Giant Killing
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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: SportsSports, DramaDrama, SeinenSeinen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.601 (scored by 2721427,214 users)
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Ranked: #13092
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1911
Members: 54,144
Favorites: 328
Ranked #1309Popularity #1911Members 54,144
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East Tokyo United (ETU) has been struggling in Japan's top soccer league for the past few years. It has taken everything they have just to avoid relegation. To make matters even worse, the team has lost five matches in a row, leading to abysmal team morale. Even the fans are beginning to abandon them, and rumors hint that the home ground municipality is going to withdraw their support. With countless coaches fired and poor financial choices in hiring players, it is a downward spiral for ETU.

The board of directors, under pressure from general manager Kousei Gotou, takes a gamble and hires a new coach—the slightly eccentric Takeshi Tatsumi. Though considered a great soccer player when he was younger, Tatsumi abandoned ETU years ago. However, since then, he has proven himself successful as the manager of one of England's lower division amateur teams.

Tatsumi's task won't be easy; ETU fans call him a traitor, and the team is pitted against others with larger budgets and better players. Yet even the underdog can take down a goliath, and Tatsumi claims he is an expert at giant killing.

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Kou, Yuu
Tsuchiya, Hiroyuki
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Kimura, Hiroshi
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Furuta, Jouji
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Sep 26, 2010
Mimi_Taylor (All reviews)
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
Feb 27, 2011
Andristian (All reviews)
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
Aug 17, 2015
sushiisawesome (All reviews)

Football was never a particularly popular sport in Japan compared to the rest of the world. Sure, they have a strong national team on a continental level, and have competed in the World Cup from 1998 in every subsequent edition, not to mention co-hosting the World Cup in 2002 with South Korea. But honestly, while it certainly seems to have a lot of fans in Japan, I'm not entirely sure you can consider a country which still calls football "soccer" passionate enough about the sport to matter (no offense to any American or Australian folks here).

Realism in portraying the sport is even rarer. Sure, there's read more
Oct 3, 2010
Rakuen42 (All reviews)
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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