Characters that made my year – Luigi ‘Gino’ Yoshida (12 Days of Christmas: Day 9)
Today’s character is from a show I didn’t really expect to like much, especially since I pretty much hate anything to do with football. However much to my surprise I reall got into the spirit of the series and was quite disappointed it ended so quickly! Today let us visit The Prince, Luigi ‘Gino’ Yoshida from Giant Killing.
Giant Killing was filled with exciting moments and interesting characters – even players from opposing sides got quite a lot of personality, so it was fairly difficult to pass over the likes of Tsubaki, Kubota, Murakoshi and Sera. However for me Gino provided the most entertainment. Aloof, condescending and not really a team player, Gino is referred to as The Prince and definitely plays up to that nickname. However Gino’s attitude is tolerated because he has the skills to back up that inflated ego of his; Gino is an integral part of Tatsumi’s strategies and is extremely reliable (in terms of skills on the pitch at least). A large part of why Gino amused me is the way Daisuke Ono voices the man – I love Ono’s voice at the best of times, but Gino’s almost sing-song phrasing when coming out with the most arrogant of lines, and utterly calm unhurried manner even mid-game, was brilliant – plus Gino comes up with great nicknames for the other ETU players (like he could be bothered to learn other people’s names, pfft!).
It was difficult to choose one moment for Gino in the series – he’s usually pretty entertaining regardless, however episode 24 is what I settled on. This is an episode near the climax of the series and is during the ETU VS Osaka Gunners match. Throughout the match it seems like Gino has been playing badly – his long passes never quite reaching Tsubaki, and he’s been making a great show of looking irritated. However in episode 24 when the Osaka captain, Hiraga is looking very worn out midgame, Gino just has to rub salt in his wounds by revealing he’s been deliberately playing his passes like that to make Hiraga run. Its part of Tatsumi’s strategy to take advantage of Tsubaki’s inhuman stamina but it’s entirely reliant on Gino’s exceptional accuracy and acting skills…..except Gino wasn’t really acting – he’s genuinely irritated that having to deliberately play badly is affecting his successful pass ratio! Ah gotta love Gino – just one character that made Giant Killing such a brilliant series.