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 star players are leaving, the sponsors can’t take it any longer and the fans are starting to abandon the team.

In a desperate last-ditch effort to turn ETU around, they hire a new coach, the slightly eccentric Tatsumi Takeshi. Takumi was the fresh, young star that was predicted to put ETU on the top of the standings, until he abruptly left to play in one of England’s lower division amateur teams, sending the team into their tailspin.

With some help from his ex-teammate Gotoh, now he’s back and the team players and angry fans view him only as a filthy traitor. Will his unorthodox methods be exactly what is needed to save East Tokyo United?

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.

Main Characters

Takeshi Tatsumi is a former East Tokyo United star and member of the Japan national football team, he transfers to a foreign club after a successful spell at ETU. After retirement as a player, Tatsumi coaches FC Eastham, an English Division 5 amateur team, into the fourth round of the FA Cup. Following his success with Eastham, he is convinced by ex-teammate Gotoh, now GM at East Tokyo United, to return to Japan and coach the team where he spent his years as a player.

Shigeyuki Murakoshi plays Defensive Midfield for East Tokyo United. He joined ETU as a promising talent in the hopes of playing with then-ETU star Tatsumi, but his dreams were crushed when Tatsumi left for Europe the following season. He is known as “Mr. ETU” throughout the storyline because of his loyalty and dedication to the club, even during the seasons it spent relegated in J2.

Daisuke Tsubaki plays Midfield for East Tokyo United. He was promoted from ETU’s reserve team to ETU’s “A” team by Tatsumi.

Luigi Yoshida plays Midfield for East Tokyo United. Of half-Japanese and half-Italian descent; known as the “Prince” among ETU teammates because of his ingenious playmaking ability and his often narcissitic attitude.

Yuri Nagata is the daughter of ETU’s President Nagata, and PR Manager for the club. Was a big fan of ETU and Tatsumi during his player years, and sets off for England alongside GM Gotoh to convince Tatsumi to return to Japan as coach of ETU. More at: Wiki

Giant Killing (ジャイアントキリング) is an ongoing Japanese soccer manga series created by Masaya Tsunamoto. A 26-episode anime adaptation animated by Studio DEEN began airing in Japan on the BS hi network on April 4, 2010. In 2010, it won the Kodansha Manga Award for best general manga.

Title: Giant Killing (2010)
Kanji: ジャイアントキリング (2010)
Web: http://www9.nhk.or.jp/anime/giantkilling/
Opening Theme: “My Story ~Mada Minu Ashita e~” by THE CHERRY COKES
Ending Theme: “Get tough!” by G.P.S

Giant Killing PV

Join the discussion 11 Comments

  • stukasa says:

    I have no interest in sports anime so I think I’ll pass on this one. ^^;

  • ware4me says:

    Yeah, can’t believe it is well rated and several persons seem to love it 😮

  • LittleVexy says:

    stukasa;28700 wrote: I have no interest in sports anime so I think I’ll pass on this one. ^^;

    You were never part of Prince of Tennis craze? 😮

  • stukasa says:

    LittleVexy;28711 wrote: You were never part of Prince of Tennis craze? 😮

    I have never seen Prince of Tennis, no. u.u

  • ware4me says:

    Prince of Tennis is the Dragon Ball Z of sports :crazy:

  • stukasa says:

    It is? Still, that doesn’t make me want to watch it. 😀

  • ware4me says:

    I watched a couple seasons, maybe little more, but it takes so long to finish a game, I really got tired of it.

    About soccer anime, Captain Tsubasa has to be the DBZ of soccer 😆

  • stukasa says:

    Is there a DBZ version of every sport? >.>

  • ware4me says:

    haha, i think there might be, but certainly Captain Tsubasa was… games lasted so many episodes, at times it was so annoying x.x

    When the Japan/Korea World Cup, there was a remake, condensed version. :drop:

  • stukasa says:

    ware4me;28742 wrote: When the Japan/Korea World Cup, there was a remake, condensed version. :drop:

    Captain Tsubasa…Kai?

  • ware4me says:

    HAHA, precisely Stuey! :funny:

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