“This is what peak performance looks like”: Kaiju No. 8 Voice Actor Defends Kafka After Fans Berate Him Over Other Shonen Protagonists

Kafka's voice actor could not bear to witness anime fans bullying him.

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  • Episode 5 of Kaiju No. 8 included a sequence in which Kafka revealed his bulging belly, shocking fans.
  • Anime fans immediately began comparing Kafka to Shonen heroes from other series, noting that he does not have the conventional body of a main character.
  • However, Kafka's voice actor, Nazeeh Tarsha, couldn't take seeing Kafka being berated by fans, and defended him.
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With only five episodes under its belt, Kaiju No. 8, featuring Kafka Hibino as the protagonist of the series, has made a big name for itself in the anime world. The series was awaited by fans for a long time because of the popularity and reception that the Kaiju No. 8 manga got, which has been going on since 2020.

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

While fans are happy with the story, animation, and characters of the Kaiju No. 8 anime series, the one thing that the fans were not happy about was Kafka’s physical appearance in the series. Episode 5 of Kaiju No. 8, which was released on May 11, 2024, featured a scene where Kafka unveils his puffy belly, which has shocked fans.

Anime fans instantly started comparing Kafka with Shonen protagonists from other series and pointed out how he does not have the typical body of a main character. However, Kafka’s voice actor, Nazeeh Tarsha, could not bear to see Kafka getting berated by fans, so he defended him by pointing out that Kafka’s body is the ideal physique for a male.


Kafka Gets Berated By Anime Fans For His Physical Appearance

In Episode 5, Kafka and his other colleagues decide to take a bath after intense training. During the bath, Kafka, Ichikawa, and Iharu start comparing the muscle build, and at first, Kafka shows a bulky body with intense muscles. However, suddenly, it is revealed that Kafka was just holding his breath to pull his stomach in.

As soon as he breathes the air out, his stout belly bounces out, and Iharu and Ichikawa start making fun of him and even state that he can’t be a part of the Defense Force if he has a build like this.

Iharu Joking about Kafka's Body
Iharu Joking about Kafka’s Body

However, Iharu was not the only one who made fun of Kafka because of his body. A Kaiju No. 8 fan account shared a tweet on X(Formerly Twitter) comparing the physical builds of Kafka and other shonen protagonists.


Fans instantly started insulting Kafka for having a pudgy belly and even commented about how he was unfit for being an anime protagonist.

Kafka’s Voice Actor Defends Kafka

While other anime fans were joking about Kafka’s dad bod and how the main character of Kaiju No. 8 is not a good fit for an anime that has quite a lot of battles and training, Kafka’s English voice actor Nazeeh Tarsha came to protect the honor of his character.

Kafka's Physical Appearance in Kaiju No. 8
Kafka’s Physical Appearance in Kaiju No. 8

Tarsha pointed out that Kafka’s body is the ideal male body, and although fans might not like it because he doesn’t look like beefed-up main characters from other series, his physical appearance is at its peak.

As soon as Tarsha shared his tweet, Kaiju No. 8 fans came together to defend their main character. Some fans even stated that Kafka’s dad bod is much better than other protagonists.




Kafka’s plumpish body might not be liked by fans that much, but it offers a realistic experience to the anime, and that is certainly loved by Kaiju No. 8 fans. Irrespective of his body, his real strength comes from his Kaiju form, which fans will get to see more in the next episode, which is scheduled to be released on May 18, 2024.

You can watch Kaiju No. 8 on Crunchyroll.


Written by Tarun Kohli

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