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.
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.
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.