the stone because Jill will laugh if he misses and Goliath doesn't face David alone.

This is about a man that grasps those fears about missing with the one shot that you have to read more
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Uh, is quite simple actually:
- One Outs and Giant Killing are quite similar because first of all they are both seinen with a main focus on the sports genre.
- moreover, both deal with a professional sports: not the usual sports played by teenagers as you usually see in anime the most of times.
- having adult characters overall both of the series, they also have a different way to tell the story, making it quite interesting as they both show you sides of the professional sports that you rarely see in anime.
- still, both main characters give to their serie an overall quite strong psychological theme, because they rely everything on strategy and on the teamwork. Despite Tatsumi (for GK) doesn't play on the court, as you would normally expect it from a sports anime, while Tokuchi (for One Outs) is a player of the team, they still can have brilliant minds and somewhat similar personality anyway.

Psychological anime can be addicting because you are always looking for the next strategy of the main chara in order to aim to the victory.. and well, with both series you might probably get this feeling!
Both recommended! They are quite unique sports-genre series!
Both of these Anime are about soccer. Both Anime have rather detailed drawing styles, one more so then the other.
main guy not liked at first and both are determined to lead the team to victory
Both of these shows are sport animes. In both shows, there are characters who are underestimated at first, but show extreme skill later as they develop. Also, both series include tense sport scenes with shots/goals.
As I was watching Major S2, Goro's arrogance[confidence(?)] reminded me a lot of Tatsumi. I kept comparing the two characters. They both also have the determination to fight from the bottom and become the best.
They are also both enjoy sports anime.
Both are sports anime, they both have a sense of teamwork and they both start off horribly but then rise to be known as a better team

Opening Theme

"My Story ~Mada Minu Ashita e~" by THE CHERRY COKES

Ending Theme

"Get tough!" by G.P.S

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