Anime Review: Giant Killing



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.

General information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2010 to Sep 26, 2010
Producers: Studio Deen, NHK
Genres: Sports, Seinen
Duration: 24 min. per episode



I’ve always loved football anime ever since I’ve watched captain Tsubasa 18 years ago. Giant killing is about team work, leadership and organization. It’s absolutely amazing. It’s nothing like the football anime I’ve seen before because they were always about the team captain. This one is about the coach along side every player in the team. I loved the story, art and soundtrack. I’m an ETU fan now. ;p

I strongly recommend this anime. It won’t fail you and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!!

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