Giant Killing was my favorite show of 2010 so to say I recommend it heartily is a bit of an understatement. Sadly the series has never gotten a home video release in the states, but that comes as little surprise since it is a sports series. It was streamed by Crunchyroll however during the transition to almost everything being simulcast. I was so excited to see each week’s episode! But now it is being removed from the CR site so I’m watching it again and so should you before November 9th.
Need some convincing?
The soccer isn’t what compelled me so thoroughly. I can’t remember ever watching a match of soccer before Giant Killing. In fact, if anything I’d say the show actually got me curious about the sport as opposed to the other way around. Don’t mistake liking sports anime to being a fan of said sport.
It is Giant Killing’s unique perspective shifted from star player or young genius and instead focuses us an ensemble cast with the coach at the center. Everyone involved when it comes to sports from the players to the fans, from the press to the managing staff is a part of this story. Hisui and I wrote an article about that very thing; Giant Killing is about a group of people and how they work together.
Giant Killing is a character story that also happens to have really great bouts of soccer.
Also awesome opening.