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Giant Killing  
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In Giant 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 losses haven't done much to team morale, 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 lower divisions where profits often prevent them from ever being successful against even mediocre top division teams. 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.

Note: Won the 34th Annual Kodansha Manga Award (2010) in the General category.


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Associated Names
Вынос гигантов
Сокрушение гигантов

Groups Scanlating
GK Amateurs
Muda Scantrad

Latest Release(s)
v.28 c.272-275 by whyfalalala 4 days ago
v.28 c.271 by whyfalalala 10 days ago
v.28 c.270 by whyfalalala 17 days ago
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Status in Country of Origin
48 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Volume 1, Chapter 1
Ends at Volume 9, Chapter 83

User Reviews
Giant Killing by Unproductive


User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (242 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.27 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 21st 2018, 5:11pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Morning (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (13 Volumes - Ongoing; Digital)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #273 increased(+159)
Monthly Pos #512 increased(+211)
3 Month Pos #752 increased(+49)
6 Month Pos #772 increased(+348)
Year Pos #1291 increased(+445)

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On 524 wish lists
On 41 unfinished lists
On 243 custom lists

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Pretty enjoyable   
Rating: N/A
by Uthred
November 13th, 2015, 3:44am
Didnt really enjoy the anime adaptation but the manga is pretty enjoyable. Its paced much better and the story flows quite well. I dont really understand the comments saying there are no tactics and such, for nearly every major game the manager comes up with tactics and the players train in them. They just dont go into much details as to what those tactics are. The biggest issue is that the main bulk of the scans are pretty spotty in quality, you can more or less follow whats going on but the English used feels really unnatural, like a machine translation. There's also lots of sloppy mistakes like getting players names wrong from chapter to chapter. Pity this hasnt (and likely wont) get an official translation. Worth a read even if you arent a fan of soccer.
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Excellent storytelling   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Chibiheaven
December 14th, 2011, 11:53pm
I honestly feel that this story is paced very well. It actually has a very realistic feel to it. You really get a sense of whats going on and Tatsumi's reasoning, strategics, and thoughts are understandable.
When I think of non-realistic soccer mangas; I instantly think of ones like Whistle!! and Captain Tsubasa... Though I suppose they have their perks. Of course, even though I'm stating that Giant Killing has a realistic plot... it still IS a manga. It can only go so far.

In Giant Killing, the plot really gets you on edge. Honestly, its really one of the few that actually get me whooping with joy when a goal is scored. For the most part, its truly unexpected; because losing is a huge possibility in this story.
Also, for once the story revolves around all the players as well as the management, fans and coaching team. Readers are told a story through the perspectives of many people, and are let in on their thoughts and emotions.

Character designs and personalities are quite likeable. There isn't one character I truly hate in this manga. The artwork is quite good, and the paneling is relatively smooth.

I have never truly been a fan of soccer before, so I can't be the best judge of whether or not the games played in this manga resemble real life pro-level soccer games.

Edit: Wow! It's been a long time since I wrote this. I am still avidly following GK! Though it's slowed down quite considerably, I still enjoy it a lot even 3 years after. I highly recommend people give this a try! If not the anime is also an excellent source as it follows the manga very closely.

... Last updated on December 16th, 2014, 5:56pm
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One of the best sport mangas   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by greymouser
November 19th, 2011, 11:44pm
I absolutely love this series. I rate it just below my absolute favorite Slam Dunk. This is arguably the best soccer manga I've read. The fact that the focus is not solely on the main protagonist, that the mangaka took the time to flesh out not only the main character but also the whole team makes the story quite varied and never got boring. The main leads doesn't disappoint either. Tsubaki is a breath of fresh air on hot blooded soccer heroes. He loves soccer and has the talent to be great on it but the fact that he has a lot of flaws makes his journey very interesting to watch. If you like sports fiction, this is a definite recommend.
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It's ok i guess...   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by panos
January 30th, 2011, 3:16pm
Better than your average soccer manga but still lacking.What is it lacking?A little dose of realism.Don't misunderstand i don't mean that it uses supernatural abilities like flaming shoots from the middle of the court.It's just that there is not much of a strategy around it.Simply,the coach is not much of help since the tactics and the formation that he has shown on his players are almost null.It's mostly about a type of manga that the coach gives courage to the players and they miraculously play better.Sure,psychology plays a major role an any sport but if that it was all about then it would be better to hire a psychologist for a coach and not a football expert.If you pass by that fact then you will probably like it,but if you want sth more realistic i would go with fantasista. Perhaps the reason has to do with the lack of knowledge and complexity of the sport in which the japanese authors clearly don't have as much knowledge(since it's not their primary choice as a sport).

... Last updated on May 22nd, 2013, 5:09am
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don't overlook this manga cause it is a soccer manga   
Rating: N/A
by sillywilly
June 20th, 2010, 1:44pm
When I first found this manga I wasn't too interested in reading it because I am not interested in mangas that have sports as the backdrop. But I am really glad that I started to read this one. So far the first 21 chapters I read have been interesting and I want more. The manga is more then them kicking around a ball. It deals with rebuilding trust, working hard, making people believe in something that they gave up on and overcoming their weakness. These are themes that are seen in other mangas whether it deals with sports or not.It is hard for me to write a review without giving anything away so my suggestion just read it. It wont kill you to spend 30 mins reading some of the chapters.

... Last updated on June 20th, 2010, 1:45pm
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f'ing brilliant   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Harimau
April 7th, 2010, 3:37am
very intriguing and captivating story, and very likeable characters. it really just pulls you along for the ride. i had only checked it out because i had to get it for a friend, but now i'm glad i did. so worth it.
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Rating: N/A
by takitogr
April 6th, 2010, 1:55pm
as far as i can see this mangaka has only done soccer manga so far and his last ones don't seem any popular....i'd like to see what this is like because of the art actually but then again this is a soccer manga so how interesting or good can it be? can someone reading it tell me if it has something that makes it stand out, anything that makes it unique? (apart from the coach's pov) i'm usually interested in reading different things no matter the genre but y should i bother with a soccer manga?

... Last updated on April 6th, 2010, 1:56pm
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Rating: N/A
by quips
January 31st, 2010, 12:00pm
Read volume one, and so far I really like it. The main character is quirky and interesting, and you can't help but love him. As nomated23 said, its neat that the story is told from the coach's POV instead the heroic player. Also interesting is that unlike any other sports story I've seen in movies, manga, or anywhere else, the main character didn't accidentally end up with the underdogs. In fact, he purposefully sought them out. He LIKES trying to turn underdogs into "giant killers" that can win against the best teams.
So far the plot has captivated me and I love all of the characters. Can't wait for the next chapter!
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Classic scenario of David kills Goliath!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by nomated23
December 28th, 2009, 4:23pm
I love the fact that this manga focuses on the coach rather than the players. It is cool to see all the strategies that go on behind a teams success. The story will have you rooting for East Tokyo United(ETU) as they are a weak team going against better ones. Might i add also that the main character has a certain charm because he seems quite knowledgeable. Reminds me of "last inning" but for soccer. Looking froward to the next chapters.
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