Kaiju No. 8 Will Be Getting Its Own Anime In 2024

The Kaiju No. 8 teaser shows us the beautiful yet menacing monsters that are to come. | via TOHO Animation

by | Dec 19, 2022

TOHO Animation recently unveiled the teaser for Kaiju No. 8, based on Naoya Matsumoto’s manga, and it’s gotten me nothing but pumped. The video begins with a slick rock beat playing while we view a scenery of desolation, and it simply prepares you for the action that is to come.

The teaser then gives you a glance at the series protagonist – Kafka Hibino, although it’s just his back. This is when you witness the probable cause of this destruction – a monster, or kaiju, standing amidst the rubble of the destroyed city. A scaly, black creature with faint blue-green glows all across its body stands on top of destroyed buildings, and turns around to have you witness the face of carnage.

Kaiju No. 8 took the manga universe by storm ever since its 2020 release, becoming the fastest manga to surpass 30 million views on VIZ Manga’s Shōnen Jump+ platform. This was not the only landmark, however, as the series managed to reach over 100 million views by April 2021.

The series has been on my wish list ever since I first fell upon it, and presumably many others, as it was featured on AnimeJapan’s list of the top 10 manga that fans wish to be adapted into anime.

The anime adaptation will be produced by Production I.G. which you might know for Haikyu!! and Psycho-Pass. While we never expect poor animation from the studio, Kaiju No. 8 might not be like anything we’ve seen before from them, specifically in terms of design.

As you might have guessed from the title (if not, Kaiju means “Monster” in Japanese), the show is about monsters running amok. Not a new problem, or even a fresh one considering we’re already experiencing the devils in Chainsaw Man. How does Kaiju No. 8 plan to separate itself from the bunch then, you might wonder. Well, this comes down to the monster design, and we’ve got some big news in regard to that.

The kaiju designs and artwork for the anime will be produced by Studio Khara, whose most recent masterpiece was the Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time movie, which I highly suggest you watch just to witness its stunning animation and art.

While Kaiju No. 8 certainly has the potential to reach the heights of the likes of Jujutsu Kaisen in terms of popularity, perhaps even higher, we will not be witnessing it anytime soon. The announcement was accompanied by a release window for the anime, stating that it will premiere sometime in 2024. Not so soon, but if there’s one anime worth waiting for, I would place my bets on this one.

What You Need to Know About Kaiju No. 8

Kaiju No. 8 will be getting its own anime adaptation in 2024.

A poster that sends chills down your spine. | via TOHO Animation

The series is about the titular “Kaiju,” monsters that have been appearing around Japan for years now. To combat these monsters, an elite military organization called the Defense Force was established. It is here that we find the series protagonist – Kafka Hibino, a 32-year-old sweeper.

Sweepers are the people responsible for disposing of the remains of monsters, working under the Professional Kaiju Cleaner Corporation Monster Sweeper Inc. As you might expect, this is not a job to be cheery about. Kafka has aspired to join the Defense Force for years but failed to do so after multiple attempts.

While Kafka’s flame for the annihilation of kaiju is rekindled during certain events, his joy does not last long. After a kaiju managed to enter his body, Kafka found himself with the ability to turn into the titular monster – Kaiju No. 8. It is with his newfound powers that Kafka then plans to fulfill his childhood dream.

Manga Plus describes the series as:

A man working a job far removed from his childhood dreams gets wrapped up in an unexpected situation…! Becoming a monster, he aims once again to fulfill his lifelong dream…!

Kaiju No. 8 is at least a year away from release, but the manga is available to read on VIZ Manga or Manga Plus for free. If you wish to witness the series in its animated form, however, follow us to receive key updates about the anime.