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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: Sports, Drama, Seinen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.641 (scored by 25,326 users)
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Ranked: #12822
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1792
Members: 49,964
Favorites: 310
Ranked #1282Popularity #1792Members 49,964
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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
Mar 31, 2017
karlstein12 (All reviews)
Being an avid follower of the sport, the concept of underdog triumphs never cease to interest me, Giant Killing is one such show that is all about stealing wins out of the opponent's pocket and making comebacks.

East Tokyo United also known as ETU, find themselves in a slump after numerous slip-ups and consecutive defeats. As a result frequent sacking of the manager is not a rarity for the club. However, desperate for a reversal in fortunes, the club appoints the eccentric Tatsumi Takeshi as their very recent manager. Giant Killing revolves around Tatsumi as the manager of ETU as they try and get out of read more


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