The anime adaptation of Naoya Matsumoto’s Kaiju No. 8 manga has a new teaser trailer. Kaiju No. 8 is set to premiere in 2024 and the animation studios to work on the title have now been confirmed.
The anime adaptation Kaiju #8 was originally announced in August 2022. At the time, only a short trailer with vague but evocative images was available.
The anime now has a proper teaser, showing us our first look at protagonist Kafka Hibino in both his human and kaiju forms. Perhaps more importantly, the new announcement confirms the animation studios that will be producing Kaiju No. 8. Production IG will be the primary studio on the project, while Studio Khara will handle design and artwork for series kaiju.
Production IG needs no introduction. The large studio is known for series such as Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Haikyu!!!. Recent works include Fena: Pirate Princess, and the new adaptations of the Legend of the Galactic Heroes series. The studio also produced both of the new FLCL sequel series, and will also handle the upcoming FLCL: Shoegaze series.
Studio Khara, meanwhile, was founded by Neon Genesis Evangelion director Hideaki Anno in 2006 when he left Gainax. The studio has primarily been known for producing the Rebuild of Evangelion films, the last installment of which was released in 2021. Handling the titular kaiju of Kaiju #8 should be a natural fit for Khara, as both Evangelion and Anno itself were strong influenced by the Ultraman tokusatsu series, known for its collection of distinctive and memorable monsters, i.e. kaiju.
Naoya Matsumoto’s Kaiju No. 8 manga began serialization in July 2020 on the Shonen Jump+ website. The story is about a version of Japan that is regularly attacked by monsters known as kaiju, and the Japanese Defense Force that fights them. The protagonist Kafka Hibino initially works with a crew that cleans up kaiju corpses after battles, but accidentally gets the opportunity to transform into a kaiju himself. The series follows Kafka, along with others, as he uses his new powers in his attempts to join the Japanese Defense Force.
Production IG and Studio Khara will be taking their time with the series, as the website for the anime is currently planning its release sometime in 2024.
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