What you are reading here is the beginning of this blog’s 500th post. I worked it out so amazingly well that it falls dead in the middle of another bunch of posts and so it will be buried for weeks on end. So in that spirit, I’ve decided to do a list of my top anime. The humiliation won’t last all that long because of when this is scheduled thankfully.
Fanservice is always a debatable topic around here, but it generally fits in with the whole concept of Pointless Debate. Mainly in the fact that real fanservice is wholly determined by the person watching, but I hardly ever seem to write on the topic anyway. This post will generally cover 2 parts, my own interpretation of how the most obvious type of fanservice isn’t necessarily fanservice to me and secondly stuff that I’ve found that fit in that qualifies as hidden in my case.
It can be said that using something like a mailbox for a post is really scraping the bottom of the barrel. In that spirit I have grabbed a spoon and am prepared to dive right in on various topics that were sent in over the last day or 2.
Spending six months blogging this series has brought much more than I thought it would. Through the end of the European domestic season and the World Cup into the start of the new season, Giant Killing provided me the brief chance to combine two of my passions in this one space as we followed East Tokyo United through half of a season. Of course I hope for additional seasons of this as the entertainment value of the show was incredibly high as it weighed realism with professional sport. As DVD sales of the show seem disappointing and the inevitable sad conclusion to the story anyway probably mean this is the last we see of this team.
Traditionally, bigger clubs tend to impose their will on smaller clubs, and when the opposite happens it usually ends in disaster. This is the story of a manager who was able to do so with some success.
In the early 1990s, Zdenek Zeman’s Foggia side went up to Serie A playing an extremely attacking style inspired largely by handball and which ran counter to the prevailing strategies in Italian football. In the 1991-92 season, the conceded the 2nd most goals of anyone while scoring the second most. The odd 5-2 or 8-2 defeat could hardly be surprising, but they finished in the top half playing all-out attacking football. The following 2 seasons, while stripped of their best players they continued to finish mid table even as the goals began to dry up. When Zeman left, the club were relegated in 1995 and have gone between the lower divisions. Now 15 years later, Zeman has returned to Foggia, and the attacking style is back.
Even the best managers sometimes make mistakes with their substitutions. Back in 2005, with Chelsea chasing an unprecedented quadruple, manager Jose Mourinho made such a mistake in an FA Cup game at Newcastle.
Trailing 1-0 at halftime and unhappy at his side’s performance, Mourinho elected to use all three of his substitutions to start the 2nd half. Within 2 minutes of the restart, their fullback Wayne Bridge had to be stretchered off with an injury. With ten men, Chelsea continued to try to find an equalizer, but were further hindered when Damien Duff picked up an injury and had to continue playing. Finally, goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini was sent off late and nine-man Chelsea were eliminated from the cup.