The best-selling manga, Monster #8, finally gets an anime adaptation. Now, we can see a middle-aged old man, Kafka Hibino, applying for his dream job after founding his new power.
Though, fans should have a bit of patience because the anime is slated to be released in 2024. The information was released along with the PV on December 15, 2022.
We have gathered a few pieces of information that have been revealed so far. Let’s dive in!
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Monster #8 Release Date
Monster #8 Release Date
Countdown to January 26, 2024 at 11:00 PM (UTC)
The anime adaptation was confirmed on August 5, 2022. Along with that, the official released a PV, visual teaser, and original logo.
Later, they released the first animated PV on December 15, 2022. Nothing can be extracted in that PV aside from Production I.G (Haikyuu!!, Psycho-Pass) will be the one that works on this series.
The PV also states that the anime is slated for a 2024 release. We expect the series will premiere in early 2024, based on the fact that all of Production IG’s other projects end on May 2023.
Stay tuned for further information!
Monster #8 Trailer
The PV was released on December 15, 2022, a day before Jump Festa ’23 began. There is nothing much to be told in the teaser aside from the great world-building and banging music.
There, we have Kafka wearing a sweeper uniform and his monster form which already made the fans in an uproar. Compared to the first teaser who only shows compiled photos showing the world of Monster #8, it is much better.
Unfortunately, the staff as well as the cast is still TBA. But, we can expect the announcement in the near future because the character design of six main characters has been released on March 19-24, 2023.
Monster #8 Story
Japan has been under the threat of a grotesque monster called “Kaijuu” for years. To combat these beasts, the elite military division is formed known as the Defense Corps. They have the duty to protect the daily lives of civilians.
Once the extermination is done, the second “war” begins. That’s when the “Sweepers” take the field and begin to dispose of those remains. It could take days or even weeks to dispose of those highly dangerous corpses.
Kafka Hibino, a 32-year-old man, is unsatisfied with his job as a sweeper. He had a dream to become a member of the Defense Corps when he was a kid. But alas, years ago, his application was rejected because he wasn’t up to standard. In the end, he gives up on his dream.
But, everything changes when an 18-year-old part-timer is assigned as his junior. He says that he will apply for the Defense Corps soon. Looking at him, his old flame burns once more.
The flame gets hotter once they encounter parasite-type Kaijuu that forces itself to enter his mouth and instantly turn him into Kaijuu. With his new power, he will once again give his dream a final try.
Monster #8 News
Monster #8 is a Japanese manga created by Naoya Matsumoto. The serialization started in July 2020 for free on Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+.
As of March 2023, 80+ chapters have been compiled into 9 volumes of manga with the latest volume being released on March 3, 2023.
With a unique story, the popularity of this series is still skyrocketing. A half year after its release, in December 2020, it was reported that Kaijuu #8 already surpassed 30 million views on Shonen Jump+. It marks the fastest series to achieve this feat on that platform.
As of February 2023, the views reached 400 million views. Because of that popularity, the series ranked #10 on AnimeJapan’s 5th “Most Wanted Anime Adaptation” poll in 2022.
Not only in Japan, but the popularity also spreads to other countries as well. In France, the first copies sold over 22 thousand in its first week making it the best-selling debut of manga. In Italy, the first volume has sold over 245 thousand surpassing Demon Slayer which only has 200 thousand.
Reportedly, the manga has 11 million copies in circulation by March 2023.
Though the premise of metamorphosis is often seen in the anime and manga alike, the aspect of “second chance” is the selling point of Monster #8. Many critics say that the manga is engaging enough to read. But can it also apply to the anime adaptation?
There are many great manga and novels that happen to get bad adaptation and just ends abruptly without having a second season. Well, looking at the PV, we can, at least, set the expectation high.