Giant Killing - Season 1 - Episode 2 - Review: "Episode #02"

Tatsumi's taking over the coaching duties of the East Tokyo United club is certainly starting off in a really interesting way. He's managed to split the team in half with the regulars on one side being told they won't be starters while having all the subs and second stringers taking on the role of starters. That infuriates many of them on the team and confuses the new guys, but Tatsumi's got a plan behind it. With just a few simple words, he's able to drive home that this is their chance to be giant killers, to take down the top of the team and then turn it all around in regular league play. It's hard for them to grapple with this, but he's managed to motivate them well enough for the scrimmage while re-invigorating the regulars that they need to shape up. With the ETU being the worst team in the league, the regulars have to really prove themselves to Tatsumi here - and to themselves.

Tatsumi's plan and the player's he's chosen for his team for this scrimmage are definitely giving the regulars a real run for their money. The tactical side of it, the whole art of war angle, is nicely played out as Murakoshi's inner dialogue showcases how he views his team and how they're playing against the rest of them. But he's also partially blinded by his intense dislike for Tatsumi based on what's happened in the past and he just wants to prove Tatsumi wrong. With the way that Tatsumi has finagled the teams and the way they're playing through most of the scrimmage, he's stacked it nicely so that it's very difficult for Murakoshi and the regulars to really pull it out of the fire. As important as defense is, Murakoshi has to learn that it's not exactly a weapon that can be used to win.

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