KJ File anime release date in Summer 2022: Kaiju anime reveals monster designs

Key visual for the upcoming KJ File anime.
Key visual for the upcoming KJ File anime. Pic credit: @tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/kjfile

TV Tokyo has announced a short television anime titled KJ File that’s about kaiju monsters. On their official website, they revealed the main staff, cast, ED (ending) theme song, and a key visual. The kaiju anime is scheduled to premiere on TV Tokyo this summer in July 2022.

Artists, who are known for being passionate about kaiju monsters, will be creating the kaiju original designs, and the illustrations will supposedly be drawn in a “retro Reiwa-era style”. A new theme song will herald the appearance of a brand new kaiju in the episodes.

From a bloody war to peaceful coexistence

The story begins when a meteorite falls in the Far East of the Eurasian Continent in the early 20th Century and causes an enormous explosion that changes the Earth’s crust so drastically that giant monsters (kaiju) are awoken in the ancient strata.

Kaiju design.
Kaiju design. Pic credit: KJ File Production Committee

The kaiju appeared from below and began to attack humankind and destroy its civilization. The League of Nations was formed to combat this threat and started to try to find a way to slay the kaiju. The League of Nations underestimated the power of the kaijus, however, and their forces were defeated.

Kaiju design.
Kaiju design. Pic credit: KJ File production committee.

When humanity was on the brink of extinction, the tide of the war with the kaiju changed suddenly in the middle of the 20th Century. A brilliant scientist, Dr. Shiro Mikoshiba, invented an ultrasonic monster control device (known as the Rattenfenger) that had the ability to control the kaiju.

Kaiju design.
Kaiju design. Pic credit: KJ File production committee.

No longer having to fight the kaiju, humankind began to try to find a way to peacefully coexist with the kaiju. It was decided that the League of Nations should be dismantled and a new organization would take its place – The United Nations Monster Watchers.

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This new organization was led by Dr. Shiro Mikoshiba and divided into 6 kaiju research departments: ecology, life science, disaster prevention studies, linguistics, function analysis, and anti-kaiju strategy.

Kaiju design.
Kaiju design. Pic credit: KJ File production committee.

The top management of each research department regularly holds debriefing sessions where they discuss the analysis and new discoveries of the kaiju that are currently being monitored. The Monster Watchers are a team made up of the best scientific minds that search for the best ways to peacefully co-exist with the kaiju by monitoring and analyzing them all over the world.

Kaiju design.
Kaiju design. Pic credit: KJ File Production Committee

Talented voice actors and a punk band join the crew

The anime’s cast has some well-known names:

  • Guillermo Marquez: Kiyoshi Kobayashi (Lupin III)
  • Motomu Kiyokawa (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
  • Issei Futamata (Maison Ikkoku)
  • Kouji Imai
  • Masayuki Ooshita
  • Kaori Fukumori (Mushishi Zoku Shou)
  • Nene Naninu (GEMS COMPANY)

The staff is made up of very talented individuals:

  • Director: Akira Funada (Yami Shibai 9)
  • Script writer: Mitsuhiro Sasaki (Yami Shibai 6), Takashi Iisuka (Sekai no Yami Zukan director)
  • Animators: Shinji Nishikawa (Kurayami Santa episode director), Hideo Okamoto (SSSS.Dynazenon creature design), Yuu Ebihara, Takashi Iitsuka, Michiko Furutani, jimmy (Overflow), Tomoko Wada, Norio Yamakawa (Ninja Collection planning),
  • Song composition: Tomoki Kikuya (Yuragi sou no Yuuna-san)
  • Singers: Aozora Sorano (ARCANA PROJECT, Dempagumi.inc) Kana Hoshizaki, Nobuhiko Kashiwara (Shinryaku! Ika Musume), Kouta Okamoto
  • Planning: Norio Yamakawa (TV Tokyo), Takuya Iwasaki (ILCA) (Kowabon)
  • Producer: Satoshi Umetsu (TV Toky) (Ahiru no Sora), Akira Funada (yell)
  • Production Cooperation: Studio Buckhorn, Wafuu Animation
  • Studio: ILCA, yell

The punk band Kazuki Yamamori will perform the ending theme song music entitled Kaijuu Fire. You can listen to one of the band’s awesome songs here:

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Song from the punk band Kazuki Yamamori.

Visit the band’s official website here.

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