Despite only having been released last year, Kaiju No. 8 has already established itself as one of the most well-known works, and fans all over the world are eagerly awaiting an anime adaptation. We are here to clarify a few things for everyone after the rumor of an anime adaptation spread like wildfire on prominent manga forums and social media.
Anime Kaiju No. 8 Adaptation:
Kaiju No. 8 is a weekly Shonen manga written and illustrated by Naoya Matsumoto that is available on the ShonenJump+ website of Shueisha. With only two volumes released thus far, the series has experienced an exponential rise in popularity despite only making its debut last year.
Fans naturally want to see their favorite characters in action in an anime adaptation, which is understandable. Sadly, there is still much work to be done on the Kaiju No. 8 anime adaptation, largely because there is not enough content. Once a Jump manga reaches more than 100–120 chapters, it typically gets its first anime adaptation.
This guarantees that each episode has a proper pace and no longer needs to rely on fillers, as well as that there is enough substance to make an immediate sequel if anime proves to be profitable to the production business.
About 30 chapters of Kaiju No. 8 have so far been published, which is hardly enough content to fill an entire anime season. Additionally, with the author releasing three chapters per month and taking one week off, it will take the book almost two years to achieve 100 chapters.
We can presume that Shueisha is now in the pre-planning stage of the anime adaptation and that the planners are looking for producers to fund the anime as well as choosing the studio and personnel they should use to adapt it.
Anime Kaiju No. 8 Release Date
The anime adaptation will be announced in December 2023 during the Jump Fest Event, supposing we will have enough material by that time. This event, which happens at the end of the year, announces almost all of Shueisha’s anime projects. For instance, they announced this year that Chainsaw Man, Platinum End, and Shadows House would be animated. The Kaiju No. 8 anime will premiere 3-6 months after it was first announced, most likely in April or July 2024.
The storyline of Kaiju No. 8
Japan has one of the greatest rates of kaiju emergence in the world, making it no stranger to attacks from dangerous monsters. Here comes the Japan Defense Force, a military force entrusted with kaiju eradication. Kaiju corpse cleanup worker Kafka Hibino had always wanted to join the police and wanted another chance to fulfill his boyhood ambition of putting an end to the kaiju. But how can he combat kaiju when he unexpectedly turns into one himself?
In the future, Kafka intends to honor his agreement with his childhood buddy Mina to enlist in the Japan Defense Force. Kafka, however, is left to deal with the fallout of her conflicts while she is off fighting kaiju as the leader of the Third Division. Now that the eligibility rules have suddenly changed, Kafka has one more chance to fulfill his ambition. The only issue is that he has suddenly transformed into a kaiju! Even worse, he has been added to the Defense Force’s list of targets for neutralization under the codename Kaiju No. 8.
Introducing Naoya Matsumoto’s Kaiju No. 8 And Its Odd Premise
Naoya Matsumoto is the author and illustrator of the first long-running manga series, Kaiju No. 8. The manga’s publication in Weekly Shonen Jump began on July 3, 2020, marking the series’ second birthday.
The first part of Kaiju No. 8 focuses on a rather intriguing idea. It’s crucial to remember that Japanese kaiju and mecha stories have traditionally emphasized the inner conflicts, psychologies, politics, and other such topics of their protagonists. Even Mazinger Z begins by highlighting the immense damage Kouji can inflict when battling kaiju in his mecha. Similar to Kaiju No. 8, it begins by focusing on the aftermath of the conflicts rather than the actual encounters with the giant monsters.
Kafka Hibino, the main character, begins as a cleaner who disposes of the bodies of defeated kaiju in the city. Kafka repeatedly failed the test to join the kaiju defense force, but thanks to an unexpected twist, he now has the tools necessary to take on the monsters on his own. In other words, after chapter 1, Kafka finally acquires his own “mecha.” However, you should read it yourself to prevent the surprise from being revealed.
Kaiju No. 8 is mostly an action shonen with elements of comedy and horrifying kaiju designs. As an assistant, Naoya Matsumoto also contributed to numerous well-known shonen, most notably Beelzebub with Ryuhei Tamura. Like the majority of comics serialized in Shonen Jump magazine, Kaiju No. 8 may be read weekly on Manga Plus.