With a start in the summer of 2020, the Shonen Jump+ manga series Kaiju No. 8 is getting an anime adaptation. Originally revealed in August 2022, we’ve had some teases of information along the way. The series is set for an April 2024 premiere with Production I.G. handling the animation production and Studio Khara working on the designs for the kaiju.
Crunchyroll recently revealed their expected pickup of the show with plans for an April 2024 debut and now the Japanese side is updating. The project is getting a new key visual at the end of each month until its debut and this one definitely adds to the project well.
The Japanese cast includes:
- Masaya Fukunishi as Kafka Hibino/Kaiju No. 8
- Wataru Katō as Reno Ichikawa
- Asami Seto as Mina Ashiro
Check out our reviews of the manga.
The series comes from creator Naoya Matsumoto which began in the summer of 2022 in Shonen Jump+ and has eight volumes out so far and is ongoing in Japan. Viz Media brings it out in English.
Plot Concept: With the highest kaiju-emergence rates in the world, Japan is no stranger to attack by deadly monsters. Enter the Japan Defense Force, a military organization tasked with the neutralization of kaiju. Kafka Hibino, a kaiju-corpse cleanup man, has always dreamed of joining the force. But when he gets another shot at achieving his childhood dream, he undergoes an unexpected transformation. How can he fight kaiju now that he’s become one himself?!
Kafka hopes to one day keep his pact with his childhood friend Mina to join the Japan Defense Force and fight by her side. But while she’s out neutralizing kaiju as Third Division captain, Kafka is stuck cleaning up the aftermath of her battles. When a sudden rule change makes Kafka eligible for the Defense Force, he decides to try out for the squad once more. There’s just one problem—he’s made the Defense Force’s neutralization list under the code name Kaiju No. 8.
Previous promos and visuals: