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Watch & Learn: GIANT KILLING #1

THIS is how to make a sports show accessible...

 Such grandiose gaming...
 Such grandiose gaming...

Soccer’s never been my game. I was just terrible at it in the pee-wee leagues. I spent more time in the corner, digging in my butt and cramping over the foolish milk and PB sandwich combo I had for lunch than I ever spent in any kind of contact with the ball. All you lunatics should take note, then, because this is how you make an accessible show about a sport. Its skilled balance of humor and drama, of nitty gritty tactics and accessible plotting, makes my experience with INITIAL D seem all the more stupid and niche.

What’s funny is that I’ve played sports all my life, but I’ve never been much of a fan of ever watching teams play on the NBA, NFL or MLB. Unless I know one of the players personally, I just can’t work myself up to get interested. Of course, the beauty of fiction is you get to know these fictional characters personally, so I think I’d already group GIANT KILLING with some of my favorites in this genre, on the whole, like MAJOR LEAGUE, THE LONGEST YARD, SLAP SHOT and HOOSIERS (in the absence of a more colorful basketball movie outside of SPACE JAM.)

I’m digging the antagonism that’s already being set up, here, between the wunderkind coach with the unorthodox methods who abandoned the team however many years ago and the seasoned veteran player who everybody respects and follows regardless of what’s going on with the management. The match is a far cry from the Earth-shaking stakes of a master detective squaring off against nigh-omnipotent terrorist, and that’s precisely what I’m in the mood for. GIANT KILLING is a strong contender for being the next show I watch and learn from. Let’s see if it survives the draft.

That all said, while the pub punk anthem theme song is quite novel to hear in Japanese, the older British gent had one of the most miscast voice actors I’ve ever heard in my experiences with this column. That voice should definitely not be coming out that mouth.

Watch this episode "#01" here, decide for yourself.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here &   here .Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

Count_Zeroon April 16, 2011 at 11:50 a.m.
I really like Giant Killing. My only wish about the show is purely cosmetic - I wouldn't mind if ETU's team colors were the same as the Portland Timbers' ;-)
sotyfan16on April 16, 2011 at 12:07 p.m.
I'm not interested. Not because it's a sports show, but because it's about soccer. The only sports anime I would watch is one about fighting.

What I do like is that you are giving newer series a chance instead of going back to 2007 and beyond.
AgentJon April 16, 2011 at 2:19 p.m.
@Count_Zero said:
" I really like Giant Killing. My only wish about the show is purely cosmetic - I wouldn't mind if ETU's team colors were the same as the Seattle Sounders' ;-) "
Fixed :P
Count_Zeroon April 16, 2011 at 3:36 p.m.
@AgentJ said:
" @Count_Zero said:
" I really like Giant Killing. My only wish about the show is purely cosmetic - I wouldn't mind if ETU's team colors were the same as the Seattle Sounders' ;-) "
Fixed :P "
Pfft. We gave the Chicago Fire more of a thrashing then you did.
AgentJon April 16, 2011 at 9:15 p.m.
@Count_Zero said:
" @AgentJ said:
" @Count_Zero said:
" I really like Giant Killing. My only wish about the show is purely cosmetic - I wouldn't mind if ETU's team colors were the same as the Seattle Sounders' ;-) "
Fixed :P "
Pfft. We gave the Chicago Fire more of a thrashing then you did. "
And our first ever home match was a bigger thrashing than yours was :P 3-0 baby!

Hope you were there, because as I know well, that first game really is special. Its a moment that those involved will remember the rest of their lives. And you guys made it quite the event. I have some issues with how it went, but out of respect for the second-best supported team in the nation, I'll let it slide this week. I'll be balls-out the rest of your existence though :P
sora_thekey moderator on April 16, 2011 at 10:58 p.m.
Sports manga? Ugh... Accesible, I might try it.
vergiliuson April 16, 2011 at 11:57 p.m.
I've heard good things about this series, would be interested if you watched it.
jlanzeron April 17, 2011 at 3:47 p.m.
give it up for sports anime.  I do like how this anime focuses on the psychological aspect between players, the team, and coaches and how the new head coach is on another level.  If you like this series check out ONE OUTS.  Similar themes but with baseball. 

Dig Deeper into Giant Killing

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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