Deen, Deen, Deen. You didn’t exactly put your A-team out on this one did you. The first episode of Giant Killing was hardly eye-candy. Neither was the voice-acting exactly stellar, apart from Tatsumi, the main character. Neither do I feel they went about the right way of introducing the story in this first episode, and this is coming from the standpoint of someone who hasn’t read the manga. In fact, I was feeling a bit letdown by this title until the last 5 minutes or so when we finally saw something. Something akin to Tokuchi Toua from One Outs. Something akin to the Special One himself. Something that looks like we could have a quality anime on our hands.
It certainly is mighty impressive for someone to bring an amateur team so far in the FA Cup, proving the beauty of the cup is still there. It’s things like this that shows how much the author loves his football. Wait, I mean soccer. Or something. I did find it amusing that of all the teams in the Premiership to get knocked out by, they knocked out by the one team who earn as much as they do, if you believe the difficulties Portsmouth have at paying their player wages. You would have thought Eastham (lulz) would have won when they had Togusa from Ghost in the Shell on their team (hey, the old guy in the stadium did say they had a policeman on their team).
He’s a great character isn’t he? I like these kinda characters. The douchebags who are so confident of their ability that they can be as egocentric as they want to be. He does need things to go against him though at times. It’s annoying when a character like this makes everything look so easy. Since he lost to Portsmouth after being 3-2 up I assume his team has to have let in at least 4 goals, or a penalty shoot-out I guess. What he have here is a guy who’s a great attacking couch but a miserable defending coach. So he’s not quite like the Special One. They’d make a perfect duo though, except I doubt there’s a stadium big enough to hold both their egos.
Of course, like all immensely talented people, there’s a lot of work that goes on to get that good. I’m not this fabulous a blogger through just talent you know. I wonder what exactly it is that’s so bad about East Tokyo United though. Judging by the tactics he seems to be employing, they have absolutely no pace and are a team full of oldies? They do have the AC Milan colours after all.
Every manager has their own look. Ferguson goes for the angry gum-chewing Scotsman. That new manager of Man City has the glorious combo of an Armani suit with a Man City scarf. Tatsumi decides that he’s best looking like a frat boy.
When the captain and Mr. ETU showed up, I instantly knew Tatsumi would drop him from the team at sometime over the course of the show. But because he has no pace? I’ve spent enough time watching Theo Walcott race behind defenders while accidentally leaving the ball behind him to know that you need more than sheer pace to win football but what do I know. I haven’t brought an amateur side to the last 32 of the FA Cup. I’m interested to see what on earth he plans to do to win this match up. What I’m not particularly looking forward to is Deens rendition of the beautiful game in anime form. It’s going to take me a while to get used to that.
Well that was a slightly unorthodox way of writing my first impressions of the episode and as I thought, I was totally incapable of leaving my football fanboy outside of this post. But hey, the World Cup is airing over the course of this anime so there’s no better time to ramble about the Beautiful Game-unless-it’s-played-by-Bolton. I hate Bolton. I’ve only ever been to 4 premier league games in my life. 3 of them, by pure fluke, had Bolton playing. Bolton are the dullest team ever to watch.