Kaiju No. 8

Kaiju No. 8

Kaiju No. 8 (Japanese: 怪獣8号, Hepburn: Kaijū 8-gou), also known in English as Monster #8, is a Japanese 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. Viz Media has licensed the series for English release in North America.

Kaiju No. 8 is a story about monster hunters. In the near future, the Japanese Defense Force faces a continual onslaught of monstrous kaiju. They fight and defeat these monsters using a wide range of powerful weaponry and suits which can magnify their capabilities.

Our hero Kafka Hibino is part of the Japanese Defense Force, but not exactly on the “defense” side of things. Instead, he is part of the cleanup crew, relegated to cleaning up monster guts in the aftermath of battles after having long ago flunked out of the trials, while his childhood friend Mina Ashiro went on to become a star kaiju fighter. However, his life changes when a small kaiju flies into his open mouth and he gains the secret ability to transform into a kaiju himself. Now that the Japanese Defense Force is opening trials for the combat team once again, Kafka gets another shot at fulfilling his lifelong dream.