Kaiju No. 8 Volume Two: The First Mission Begins

Kaiju No. 8 Volume Two Cover

Before we begin this review, I would like to thank Viz Media and Net Galley for this opportunity.

We are continuing from our review of the first volume, Kafka, and Kikrou is in the middle of their exam and is up against a honju. Kafka threw caution to the wind and transformed into his Kaiju form to save his teammate. After their battle, it left destruction in its wake as Kafka begs Kikrou to keep his secret from the Defense Force.

Kikrou agreed to keep his secret, however, the Defense Force picked up on Kafka’s life signs disappearing from their reading during the fight, and the sudden high reading from his Kaiju Transformation.

Later, Kafka and Reno would get their results back on their exam. Reno learned that he would be a Candidate for Officer, while Kafka failed the exam. The silver lining in this was that he caught the attention of Soshiro, who was well aware of Kafka’s sudden disappearing life signs, but allowed him to join as a cadet in his Platoon. As we move forward, Reno, Kikoru, and Reno are on their first mission, to take down the Base Kaiju and stop its destruction, but unbeknownst to the Defense Force, the Mysterious Humanoid Kaiju who revived a neutralized honju during the exam is involved in the mission behind the scenes.

I am impressed with this story so far, with each chapter packed with suspense, humor, and of course, Kaiju Action! Speaking of Kaiju, the monsters in this newest volume are designed magnificently. Forgive me for going ‘Fanboy’ in this review, but I always have enjoyed seeing what an artist (or creator) can bring to life, in this case, creepy and horrific monsters.


Okay, back to the review, I am loving the way the characters are written in this series. For example, the protagonist, Kafka, is determined to show his worth to the Defense Force, and lucky for them, he brought what he had learned from his previous time at Monster Sweeper Inc. Kafka might have his Kaiju ability, but what he has also learned could be a great benefit to the organization.

Again, I am impressed by the characters in this story. They are well written and offer depth with humor to help keep the story from becoming stale. The cruelest thing I can think of about this volume was the cliffhanger. You become so enticed by the story and all of a sudden it ends unexpectedly.

Kaiju No. 8 Volume Two is available now in both Print and Digital. Be sure to also check out Kaiju No. 8 on Viz Media’s Shonen Jump and Shueisha’s Manga Plus.

Final Grade:

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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