Giant Killing has worked its way to becoming one of the top sports anime I have ever seen.
This series focuses on its characters like none other. Not just the main character either, which is what the majority of the anime out there do.
Instead we follow the coach and a decent amount of the ETU players. Even though Tatsumi is the main character, he doesn’t constantly stand in the spotlight. Throughout the season, it jumps from player to player and reveals the hurdles they have to overcome to improve their game.
My only qualm is how some matches took around 5 to 6 episodes to finish. So every week it was one cliffhanger after another. The long matches felt overly extended with barely any time passing. Then they only show a few seconds of the next match. It would have been nice to see an even balance between all the matches played, but I assume they really wanted to focus on the Osaka match because it most resembles the act of “Giant Killing”.
At 26-episodes long, it was an awesome experience. There were moments where you felt compelled to root for ETU and cheer along. Giant Killing deserves a higher rating than I initially gave it, so I will gladly upgrade it. I do hope they decide to make a second season since the manga still has more content.
Rating: Very Good