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Crunchyroll Unleashes Global Kaiju Frenzy with Live Stream Premiere

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Crunchyroll is carving out a monster-sized home for the launch of the eagerly anticipated KAIJU NO. 8. For the first time, the ultimate destination for anime will stream new episodes of the series live every week in more than 200 countries and territories around the world at the exact same time as it broadcasts in Japan, starting on Saturday, April 13 at 7:00 am PDT. 

In case fans miss it live, the new episodes of KAIJU NO. 8 will be available on Crunchyroll every Saturday at 8:30 am PDT. Subscribers can visit the official  KAIJU NO. 8 show page on Crunchyroll now to add it to their Watchlist as a reminder.

Additionally, Crunchyroll will be producing multiple dubs of KAIJU NO. 8 in English, Latin American Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Castilian Spanish, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. Not only that, but Crunchyroll will be providing fans with a comprehensive offering of languages all releasing day and date with the Japanese Broadcast starting on Saturday, April 13, at 8:30 a.m. PDT, with new episodes each week as well! Check out the full list via Crunchyroll News.

With ADR direction by Shawn Gann (The Apothecary Diaries; Buddy Daddies), the KAIJU NO. 8 main English voice cast currently includes:

  • Nazeeh Tarsha as Kafka Hibino / Kaiju No. 8

  • Katelyn Barr as Mina Ashiro

  • Adam McArthur as Reno Ichikawa

Additional English dub staff also consists of: 

  • Susie Nixon as ADR Producer

  • Jarrod Greene as ADR Script Writer

  • Nathanael Harrison as ADR Mixer

  • José Sandoval as ADR Engineer

The anime is adapted from the original manga created by Naoya Matsumoto. Kaiju No. 8 is animated by Production I.G (PSYCHO-PASS; GHOST IN THE SHELL) with kaiju artwork and design supervision by Studio Khara (Evangelion: New Theatrical Edition, Shin Godzilla (Pre Visualization Development). 

The series is being directed by Shigeyuki Miya (director and character designer of Onihei; director of The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior) and Tomomi Kamiya (Yotsuiro Biyori). The series composition and screenplay were written by Ichiro Okouchi (Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury;  story draft and series composition on Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion). 

Additional staff includes chief animation direction and character design by Tetsuya Nishio (Naruto; Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG); Kaiju design by Mahiro Maeda (concept art and designer on Mad Max: Fury Road; Godzilla Image Designer on Shin Godzilla; Director and Concept Art Director on Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time); art direction by Shinji Kimura (Tekkonkinkreet; Blood Blockade Battlefront), cinematography by Eiji Arai (Kuroko's Basketball; PSYCHO-PASS) editing by Aya Hida (Attack on Titan; 2019’s Fruits Basket), and music composed by Yuta Bandoh (Towako Omameda and Her Three Ex-husbands; BELLE). 

Japanese voice cast and characters:

  • Masaya Fukunishi as Kafka Hibino / Kaiju No. 8

  • Asami Seto as Mina Ashiro

  • Wataru Katoh as Reno Ichikawa

  • Fairouz Ai as Kikoru Shinomiya

  • Kengo Kawanishi as Soshiro Hoshina

  • Yuki Shin as Iharu Furuhashi

  • Keisuke Komoto as Haruichi Izumo

Shunsuke Takeuchi as Aoi Kaguragi

KAIJU NO. 8 Official Synopsis:

In a world plagued by creatures known as Kaiju, Kafka Hibino aspired to enlist in The Defense Force. He makes a promise to enlist with his childhood friend, Mina Ashiro. Soon, life takes them in separate ways. While employed cleaning up after Kaiju battles, Kafka meets Reno Ichikawa. Reno’s determination to join The Defense Force reawakens Kafka’s promise to join Mina and protect humanity.


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