Kaiju No. 8 Spin-off Manga To Serialize On Shonen Jump+ Starting From Jan 5

The manga will tell the stories of each defense member that haven’t been depicted in the original manga.

© JAKDF 3rd Division © Naoya Matsumoto/SHUEISHA

The Jump Festa 2024 event announced on Dec 17, 2023, that Kaiju No. 8 will have a spin-off manga titled “Kaiju 8 Side B” that will begin serialization from January 5, 2024 on Shonen Jump+.

The manga will tell the stories of each defense member that haven’t been depicted in the original manga.

Kaiju No. 8 spin-off manga announcement

(Kaiju No. 8 spin-off manga announcement)

The panel also streamed a brand new trailer, showcasing the Defense Force! A key visual of the aforementioned Defense Force was previously released on Dec 15, 2023. The anime will be streamed worldwide on Twitter and Crunchyroll in April 2024!

The staff and cast members of Kaiju No. 8 anime are as follows:

<Staff members>

  • Original Manga: Naoya Matsumoto
  • Director: 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
  • Director of Photography: Eiji Arai
  • Editor: Aya Hida
  • Sound Director: Fumiyuki Go
  • Music: Yuta Bandoh
  • Kaiju Design & Works: Studio khara
  • Animation Production: Production I.G

<Cast members>

  • Asami Seto as Mina Ashiro
  • Masaya Fukunishi as Kafka Hibino/Kaiju No. 8
  • Wataru Katō as Reno Ichikawa
  • Fairouz Ai as Kikoru Shinomiya
  • Kengo Kawanishi as Soshiro Hoshina

About Kaiju No. 8:

Kaiju No. 8 is a 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, with its chapters collected in eleven tankōbon volumes as of December 2023.

An anime television series adaptation produced by Production I.G is set to premiere in April 2024.

Crunchyroll describes the overall plot of Kaiju No. 8 as follows:

In a world plagued by threatening creatures known as Kaiju, Kafka Hibino aspired to enlist in the Japan Defense Force to defeat them.

“Let’s wipe out the Kaiju together.”

Kafka pledged to his childhood friend, Mina Ashiro. Over time, life circumstances forced them to go their separate ways and caused him to abandon his lifelong ambition.

He found himself employed by Monster Sweeper, Inc., a professional cleaning company that specializes in cleaning up the aftermath of Kaiju battles. Meanwhile, Mina Ashiro is now the Captain of the Defense Force’s 3rd Division. As it stands, he is currently unworthy of fighting Kaiju alongside her.

At work, Kafka crosses paths with the highly motivated Reno Ichikawa. Reno’s undying determination to join the Defense Force leaves no room for failure. His perseverance reawakens Kafka’s ambition of standing next to Mina as they protect humanity from Kaiju together.

A dream frozen by time, thawed by a burning promise.
Source: Twitter