The ultimate weapon of the M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens, Gigan was deployed to Earth alongside King Ghidorah to aid in the invaders' conquest of the planet. Gigan and King Ghidorah began their assault on Tokyo, where they were confronted by Godzilla and Anguirus. After a grueling battle, Gigan and King Ghidorah both retreated into outer space. The following year, in Godzilla vs. Megalon, the Nebulans sent Gigan back to Earth to aid their allies, the Seatopians, in their assault on the surface world. Gigan joined forces with the Seatopians' guardian Megalon, but was sent retreating once again by the combined efforts of Godzilla and Jet Jaguar. In the television series Zone Fighter, Gigan was now under the control of the Garogas and had joined the ranks of their Terror-Beasts. The Garogas upgraded Gigan and sent him to Earth, where he fought Godzilla once again but was ultimately killed in battle with Zone Fighter. Gigan's next film appearance came in Godzilla: Final Wars almost 30 years later, where he was under the control of the Xiliens. Gigan engaged Godzilla in Antarctica and was defeated, but the Xiliens upgraded him and sent him to Tokyo to aid Monster X in the final battle against Godzilla. Mothra soon intervened on Godzilla's behalf, sacrificing her life to destroy Gigan once and for all. Despite the generally low-perceived quality of his first two film appearances, Gigan has remained a popular member of Godzilla's rogues gallery, and has been featured in numerous comics and video games over the years. Gigan's popularity contributed to his revival for Godzilla: Final Wars, as he was one of director Ryuhei Kitamura's favorite monsters.
Gigan's Japanese name, Gaigan, was derived from a nickname for actor Yujiro Ishihara, "nice guy" (ナイスガイ, combined with the word for goose, gan naisu gai) (雁); both were influences on Gigan's design in his visor and body shape, respectively. The name may have also been chosen as a contraction of "geiger counter," spelled in Japanese as ガイガーカウンター (gaigā kauntā).
The incarnation of Gigan from Godzilla: Final Wars is designated Gigan (2nd Generation) (ガイガン（2代目）. Gaigan Nidaime) Gigan's upgraded form in the film is officially named Modified Gigan (改造ガイガン. Early figures of the monster, including those of Kaizō Gaigan)Bandai's Movie Monster Series and Chogokin, instead called the form Powerup Type (パワーアップ・タイプ. Pawāappu Taipu)
Gigan was designed by Shōnen Magazine illustrator Takayoshi Mizuki, based on ideas by Teruyoshi Nakano.[note 1] Mizuki was contacted in early 1971 by Toho production manager Masao Suzuki to design a space monster for a new Godzilla film. According to Nakano, "the idea for Gigan was to create a monster with quite a different shape," wanting for the monster to be akin to a "richly colored dinosaur" and also being inspired by the designs of the multilayered jūnihitoe kimonos worn by Japanese court ladies. Mizuki created two potential looks for Gigan, a "triangular" design reminiscent of his final appearance, and a "circular" design sporting a number of hemispheres across its body. Mizuki aimed for a "sharp, florid" look when creating Gigan's design, and took inspiration after birds; he based Gigan's form on migratory birds such as geese, and adopted the sharpness of an eagle from his neck up. Gigan's scythe-like appendages were said to have been inspired by Alien Baltan from the Ultra series, due to Mizuki frequently drawing Ultraman artwork for magazines, while the monster's signature visor eye was inspired by a pair of sunglasses worn by actor Yujiro Ishihara in 1959's The Echo of Love, which Mizuki had seen as a student in 1960. Originally, Gigan was to have a single eye beneath the visor which would move along a horizontal axis, though this was not preserved in the finished film. Mizuki was also responsible for conceiving nearly all of Gigan's weapons and abilities, such as his rotating chest saw and the canonical functionality of his head horn as a radar antenna. While Mizuki created concepts for the laser beam that Gigan is often depicted as having in publicity stills, it was actually Teruyoshi Nakano who hatched the idea: "Many statues of Buddha have an aura around their heads like angels in western paintings. I read an article about a strange ray shooting from a human forehead like ESP, or a sixth sense," he commented on the inspiration behind the ability. Nakano later decided against the idea, however, stating that it "doesn't fit a monster, it fits a human, or a superhuman."
Takeshi Kimura was the first to write Gigan into a story treatment for the twelfth entry in the Godzilla series, entitled Godzilla vs. the Space Monsters: Earth Defense Directive. In the draft, Gigan, accompanied by fellow space monsters Megalon and King Ghidorah, would have been under the control of an evil alien brain called Miko, causing disasters as part of a scheme to seize control of the planet. As Miko prepared to destroy the capital of Japan, he sent the monsters to an international science exhibition to implant his life support system into the ancient Incan idol Majin Tuol, who was being kept there. However, as Gigan attempted to cut the statue open, it came alive to ward off the invaders, with Godzilla and Anguirus arriving to join him. This treatment would soon be followed by two more—The Return of King Ghidorah and Godzilla vs. Gigan: The Return of King Ghidorah, both penned by Shinichi Sekizawa—which laid the groundwork for what would ultimately become Godzilla vs. Gigan. Gigan was later considered for a 1973 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla precursor, Showdown in Zanpamisaki: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. In this story, Gigan would have been deployed by the invading R Aliens to fight Godzilla, Anguirus, and King Balgan in Okinawa alongside their own mechanical creation, Mechagodzilla. Gigan was ultimately dropped from the film. The cyborg was also considered for the rejected film concept S.O.S. Tokyo! Godzilla's Suicide Strategy, written by Hiroyasu Yamaura sometime between 1973 and 1978. A pawn of the Titan Aliens from Galaxy 23, Gigan would have possessed new hurricane-generating powers and been deployed alongside the robotic monster Chamelegon in an effort to seize control of Japan.
Gigan's suit was modeled by Nobuyuki Yasumaru, who took over for Teizo Toshimitsu as Toho's chief modeler in 1971. The suit's eye was made of acrylic resin, while the beak, horns, and scythes were made using fiber-reinforced plastic, or FRP. Initially, the FRP components were cast solid, and needed to be hollowed out after complaints of difficulty moving from suit actor Kenpachiro Satsuma; of Yasumaru, Satsuma explained "His priority is design, not operation of the suit or the actor."[Missing page number] This would not be the only alteration made to the suit during production, however. Gigan's neck was at first made considerably longer, and the suit's fins were more rounded. This version of the suit was used in the film to depict Gigan attacking a port, and was refurbished shortly thereafter. Gigan's fins were made of white Georgette fabric taken from a stage curtain. While Takayoshi Mizuki envisioned Gigan possessing yellow feathers, these were replaced by golden scales during the modeling process, cast from a mold of King Ghidorah's scales that had been left in the Toho studio. Gigan's buzzsaw could be replaced with a rigged piece, consisting of a wooden strip with blade pieces attached. This could be fed through a remote-controlled motor mechanism created by Akinori Takagi, which moved it up and down along a cam, mimicking the appearance of a rotary saw at high speed. In addition to the Gigan suit, an approximately 1 meter-long scale model of the monster in flight was created out of styrene. It was equipped with a mechanism to spray Freon gas from either side of its wings, simulating him cutting through the air at high speed. A giant model of Gigan's claw was also used to depict him swatting at fighter jets.
Gigan and King Ghidorah's flying models
A Gigan suit was made for attraction purposes sometime during the early Heisei period. Hurricane Ryu Hariken borrowed the suit and shot photos of it in 1993. This suit or a similar one was used in an Ultraman stage show at Hero Festival '96.
Gigan was heavily redesigned by Yasushi Nirasawa for Godzilla: Final Wars in 2004. Nirasawa intentionally shied away from the character's original design, nixing his scales and adding concealed weapons to his body.:308 Nirasawa also prepared concept art for Gigan's Modified form, an idea of director Ryuhei Kitamura's.:308 The monster was portrayed by Kazuhiro Yoshida, who doubled as the actor for Hedorah in the film. Modeling company Star Train produced two new suits and a flying prop, supervised by Shinichi Wakasa. The suits were designed to be modular and could split apart into individual pieces, allowing for his transformation into Modified Gigan. Motors installed in the arm pieces drove his chainsaw blades, while lights in the visor allowed it to glow. A separate neck stump piece was also created for Gigan's decapitation scene.:96 At least one more suit, which was artificially weathered, was used to represent the mummified Gigan.:308 In addition to the practical effects, several shots of Modified Gigan were computer-generated. One of the regular Gigan suits later turned up in original footage shot by Koichi Kawakita for the 2004 Pachinko game, CR Godzilla 3S-T Battle.
One of the Final Wars Gigan suits in use in CR Godzilla 3S-T Battle
Gigan is truly a strange monster, sporting a circular saw weapon located in his frontal abdominal region, large steel hooks for hands with smaller ones for toes, spikes running down his tail, three, large fin-like sails on his back and a red cybernetic visor for an eye. He also bears various avian characteristics, such as a "crest" made of metal spines and a metal beak. In the Showa series, Gigan's skin was a dark green color and he possessed golden scales over several parts of his body. In Godzilla: Final Wars, Gigan's appearance was changed to make him appear more cybernetic. In this film, Gigan's skin is now a dark blue, his body is much thinner and more streamlined, and there are wire-like structures running across his body. When Gigan is revived as Modified Gigan, his hook hands are replaced with double-pronged chainsaws in addition to a larger crest and reinforced neck.
Gigan is sometimes considered to be Godzilla's most brutal and violent opponent. The 1992 book Special Graphix Godzilla vs. Mothra contrasts Gigan's personality with King Ghidorah and Mechagodzilla, two of Godzilla's other recurring foes from the Showa series. While King Ghidorah is described as a "dignified villain," Gigan is said to be a "bloodthirsty, ferocious cutthroat" in contrast to Mechagodzilla being a "consistently coldhearted and composed professional."[note 2] Gigan is shown to be very vicious and sadistic in combat, preferring to shred his opponents up close with his hook hands and buzzsaw. Gigan is also not above continuing to attack his enemies while they are down, as shown in his debut film, where he repeatedly struck and stabbed Godzilla with his Hammer Hands while the latter was still left floored by the Godzilla Tower. According to Gigan's suit actor Kenpachiro Satsuma, he made the conscious decision to portray Gigan as enjoying the destruction he causes. However, at least in the Showa series, Gigan appears to be a bit of a coward, attempting to retreat and leaving his ally at the mercy of his enemies as soon as the tide of battle turns against him. In Godzilla: Final Wars, Gigan is shown to be somewhat incompetent, having his head easily blown off by Godzilla's atomic breath and later slicing his own head off with two razor discs intended for Mothra.
In Godzilla Island, Gigan actually becomes an ally of Godzilla after being defeated by him, and assists him and the other residents of Godzilla Island in fighting off invading monsters. This was the first instance of Gigan being portrayed in a benevolent light. Gigan is also portrayed as a heroic monster in the novel GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla, the official prequel to the GODZILLA anime trilogy, where he is utilized by the United Earth to combat Godzilla multiple times during "Operation: Long March," saving the lives of many soldiers in the process.
In Godzilla: Final Wars, Gigan is an ancient cybernetic monster that was sent to Earth by the Xiliens 12,000 years ago, where he was defeated by Mothra and subsequently mummified. In the year 20XX, Gigan's mummified corpse was discovered by the Earth Defense Force, and the monster was later reactivated by the Controller of Planet X during the Xiliens' invasion.
In the continuity of the GODZILLA anime trilogy, Gigan was a monster discovered in hibernation on the seabed off the coast of Siberia. Gigan was modified using Exif and Bilusaludo technology and gradually converted into a cybernetic biological weapon used against Godzilla.
Gigan was sent to Earth by the M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens to destroy all civilization alongside King Ghidorah. Controlled remotely by the Nebulans from Godzilla Tower, Gigan and King Ghidorah were unleashed in Tokyo. The space monsters ravaged the city, but their rampage was interrupted by Godzilla and Anguirus at a refinery. The monsters began a fierce battle, which gradually moved to the Nebulans' base of operations at World Children's Land. With the aid of the Godzilla Tower's laser cannon, Gigan and King Ghidorah nearly killed both of the Earth monsters. However, a group of humans were able to successfully destroy the Godzilla Tower with explosives, severing the Nebulans' control over the space monsters. While they were able to maintain their assault for a while, Gigan and King Ghidorah were eventually left disorganized and confused without the orders relayed by their masters, and they soon began bickering with one another. This granted Godzilla and Anguirus an opportunity to regroup and mount an assault of their own. This time, the tide of battle was turned against Gigan and King Ghidorah, prompting Gigan to attempt a retreat. Godzilla shot down Gigan with his atomic breath, then he and Anguirus turned their attention to King Ghidorah. Finally, King Ghidorah flew away into space, and was joined by Gigan, leaving the Earth safe for the time being.
A year later, the Seatopians called upon the M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens for aid as they launched an assault on the surface world. The Nebulans sent Gigan to aid their allies, and he joined the Seatopians' guardian Megalon in battle against Jet Jaguar. Godzilla soon arrived to assist the robot, but the two found themselves locked in a difficult battle. Eventually, Godzilla and Jet Jaguar regained their strength and began winning the battle. Gigan quickly retreated back to space, with Megalon returning to Seatopia shortly afterward.
After his battles with Godzilla and Jet Jaguar, Gigan found himself under the control of the Garoga Baron aliens, who outfitted his claws with explosive charges. Following a scheme of the Garogas' to trap Zone Fighter inside of a junked car, Godzilla appeared to drive off the aliens, but was met by a Terror-Beast Missile containing Gigan. The rival monsters again locked in combat, Gigan was quickly dispatched, and Godzilla turned to save Zone Fighter who was still in peril. Gigan was, however, merely feigning death, and returned to his feet to attempt a sneak attack on Godzilla. Noticing this, Zone Great summoned Bolt Thunder to halt the cyborg, again flooring him and allowing Godzilla to cut the power to the junkyard's compactor. Godzilla then thoroughly beat Gigan, leaving him motionless after repeatedly slamming him into the ground with his tail, and left the scene believing himself triumphant. Though, this would not be the end of the space monster, who miraculously revived himself. Free from his automotive imprisonment, Zone Fighter grew to giant size to engage the persistent monster in a final duel. After a brief scuffle, Gigan managed to restrain Zone and utilized his upgraded claws to detonate one of the charges against the hero's head. Zone was not fazed for long, however, as he quickly rolled away and destroyed Gigan's remaining explosive with his Proton Beam. No longer possessing the edge, Gigan was bested in combat and, this time unable to retreat, was struck by a finishing blow. Zone standing victorious, Gigan's visor dimmed and his mouth flooded with foam before finally exploding, thus concluding the cyborg monster’s reign of terror once and for all.
In Godzilla Island episodes 31-40, when Zagres gets upset on the reports of her failures while reading a newspaper, a M Space Hunter Nebula Alien crawls into view and says to Zagres that it's here to help her conquer Godzilla Island, so the M Space Hunter Nebula Alien introduces Gigan to Zagres, which impressed her, and Gigan heads down to earth.
When Godzilla sees Gigan, Gigan levels off and starts a scan on Godzilla, and succeeds in doing so, Gigan then prepares to leave as Torema arrives on the scene, but Gigan flies over Torema's ship, and Zagres was annoyed when Gigan didn't even bother to fight. Gigan then fires an arrow with a note tied onto it to Godzilla Island from space, it turns out that the note said that Gigan has challenged Godzilla to a battle at sunrise, so Godzilla heads out to battle, only to be stopped by King Caesar, who then warns Godzilla that Gigan is too strong and needs to prepare before the battle, but Godzilla roars in defiance, then Torema begs Godzilla to listen, but Godzilla marches past King Caesar refusing to listen.
Godzilla finally reaches the battle site and finds Gigan waiting. The two monsters then begin to wait through the night before attacking, when the sun rises, Gigan reflects the sunlight off its claw, blinding Godzilla by the reflection. Gigan sees its opportunity and starts to charge at Godzilla, only for Godzilla to regain his sight, causing Gigan to halt its charge, and leap back to where it started attacking from.
Zagres starts getting frustrated that Gigan isn't fighting Godzilla, so she calls out Battra, only for Gigan to fire its Cluster Beam at Battra. The M Space Hunter Nebula Alien alien then assures Zagres that Gigan can defeat Godzilla on its own.
Godzilla and Gigan continue to face off as everyone waits in anticipation. When a landslide falls between Godzilla and Gigan, the two monsters begin to charge, but unfortunately, Godzilla goes down, much to everyone's surprise. Gigan then approaches the fallen Godzilla when Mothra suddenly appears, and attacks Gigan with her scales, then Rodan appears, picks up Godzilla, and flies away with Godzilla as Mothra follows.
Gigan watches, but turns away as Godzilla escapes. At King Caesar's healing spa, Godzilla admits to King Caesar that he wasn't ready to face Gigan and should've listened in the first place. King Caesar then tells Godzilla that he needed to use powers he's never used to defeat Gigan, and can train Godzilla how to use those powers. Gigan then appears, much to Godzilla and King Caesar's surprise.
However, it did not attack, but instead, enjoys the hot spa, as Godzilla and King Caesar watch. Gigan then rises out of the spa and challenges Godzilla at sunrise for the final battle, and Godzilla accepts Gigan's challenge. Before their final battle, Godzilla is seen meditating as Rodan flies by, King Caesar approaches as Godzilla continues to meditate. King Caesar taps into Godzilla's inner power, then walks away.
The next day, Godzilla has reached the battle site, and Gigan flies into position while King Caesar's gathered all the monsters, and warns them not to interfere in Godzilla's battle with Gigan. The monsters disapprove, and King Caesar roars in defiance, causing the monsters to step back.
Godzilla then closes his eyes, much to Gigan's confusion, and a green aura surrounds Godzilla, causing Gigan to step back. The green aura disappears and Godzilla opens his eyes. Godzilla suddenly fires his Radioactive Heat Ray aimlessly into the sky. Gigan sees its opportunity and charges Godzilla. In midair, the ray does a 180 and hits Gigan from behind, and everyone is shocked as to what has happened. Gigan looks back to see who attacked it, and Godzilla sees his opportunity and charges Gigan. As Gigan turns back around, Godzilla leaps in the air and strikes with a spinning tail attack, knocking Gigan down to the ground.
The fallen Gigan looks up at Godzilla as the King of the Monsters looks back. Gigan soon falls unconscious, and all the monsters come to congratulate Godzilla, even Torema is happy that Godzilla was able to defeat Gigan. but Zagres swats the M Space Hunter Nebula Alien alien with her newspaper because the plan's failed.
Gigan reappears in episodes 117-118 when Godzilla is getting a beat down from Destoroyah and Megalon. At first it would seem like Gigan is helping the two monsters against Godzilla, but as it turns out, Gigan is actually helping Godzilla when Gigan knocks down Megalon. Destoroyah then tries to fly away, but Gigan shoots him down with the Cluster Beam, and Godzilla finishes Destoroyah off with a spinning tail attack, knocking him down. Godzilla and Gigan then drag the two monsters into a cave, and use their respective beam attacks to close in the cave on Destoroyah and Megalon. Godzilla and Gigan then look at each other, and Gigan flies off while Godzilla goes back to Godzilla Island to help fight-off against Mecha-King Ghidorah.
Gigan once again reappears in episodes 169-178 when Misato Jinguji goes on an expedition to Matango Island in her ship, Gigan is seen training by throwing rocks up in the air and slicing them in two, so Misato then reports this back to Besuke Jinguji. Landes sends Cameron to ask if Gigan would like to join them in conquering Godzilla Island, but Gigan is uninterested and flies off.
The Giant Dark Emperor appears in space to yell at Landes, but she cries and he gives her a new monster, Dororin, to send out on earth. Dororin then crashes on Matango Island, shape-shifts himself into Godzilla, and smashes a rock on Gigan's head while Gigan was meditating.
Then he shape-shifts into Gigan itself, and flies off. Misato also arrives on Matango Island because Lucas got an alert, and Gigan tells her Godzilla attacked it, and Gigan flies to Godzilla Island to fight Godzilla. Meanwhile back in Godzilla Island, Dororin, while disguised as Gigan, smashes a rock on Godzilla's head. Besuke Jinguji radios Misato, and tells her that Gigan is here, but she tells him she's with Gigan. Soon enough, the real Gigan comes and fights Godzilla.
So far, neither monsters are falling or getting hit by blows that brought them down in previous battles. The battle continues despite Misato getting upset, and also the fact that Besuke Jinguji is piloting Mechagodzilla to fight Dororin to protect G-Guard Base. Godzilla refuses to stop fighting to help fight Dororin. But then Moguera, piloted by Nao Koda, comes in-between Godzilla and Gigan and tells Godzilla to help fight-off against Dororin, so Godzilla decides to go because his friends are more important than his battle honor, and Gigan follows.
While Misato uses the computer and gets a clue on how to beat Dororin, Godzilla comes in and blasts Dororin with his Radioactive Heat Ray and takes over the fight, but Dororin grabs him from behind. Then Gigan comes in and attacks Dororin. And then Fire Fighter Jet Jaguar, piloted by Misato, comes in and uses its fire hose, melting the shape-shifting monster away, the spirit then flies up to the air, only for Gigan to smash it with its claw and finally, Gigan flies away, but not before it fires an arrow with a note tied onto it to ground from space.
In 20XX, Gigan's mummified remains were discovered in Hokkaido by the Earth Defense Force. According to the Shobijin, Gigan invaded the Earth thousands of years ago, but was defeated by Mothra. Gigan was soon reactivated by the Xiliens to help them conquer the Earth. He chased the Gotengo to Antarctica to stop it from awakening Godzilla. He nearly destroyed the ship, but he was blasted by Godzilla's atomic breath. Gigan battled Godzilla, trapping him in barbed wire and pulling him toward his buzzsaw. However, Godzilla fired his atomic breath at Gigan's head, decapitating him and causing him to fall to the ground.
After being decapitated in his battle with Godzilla, Gigan was rebuilt by the Xiliens as Modified Gigan (改造ガイガン, with a different head, braces to protect the back of his neck, slits in his body that fire razor discs and, most notably, a set of two-pronged chainsaws instead of hooks. Modified Gigan was released by the Kaizō Gaigan)Controller of Planet X to battle Mothra, and seemingly defeated her after slicing off part of her wing. Gigan then attempted to help Monster X in his battle with Godzilla, slicing him in the chest while Monster X held him still. Mothra flew into the battle and knocked Monster X and Gigan over. Gigan shot his blades at Mothra, but she dodged them. Gigan then blasted Mothra with his laser beam, causing her to burst into flames. Gigan struck a victory pose, but his razor discs flew back and sliced his head off. Gigan wandered around blindly after his head was severed until Mothra, now on fire, flew into him, causing him to explode and die.
Gigan is capable of flying at speeds of up to Mach 3 while in Earth's atmosphere and Mach 400 while in the realm of space. The latter is achieved by encasing himself in a diamond, and is the fastest any kaiju in the Showa Godzilla series is capable of traveling, tied with the original King Ghidorah. Gigan's flight normally assists in interstellar travel and is utilized less frequently during battle situations. While using his flight during a battle, Gigan will often engage in aerial slams to continuously topple his opponents without giving them a chance to counter, or even get up. In Zone Fighter, Gigan was fitted with a set of deployable drogue parachutes to slow his speed down upon approaching a battle after being released from the Terror-Beast Missile he was deployed in. Gigan's flight is omitted from most of his video game appearances, although he can perform a move where he briefly flies past an enemy and slices it with his buzzsaw in the Atari/Pipeworks games.
Gigan flies through the air attached to his drogue parachutes in Zone Fighter
Gigan's forelimbs sport a pair of large metal hooks, which in the Showa series are either called Hammer Hands (ハンマー・ハンド Hanmā Hando) or Hammer-claw Hands. In the Atari/Pipeworks Godzilla video games, they are instead referred to as Hammerclaws. Gigan uses his Hammer Hands to batter and stab opponents. In Zone Fighter, the tips of Gigan's Hammer Hands were fitted with explosive charges which detonate on contact with an enemy, though they only have one use each.
In Godzilla: Final Wars, Gigan's forearms end in scythe-like blades, the undersides of which are equipped with dual grappling hooks that can bind an enemy and drag them straight into his buzzsaw. These new scythe-like appendages are officially referred to as the Bloody Triggers (ブラッディ・トリガー, Buraddi Torigā) while concept art calls the grappling hooks the "Fucking Ancer," likely a misrendering of Hooking Anchor (フッキングアンカー. In Fukkingu Ankā)Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, when Gigan is upgraded by the Cryogs, his original Hammer Hands are replaced by Bloody Triggers.
In the novel GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla, Gigan initially possesses extremely long sickle-shaped claws on his hands. After he is injured in his fights with Godzilla and converted into a cyborg, his hands are replaced by sickles and later hyper-vibrating chainsaws.
Gigan destroys a jet using his Hammer Hand in Godzilla vs. Gigan
Gigan binds Godzilla with the Bloody Triggers' anchored grappling hooks
Following his initial defeat by the recently awakened Godzilla in Godzilla: Final Wars, Gigan's Bloody Triggers are replaced by double-pronged chainsaws, appropriately dubbed Bloody Chainsaws (ブラッディ・チェーンソー. Buraddi Chēnsō) Gigan uses these offensively to slash Godzilla's chest and slice part of Mothra's wing off. He can also plant the appendages on the ground and use them as mock tank treads, propelling him forward at a moderate speed for short distances. This ability is retained in the PlayStation 3 and 4 Godzilla game. Gigan's Bloody Triggers are also eventually replaced by Bloody Chainsaws in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, which he uses to easily cut through Cryog ships.
Gigan slices Mothra's wing using the Bloody Chainsaws
Gigan propels himself along the ground toward Mothra using the Bloody Chainsaws
Gigan has a buzzsaw-like Rotating Cutter (回転カッター built into his abdominal area made of an unknown alien alloy, granting it considerable durability and sharpness. In Kaiten Kattā)Godzilla vs. Gigan, Gigan's saw was able to draw blood from both Godzilla and Anguirus. A favored tactic of Gigan is to use his powers of flight along with his buzzsaw in hit and run attacks, slashing his opponent as he races by them, as demonstrated when he sliced deep into Godzilla's shoulder with the buzzsaw as he flew past at high speed.
In GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla, Gigan instead has a Blade Launcher installed in his abdomen. It launches guided blades that travel through the air until they strike their target. This weapon was noted to be a prototype for one of Mechagodzilla's armaments.
In addition to his melee weapons, the Showa Gigan was depicted as having a beam aperture set into his forehead just above his visor. Official art would frequently depict him as firing a laser from this device, although he was never shown to actually do so on film. However, in Godzilla vs. Gigan, after Godzilla heaves a rock at Gigan's face, the laser device in Gigan's forehead gives off a quick flash of light, possibly short-circuiting.
Although Gigan never used his laser onscreen in the Showa series, the attack has been featured in some non-film media. Gigan has used his laser in numerous pieces of official print media since the Showa series, including a Zone Fighter manga and the Cinema Shares Godzilla vs. Megalon comic adaptation. Gigan also demonstrated this ability in Godzilla Island and several video games, including Godzilla: Monster of Monsters!, Godzilla: Battle Legends and Godzilla: Great Monster Battle, as well as the three Atari/Pipeworks Godzilla games. According to the info located on the back of Gigan's Trendmasters collectible card, Gigan's forehead laser is actually an atomic energy weapon, similar to Godzilla's own atomic breath.
In Godzilla: Final Wars, Gigan's laser blast was finally revealed on screen, though it had been heavily altered from the original concept. Rather than being fired from a forehead laser device (the aperture had been replaced with a non-faceted ruby gem), it was instead fired from Gigan's eye itself. It also was no longer a traditional laser, but a large energy blast that, in a manner similar to a cluster bomb, would split into smaller explosive bolts of energy upon entering close range of a target, saturating the target in multiple hits simultaneously. The eye beam has been officially titled the Scattered Light Beam Gigarium Cluster (拡散光線ギガリューム・クラスター, Kakusan Kōsen Gigaryūmu Kurasutā) though it is instead called Giganume Cluster when used by Modified Gigan in the PlayStation 3 and 4 Godzilla game. A similar attack appears in the Atari/Pipeworks games, but the beam scatters the instant it leaves Gigan's eye, has a limited range, and is referred to as Shotgun Blast.
After being repaired and upgraded following his initial fight with Godzilla in Godzilla: Final Wars, Gigan displayed the ability to fire guided razor discs called Bladed Slicers (ブラデッド・スライサー Buradeddo Suraisā) from two hidden slots in his upper torso which were able to boomerang back for a second attempt if they initially missed their target. Doing so, however, was risky as if they missed the target once again, Gigan would find himself right in the path of his own attack; which ultimately decapitated him and allowed Mothra to defeat him. This attack is referred to as Bloody Slicer in the PlayStation 3 and 4 Godzilla game, in which Gigan also possesses a more powerful version called Surging Wave Blooded Slicer.
Gigan's tail is tipped with a metal spike. Though he never uses it in combat in the Showa series, in Godzilla: Final Wars he uses it to attack Mothra. In this film, his tail spike is multi-pronged, and Gigan can extend his tail into the air to stab prey like a scorpion.
Ninja Revival Technique
In Zone Fighter, Gigan sprang to his feet using the Ninja Revival Technique after Godzilla defeated him. Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works describes Gigan as "immortal" and explains this as him simply playing dead. Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia clarifies: "[Gigan] is immortal so long as both of his claws [...] are unscathed." Gigan later damaged one of his claws himself by hitting Zone Fighter with an explosive charge, with the hero targetting the other. This technique was included in the Super Famicom fighting game Godzilla: Great Monster Battle.
In the video game Godzilla: Battle Legends and the Godzilla arcade game, Gigan has the ability to spew flames from his mouth. Although this ability has never been used in a film, Godzilla Movie Studio Tour confirmed that it is a normal ability Gigan has always canonically had.
In the Atari and Pipeworks Godzilla games, Gigan has the ability to instantaneously teleport across short distances in place of flying. This allows him to outflank and surprise enemy monsters. Gigan's teleportation ability has not been present outside of these games.
Gigan emerging out of his teleport in Godzilla Unleashed
In GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla, Gigan gains the ability to instantaneously regenerate parts of his body that are destroyed by Godzilla's atomic breath after being injected with experimental Nanometal. While the regenerative properties of the Nanometal were sufficient to allow Gigan to withstand Godzilla's standard atomic breath, they could not prevent a particularly powerful blast of atomic breath from completely destroying him.
In GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla, Gigan has homing missile launchers installed on his arms.
- Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
- Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
- Zone Fighter (TV 1973) [episode 11]
- Adventure! Godzilland 2 (TV 1993) [animated segments]
- Get Going! Godzilland (OVA 1996)
- Godzilla Island (TV 1997-1998) [27 episodes][note 3]
- Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
- Godziban (TV 2019-) [episodes 18-19, 24, 27, and 30]
- Godzilla: Monster of Monsters! (1988) - Nintendo Entertainment System / Famicom
- Battle Soccer: Champion of the Field (1992) - Nintendo Super Famicom
- Battle Baseball (1993) - Nintendo Famicom
- Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1993) - Nintendo Game Boy
- Godzilla (1993) - Arcade
- Godzilla: Battle Legends (1993) - NEC/Hudson Soft TurboDuo / PC Engine Duo
- Godzilla: Great Monster Battle (1994) - Nintendo Super Famicom
- Godzilla: Giant Monster March (1995) - Sega Game Gear
- Godzilla: Archipelago Shock (1995) - Sega Saturn
- Godzilla: Heart-Pounding Monster Island!! (1995) - Sega Pico
- Godzilla Movie Studio Tour (1998) - PC and Mac
- Godzilla: Trading Battle (1998) - Sony PlayStation
- Godzilla Generations (1998) - Sega Dreamcast
- Collect Godzilla: Giant Monster Assembly (1998) - Sega Dreamcast VMU
- Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee (2002) - Nintendo GameCube and Microsoft Xbox
- Godzilla: Save the Earth (2004) - Sony PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Xbox
- CR Godzilla 3S-T Battle (2006) - Pachinko
- Godzilla: Unleashed (2007) - Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 2
- Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash (2007) - Nintendo DS
- CR Godzilla: Descent of the Destruction God (2010) - Pachinko
- Godzilla on Monster Island (2011) - AVP Slot Machine
- Godzilla (2014) - PlayStation 3 and 4
- Godzilla: Kaiju Collection (2015) - Android and iOS
- Pocoron Dungeons (2016) - Android and iOS
- CR True King of the Monsters Godzilla (2018) - Pachinko
- Godzilla Defense Force (2019) - Android and iOS
- PVV! Godzilla Great Monster Assembly!! (2019) - Pachinko
Gigan's Godzilla: Unleashed bio differs slightly in the Wii and PS2 versions in that the latter has contains a different closing sentence.
Height: 95 meters
Weight: 47,000 tons
"Gigan is the vanguard of the Alien Invaders. He is the finest fighting monster the Vortaak have at their command. Gigan is a cyborg infused with Vortaak technology designed to augment his powerful natural combat abilities. This latest upgrade makes him faster, stronger, and more ferocious than ever. Gigan projects powerful alien energy from his single eye to engage opponents at range, though with quick footwork and lightning-fast edged attacks he is clearly designed with close combat in mind. In addition, Gigan has the ability to teleport short distances to confuse and outflank his opponents."
Modified Gigan appears as a boss in many levels throughout Godzilla on the PlayStation 3 and 4. He was the final kaiju revealed to be in the original PlayStation 3 release of the game. Gigan attacks with his buzzsaw, razor disks, chainsaw hands, and eye beams. He also charges at enemies with the blade on his head. When defeated, Gigan's head will explode, as it does in Godzilla: Final Wars. In the PlayStation 4 version of the game, Gigan is a fully-playable character.
- One tap: Right Bloody Chainsaw
- Two taps: Left Bloody Chainsaw
- Three Taps: Middle Kick
- Tap: Somersault Kick
- Tap: Chainsaw Tackle
- Tap: Giganume Cluster
- Forward + Tap: Blooded Slicer
- Roar + Tap: Surging Wave Blooded Slicer
- Tap: Revolving Chainsaw Slice
- Main article: Godzilla (2014 video game)/Kaiju Guide#Gigan.
Gigan in Godzilla: Monster of Monsters!
Gigan in Battle Baseball
Gigan in Godzilla: Save the Earth
Gigan's slot in Godzilla on Monster Island
Gigan in Godzilla on Monster Island
Gigan 1972 in Godzilla: Kaiju Collection
Gigan 2004 in Godzilla: Kaiju Collection
Modified Gigan in Godzilla: Kaiju Collection
- Godzilla on Monster Island (1996)
- Godzilla vs. Gigan and the Smog Monster (1996)
- Godzilla at World's End (1998)
- Who's Afraid of Godzilla? (1998)
- GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla (2018)
Gigan was discovered hibernating on the ocean floor off the coast of Siberia. A monster resembling a cross between an aquatic dinosaur and a bird of prey, Gigan possessed scales on his body and flight capabilities, and was characterized by a long claw on his forelimbs shaped like a sickle. He was captured by the United Earth and modified using Exif and Bilusaludo technology to be used as a weapon against Godzilla. Gigan was employed in "Operation: Long March," a plan by the United Earth to lure Godzilla deep into Eurasia. Godzilla and Gigan first battled in Suez, and although both of Gigan's arms were severed in the battle he succeeded in bringing Godzilla from Africa to Eurasia. Nonetheless, Gigan was salvaged and continually employed in "Operation: Long March," luring Godzilla deeper and deeper into Eurasia. In each subsequent battle in Baku, Ashgabat, Samarkand, and Kashgar, Godzilla progressively maimed Gigan more and more severely, only for his masters to replace his lost body parts with mechanical ones and gradually convert him into a cyborg. Gigan's hands were replaced with sickles and hyper-vibrating chainsaws, homing missile launchers were installed on his arms, his eyes were replaced with a single goggle-like visor, and his abdomen was equipped with a prototype blade launcher intended for use by Mechagodzilla. As Gigan repeatedly battled against Godzilla during "Operation: Long March," he was credited with saving the lives of many United Earth soldiers taking part in the operation and received a great deal of trust and respect among them. In a battle between the monsters in Yarkant, China, Godzilla damaged Gigan's wings, arms, and head, but in 2045 the Bilusaludo redeployed Gigan in Hotan and injected him with experimental Nanometal, which allowed him to instantaneously heal from grievous injuries. However, Godzilla eventually destroyed Gigan completely with an extremely powerful blast of atomic breath, leaving no trace of the monster behind. Michael N. Hunter, a United Earth medical officer who served in "Operation: Long March," came into possession of one of Gigan's scales and vowed to return it to Siberia as a gesture of gratitude and atonement for Gigan's suffering and sacrifice on behalf of mankind.
- Godzilla: Legends #1 (2011)
- Godzilla: Ongoing #6, 8-12 (2012-2013)
- Godzilla: The Half-Century War #5 (2013)
- Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #1, 5-7, 16-17, 2-4 (2013-2015)
- Godzilla: Rage Across Time #1 (2016)
In this promotional comic for the U.S. release of Godzilla vs. Megalon by Cinema Shares International, Gigan (called "Borodan") is said to have been 'acquired' by Megalon, rather than being lent to the Seatopians by the M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens. Borodan fights both Godzilla and Jet Jaguar (called "Robotman"), but is defeated after he gets dropped from a great height by Robotman.
In a manga adaptation of Zone Fighter, Gigan appears under the control of the Garogas, as he does in the TV series. He battles Zone Fighter alongside fellow Terror-Beast Balgaras. Notably, Gigan uses his optic laser beam in this manga, one of the earliest known instances of Gigan using this ability in officially licensed media.
In this short manga series, Gigan is featured as an enemy of Godzilla that is under the control of Doctor Oniyama, who had survived his apparent death after KIDS exploded by rebuilding much of his body with cybernetics. This Gigan was called Neo Gigan, and was sent to Earth from space with King Ghidorah III at the end of Volume 1. Interestingly, Oniyama had extensively modified Neo Gigan so that he was more of a mech than a cyborg, piloting Neo Gigan from inside his head.
After Ebirah implanted a mind control device on the side of Godzilla's head, Oniyama activated the device to put Godzilla under his control, having the King of the Monsters break out of the JSDF facility where he had been brought to after being frozen, then rampage through a city with Neo Gigan beside him. After Yosuke Kaneko managed to shoot off the device with missiles from his ASTOL-MB93, Godzilla turned his attention to Neo Gigan. Undeterred by this setback, Oniyama had Neo Gigan engage Godzilla in battle. With Godzilla still recovering from his fights against Ebirah and King Ghidorah III, he was unable to effectively handle Neo Gigan's attacks, and became ensnared by the Cyborg's cables, then repeatedly shot with the Optic Laser. As Hideo Kaneko and Linda Miller agonised over how to provide Godzilla with the energy he needed to fight back, Yosuke came up with a plan. After shooting at Godzilla to attract the Monster King's attention, he ejected from his ASTOL-MB93, sending the aircraft directly into Godzilla's mouth and engulfing his head in an explosion. As the dust cleared, Godzilla stood strong, the energy from the aircraft and its arsenal having given him an all-important boost.
With the fight resumed, Godzilla quickly gained the upper hand after tensing up to break Neo Gigan's cables. Though Neo Gigan's hooks were now no longer usable, the cyborg had another trick up its sleeves, and began firing explosive blasts from the open appendages in an attempt to injure Godzilla. This had little effect beyond briefly stunning him, and Godzilla managed to force his way through the explosions to begin manhandling Neo Gigan up close. As the cyborg was forced to use his buzzsaw, Godzilla managed to pull off one of Neo Gigan's arms at the shoulder, exposing the cybernetics inside his chest. In a successful attempt to escape, Oniyama flew Neo Gigan's head away towards Satan Atoll to plan his final attack, with Neo Gigan's headless body self-destructing afterwards, though ultimately this did very little to injure Godzilla.
Gigan makes a small cameo in Godzilla: Legends #1. When Dr. Anders is commenting on how Anguirus has lost every time he has fought another kaiju, Gigan's arm can be seen in one of the flash back panels, slicing Anguirus across the face.
Gigan appears in The Half-Century War #5. In this issue, Gigan and King Ghidorah arrive on Earth and wreak havoc. The AMF builds the Dimension Tide and lures the space monsters to Antarctica, hoping to trap them in an artificial black hole. Godzilla and Kiryu arrive and temporarily join forces to battle the space monsters. Eventually, Gigan is defeated and banished into the black hole along with King Ghidorah.
Gigan appears in Godzilla: Ongoing as one of the space monsters that attack Earth. In issue #10, Gigan battles Rodan and Anguirus in Hong Kong. Gigan's visor is shattered in the battle, rendering him blind. Gigan's fate is left unknown.
In the first issue of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Gigan erupted from underground in Arizona, his visor still damaged from the earlier battle, and was immediately attacked by Kumonga. After getting trapped in the kaiju's webbing, Gigan faked defeat until Kumonga got close. Using his abdomen saw, Gigan severed one of Kumonga's legs, and freed himself from the web. Using his laser, Gigan set the whole valley on fire and left to be upgraded by the Cryog aliens.
Gigan later appeared with his Final Wars design in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #6 to fight Godzilla and MOGUERA with the help of Orga. MOGUERA was disabled by the alien kaiju. Orga couldn't be controlled by the Cryog, though, and went on a rampage but was destroyed, leaving Gigan to deal with Godzilla. Jet Jaguar came in soon afterwards and Gigan was soon defeated by Godzilla and Jet Jaguar.
In Rulers of Earth #17, Gigan is deployed to defend the Cryogs' ship from his former ally, SpaceGodzilla. Gigan and SpaceGodzilla prove to be almost equally matched, but SpaceGodzilla uses his mastery of crystals to shred Gigan's sails before SpaceGodzilla resumes its path to Earth in its flying form. Gigan's right arm is caught in SpaceGodzilla's crystalline hide and the cyborg is forced to sever it in order to escape, leaving him floating helplessly in space.
In the final issue, it is revealed that the Cryog commander, Rhizon, rescued and repaired Gigan to use in his coup against Karkaro. After Karkaro destroyed Rhizon's ship, Gigan was released from a silo on Earth's moon, and proceeded to attack and wipe out all of Karkaro's fleet, as well as briefly battle with Jet Jaguar once again. Gigan cut into Karkaro's ship with his upgraded chainsaws, crippling the spacecraft. After a brief argument, Rhizon shoved Karkaro into Gigan's still-active chainsaw blades, killing him, but not before he summoned Magita from the Trilopod hive. At some point during the battle, Jet Jaguar confronted Gigan and defeated him yet again before he went to help the other monsters. Gigan seemed to disappear after this, but was later shown at the end of the issue being repaired alongside a Mechagodzilla in an unknown location, possibly by the Cryogs.
Gigan appeared in the first issue of Godzilla: Rage Across Time, where he and Megalon were controlled by Zhenjin Khan, the dragon master, and sent to obliterate Japan in the 13th century alongside the Mongolian troops, actually the M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens in disguise. The soldiers of Japan fought back against the Mongolians while the two monsters laid waste to the land. Just when it looked like all hope was lost, the monsters were suddenly hit by an atomic beam that pushed back Megalon's napalm bomb. The source of the beam was revealed to be Godzilla, who was drawn towards the duo's location and decided to fight them. At first, Godzilla had the upper hand in the battle, dodging the monsters' attacks and striking hard at them, but was eventually overwhelmed by his enemies' coordinated teamwork. When it seemed like Godzilla would be defeated, the Mongol relic that controlled Gigan and Megalon was destroyed by a fire arrow shot from Akio, the infamous woman warrior. With the monsters dazed and confused, Godzilla fired his atomic breath at Gigan and swung his tail at Megalon, forcing the two monsters to retreat and fly off into space while Godzilla destroyed the remainder of the invading army.
- Main article: Gigan/Gallery.
In other languages
- Russian: Гайган
- Chinese: 盖刚 (Gàigāng), 吉岡 (Jígāng)
- Spanish (Castilian): Galien (Godzilla vs. Gigan), Gorgo (Godzilla vs. Megalon)
- Gigan was the first monster to cause Godzilla to visibly bleed. In Godzilla vs. Gigan he had flown over Godzilla and slashed Godzilla's shoulder with his buzzsaw and later stabbed him in the head with his hammer-claw hands, causing blood to run down his face.
- Gigan was portrayed by Kenpachiro Satsuma in Godzilla vs. Gigan and Godzilla vs. Megalon. Satsuma had previously played Hedorah, and would go on to play Godzilla himself for all seven Heisei films. In Zone Fighter, Gigan was played by Isao Zushi, who also played Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.
- In Godzilla Island, Gigan is the only space kaiju to ally himself with Godzilla.
- Gigan shares some physical similarities with the Ultraman kaiju Dorako, most prominently his hooked forearms, along with a pointed beak-like face and large sail-like structures on his back, although in Dorako's case these are more like wings.
- Gigan's roar has been reused several times in the Ultra Series; In Ultraman Ace, his roar is reused by the choju Barabas, who is somewhat similar to Gigan in that his body is covered in weaponry. In Ultraman Mebius, the monster Dinozaur uses Gigan's roar.
- Gigan is referenced in the game Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity. His name appears in two racing tracks, Gigan Rocks and Gigan Device.
- Gigan's ability to fire off shurikens in Godzilla: Final Wars is very similar to Guiron's secondary attack, where he can fire four shurikens from indents in the side of his head.
- In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Gigan appears in his Showa design in issue #1 and is later upgraded to his Millennium design in issue #5, and later into Modified Gigan. This is the first time Gigan is upgraded from his Showa design to his Millennium design visibly, though Gigan's bio from the instruction manual of Godzilla: Unleashed states he was upgraded using the "latest Vortaak technology," referencing the use of Gigan's Showa design in the previous two Atari/Pipeworks games.
- The Ultraman Ace choju, Chameleking, has a saw in his stomach like Gigan, though it is never used in combat.
- Gigan's skull makes a brief appearance in Pacific Rim Uprising, during the scene where Hermann Gottlieb examines PPDC records in search of a match for the image Mako Mori transmitted.
- The Showa Gigan is tied with King Ghidorah for the fastest-moving Showa Godzilla kaiju and the second fastest overall, travelling at speeds of up to Mach 400 when outside the Earth's atmosphere. They are surpassed only by SpaceGodzilla, who approaches light speeds when in his Flying Form.
- Gigan is featured in concept art published in The Art of Godzilla: King of the Monsters which depicts the film's final scene. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, director Michael Dougherty said, "We had thought about using some additional Toho creatures to give them some cameos but every Toho creature comes with a price tag. It was a choice to either shell out more money simply for the rights for these creatures to show up on screen for a few seconds, or embrace the opportunity and the challenge to create new creatures."
- The 2016 book Godzilla Against Type-3 Kiryu (Mechagodzilla) Completion adds Gigan to the Kiryu Saga continuity, with Type 66 Maser Cannons fending him off in 1972.
- In a 1996 Special Children's Day stage show, Gigan was summoned to attack the Earth alongside Space Bosozoku Bowzock, General Jark, Shocker, Bemstar, Alien Baltan, Alien Pitt, and Alien Bado. The effort was thwarted by a combined force of Kamen Rider, Kamen Rider J, Kamen Rider RX, Carranger, Ultraman, Ultraseven, Ultraman Taro, and Godzilla.
- Gigan's designer was widely disputed prior to the mid-2000s, often confused for mangaka Shigeru Mizuki due to his being a Kodansha artist named "Mizuki," or Akihiko Iguchi, who publicly denied having any involvement with the film.
- If King Ghidorah is a dignified villain, then Mechagodzilla has the image of a nihilistic killer. Gigan has a similar image of a killer but his image of a bloodthirsty, ferocious cutthroat serves as contrast, as Mechagodzilla has a strong image of a consistently coldhearted and composed professional. This is because Mechagodzilla is a literal mecha, so its true feelings are unable to be seen. Thus is the charm of Mechagodzilla. / キングギドラを威厳に満ちた大悪役とするならば、メカゴジラはニヒルな殺し屋というイメージがある。同じく殺し屋のイメージを持つガイガンが血に飢えた凶暴な殺人鬼のイメージなのに対して、メカゴジラはあくまでも冷たく冷静なプロフェッショナルのイメージが強い。これはメカゴジラが文字通りメカであり、感情がまったく見えないからであろう。そこがメカゴジラの魅力になっているのだ。
- Episodes 31-40, 67, 72, 115, 117-118, 127-128, and 169-178.
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