Kaiju No. 8

Kaiju No. 8

A high-octane, satisfyingly graphic kaiju series

The Very Best

8.5

TV Show

Japan
Japanese
Action & Adventure, Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
2024
Asami Seto, Fairouz Ai, Keisuke Komoto
24 min

TLDR

It’s giving Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle City arc.

What it's about

A professional cleaner of dead kaiju turns into a kaiju and is hunted by the Defense Force.

The take

It’s cool that more and more people are drawing attention to the cleanup after the cinematic explosions — much more kaiju explosions. This series is balls to the wall action, giving us the monsters and the raining down of blood and guts right away. The details are graphic and satisfying like a perverse cooking show or a horror film. When it’s not about that, we’re looking at hardworking, disciplined laborers in this absurd setting. Like many kaiju films, it’s a pretty easy show to get into, shining with its punchy animations, high octane action, ever-present danger, and a surprisingly adorable factor.

What stands out

I thought kaiju were supposed to look cool, but I guess if they bleed like that they should be disgusting.

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