Kaiju No. 8 Reveals Episode 1 Preview Images

The Kaiju No. 8 anime has revealed preview images for episode 1, and the anime will premiere this Saturday on April 13. Production I.G is animating, with creature designs by Khara. The anime was voted most anticipated new anime for Spring 2024, and the episode’s title is “The Man Who Became a Kaiju.”

The official synopsis for the episode:
On a daily basis, Japan is exposed to the threat of kaijus. Kafka Hibino, who aimed to join the Japan Anti-Kaiju Defense Force, gave up his dream and worked in a kaiju specialized cleaning business. While feeling the sadness from reminiscing about his promise to fight kaijus together with childhood friend and leader of the Defense Force Unit 3, Mina Ashiro, Kafka meets a junior aspiring Defense Force member, Reno Ichikawa.

Previously, the anime revealed visuals for the main characters Kafka, Mina, Reno, Kafka as Kaiju No. 8, Kikoru and Soshiro. You can watch the latest trailer (featuring the theme song by ONE REPUBLIC) below.

The main voice cast for the Kaiju No. 8 anime includes Masaya Fukunishi as Kafka Hibino/Kaiju No. 8, Wataru Kato as Reno Ichikawa, and Asami Seto as Mina Ashiro. The anime will be streaming on X (formerly Twitter), as well as on Crunchyroll.

The manga by Naoya Matsumoto began serialization in July 2020 on Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ and has since been collected into 12 volumes as of April 4. Viz Media licensed it in English in North America, and they describe the story:
Kafka hopes to one day keep his pact with his childhood friend Mina to join the Japan Defense Force and fight by her side. But while she’s out neutralizing kaiju as Third Division captain, Kafka is stuck cleaning up the aftermath of her battles. When a sudden rule change makes Kafka eligible for the Defense Force, he decides to try out for the squad once more. There’s just one problem—he’s made the Defense Force’s neutralization list under the code name Kaiju No. 8.


  • Directors: Shigeyuki Miya, Tomomi Kamiya
  • Series Composition/ Screenplay: Ichiro Okouchi
  • Character Designer & Chief Animation Director: Tetsuya Nishio
  • Kaiju Design: Mahiro Maeda
  • Art Director: Shinji Kimura
  • Color Design: Izumi Hirose
  • 3DCG Director: Masaru Matsumoto
  • Photography Director: Eiji Arai
  • Sound Director: Fumiyuki Go
  • Music: Yuta Bando


  • Masaya Fukunishi as Kafka Hibino/Kaiju No. 8
  • Wataru Kato as Reno Ichikawa
  • Asami Seto as Mina Ashiro
  • Ai Fairouz as Kikoru Shinomiya
  • Kengo Kawanishi as Soshiro Hoshina
  • Yuki Shin as Iharu Furuhashi
  • Keisuke Komoto as Haruichi Izumo
  • Shunsuke Takeuchi as Aoi Kaguragi

Source: Official Website
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