Kaiju No. 8 Wrote its Own Downfall Even After Kafka’s Unique Traits Made Him Different from Other Shonen Protagonists

Kaiju No. 8 fails to use Kafka's unique traits as a Shonen main character.

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SUMMARY

  • When Naoya Matsumoto's anime series Kaiju No. 8 debuted in April 2024, viewers thought they could have discovered something special after a long time.
  • Kafka broke every guideline that a main character in a Shonen series should follow, which was a good thing because it gave fans hope that Kaiju No. 8 was onto something.
  • But as the plot developed, it followed the same path as every other Shonen anime series, and Kafka's distinctive qualities were wasted.
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In April 2024, Naoya Matsumoto’s Kaiju No. 8 anime series hit the screens, and for the first time in years, fans believed that they might have found something unique. The series was quite different from a basic Shonen series as it did not follow the stereotypical anime tropes and introduced a new angle with the help of its protagonist, Kafka Hibino.

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

Kafka defied every rule that is followed by a main character in a Shonen series, and this was a good thing as it made fans believe that Kaiju No. 8 might be on to something. However, as the story progressed, it went the same route as every other Shonen anime series, and Kafka’s unique traits went to waste.

When it became noticeable in the series, fans pointed it out and shared their opinions about the wasted potential of Kafka Hibino and how one of the most anticipated anime series of 2024 might become responsible for its own downfall.

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Kafka Hibino Was Different From Other Shonen Protagonists

Ideally, almost every Shonen anime follows the same theme in terms of a protagonist. The protagonist gets some kind of motivation when he or she is a kid (either by an idol or a mishap), and then the protagonist trains hard with the help of others to follow that motivation, making friends along the way, and finally beats the final boss and achieves his dream.

However, Kafka’s story was a little different compared to others. Although he does face a calamity as a child, which gives him a goal, Kafka is not able to do anything about it and ends up taking a job as a cleaner at Monster Sweepers Inc. at the age of 32. The age factor mattered a lot because all Shonen protagonists are generally between the ages of 12 and 20.

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

There were other elements too that differentiated Kafka from other main characters. Unlike others, Kafka did not have great physical attributes. He sported a stout belly and broke the in-shape protagonist barrier. He also had facial hair, which is a rare occurrence in the anime world when talking about the protagonist of the anime series.

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Kaiju No. 8 Might Have Wasted Kafka’s Potential as a Unique Protagonist

When the series started, the character introduction of Kafka made fans believe that he was not a normal main character but had a different charm about him. However, recent revelations in the episodes of Kaiju No. 8 may point out that the series is going down the same route as every other typical Shonen anime series.

Kafka | Kaiju No. 8 Fandom
Kafka | Kaiju No. 8

As the story of Kaiju No. 8 gets developed further, Kafka, despite being a unique main character, follows every single protagonist trope there is. His age does not include any kind of relevancy for the character, and he acts just like any normal anime protagonist.

A lot of fans took to X (formerly Twitter) to share their disappointment with Kaiju No. 8 and Kafka in particular. He could have done a lot better than other main characters and proved himself to be the most unique protagonist of all time.

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While Kaiju No. 8 might have gotten a disappointing start, there is still a chance for Naoya Matsumoto to make things right and get the story back on track by using Kafka’s unique traits as a protagonist.

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You can watch Kaiju No. 8 on Crunchyroll.

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Written by Tarun Kohli

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Konichiwa! With a Master's Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and a 2-year experience in Digital media writing, I am on my way to becoming one of the biggest anime content writers in my country. My passion for writing and Anime has helped me connect with Fandomwire, and share my love and experience with the world.