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Kaiju No.8 Chapters #11 – 12 Manga Review

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It is a bit of a slow burn but sets up the next chapter to have thrilling action.

Creative Staff:
Story: Naoya Matsumoto
Translation: David Evelyn
Lettering: Brandon Bovia 

What They Say:
Kafka wants to clean up kaiju, but not literally! Will a sudden metamorphosis stand in the way of his dream?

The Review
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Everyone passes the exam and made it to the starting line. Now, how will they handle the challenges of being Defense Force members? Chapter 11 eases you into the life of a Defense Force daily lives. Everyone is improving their abilities and releasing their force power and time except for one special member, Kafka. Kafka is only able to release 1% of his power and it took him 6 minutes and 37 seconds. He is the only one who sees this as a positive and brags about it to Kikoru who is at 55%.

The men or should I say the boys have a childish discussion of why they joined the Defense Force as they bath. All of their reasons all relate back to Commander Ashiro. She performed remarkable deeds in their lives that encouraged them to join the Defense Force. Kafka has the best story due to his childhood friendship and promise to Ashiro. All of the boys hear about this and want to know all the excruciating details of their relationship. They all passed after having such a heated discussion. 

Hoshino deliberately overheard Kakfa’s discussion earlier. Kafka proclaims a challenge that he will one day take Hoshino’s position and stand as Ashiro right-hand man. Hoshino takes the challenge head-on and gives Kafka a push to develop his skills. But Hoshino also delivers a grim message to not get too friendly with other Defense Force members. They put their lives on the line each time they go on a mission and some might not come back. 

Kokiri hasn’t forgotten about Kafa’s power and she deals with the aftermath of the exam. She has some tsundere qualities but she is getting along with Kafka nicely. Kafka tells her how he gained his kaiju powers. She accepts his word pretty quickly and decides to accept who he is. She does have a strong sense of justice as she vows to kill Kafka if he ever loses control of his kaiju powers. Even though she says, she wants to believe in Kafka and see him as a shining light. 

In Summary:
Kafka is coming along nicely as he is thrust into the center of the Defense Force rookies. Hoshino provides for a great balance between the innocence and those who have experienced horrors. It was wonderful to see Kafka enjoy cheerful time with his friends but those memories could be later seen from a horrific perspective. Chapter 11 could have used more time to develop the other rookie members. It would have set up Hoshino’s message to carry a sentimental tone just in case something does happen to the rookies. The downside of chapter 12 is that there about half of the chapter sets up the next part. It could have been done in less than that. It is a bit of a slow burn but sets up the next chapter to have thrilling action. 

Content Grade for Chapter 11: B
Content Grade for Chapter 12: B
Art Grade: A

Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Shonen Jump
Chapter 11 Release Date: September 24, 2020
Chapter 12 Release Date: October 1, 2020


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