Kaiju No. 8 is Awesome!

Key points for Kaiju No. 8 first impressions:

  • Kafka’s relatable struggles and unwavering determination make him a captivating character, drawing viewers into his journey from disillusionment to newfound resolve.
  • Kaiju No. 8’s world, reminiscent of Pacific Rim, distinguishes itself with its focus on specially trained soldiers combating Kaiju. The series utilizes Kaiju encounters as a backdrop to explore Kafka’s story, enhancing its narrative depth.
  • Production IG delivers exceptional animation, seamlessly blending art style, gore, and fluidity to create a visually stunning experience. The eerie yet fitting opening further adds to the series’ allure.

Oh hey! I am finally back after a short night’s sleep. Spent too much time modding New Vegas last night and you know what else I was doing as I waited for the mods to download? I was catching up with the weekly episodes, and one episode blew me away. It was episode 2 of Kaiju No. 8. See, episode 1 was good and all but it didn’t give me much to talk about. Episode 2 though, oh baby it was glorious.

So now that I have washed all my frustration away after writing that last article, heavily modding New Vegas, and some sleep, let’s move on to something positive. And what better way to kick off this day than to talk about how awesome Kaiju No. 8 is. So let’s get started.

What do I think of Kaiju No. 8 so far?

This anime has a similar setting to Pacific Rim, except there are no big robots, the Kaiju fighting is handled by specially trained soldiers. Our protagonist was childhood friends with the best soldier of the Task Force and they wanted to join the Task Force together but, Kafka failed. By this point, he has completely given up on applying for the Task Force and works as a cleaner, you know the people who get rid of the Kaiju’s corpse after they are defeated.

Kafka’s character immediately pulls you in. You can’t help but root for him because we have all been in a similar place mentally at some point. He goes on to how unshakable his resolve is in episode 2. Yes, he needed Ichikawa’s help to overcome the slump. But he is determined once he realizes he still has a chance. Yes, despite becoming part Kaiju by the end of episode 1, this guy is still determined to join the Task Force.

The setting in general is very interesting. I like how so far the Kaiju have only been used as a medium to tell Kafka’s story. The interactions between him and Ichikawa are a huge plus for the series. And don’t even get me started on the animations. Everything from the art style to the gore to how smooth things are is incredible. Hard to believe that this anime is being made by Production IG. Productions aside, Production IG as an animation studio is pretty mid but they’ve outdone themselves here.

Oh and, I love the opening. It is trippy and kind of creepy but it fits the vibe the series is going for perfectly.

That is all for now!

Well, that is another Kafka added to my dictionary. If you look at my profile picture on the website, you’ll understand what I mean lol. Either way, Kaiju No. 8 is a solid 8.5/10 so far but it has the potential to be more. Let me know what you guys think in the comments. I will take my leave here. See ya!!

And check out my rant on Rent a Girlfriend here. It is a fun read, I promise.

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