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Chibi Review: Giant Killing

An anime that is neither about giants or killing, yet still rocks.

Like my last review, here is another oddly titled anime. Not because killing giants is not amazingly awesome, but because this is in fact a soccer/football anime. Yes this is a sports anime, and I know a lot of you have already dismissed it and moved on to greener pastures. So please hear me out, Giant Killing is not only about the game but everything that encompasses it; from managing a team, to the human condition for victory, Giant Killing has it all.

   

The Good

Giant Killing is intended for older audiences, it’s manga sits squarely in the seinen demographic. This is a good thing, since my observation is that most American fans do not like sports anime because it is too “over-the-top”. Giant Killing is the opposite of that, focusing on all aspects of the game, even on things like the business of running a club to the crazy fans. But why do they call it Giant Killing then? Well, it is based on the idea of an underdog team being able to work together to take down a team full of professionals; basically the storyline of all sports stories.

The ETU (Eastern Tokyo United) is a team that was once great, but soon fell on the wayside when its star player Tatsumi left for an English team. Many years later the ETU is trapped in the gutter, and the only thing that can save them now is Tatsumi, but not as a player, but as their manager. But why use Tatsumi? Because back in England he brought a team made of everyday people up to professional level of play, and he can do the same for the ETU. Tatsumi is one of those characters who is always thinking, always coming up with new strategies, but gives off the impression of not doing any work. This anime is very similar to One Outs in that regard.

The Bad 

This anime has a very unique art style, which isn’t bad per se, but might turn some people off. I personally enjoy it, since it vaguely reminds me of Kaiji. Giant Killing is based off of a manga, which is currently running in Japan. With that said, it is slated for 26 episodes, which means they will either stop at a good stopping point in the story and continue it later if we are lucky. Or they will give us a fake ending that will make it impossible for a sequel in the future (ie Claymore). I doubt this will happen, but you never know.

The Verdict 3/5

If you one of the few people alive today that likes sports anime, then you have to watch this. Most people aren’t, and that is understandable, but I would advise you to at least give it a few episodes. It deals with universal concepts that are used in anime from all genres, so you should be able to relate to something.
Roldanon May 12, 2010 at 3:52 p.m.
 Thought this anime was a lot better then most overrated anime's that came out this season. Personally it shares my Nr. 1 spot this season with House of Fives Leaves. Yeah and the unique art styles just makes this anime more awesome, instead of the bullshit Key gave us with Angel Beats (not a bad anime, it just looks every other anime out there). Yeah and i wouldn't compare One Outs with Giant Killing. Giant Killing is more about the team also while One Outs was 98% about Toua just owning everyone. But hey! i can be wrong.
GodLen staff on May 12, 2010 at 7:57 p.m.
@Roldan: I have a feeling that Toua and Tatsumi would be best of friends if the ever met. Though I can also see them hating each other as well.
jlanzeron May 12, 2010 at 9:05 p.m.
i wrote a quick review of this anime already and i explain what the title means in it.  basically when a lower ranked league team beats a higher ranked league team it is considered a giant killing.  this happens in european countries most notably the FA cup in england.  The FA cup has many different league levels play each other while typically the better league teams when there is an upset every now and then and that's what you would call a giant killing.
Whiskeyjackon May 13, 2010 at 8:51 a.m.
I have not traditionally enjoyed sports anime titles, but I've been enjoying this one quite a bit so far. I suppose the make-or-break for me will be how much of the usual sports tropes I can take.
Yoshimitsuon May 13, 2010 at 9:12 a.m.
Ive never given any sports themed anime's a try before. They dont seem like my cup of tea, but who knows. 
 
On a side note, the shirt looks like AC Milians shirt.
Abeon May 13, 2010 at 2:16 p.m.
I'm liking this so far, great mix of comedy and drama, in lack of a better word.
Crono11on May 13, 2010 at 2:40 p.m.
I've never heard of this before but it sounds like something I'd be interested.
 
Thanks for the mini review.
omegadudeon May 19, 2010 at 7:54 p.m.
iv enjoyed it so far and i like the fact that the cultural realism of soccer/football with the crazy fans and national rivalry between clubs. one of the things iv noticed is that you hear quite a few languages not just Japanese so far iv heard french, German, and even really bad English but not bad acting English but foreign broken English and i enjoy the fact that not everyone speaks Japanese and or understands Japanese in this show also i'm not a fan of sports anime but i like this

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Giant Killing is about Takeshi Tatsumi, East Tokyo United star player, who after leaving his hometown club ETU (East Tokyo United) is once again signed by the board as manager.

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