Kaiju No. 8 Anime Introduces Protagonist Kafka Hibino in New Character Video

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Kaiju No. 8 Anime Introduces Protagonist Kafka Hibino in New Character Video. Kaiju No. 8, an upcoming TV anime based on the shonen science fiction / action manga, has published a new character visual (below) and character trailer that focuses on the protagonist of the series, Kafka Hibino (voiced by Masaya Fukunishi). The series premieres in Japan on April 13, 2024, and it will also stream on Crunchyroll as part of the spring 2024 anime simulcast lineup.

The original Kaiju No. 8 manga by Naoya Matsumoto is serialized in Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ manga magazine, and an English language version is also available from Viz Media. Shigeyuki Miya directs the Kaiju No. 8 TV anime at animation studio Production I.G. The series also features series composition and scripts by Ichiro Okouchi, character designs and chief animation direction by Tetsuya Nishio, kaiju design by Mahiro Maeda, art direction by Shinji Kimura, and music by Yuta Bandoh.

A character visual of Kafka Hibino from the upcoming Kaiju No. 8 TV anime. Kafka is a gruff man in his early thirties dressed in tactical armor and wielding a large semiautomatic pistol. He stands poised for action in front of a ruined concrete building.
Kafka Hibino character visual

Crunchyroll describes Kaiju No. 8:

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


But Kafka doesn’t know that an imminent Kaiju threat is unexpectedly approaching him.


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