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Crunchyroll has announced that it will stream the highly anticipated Kaiju No. 8 worldwide alongside the original Japanese version at the exact same time, as well as releasing an English dub version of each episode the same day it hits the airwaves.




As detailed in a recent press release, Production I.G.’s (Ghost in the Shell, Eden of the East) highly-anticipated adaptation of Naoya Matsumoto’s titular manga series is scheduled to premiere on Saturday, April 13, 7:00 a.m. (PDT). Crunchyroll will introduce the series to its roster by streaming the live broadcast to over 200 countries at the exact same time it airs in Japan. Those who miss the initial broadcast of each new episode will be able to watch it at 8:30 a.m. (PDT) on the same day of its release. Additionally, Crunchyroll will dub Kaiju No. 8 into 11 major languages, including English, Latin American Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Castillian Spanish, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Each of these foreign-language versions will likewise be released as same-day streaming options for Crunchyroll viewers.


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The Plot of the Godzilla-Inspired Kaiju No. 8

Naoya Matsumoto’s Kaiju No. 8 manga launched for free on the Shonen Jump+ app in July 2020. As its title suggests, the series’ premise will ring nostalgic to die-hard Godzilla fans. 32-year-old Kafta Hibino inhabits a world where destructive monsters called “kaiju” regularly wreak havoc on the human world. A powerful military organization called the Defense Corps is frequently called upon to deal with the beasts, leaving the “sweepers” the unglamorous task of dealing with the remains. Kafka, who longs to join the Defense Corps, is eventually attacked by a parasitic kaiju, granting him the ability to transform into a powerful humanoid monster. With his newfound powers, Kafka finally has the opportunity to keep his promise to childhood friend, Mina Ashiro, and fight by her side as an official Corps member.

Shigeyuki Miya (Supernatural: The Anime Series) and Tomomi Kamiya (Gintama) teamed up to direct the Kaiju No. 8 at Production I.G. Ichiro Okouchi, co-creator of the iconic sci-fi franchise Code Geass, wrote the series’ screenplay. Tetsuyo Nishio (Naruto, Stand Alone Complex) served as chief animation director and character designer. Masaya Fukunishi (The First Slam Dunk) and Asami Seto (Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury) portray Kafka and Mina, respectively. Wataru Kato (The Legendary Hero Is Dead) is cast as Kafka’s close friend and ally, Reno Ichikawa.


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Additionally, Crunchyroll has also revealed the main cast for Kaiju No. 8‘s English dub. Narzeeh Tarsha (Hell’s Paradise, Genshin Impact) voices Kafka Hibino. Katelyn Barr (Chainsaw Man, My Hero Academia) plays Mina Ashiro. Adam McArthur, who famously voices Yuji Itadori in the English version of Jujutsu Kaisen, portrays Reno Ichikawa. Shawn Gann (Buddy Daddies, The Apothecary Diaries) is overseeing the English production as ADR director.

Kaiju No. 8 is set to premiere on April 13, with new episodes scheduled to debut every following Saturday. After the live broadcast, the series, along with its multiple dubbed versions, will be available to stream starting at 8:30 a.m. (PDT).


The Cast of Kaiju No. 8 Stand Together

Kaiju No. 8

Kafka Hibino merges with a kaiju and gains powers, leading him to attempt his childhood dream in Kaiju No. 8.

Release Date
2024-04-00

Cast
Fairouz Ai , Wataru Katou , Masaya Fukunishi

Studio
Production I.G.

Main Cast
Masaya Fukunishi, Fairouz Ai, Wataru Katou

Source: Press release



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