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Giant Killing (ジャイアントキリング jaiantokiringu?) 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.[1]

Plot

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.

Characters

Takeshi Tatsumi (達海 猛 Tatsumi Takeshi?)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki
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 (村越 茂幸 Murakoshi Shigeyuki?)
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu
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 (椿 大介 Tsubaki Daisuke?)
Voiced by: Takahiro Mizushima
Plays Midfield for East Tokyo United. He was promoted from ETU's reserve team to ETU's "A" team by Tatsumi. He is a very fast runner which ETU uses to their advantage by having him get behind other player without them noticing. Being newly promoted Tsubaki has doubts about himself being able to help the team, however Tatsumi encourages him to continue playing even if he makes mistakes.
Luigi Yoshida (ルイジ 吉田 Yoshida Luigi?)
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono
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.
Kazuki Kuroda (黒田 一樹 Kuroda Kazuki?)
Voiced by: Kentarō Itō
Plays defense center back for East Tokyo United. Kuroda had problems working with Tatsumi when he first started as manager, prompting him to ask for a transfer to another club. In this time he is able to relect with fellow defender Sugie on how it is they who need to change and not Tatsumi.
Yusaku Sugie (杉江 勇作 Sugie Yasaku?)
Voiced by: Daisuke Kirii
Plays defense center back for East Tokyo United. He is loyal to Kuroda and skipped practice with him so they could reflect on the state of the team and how they were playing.
Hiroshi Midorikawa (緑川 宏 Midorikawa Hiroshi?)
The goal keeper for East Tokyo United. One of the older members of the team, he gives advice to Kuroda and Sugie to help with become better defenders.
Yuri Nagata (永田有里 Nagata Yuri?)
Voiced by: Masumi Asano
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.

Media

Manga

Gaint Killing began as a manga series written by Masaya Tsunamoto and illustrated by Tsujitomo, which began serialization in Kodansha's Weekly Morning manga magazine in 2007.

Anime

An anime television series was produced by Studio Deen and directed by Yuu Kou. The anime began airing in Japan on April 4, 2010. On May 21, 2010 it was announced that Crunchyroll has picked up the series for simulcast distribution starting on May 23.[2] The opening theme song to Giant Killing is "My Story", by The Cherry Cokes. The closing credit music is "Get tough!" by G.P.S.[3]

Episode list

# Title Original airdate
01 #01
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02010-04-04April 4, 2010 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Takeshi Tatsumi led the 5th division team of Eastham, England to pace in the top 32 in the FA cup. Now he’s coaching his old team, “East Tokyo United (ETU)”. On the first day of training, Tatsumi picks the starter candidates based on their 30 meter sprints.
02 #02
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02010-04-11April 11, 2010 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Tatsumi takes on the veteran team with his new starter candidates in a skirmish. The young players follow Tatsumi’s instructions in order to strike at the weaknesses of the veterans, and thus secure their own starting spots. The next day at a press conference, Tatsumi announces that Murakoshi will no longer be team captain..
03 #03
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02010-04-18April 18, 2010 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
On the first day of camp, Tatsumi’s instructions were self-training with everyone sharing a single ball. When the players start arguing about what they should focus on, an argument breaks out. While the coaches are trying to break it up, a late player called “Prince” appears.
04 #04
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02010-04-25April 25, 2010 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The first match for the new ETU under Tatsumi’s lead is against the champion, Tokyo Victory. The Victory players take note of Gino ("Prince") wearing the captains mark, and the new starter, Tsubaki. During camp Tsubaki did not show much potential, but in this match he shines in tandem with Tatsumi’s tactics, shaking up the Victory bench. Tatsumi starts to explain his reasons to coach Matsuhara who was surprised by Tsubaki’s good performance.
05 #05
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02010-05-02May 2, 2010 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
It’s the second half of the Tokyo Victory match! Tsubaki screwed up and gave the opponents a chance to score. Tatsumi tries to fire up Tsubaki by saying that he shouldn’t worry about a foul. In order to combat Victory’s increasing pace, Tatsumi puts in offensive players midfield. Though Tsubaki was motivated by Tatsumi, it doesn’t go well and his efforts turn our disastrous. Meanwhile, Murakoshi re-examines himself as a player and tries to find a hole for the counter attack.
06 #06
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02010-05-09May 9, 2010 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
A league press conference is being held. Tatsumi meets Nagoya Grand Palace’s manager Fuwa, who has history with ETU, and meets last season’s 2nd, Osaka Gunners’ manager Dulfer. When the ceremony begins, Goto and Yuri are worried; quite right, as Tatsumi lets loose once again. A dubious Frenchman takes a liking to Tatsumi and takes him away…
07 #07
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02010-05-16May 16, 2010 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
A league match against manager Kurashi’s Javelin Iwata. After a lucky shot puts Iwata in the lead, ETU is totally overrun by Iwata’s assault. After being dissatisfied by the way the game went, the free reporter Fujisawa asks Tatsumi a question at the press conference. While he answers it cooly and whips up another frenzy there, the next match against Sun Arrow Hiroshima is another loss…
08 #08
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02010-05-23May 23, 2010 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
After hearing a rumor that Kuroda is about to transfer, Matsuhara feels uneasy. However, Tatsumi declares again that the starting players will be picked with the soccer tennis game. Amongst the disgruntled players, Kuroda finally lets his anger explode and boycotts the training. Matsue, who also left the training, begins to tell Kuroda about a mistake that they as center backs had not noticed yet.
09 #09
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02010-05-30May 30, 2010 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Since Tatsumi became manager, ETU has lost 4 matches in a row. The Skulls fan group can’t conceal their anger any longer. At the peak of their anger, they stop the players’ bus and demand an apology from Tatsumi. Tatsumi stops Murakoshi from appeasing the crowd and tries to go out himself. Does he have a secret strategy against Nagoya Grand Palace?!
10 #10
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02010-06-06June 6, 2010 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The fans are demanding that Tatsumi is canned. The opponent they face during their last stand is Nagoya Grand Palace, led by ETU’s former manager Fuwa. In a stark contrast to ETU, Fuwa has been winning cup and league matches. He is an absolutely rational coach who used expensive foreign players to raise the power of the entire team. In the beginning, the Brazilian trio goes on a fierce offensive, but Tatsumi’s plans are already in motion…
11 #11
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02010-06-13June 13, 2010 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
ETU vs Nagoya Grand Palace. In the first half, ETU is faced with a relentless assault, but thanks to Tsubaki’s repeated smooth plays, the danger of losing a point is always averted. Fuwa slowly starts to realize that Tatsumi’s plan has been set in motion. However, ETU does not launch a full assault. While Matsubara can’t hide his worries about the defense-only match, Tatsumi is grinning smugly. And the thing Tsubaki sees when he gets on the field is…!
12 #12
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02010-06-20June 20, 2010 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
13 #13
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02017 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
14 #14
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02017 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}

References

  1. "34th Annual Kodansha Manga Awards Announced". Anime News Network. May 11, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 
  2. "Crunchyroll Simulcasts Giant Killing Soccer Anime". Anime News Network. May 21, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2010. 
  3. Staff & Cast Ntv.co.jp. Retrieved on June 08, 2010

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