A new short trailer for Kaiju No. 8's anime adaptation gives fans a taste of what's to come.
Toho Animation has published a promotional trailer for the forthcoming Kaiju No. 8 anime, which includes studio and release date details. The production and animation for Kaiju No. 8 will be handled by Production I.G of Psycho-Pass, Ghost in the Shell, and Haikyu!!, while Studio Khara will concentrate on the kaiju design and artwork. Khara is most known for his work on the Evangelion franchise. The trailer also stated that the science fiction anime will launch in 2024.
Accompanied by a sleek rock beat, the video opens up to torrential downpour with the focus on a puddle of water. Suddenly, it trembles as if something very large and very heavy just hit the ground. The Japanese scenery is desolate with broken windows and empty streets -- except for one man. With his back facing the audience and a cleaning apparatus casually perched on his shoulder, main character Kafka Hibino stands in front of a landscape filled with destroyed buildings slumping into the ground. A monster, shrouded in mist, is then seen standing on top of rubble. The menacing kaiju turns around, green-blue eyes glowing faintly.
The Unusual Protagonist of Kaiju No. 8
Kaiju No. 8 is a shonen series created by Naoya Matsumoto that has a protagonist who is beyond the age of 20. Kafka Hibino, 32, is stuck cleaning up after the Defense Force after making a vow with his childhood friend Mina Ashiro to join the Defense Force and wipe out kaiju together, while Mina is now one of the greatest commanders in the Third Division. After Kafka is hospitalized for defending a new recruit from a kaiju, a little monster flies into his mouth, changing him into a monster. Kafka, also known as Kaiju No. 8, is the first kaiju to ever escape from the Defense Force. Now, armed with his new abilities, he chooses to test out for the Defense Force once more.
Kaiju No. 8 began serialization in Shonen Jump+ in July 2020, where it reportedly hit 30 million views by the end of the year, making it the fast Shonen Jump+ series to do so. The series, often praised for its premise, characters and comedy, has over 10 million copies in circulation as of this writing. Kaiju No. 8 won Best Manga at Tokyo's New Manga Award in 2021 and received a nomination for the Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material -- Asia.
While fans wait for the anime to premiere, Kaiju No. 8 is available to read on VIZ Media or Manga Plus.