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Overview

Gigan (ガイガン,   Gaigan?) is an alien cyborg kaiju created by Toho. He is the secondary antagonist of the 2004 Godzilla film, Godzilla: Final Wars.

Name

Gigan's name is a combination of naisu gai (ナイスガイ), the Japanese words for "nice guy", which was a nickname for actor Yujiro Ishihara, and the word for "goose" (雁,   gan?).[3]

The upgraded version of Gigan is referred to as Modified Gigan (改造ガイガン,   Kaizō Gaigan?), which means "reconstructed Gigan".

Design

Appearance

The Gigan design of Godzilla: Final Wars is referred to as "FinalGigan" (ファイナルガイガン,   FainaruGaigan?). Gigan retains his avian traits of the Showa era, such as his beak, mandibles, and fin-like spines, as well as his circular saw weapon, steel hooks for hands, and red visor. However, he is changed to appear more cybernetic: his skin is now a dark blue, his body is much thinner and more streamlined, and the fin-like spines are now red. In addition, the buzzsaw in the abdomen is not as predominant or as noticeable and the beak appears to be a bit shorter than previously. There are wire-like structures running across his body, emphatic of a cyborg aspect.

Modified Gigan (改造ガイガン,   Kaizō Gaigan?) was Gigan's second form in Godzilla: Final Wars, where he is rebuilt with a different head after being decapitated in his earlier battle with Godzilla. His hook hands are replaced with double-pronged chainsaws.

Roar

Gigan's roar is an electronically styled chirp like his Showa coupterpart, although it was elongated slightly.

Personality

Gigan is quite brutal and violent. In battle, he is also vicious and sadistic in combat, preferring to shred his opponents up close with his hook hands and buzzsaw, as shown when he attempted to drag Godzilla toward it. Gigan is also 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.

Origins

In the Millennium film, Gigan is an ancient cybernetic space monster that was sent to Earth by the Xiliens thousands of 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 X during the Xiliens' invasion.

History

Godzilla: Final Wars

Gigan in Godzilla: Final Wars

Gigan was discovered as a mummified monster 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 awakened 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 one of Godzilla's nuclear beams. 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.

Modified Gigan in Godzilla: Final Wars

After his defeat, Gigan is rebuilt with a different head and chainsaws instead of hooks. Gigan was released by 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.

Abilities

Antigravity flight

Gigan is capable of flying at speeds of up to Mach 3 while in Earth's atmosphere. This normally assists in interstellar travel and is utilized very little, if at all, during battle situations. When it is used in battle, however, Gigan will often use it to engage in aerial slams to continuously topple his opponents without giving them a chance to counter, or even get up. Gigan lacks his flying ability in Godzilla: Unleashed video games, though he is clearly seen flying in the opening cinematic sequence of Godzilla: Save the Earth.

Buzzsaw

Gigan has a buzzsaw built into his abdominal area made of an unknown alien alloy; granting it considerable durability and sharpness. In Godzilla: Final Wars, it was even able to lacerate the hull of the Gotengo. 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.

Hooked appendages

Gigan's forelimbs sport a pair of large metal hooks in place of hands which he can use these to batter and stab an opponent. In Godzilla: Final Wars, instead of hooks Gigan's forearms ended in scythe like blades, the undersides of which were each equipped with dual grappling hooks which Gigan could use to bind an enemy and then drag them straight into his buzzsaw. Following his initial defeat by the recently awakened Godzilla, the blades were replaced with double-pronged chainsaws.

Laser

Gigan fires his eye laser in Godzilla: Final Wars

In addition to his melee weapons, Gigan has a laser blast fired from Gigan's eye itself. It fired as 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 "Cluster Light Beam," and while featured in the video games, unlike its film counterpart the beam scatters the instant it leaves Gigan's eye, has a limited range, and is referred to as "Shotgun Blast." In Godzilla: The Game, Modified Gigan's laser beam is called "Giganume Cluster."

Razor discs

After being repaired and upgraded following his initial fight with Godzilla in Godzilla: Final Wars, Gigan displayed the ability to fire guided razor discs 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 is risky as if they missed the target once again, Gigan would find himself right in the path of his own attack; which ultimately was what decapitated him.

In the 2014 Godzilla game, Gigan's razor disc attack is called "Blooded Slicer." He also possesses a more powerful version called "Surging Wave Blooded Slicer".

Scorpion-like tail

Gigan was also able to use his scorpion-like tail to aid him in melee combat.

Video games

Godzilla: Unleashed

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.
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— Gigan Godzilla: Unleashed bio

Modified Gigan appears in Godzilla: Unleashed. His bio differs slightly in the Wii and PS2 versions in the sense that the latter has contains a different closing sentence.

Godzilla (2014 video game)

In "Godzilla: Final Wars" (2004), Gigan was a cyborg monster for the Xilien Invasion. Notable features include the "Gigarium Cluster," a diffused light beam it can shoot from his eyes, rotating "Bladed Slicers" it its abdomen, and the talon-shaped "Bloody Triggers" that make up both its arms. 12,000 years ago it felled Mothra, and after destroying the civilization of prehistory, it ended up in a mummified state resting at the bottom of the sea until reactivated by the Xiliens during their reinvasion. Despite its first failed attempt, it was improved and powered up to go after Godzilla again.

A biological weapon with built-in combat weaponry all over its body, Gigan is a strikingly popular monster despite having appeared in only a few movies.
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— Gigan Kaiju Guide bio

Modified Gigan is the version of Gigan that appears as a boss in many levels throughout the 2014 Godzilla game. 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, which is a reference to Godzilla: Final Wars.

Moveset

Square One tap: Right Bloody Chainsaw
Two taps: Left Bloody Chainsaw
Three Taps: Middle Kick
X Tap: Chainsaw Tackle
Triangle Tap: Somersault Kick
Circle Tap: Giganume Cluster
Forward + Tap: Blooded Slicer
Roar + Tap: Surging Wave Blooded Slicer
R2 Tap: Revolving Chainsaw Slice

Godzilla: Kaiju Collection

Gigan appeared within the mobile title Godzilla: Kaiju Collection.

In other languages

  • German: Monster Zero (2004)
  • Russian: Гайган
  • Chinese: 盖刚 (Gài gāng), 吉岡 (Jígāng),
  • Spanish: Galien (1972-1973)

Trivia

  • The Xiliens must have sent Gigan to the Earth millions of years prior to the events of Godzilla: Final Wars, if the Mothra legends are true.
  • 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.
  • The 2004 Gigan appears in a piece of concept art for Godzilla: King of the Monsters[4]
  • The FinalGigan suit was also used to characterize Gigan in Toho's CR Godzilla 3S-T Battle game in 2006 and 2010.[5]
  • This is the first live-action version of Gigan to make use of the head laser. The original Gigan was said to be equipped with a beam aperture set into his forehead, but never appeared in film.

List of appearances

Films

Video games

Comics

References

  1. Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works. Godzilla vs. Gigan; Page 155
  2. 2.0 2.1 Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Godzilla: Final Wars; Page 118.
  3. All Toho Monsters Pictorial Book (4th Edition). Yosensha. 4 September 2016. ISBN: 978-4-8003-0362-2.
  4. Godzilla KOTM 2019 concept art by Fathom
  5. Godzilla 2012 Millennium Ultimate kaiju
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