Crunchyroll announced that they have acquired the streaming rights for the upcoming Kaiju No.8 anime. This was officially unveiled during the Crunchyroll Industry Panel at New York Comic Con 2023 on Oct 13, 2023.
Kaiju No. 8 will be released on the platform in 2024, and will be exclusively streamed in more than 200 countries and territories, including India.
Crunchyroll will simulcast each episode of the anime weekly as it broadcast in Japan.
Accompanying the announcement was a special message from Naoya Matsumoto, the author of Kaiju No.8 manga. Check it out below:
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!
Production I.G is in charge of animating Kaiju No.8 anime, with Studio Khara supervising the kaiju designs and artworks.
- Asami Seto as Mina Ashiro
- Masaya Fukunishi as Kafka Hibino/Kaiju No. 8
- Wataru Katō as Reno Ichikawa
Crunchyroll describes the plot of the series 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.
Kaiju No. 8 is a manga series written and illustrated by Naoya Matsumoto. It has been serialized for free on Shueisha’s Shōnen Jump+ application and website since July 2020, with its chapters collected in ten tankobon volumes as of August 2023.
Source: Press Release