Kaiju No. 8 revealed a new key visual ahead of the April 2024 premiere date. The anime will have a stage at the upcoming Jump Festa ’24 event.
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
Kaiju No. 8 anime will adapt a 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 and so far eight volumes have been published, with the ninth set for January 2024 release date. 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, kept the title.
The plot of the anime, which revealed its first trailer earlier this year, 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.
Source: Official Website
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