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: Unknown
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: 7.541 (scored by 3443934,439 users)
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Ranked: #15882
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Popularity: #2441
Members: 68,644
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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


Kou, Yuu
Tsuchiya, Hiroyuki
Episode Director
Kimura, Hiroshi
Episode Director
Furuta, Jouji
Episode Director, Storyboard


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 ...
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 ...
Dec 30, 2010
I'd previously ignored "Giant Killing" as the combination of the title and its lack of popularity made me think it's some kind of mediocre fantasy anime. Then I heard it's actually about football, and no, not the American variety, I'm talking about soccerl - you know, the kind of football where you actually use your foot more than your hands. Since I'm pretty into football, my interest in this anime suddenly shot up.

"Giant Killing" follows the fortunes of ETU (East Tokyo United), one of the weakest teams in the top division of Japanese football. A once proud club capable of challenging the very best teams ...

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Soccer Manga Giant Killing To Be Animated

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