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Original title: ジャイアントキリング
Demographics: Seinen
Chapters at MH: 6
Releases at MH: 0
Publishing Status: Ongoing
Writer(s): TSUNAMOTO Masaya
Artist(s): Tsujitomo
Serialized in: Morning
Published by: Kodansha
Year: 2007
Official Site: http://www.e-1day.jp/morning/manga/giant_killing.html
Popularity: 31 favorites
Translators: 3 (Click here to view)
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Score 4.6 of 5.0 - 32 votes

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In Giants Killing a ragtag bunch from East Tokyo are struggling in Japan's top football league. The team is going through an abysmal spell right now where they are nearing the bottom of the table and have lost 5 matches in a row. The loses haven't done much to team moral, because it was already low. Fan support, on the other hand, is looking bleak. In the world of football, once the fans turn on a team the end is near. Teams don't recover. Coaches are fired, players are sold, and teams drop to smaller divisions where profits often prevent them from ever being successful against even mediocre top division programs. East Tokyo United, ETU, can only blame their coach right now. And Coach is ready to give up this next game to prove to his team and fans, that against the biggest club in the nation he can make this team win.


Seinen, Soccer, Sports

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Review by Unproductive
Giant Killing is a series that holds great promise. Its one-of-a-kind focus on the tactical, managerial, and organizational challenges of upper-echelon competitive football tells a story of the drama that surrounds the football pitch. The tension for those off the field is far more intense than those on the field.

Unlike the players whose singular focus on giving their all during a game insulates them from moment-to-moment emotional swings, fans in the stands are living and dying with each dribble, tackle, and pass, the managers are furiously thinking of tactics to ensure victory for their side, and the executive leadership at each club are intently watching, knowing that the future of their organization is at stake.

Despite being a series about football, the series is at its weakest, least engaging, when a match is being played and the ball is being kicked around on the field. There in lies the danger for this series. It advertises a series of Giant Killings where Tatsumi, the manager and main character, leads his players to defeat far more successful football teams. But focus on killing too many giants and the series becomes just like any other football series and loses its unique appeal.

The series starts off on a strong note. I hope that it stays that strong. Permalink " "

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