“The Land of Kaiju,” Japan, is preparing for the release of the much-anticipated anime adaptation of Naoya Matsumoto’s monster-slaying manga, Kaiju No. 8. The anime will be produced by Production I.G., known for their work on Ghost in the Shell, and Studio Khara, who will handle the Kaiju designs and artwork, having previously worked on the Rebuild of Evangelion films. The main protagonist, Kafka Hibino, will be voiced by Masaya Fukunishi, who recently took over the role of Ken in Tokyo Revengers. Supporting characters Reno Ichikawa and Mina Ashiro will be played by Watari Katoh and Asami Seto, respectively.
Revealed for Kaiju No. 8 Anime
Fans were initially concerned about the 3D depictions of the Kaiju, but the teaser for the anime has eased those worries for some. However, there are still criticisms about the flatter character designs compared to the manga. The teaser also revealed that Kaiju No. 8 aims to reach international audiences, as it was marketed in both Japanese and English.
Kaiju and other large-scale monster media have always been popular in Japan and have become some of the country’s biggest exports. Kaiju No. 8’s teaser and official website reflect this international appeal. The story revolves around Kafka’s pursuit of his childhood friend, Mina Ashiro, but his plan is disrupted when he encounters a Kaiju himself. The teaser provides a glimpse into their backstory and their current situations. Kafka is now working for Monster Sweeper, Inc., a company that cleans up after Kaiju battles, while Mina is the Captain of the Defense Force’s 3rd Division.
Kaiju No. 8 is set to debut in April 2024, alongside other highly anticipated anime such as Spirit Chronicles, Beastars, The Fable, and Mission: Yozakura, which is also a Shueisha title. Fans are eagerly awaiting the release and hoping that it will live up to the expectations set by the successful manga.