"Welcome to the Anime Zone. I've hoped you've enjoyed the constructive, fast-paced, sarcastic videos that are my anime reviews, and for the last fucking time, go watch Baccano! now."Garnt Maneetapho, a.k.a. Gigguk, is a British-Thai, fast-talking, self-made anime reviewer who originated on YouTube and is the sole founder of The Anime Zone, co-founder of The PodTaku Podcast, and director of EvAbridged.Born in Brighton, England to Thai immigrants, he began his reviewing career in 2008 as a way to procrastinate from math homework. It all started with a review of Bleach under his Thai nickname, Gigguk. Since then, he has changed his style from leisurely enjoyment to a more analytical and comedic approach. His final grade is based on a 0 to 10 rating system, designating each title with a single integer. He is open to reviewing any title from any genre, despite his aversion to high school and moe anime.2012 marked the beginning of his tenure as a permanent panelist on The PodTaku Podcast until its folding in January 2016. He was joined by fellow reviewers Arkada, Holden, and Jeanne. He followed it up two months later with the release of EvAbridged, a highly satirical parody of Rebuild of Evangelion, in which he voices the role of Fuyutsuki. On September 25, 2013, he and the rest of PodTaku launched J-Taku, a separate podcast of singular topics devoted to anime, which was developed with the help of several other reviewers note .Gigguk entered hiatus in 2014 after taking a job for the BBC, uploading three videos in 2014 and five videos in 2015.On May 5, 2016, Gigguk announced his official return to YouTube after a series of consistent uploads, with his intent to substantially grow the channel by the end of the year.He can be found on Formspring, Twitter, Tumblr, and MyAnimeListShout Outs can be found here. To see a full list of material created by Gigguk, see here.
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Gigguk provides examples of the following tropes:
- Applied Mathematics: He was able to sum up all the relationships from School Days using variables and simple functions.
- Badass Grandpa: He describes Edward Newgate as one.
- Country Matters: When giving a rundown of the cast of School Days he just refers to Makoto as a Cunt.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Fanservice/Ecchi: A major topic that comes up in his videos. Gigguk's stance is that, quite simply, Sex Sells. His full view was encapsulated in this video.
- Good with Numbers: Up until his 10,000 subscriber special, Gigguk attended Bristol University where he majored in Electronic Engineering.
- Hiatus: Almost as famous as his reviews, his hiatus from regular uploads between 2014-2016 made some question his state of health, and it became a Running Joke with his subscribers. This hiatus was compounded by the fact his fellow reviewer and former PodTaku collaborator, Arkada, uploads on a weekly basis.
- Leeroy Jenkins: The intro to his Sword Art Online review.
- Magical Asian: One of the jokes in the PodTaku Drunk Podcast episode was that Gigguk would win in a fight between the four panelists due to his superior math knowledge and inherent martial arts skills.
- Oh, Crap!: The beginning of his School Days review.Gigguk: Today on the Anime Zone, a review of School Days. *Chirping Crickets* ...SHIT.
- Out-of-Character Moment:
- Despite his constant aversion to slice-of-life, moe, high school anime, he highly praised The Disapperance of Haruhi Suzumiya for being so unlike it's predecessor anime series.
- In spite of being known for making comedy videos, some of his more serious and analytical videos like "You'll Grow Out of Anime Eventually" and "The Perfect Anime" are surprisingly deep and philosophical.
- Out Of Character Is Serious Business: His genuine and non-joking review of Summer Wars, in which he stressed the utter importance of family. And his review of Your Name was really heartwarming with non of his comedy in it.
- Running Gag
- Rule of Cool: Often a optional criteria he uses as he sees fit. Was a major factor of criteria with his Top 20 Epically Cool Anime Characters list.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: His summation of the plot twists of Steins;Gate.The story had more twists and turns I've seen in any show since Code Geass, with these plot twists mostly coming from our lack of understanding when it comes to time travel, allowing the author to effectively theorize his own science in the understanding of the quantum mechanics inherent behind the paradoxical results of jumping through time a.k.a. he can make shit up.
- Troperiffic: Gigguk has been known to use tropes by name.
- Tsundere: One of Gigguk's favorite character archetypes.
Tropes that Gigguk has discussed in his videos:
- Adaptation Distillation: Has a video talking about the fact that most anime are adaptations of manga, light novels, and video games that people have experienced as the source material and people experience for the first time as anime.
- Animation Age Ghetto: One of his videos talks about how growing up as a kid a lot of people expected him to grow out of anime. He also does mention how the general populace doesn't differentiate anime from cartoons and still sees them as "childish".
- Darker and Edgier: Bought up in his review of Fate/Zero where he mentions that the appeal of the show is that it had a more mature edge over all of the high school anime that were coming out at the time.
- Deader Than Disco: When talking about Himouto! Umaru-chan in his "Anime in 2015" video he jokingly remarks about the show being very popular when it aired only to lose all steam once it finished.
- Fanservice: One of his old rants talks about this topic.
- Hype Backlash: One of his videos talks about how hype has played into recent seasonal anime.
- Internet Backdraft: Has videos talking about the controversial reactions to the announcement of a Code Geass sequel and the results of Crunchyroll's Anime Awards.
- Its Popular, so It Sucks: In his video "Why SAO Isn't Dead" he talks about how over the years like Sword Art Online there have always been popular anime like Naruto, Bleach, and Dragon Ball that have drawn in a lot of criticism at the height of their popularity.
- Les Yay: Jokes about this in his "Anime in 2016" video in regards to a few shows.
- Serial Escalation: One of the reasons why the Saitama vs. Lord Boros fight work so well in his opinion.
- Ship Tease: In his "Anime in 2016" video he does a segment on Izetta: The Last Witch, Flip Flappers, and Sound! Euphonium poking fun at the constant yuri teases in all three of them.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: His opinion on the Sword Art Online movie, pointing out that if it was handled better it would have been something that could change the entire franchise.
- Tsundere: One of his gag videos is a guide to tsunderes in anime... and real life.
- And then he deconstructs and completely tears apart the character trope ruthlessly.
- Yandere: Made a sequel to the tsundere video talking about this trope.