On August 4, 2022, TOHO Animation was streaming a Kaiju No. 8 trailer for the upcoming anime adaptation of Naoya Matsumoto’s Kaiju No. 8 manga. The anime production had only previously been teased in a tweet featuring the number 8.
The Kaiju No. 8 anime trailer highlights a desolate city that has been emptied due to an impending Kaiju attack and frantic announcements are being made about the Kaiju on the news. The feeling of impending doom is nicely done.
You can watch the trailer on TOHO Animation’s official YouTube channel here:
A key visual for the upcoming anime Kaiju No. 8 has also been released featuring an abandoned city and the signature “8”, which is the anime’s logo.
Kaiju No. 8 (also known as Monster #8) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoya Matsumoto that was serialized for free on Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ app and website since July 2020. Since July 2022, its chapters have been collected into seven tankobon volumes. The manga’s English version has been licensed by Viz Media for release in North America.
You can watch a trailer for the manga by Viz Media on their official YouTube channel here:
What is the plot of Kaiju No. 8?
The story is set in an Alternate Japan where the populace is regularly attacked by gigantic monsters called kaiju. It’s up to the Japanese Defense Force to kill them. Childhood friends, Kafka Hibino and Mina Ashiro, both vow to become members of the Defense Force when they grow up after their town is destroyed by kaiju.
Present day Mina has become a famous commander of the Defense Force’s Third Unit while Kafka has failed the examination numerous times and is a member of the clean-up crew called Monster Sweeper Inc. Their job is to dispose of the kaiju’s dead bodies after they’re killed.
Kafka’s life is turned upside down when a small, talking kaiju flies into his mouth and he gains the ability to turn into a “monster” himself. The Defense Force dubs his monster form “Kaiju No. 8”. Kafka is fully aware while in monster form but gains superhuman strength. Kaiju No. 8 becomes the first monster to escape the Defense Force.
Kaiju No. 8’s popularity ensured the upcoming anime adaptation
In 2021, the School Library Journal listed the first volume of Kaiju No. 8 as one of the Top 10 manga of that year. In 2022, it ranked 3rd on Takarajimasha’s Kono Manga ga Sugoi! list of best shonen manga for male readers this year. Also this year it ranked second on the Nationwide Bookstore Employees’ Recommended Comics list.
According to Yuta Momiyama, the deputy editor-in-chief of Shonen Jump+, Kaiju No. 8, along with the manga Spy X Family, have been very popular and are doing great on the Manga Plus service.
In December 2020, it was reported that Kaiju No. 8 set a new record when it surpassed 30 million views total with each new chapter released gaining over one million views! It currently has more than 100 million views! In 2022, the manga series ranked #10 on AnimeJapan’s 5th Most Wanted Anime Adaptation poll, and it looks like the people who participated in voting got their wish with the rumored upcoming anime adaptation!
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