Giant Killing

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Japanese: ジャイアントキリング
English: Giant Killing
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2010 to Sep 26, 2010
Premiered: Spring 2010
Broadcast: Sundays at 09:25 (JST)
Producers: NHK
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, SportsSports
Theme: Team SportsTeam Sports
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.531 (scored by 3538035,380 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #17612
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2581
Members: 70,657
Favorites: 371

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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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Characters & Voice Actors


Urasaki, Nobumitsu
Kou, Yuu
Tsuchiya, Hiroyuki
Episode Director
Kimura, Hiroshi
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme

"Get tough!" by G.P.S


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 ...
Jun 12, 2016
Mixed Feelings
In the world of sports being the underdog can sometimes not be a bad thing. Because people do not expect that much of you, you can easily surprise them by putting in a very good performance. However this is not the case for many years for East Tokyo United football club. That is until the new young manager tatsumi takeshi begins his ETU managing career and they now look to regain their honor.

Giant killing is a sports anime. Sports anime have giants such as kuroko no basket, Haikyuu and diamond no ace. Even within the soccer sub genre giant killing is still rarely ...
Dec 31, 2017

Do not think that I disliked this anime because I scored 4. I did it because technically the anime is lower than the average.

You will only enjoy this if you're a football fan, like I am. Then you will probably find fun here... like I did.

But I can't ignore the bad animation (this is an anim produced in 2010 man!) and the ugly and strange design of the characters (whats up with their noses?).

And there is nothing fun in the story besides the football (you have no good comedy or any healthy fan servisse here).

So if you are looking for an ...

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