15 CommentsFirst Impressions / By Scamp /

Giant Killing episode 1

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).

Please don’t call me arrogant. I have gotten an amateur team to the last 32 in the FA cup and scored 3 goals against a Premiership team. I am the Special One King.

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.

Don’t worry miss. I’d go mad too if I had to babysit the Special King.

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.

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  1. Posted April 7, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    You weren’t won over by the polka theme song? :P Actually, I do like the theme song.

  2. Posted April 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    The big problem with this episode is that they cut out a lot of the prologue chapter, which could have made an entire episode on its own. I don’t know if I can say anything about it because of the way they interspersed the shots. It might come up in the next episode or two.

  3. heyheyho
    Posted April 7, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Lol the theme song
    I like it.
    Finally a type of anime that I can watch with my brother.

  4. Posted April 7, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    I liked this first episode a lot. Somewhat shoddy production values, but I enjoy how it portrays the culture of sports from the owners/managers to the players to the fans. It gets so much right and really made me grin a lot, haha. (Although I am definitely an outsider to soccer/football, so there’s other things I probably didn’t pick up on. :p)

    Tatsumi is awesome. Go right in and shake things up, I say.

  5. Posted April 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    1. I wasn’t aware that Deen even has an A team (yeah, they’ve never been that impressive as far as animation goes, even in Higurashi).

    2. The description makes it interesting enough to warrant a look. What’s a sports anime without big egos floating around. And with an attacking mentality, I think this guy could do great in the Mexican leagues.

  6. Posted April 7, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    I hate football (I find it dull……unless its the World Cup and Ireland are playing – can get into that for some reason), but I liked this episode a lot…..despite the lack of ‘pretty’. The characters seem interesting and I just generally got good vibes from it – checking out a few more episodes.

  7. fathomlessblue
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    I would love it if Tat­sumi started to model himself after the Special One. Would certainly make post-match interviews interesting.

    Also while the animation was a bit crappy it actually sorta suited the feel of the show. The blush-lines on the women and kids looked awful though…

  8. Posted April 8, 2010 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    As I thought with something like this, I would prefer to hang back for a week or two, then marathon it. I’m not a sports fan, so the emotional side isn’t what will get me to enjoy this show. I can get into the strategy angle, but they didn’t have time in this episode to do more than hint at what it might be. Next episode hopefully will give a better sense of how they show that. Then I figure I’ll take a break and give them a chance to do background stuff, raise the stakes, do special training, and watch two or three episodes together so I can get the payoff episode as well.

  9. Posted April 8, 2010 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    Just watched this. I had the most super strange feeling that Gigant killings should’ve been animated by Madhouse for some very very odd reason.

    It’s not that Studio Deen didn’t put its A-team on GK. It’s just that most of them are actually sitting at the bench and the others got red cards.

    The first ep pretty much laid out how things are going to work out. Tatsumi will change the team into a non-sucking one and his detractors will like him again when he delivers the goods. The first ep left me wanting more for sure, or it was just the fact that I felt the show only ran -15m. Overall, Gigant Killing has caught my attention this season. Will watch.

  10. Scamp
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Permalink


    Actually I thought it sounded annoying more than anything else. This season sucks for anime openings


    That’s frequently done by anime, often in the misheld belief that the audience won’t be compelled to watch more because the prologue isn’t as interesting. Sometimes it works, more often than not it doesn’t


    Your brother didn’t like Miracle Train?


    It’s certainly a lot more believable portrayal of the behind the scenes that One Outs, where the owner spent his whole time plotting ways for his team to lose


    Deens A team has a quality roughly equal to the Madhouse D team


    Oh god, I’d rather stab myself in the eye than watch the atrocity of the Irish football team. When it comes to being patriotic about sports, give me Brian O Driscoll and the rugby team anyday


    I can’t wait for the media to get hold of him. You can just imagine a young reporters eyes light up when he starts spouting brilliantly quotable lines


    Sports anime are probably one of the few times where I’d say marathoning is a better option. The times when I’ve taken it slow I’ve enjoyed the series much less, such as One Outs and Big Windup. This will be my first time following a sports series weekly (Cross Game doesn’t count as sports) so we’ll see how it goes


    Yeah when it comes to the hard-lines style of artwork, Madhouse are usually better than that. Give Madhouse moe character ont he other hand, and they’ll look on in confusion

  11. Posted April 8, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I know it’s a common practice. It’s just in this case it’s actually interesting and tells you a lot about Tatsumi right off the bat. But, like I said in my post, I think they did it so the new viewer would have to wait and see his coaching style and skill.

  12. Posted April 9, 2010 at 3:27 am | Permalink

    I really liked this first episode, but I completely agree about the visuals, especially when compared to other series this season, most of which have been pretty high quality in their first episodes. As for the storytelling style, it’s one of my favorite setup episodes of the season (this is also coming from someone who hasn’t read the manga) so maybe that’s just where our tastes differ. I really liked how it skipped around to different perspectives, and I expect that there will be more flashbacks to come about Tatsumi’s coaching style. You can chalk it up to my bad taste, I guess. Haha.

  13. Posted April 9, 2010 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    I love soccer, but I have no aspirations to watch this… In fact, I don’t even watch reagular soccer, I just play it (except the World Cup, which is fucking awesome…I mean, who doesn’t love the World Cup? Fuck I can’t wait.)

  14. Gunslinger
    Posted April 10, 2010 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    Hey i know the comment is late but whats your favourite football club?

  15. Scamp
    Posted April 10, 2010 at 11:14 am | Permalink


    I do think they could’ve done it better. Show his personality while doing training and matches rather than tell us


    I’m probably the one with bad tastes. They didn’t really show us how good a manager he was, they just told us. Using One Outs as an example yet again (I’ll probably be doing that a lot) they told the first part of the story from someone other than Tokuchi’s point of view but it showed Tokuchi’s skill with very little of people going ‘this guy is awesome and you’ll just have to take out word for it’


    You gotta watch it! Although it would probably be better to marathon. Most sports anime are


    Arsenal. I started supporting them 1996-ish when Denis Bergkamp was rocking the world. He was my favourite player~

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