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31 (Japanese) Monsters #20: Gigan

October 20th, 2010

If there was ever a Japanese monster that looked like it was made from the bits left over from other monsters, it was the cybernetic chicken named…


Monster Island Nickname Freakshow
Hails From The Space Hunter M Nebula
Movies Appeared In
(not counting stock footage)
Hobbies Crochet
Quote “Shkreeeee! Shkreee!”

Gigan is said to be a cyborg, but goodness knows what he started out as before all of the mechanical parts were added. Some manner of space dinosaur, I suppose.

He’s so badass that he doesn’t just have hooks for hands, he has them for feet as well. But his most remarkable feature is the whirling buzzsaw blade in his abdomen.

Gigan is summoned to Earth by alien cockroaches whose cunning plan to conquer our world involves an amusement park named World Children’s Land and its centerpiece, a laser-equipped Godzilla Tower. Makes sense to me.

When his team-up with King Ghidorah doesn’t go as planned, he flees the planet. But it’s not long before Gigan returns, now in the employ of the underwater Seatopians and paired with the drill-handed cockroach (again with the cockroaches?) Megalon.

In Godzilla Final Wars, Gigan is reintroduced as the ancient enemy of Mothra. And there must have been a sale at the Space Hunter M hardware store, because this time he’s packing grappling cables and chainsaw hands. Not that it does him much good, as he gets decapitated–twice.

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