Ranked #946

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
Premiered: Spring 2010
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: NHK
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Manga
Genres: Drama, Seinen, Sports
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.741 (scored by 16,961 users)
Ranked: #9462
Popularity: #1324
Members: 31,446
Favorites: 237
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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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Characters & Voice Actors

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


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

More episodes Episodes(26/26)

Episode Title Aired
1 Episode 1
#01 (#01)
Apr 4, 2010
2 Episode 2
#02 (#02)
Apr 11, 2010
3 Episode 3
#03 (#03)
Apr 18, 2010
4 Episode 4
#04 (#04)
Apr 25, 2010
5 Episode 5
#05 (#05)
May 2, 2010

Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme

"Get tough!" by G.P.S

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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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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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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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Apr 7, 2010
Review after 1 Episode.

** Bewarned this is just like any serious "Sport" anime you will probably need to enjoy that sport to enjoy this anime.

Giant Killing is a football (Soccer) anime series, the story is about a team East Tokyo United (ETU) who are doing poor in the J League, this guy appears and says he will manage them Tatsumi, he used to play for them many years ago but got transfered to Portsmouth FC(i think) in England, he was known for his "Giant Killing" which means when a small club (much like Portsmouth) knock out in the Cup teams like Arsenal,Chelsea etc.... (Top Teams) 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.
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They are also both enjoy sports anime.  
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