If only the announcement that Naoya Matsumoto is Kaiju No. 8 would have received an anime adaptation if fans roared with excitement, the tidbits of new production information revealed in the series’ latest teaser are sure to send them wild with excitement around town.
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When Kaiju No. 8 anime adaptation was first announced on August 5th, fans were only treated to a short trailer with vague images of various locations in a shadowy cityscape backed by the sound of sirens and rumblings – a set of sounds that should really evoke a sense of dread in . the impending arrival of the series’ monsters of destruction.
But on December 15, twenty-four hours after a mysterious countdown appeared on the official Kaiju No 8 website, the series unveiled a new teaser trailer featuring the show’s thirty-two-year-old protagonist Kafka Hibino in both his human form—equipped with a heated chainsaw in his Monster Sweeper Co. uniform – and his monstrous kaiju forms.
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In addition to this first look at Hibeno’s main forms, this second teaser also revealed that the main studio responsible for bringing the series to the small screen will be legendary animation studio Production IG, whose impressive filmography includes such sci-fi anime classics as FLCL and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.
Most recently, the studio produced the successful adaptation of Yugo Kobayashi’s best-selling soccer manga Ao Ashi, and in addition to Kaiju No. 8 is currently working on the anime retelling of Masakazu Ishiguro’s sci-fi series Heavenly Delusion.
But while Production IG will handle the series’ animation, Matusomoto’s fearsome and monstrous kaiju designs will be brought to life by Studio Khara.
Founded by the renowned eon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno, Studio Khara is best known for its extensive work with Neon Genesis Evangelion Rebuild tetralogy, and Shin series of tokusatsu revival films, which include Shin Godzilla, Shin Ultramanand next year’s upcoming Shin Kamen Rider.
Alongside this new teaser, the official one Kaiju No. 8 the website also unveiled a new throwback teaser visual depicting Kafka Hibeno in his monster form, as originally seen on the cover of the manga’s first collected volume.
Finally, production IG confirmed that their anime adaptation of Naoya Matsumoto’s manga Kaiju No. 8 will officially roar to destroy the small screen in 2024.
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