I’m not a Sera fan. I’m not big on underdogs. You may think Giant Killing is all about underdogs, but it just has you fooled. The biggest dog in the kennel is Tatsumi himself, and he’s just slumming it. Despite myself I found this moment one of the most intense things I felt all year.
A diving header, to tie the biggest match of the season for their little team. This is the match East Tokyo United can legitimately call themselves Giant Killers, and little Sera scored.
It has something to do with how the show is so good at getting me behind ETU. It really is. Three episodes prior to this one (25) I’ve nearly stopped relating to this show as an anime in the purest sense and I’ve been watching it as if I’m watching my side play its way up the table. When the opponent scores a goal I feel kicked in the stomach. When they scored their first goal back, I broke in a cold sweat.
So when Sera finally evens the score I pumped my fist in the air and let out a whoop so loud it would’ve startled the entire household if they weren’t used to me doing so in odd hours given that both World Cup ties as well as NBA games are broadcast live early in the morning here in the Philippine Islands.
That’s really it, for making me punch the air and scream incoherently in my own home, online… throwing me into internal monologues wherein I struggle to explain how a cartoon can bring me to such an emotional summit. There’s no other anime that aired this year that can claim to move me this way. So Sera, I raise my glass to you. Good header!