On August 1, 2022, Kaiju No. 8’s official Twitter account tweeted the image of a number 8 and teased that there will be a special announcement related to the manga on August 5, 2022 at Midnight.
Fans of the manga are hoping that the announcement will be in regards to a Kaiju No. 8 anime adaptation and they’re keeping their fingers crossed!
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 Kaiju No. 8 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 its eventual 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+, manga series like Kaiju No. 8 and 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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