At New York Comic Con, Crunchyroll announced their acquisition of the anime series Kaiju No. 8, joining streaming services in Spring 2024, both dubbed and subtitled. It will be available in “more than 200 countries and territories” and simulcast weekly after the initial Japanese broadcast.
Animated by Production I.G, Studio Khara provided design supervision and kaiju artwork. The former is known from PSYCHO-PASS and GHOST IN THE SHELL, while the latter is known from Evangelion: New Theatrical Edition.
This anime is an adaption of the source manga series by Naoya Matsumoto.
Speaking of, the author shared the following message at New York Comic Con:
“Hello from Japan to everyone attending New York Comic-Con. I’m the author of Kaiju No. 8, Naoya Matsumoto. It’s a story about someone struggling in a harsh world without ever giving up, in the hopes of leading people into an even slightly brighter future. To anyone dealing with the complexities of reality that reads this manga, I hope it can help make your future a little brighter, too.
Next year when Kaiju No. 8 begins to air in America and worldwide, I’ll be looking forward to seeing your reactions. I hope you’re looking forward to it, too!”
The following synopsis was provided:
In a world plagued by threatening creatures known as Kaiju, Kafka Hibino aspired to enlist in the Japan Defense Force to defeat them.
“Let’s wipe out the Kaiiju together.”
Kafka pledged to his childhood friend, Mina Ashiro. Over time, life circumstances forced them to go their separate ways and caused him to abandon his lifelong ambition.
He found himself employed by Monster Sweeper, Inc., a professional cleaning company that specializes in cleaning up the aftermath of Kaiju battles. Meanwhile, Mina Ashiro is now the Captain of the Defense Force’s 3rd Division. As it stands, he is currently unworthy of fighting Kaiju alongside her.
At work, Kafka crosses paths with the highly motivated Reno Ichikawa. Reno’s undying determination to join the Defense Force leaves no room for failure. His perseverance reawakens Kafka’s ambition of standing next to Mina as they protect humanity from Kaiju together.
A dream frozen by time, thawed by a burning promise.
Some of the Japanese cast is listed below:
- Masaya Fukunishi as Kafka Hibino / Kaiju No. 8
- Wataru Katoh as Reno Ichikawa
- Asami Seto as Mina Ashiro
- TBA as Kikoru Shinomiya
- TBA as Hoshino
You can view the official trailer for Kaiju No.8 below:
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