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Giant Killing
Manga
Kanji ジャイアントキリング
Romanji jaiantokiringu
Genre Sports
Writer Masaya Tsunamoto
Illustrator Tsujitomo
Publisher Kodansha
Magazine Weekly Morning
Demographics Seinen
Original Run 2007 – ongoing
Volumes 25

Gaint Killing began as a manga series written by Masaya Tsunamoto and illustrated by Tsujitomo, which was serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Morning manga magazine in 2007.

Summary Edit

East Tokyo United, ETU, has been struggling in Japan's top soccer league for a few years. It has taken everything they have just to avoid relegation. To make matters even worse, the fans are starting to abandon the team. In an effort to improve their performance, ETU has hired a new coach, the slightly eccentric Takeshi Tatsumi. Tatsumi, who was considered a great soccer player when he was younger, abandoned the team years before but has proven himself as the manager of one of England's lower division amateur teams. The task won't be easy, as the teams East Tokyo United is pitted against have bigger budgets and better players. However, Tatsumi is an expert at Giant Killing.


Volume ListEdit

Statistics Chapters
Volume01
  • Release Date: April 23, 2007[1]
  • Page: 207[1]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-372593-3[1]
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
Summary
Takeshi Tatsumi, the one time star of East Tokyo United, is brought back from England to manage the team he once abandoned. He returns to fan hostility, even as some of Tatsumi's old supporters regain their love of football just by hearing that Tatsumi is back. On his very first day, Tatsumi shakes up ETU by placing many of the younger players, who are more used to being substitutes, on the list to be regulars and stripping Mr. ETU, Shigeyuki Murakoshi, of his captaincy.
Volume02
  • Release Date: July 23, 2007[2]
  • Page: 221[2]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-372618-3[2]
  • Chapter 8
  • Chapter 9
  • Chapter 10
  • Chapter 11
  • Chapter 12
  • Chapter 13
  • Chapter 14
  • Chapter 15
  • Chapter 16
  • Chapter 17
Summary
ETU heads to camp where Tatsumi stirs things up to study the character of the players. Akasaki comes to the forefront, questioning the usual manner of doing things - infuriating Kuroda. As the team degrades to a near brawl, the Prince of ETU, Luigi Yoshida (aka Gino), arrives and with his presence alone, puts a damper on the heated exchange. As Gino proves why he is called the Prince, Tokyo Victory wonders if ETU will prove a good opponent for a pre-season friendly match. However, the manager of Tokyo Victory, Hiraizumi, who warns that Takeshi Tatsumi is a man who will go for your throat the moment you let your guard down, remains confident of a victory.
Volume03
  • Release Date: October 23, 2007[3]
  • Page: 221[3]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-372637-4[3]
  • Chapter 18
  • Chapter 19
  • Chapter 20
  • Chapter 21
  • Chapter 22
  • Chapter 23
  • Chapter 24
  • Chapter 25
  • Chapter 26
  • Chapter 27
Summary
Tokyo Victory fights back to take a 2-1 lead over ETU. However, Murakoshi scores a last minute goal to end the match on a draw. Following the game, Tatsumi restores Murakoshi to the captaincy with a warning--should Murakoshi disobey Tatsumi, he will not hesitate to strip Murakoshi of it again. Tatsumi is then forced to attend the League Press Conference by Goto and Yuri, where he meets and befriends Blanc.
Volume04
  • Release Date: January 23, 2008[4]
  • Page: 221[4]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-372660-2[4]
  • Chapter 28
  • Chapter 29
  • Chapter 30
  • Chapter 31
  • Chapter 32
  • Chapter 33
  • Chapter 34
  • Chapter 35
  • Chapter 36
  • Chapter 37
Summary
Kuroda refuses to go along with Tatsumi's games, threatening to transfer to a different team. However, Sugie demonstrates to Kuroda that the problem is them (Kuroda and himself). Kuroda and Sugie re-commit themselves to the team, just in time for the game against Nagoya Grand Palace.
Volume05
  • Release Date: April 23, 2008[5]
  • Page: 213[5]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-372682-4[5]
  • Chapter 38
  • Chapter 39
  • Chapter 40
  • Chapter 41
  • Chapter 42
  • Chapter 43
  • Chapter 44
  • Chapter 45
  • Chapter 46
  • Chapter 47
Summary
ETU holds Nagoya Grand Palace at bay and frustrates their efforts to score. As the match remains scoreless, Carlos moves upfield. This was the moment that ETU had been waiting for and is a trap that Tatsumi had set for Nagoya's Brazilian Trio. Exploiting a hole in Nagoya's defence, it is ETU who opens the score book with a goal from Tsubaki. Tsubaki's goal is soon followed by one from Gino. As Pepe's shot hits the cross-bar, the game is all but sealed in ETU's favor.
Volume06
  • Release Date: July 23, 2008[6]
  • Page: 223[6]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-372716-6[6]
  • Chapter 48
  • Chapter 49
  • Chapter 50
  • Chapter 51
  • Chapter 52
  • Chapter 53
  • Chapter 54
  • Chapter 55
  • Chapter 56
  • Chapter 57
Summary
The final whistle sounds for the ETU's game against Nagoya Grand Palace and ETU stands victorious at 2-0. This begins a winning streak, during which ETU welcomes back Yotaro Natsuki, the striker who ended up as ETU's top scorer last season, despite only playing half the season. However, the return of Natsuki puts added pressure of Sera and Sakai, with Sera injuring himself in his zeal to score. This sees a start of a drawing streak that ends with a loss to Albireos Niigata, a game during which Akasaki confronts Ishihama and Kiyokawa in the locker room, questioning their determination to win and their motivation for playing.
Volume07
  • Release Date: October 23, 2008[7]
  • Page: 221[7]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-372740-1[7]
  • Chapter 58
  • Chapter 59
  • Chapter 60
  • Chapter 61
  • Chapter 62
  • Chapter 63
  • Chapter 64
  • Chapter 65
  • Chapter 66
  • Chapter 67
Summary
ETU faces the giants that are the Osaka Gunners. With Blanc in the audience, Tatsumi fields a two striker line-up. Tatsumi also matches Sugie with Kubota and Kuroda with Hauer, an unexpected match-up that surprises everyone. However, it appears that Tatsumi's gamble backfired when Hauer puts the Gunners up ahead 1-0.
Volume08
  • Release Date: November 21, 2008[8]
  • Page: 221[8]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-372753-1[8]
  • Chapter 68
  • Chapter 69
  • Chapter 70
  • Chapter 71
  • Chapter 72
  • Chapter 73
  • Chapter 74
  • Chapter 75
  • Chapter 76
  • Chapter 77
Summary
Kubota puts the Osaka Gunners' score ahead at 2-0 but ETU starts to turn the game around starting with a goal from Akasaki. Soon the worn-out Kubota has to be substituted, which was what Tatsumi had planned for when he pitted him against Sugie.
Volume09
  • Release Date: January 23, 2009[9]
  • Page: 221[9]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-372769-2[9]
  • Chapter 78
  • Chapter 79
  • Chapter 80
  • Chapter 81
  • Chapter 82
  • Chapter 83
  • Chapter 84
  • Chapter 85
  • Chapter 86
  • Chapter 87
Summary
ETU wins the game against the Osaka Gunners 3-2, thanks to a goal from Sugie from a set-piece and a goal from Sera during injury time. They go on to post a win against Oita Triplex and Akasaki gets invited to the U-23 National Olympic Team.
Volume10
  • Release Date: April 23, 2009[10]
  • Page: 221[10]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-372789-0[10]
  • Chapter 88
  • Chapter 89
  • Chapter 90
  • Chapter 91
  • Chapter 92
  • Chapter 93
  • Chapter 94
  • Chapter 95
  • Chapter 96
  • Chapter 97
Summary
ETU posts a draw against JEM United Chiba but wins their sixth and last group game for the Japan Cup, thus advancing to the quarter-finals of the Japan Cup. Gino asks to be out for a foot injury, to which Tatsumi agrees. Tatsumi also gets Goto to host a curry party in order to give his players a break. He then posts an unusual line-up against Kawasaki Frontier.
Volume11
  • Release Date: July 23, 2009[11]
  • Page: 223[11]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-372818-7[11]
  • Chapter 98
  • Chapter 99
  • Chapter 100
  • Chapter 101
  • Chapter 102
  • Chapter 103
  • Chapter 104
  • Chapter 105
  • Chapter 106
  • Chapter 107
Summary
With Gino out of the active lineup, Hotta has to step up as play-maker. As the rain pours down, Kawasaki Frontier takes a one goal lead but Sakai equalizes. Despite this, both he and Sera are substituted out and Natsuki is fielded as the lone forward. Frontier scores again and wins. However, ETU goes on to win their next two games against F.C Sapporo and Wissel Kobe, thus building up momentum for their derby against Tokyo Victory.
Volume12
  • Release Date: October 23, 2009[12]
  • Page: 223[12]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-372840-8[12]
  • Chapter 108
  • Chapter 109
  • Chapter 110
  • Chapter 111
  • Chapter 112
  • Chapter 113
  • Chapter 114
  • Chapter 115
  • Chapter 116
  • Chapter 117
Summary
The game against Tokyo Victory kicks off. ETU, using Tatsumi's strategy, soon score thanks to Tsubaki. Mochida, who did not start for Tokyo Victory, begins to psyche Tsubaki out from the bench. Shironish, the Tokyo Victory captain, earns himself a Yellow for a late tackle against Gino. As Ishigami foils a chance for a goal by Tokyo Victory, the game goes into half-time with ETU in the lead. However, Tokyo Victory attacks in earnest in the second half, by putting Mochida in the game, who at once targets Tsubaki.
Volume13
  • Release Date: January 22, 2010[13]
  • Page: 223[13]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-372868-2[13]
  • Chapter 118
  • Chapter 119
  • Chapter 120
  • Chapter 121
  • Chapter 122
  • Chapter 123
  • Chapter 124
  • Chapter 125
  • Chapter 126
  • Chapter 127
Summary
Mikumo equalizes for Tokyo Victory, thanks to an assist from Mochida. Tokyo Victory keeps attacking, resulting in Shironish hitting the back of ETU's net but the goal is denied as being offside. Tsubaki's efforts to break the tie falls short as the game ends on a 1-1 scoreline. The game leaves both the fans and players frustrated. The frustration in the stands almost comes to physical blows between Shige Fukazawa and a supporter from the Skulls group who turns on a child accompanying Shige's fan group. Back on the field, Mochida continues to psyche Tsubaki out as the night draws to a close.Following the game against Tokyo Victory, the league enters a break during which Tatsumi is asked to join the coaching team for the Japanese All Stars for the league's game between the Japanese All Stars and World All Stars (composed of the foreign players playing in the J-League). Natsuki and Gino are also included in the Japanese All Stars.
Volume14
  • Release Date: April 22, 2010[14]
  • Page: 223[14]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-372897-2[14]
  • Chapter 128
  • Chapter 129
  • Chapter 130
  • Chapter 131
  • Chapter 132
  • Chapter 133
  • Chapter 134
  • Chapter 135
  • Chapter 136
  • Chapter 137
Summary
The All Stars game concludes 3-1 in favor of the Japanese All Stars. As ETU resumes practice, Ishihama leaves ETU. Tatsumi goes to meet Kasano, the former general-manager of ETU during his time as a player and reflects on the circumstances surrounding his departure from ETU 10 years ago.
Volume15
  • Release Date: May 21, 2010[15]
  • Page: 223[15]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-372904-7[15]
  • Chapter 138
  • Chapter 139
  • Chapter 140
  • Chapter 141
  • Chapter 142
  • Chapter 143
  • Chapter 144
  • Chapter 145
  • Chapter 146
  • Chapter 147
Summary
Tatsumi continues to reflect on his past.
Volume16
  • Release Date: July 23, 2010[16]
  • Page: 223[16]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-372918-4[16]
  • Chapter 148
  • Chapter 149
  • Chapter 150
  • Chapter 151
  • Chapter 152
  • Chapter 153
  • Chapter 154
  • Chapter 155
  • Chapter 156
  • Chapter 157
Summary
Tatsumi concludes his reflections before taking his team to the summer training camp.
Volume17
  • Release Date: October 22, 2010[17]
  • Page: 223[17]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-372950-4[17]
  • Chapter 158
  • Chapter 159
  • Chapter 160
  • Chapter 161
  • Chapter 162
  • Chapter 163
  • Chapter 164
  • Chapter 165
  • Chapter 166
  • Chapter 167
Summary
The League Season restarts after the summer break with ETU taking on F.C. Sapporo. F.C. Sapporo takes an early lead but Murakoshi soon equalizes. The match, however, is just getting started.
Volume18
  • Release Date: January 22, 2011[18]
  • Page: 223[18]
  • ISBN: 9978-4-06-372972-6[18]
  • Chapter 168
  • Chapter 169
  • Chapter 170
  • Chapter 171
  • Chapter 172
  • Chapter 173
  • Chapter 174
  • Chapter 175
  • Chapter 176
  • Chapter 177
Summary
ETU wins their match against F.C. Sapporo 2-1. They also win their 18th league match against Sun Arrow Hiroshima. However, in their 19th league match against Wissel Kobe, it is Wissel Kobe that opens the scoring thanks to a lapse of judgement from Tsubaki. As the game enters half-time, it is Wissel Kobe 1, ETU 0.
Volume19
  • Release Date: April 22, 2011[19]
  • Page: 223[19]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-372992-4[19]
  • Chapter 178
  • Chapter 179
  • Chapter 180
  • Chapter 181
  • Chapter 182
  • Chapter 183
  • Chapter 184
  • Chapter 185
  • Chapter 186
  • Chapter 187
Summary
Thanks to a goal by Kiyokawa, ETU draws 1-1 with Wissel Kobe. However, there is no time to rest as the team plunges straight into their next match against Montebia Yamagata.
Volume20
  • Release Date: July 22, 2011[20]
  • Page: 223[20]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-387023-7[20]
  • Chapter 188
  • Chapter 189
  • Chapter 190
  • Chapter 191
  • Chapter 192
  • Chapter 193
  • Chapter 194
  • Chapter 195
  • Chapter 196
  • Chapter 197
Summary
ETU faces Montebia Yamagata, whose manager was a fan of Tatsumi's during his playing days. After an intense first-half, ETU takes the lead thanks to Sera. However, the game is not over yet and Yamagata still have their star player, Ken, who came dangerously close to scoring during the first half.As the game continues in the second half, Gino misses an opportunity to solidify ETU's lead. As the game continues, the score remains 0-1 in ETU's favor.
Volume21
  • Release Date: October 21, 2011[21]
  • Page: 223[21]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-387047-3[21]
  • Chapter 198
  • Chapter 199
  • Chapter 200
  • Chapter 201
  • Chapter 202
  • Chapter 203
  • Chapter 204
  • Chapter 205
  • Chapter 206
  • Chapter 207
Summary
The match against Yamagata starts to get aggressive, culminating in Hotta getting a red card, reducing ETU's lineup down to ten men. The score remains 0-1 in ETU's favor but Yamagata's manager sees Hotta's red card as an opportunity to even the scores and take the win. Indeed, shortly after Hotta's departure, Yamagata equalizes thanks to the efforts of their #11, Ken. However, ETU is not ready to give up and a smirking Tatsumi orders substitutions, including the debut of ETU's new #17, Gabriel.
Volume22
  • Release Date: January 23, 2012[22]
  • Page: 223[22]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-387074-9[22]
  • Chapter 208
  • Chapter 209
  • Chapter 210
  • Chapter 211
  • Chapter 212
  • Chapter 213
  • Chapter 214
  • Chapter 215
  • Chapter 216
  • Chapter 217
Summary
Thanks to the efforts of Gabriel, Yamagata is kept on edge. The game against Yamagata is all but decided when Natsuki is fouled in the penalty area. Natsuki unselfishly gives the penalty kick to Gino, the more consistent penalty goal scorer. Gino effortlessly scores, ending the hard fought battle against Montebia Yamagata 1-2 in ETU's favor. However, ETU's next challenge is Kawasaki Frontier. ETU has the home ground advantage but will it be enough to win again Kawasaki Frontier?

ExtraEdit

Statistics
Extra01
  • Release Date: April 01, 2010[23]
  • Page: 145[23]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-379447-2[23]
Extra02
  • Release Date: August 23, 2010[24]
  • Page: 129[24]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-379486-1[24]
Extra03
  • Release Date: October 22, 2010[25]
  • Page: 161[25]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-389511-7[25]
Extra04
  • Release Date: January 22, 2011[26]
  • Page: 161[26]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-389528-5[26]
Extra05
  • Release Date: April 22, 2011[27]
  • Page: 145[27]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-389548-3[27]
Extra06
  • Release Date: July 22, 2011[28]
  • Page: 145[28]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-389585-8[28]
Extra07
  • Release Date: October 21, 2011[29]
  • Page: 113[29]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-389623-7[29]
Extra08
  • Release Date: January 23, 2012[30]
  • Page: 105[30]
  • ISBN: 978-4-06-389637-4[30]

TriviaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Volume 1 on Kodansha
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Volume 2 on Kodansha
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Volume 3 on Kodansha
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Volume 4 on Kodansha
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Volume 5 on Kodansha
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Volume 6 on Kodansha
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Volume 7 on Kodansha
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Volume 8 on Kodansha
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Volume 9 on Kodansha
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Volume 10 on Kodansha
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Volume 11 on Kodansha
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Volume 12 on Kodansha
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Volume 13 on Kodansha
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Volume 14 on Kodansha
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Volume 15 on Kodansha
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Volume 16 on Kodansha
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Volume 17 on Kodansha
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Volume 18 on Kodansha
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Volume 19 on Kodansha
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Volume 20 on Kodansha
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Volume 21 on Kodansha
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Volume 22 on Kodansha
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Extra 1 on Kodansha
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Extra 2 on Kodansha
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Extra 3 on Kodansha
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Extra 4 on Kodansha
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Extra 5 on Kodansha
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Extra 6 on Kodansha
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Extra 7 on Kodansha
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Extra 8 on Kodansha
  31. 34th Annual Kodansha Manga Awards Announced

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