Giant Killing - Season 1 - Episode 5 - Review: "Ep 5"

The first half of the game moved pretty quickly with some definite intense moments to be had throughout it. As it got close to the end though, things turned against the ETU a bit when Tsubaki ended up fouling which in turn allowed the other team to score a goal, bringing it all to a tie. That the foul wasn't Tsubaki's fault doesn't change anything, though Tsubaki has to go through a bit of guilt and grousing by himself and the others. Tatsumi's the right kind of coach though in that he knows how to motivate his players while still allowing them to own the mistakes that are theirs. Or in Tsubaki's case, a mistake that wasn't his but that he needs to be more aware of.

The second half of the game gets pretty intense after the half time pep talk and re-deployment that Tatsumi sets up for them. Nobody argues with him, which is a nice change of pace from how other shows would handle this, as the professional players know they have to do what needs to be done. With Tatsumi promising them that they'll tie up the game at the least, there's the mindset that they have to at least hold what they've accomplished and go from there. But as Tatsumi notes, this team is wanting to win, and badly, based off of how they acted during the first training session with all the fights that broke out. They have the spirit and ability, but it hasn't been trained enough yet. Hopefully what Tatsumi has orchestrated here will give them a kick in the head to listen more going forward though.

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