Crunchyroll will be streaming the Kaiju No.8 anime, as announced at New York Comic Con today. The anime will premiere in the Spring 2024 anime season. Production I.G will be animating the series, with studio Khara in charge of the monster designs. Staff information is not out yet, but the main cast will include:
- Masaya Fukunishi as Kafka Hibino/Kaiju No. 8
- Wataru Kato as Reno Ichikawa
- Asami Seto as Mina Ashiro
The anime recently began a practice of monthly visuals: the most recent one featured Kikoru Shinomiya, whose voice actor hasn’t been revealed yet. Crunchyroll also shared the Kaiju No.8 anime trailer:
The plot of the anime is described as:
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 Kaiju 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 But Kafka doesn’t know that an imminent Kaiju threat is unexpectedly approaching him.
Kaiju No. 8 manga by Naoya Matsumoto began serialization in July 2020 on Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ and has since been collected into 10 volumes. Viz Media licensed it in English in North America. The series was initially licensed as Monster #8 in English, but the name was later reverted to Kaiju No. 8, although Manga Plus, where the series is available to read for free, still shows the title.
Source: Official Website
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