Kaiju No. 8: How Did Kafka Hibino Turn Into a Monster He Vowed to Exterminate? – Explained

Kaiju No. 8 Episode 1 explains how Kafka Hibino became a Kaiju himself.

Kaiju No. 8: How Did Kafka Hibino Turn Into a Monster He Vowed to Exterminate? - Explained


  • Kaiju No. 8, Natosya Matsumoto's masterpiece, recently premiered its debut anime episode.
  • The anime series will tell the narrative of Kafka Hibino, the protagonist from Kaiju No. 8.
  • However, Kafka becomes a victim of a Kaiju attack and eventually transforms into one.
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Kaiju No. 8, the masterpiece of Natosya Matsumoto, recently aired its first anime episode, and it has got a great response from the anime community. The story of Kafka Hibino, the protagonist of Kaiju No. 8, will be portrayed in the anime series, which was revealed to have 12 episodes for its first season.

Kaiju No. 8
Kaiju No. 8

Kafka had a dream to join the Defense Corps, which exterminates the threat of Kaiju from their world. When a Kaiju attack destroys Kafka’s home, he, along with his childhood friend, Mina Ashiro, decide to join the Defense Force and fight against the monsters in his world. However, he fails to pass the entrance exam for the force and ends up in the clean-up crew.

But his life completely changes when, while working on a clean-up project with his new colleague and friend Leno Ichikawa, Kafka himself becomes a victim of a Kaiju attack and later on ends up transforming into a Kaiju. 


Kafka’s Hate Against Kaijus in Kaiju No. 8

Kafka is a 32-year-old man, who despite his age, is still motivated to join the Defense Force and fight against the Kaijus and the terror that they have brought in his world. His motivation comes from the fact that his home and his school were destroyed by a Kaiju when he was a kid. But life is not fair to him as despite multiple attempts he fails to join the Defense Force.

On the other hand, his childhood friend, Mina Ashiro, who also experienced the same horror of getting her home destroyed because of the attack, manages to crack the Defense Force on the first attempt and quickly becomes the Captain of the Third Division of the Defense Force, making her one of the strongest individuals in the organization.

Kafka - Kaiju No. 8
Kafka – Kaiju No. 8

Kafka still finds a way to contribute to his cause by joining Monster Sweeper Inc., which works in disposing of the remains of a Kaiju after they have been defeated by the Defense Force. However, when he meets his colleague Leno Ichikawa, he is yet again encouraged by him to take the Defense Force exam once again and fulfill his dream to fight against the monsters.


Kafka Himself Transforms into a Kaiju

The first episode of Kaiju No. 8 not only provides insight into Kafka’s personal life and his animosity toward Kaijus, but it also describes how he came to be one of the exact creatures he disliked and vowed to eradicate. All this started when he was disposing of a Kaiju along with his new friend and colleague, Leno. 

Kaiju No. 8 Episode 1
Kafka and Leno Get Attacked By a Kaiju

While working on the cleaning project, Kafka and Leno are attacked by another Kaiju who seriously injures both of them. However, they are saved by Mina’s division and are rushed to the hospital. While Kafka is reflecting on his life, a small Kaiju appears out of nowhere, says the words “Found You” and charges into his mouth.

Kafka then suddenly starts feeling a lot of pain in his body and a weird aura starts emitting out of him. Before he can react or call for help, he is transformed into a Kaiju. As Leno checks up on him, he sees the transformed state of Kafka and both of them scream in shock as the episode ends on a cliffhanger.


You can watch Kaiju No. 8 on Crunchyroll.


Written by Tarun Kohli

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