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Kaiju No. 8 chapter 38 - Kafka detained by the Defense Force


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Kaiju No. 8 Chapter 38 – The Kaiju Weaponry

Kaiju No. 8 chapter 38 - Kafka detained by the Defense Force

Clarity has finally been attributed toward the intentions of the Kaiju faction antagonizing humanity. Not only do the Kaiju seek to eliminate humanity but they also wish to recover the power of their brethren that have fallen into the hands of humanity over the decades. And in humanities case, we also learn how the option of converting Kaiju into weaponry has supplemented their fear and added to the opposition of alternative methods in dealing with Numbered Kaiju. Kafka’s case and Isao’s desire to use his power is unprecedented. Humanity in the past (in regards to Japan) were too afraid of the Kaiju that they never once considered that the Kaiju they were exposed too weren’t representative of every single Kaiju in existence. If humanity were aware that there were Kaiju that were willing to work with humanity, would they act differently?

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Kaiju No. 8 chapter 37 - Kafka is consumed by his Kaiju's rage


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Kaiju No. 8 Chapter 37 – The Human Of Monster #8

Kaiju No. 8 chapter 37 - Kafka is consumed by his Kaiju's rage

Cornered into a position that threatens his promise, Kafka consolidates every essence of his being to will his body into action and away from the blind rage consuming the Kaiju within him. To stop Monster #8, Kafka first stops himself. The hand that pierced his core jolted his mind back into consciousness. Injured yet in control, Kafka meets Isao’s regret with a expression of who he is. Kafka is not Monster #8, he IS Kafka Hibino. After such a display, beyond the terror Monster #8 can bring, the Defense Force now has concrete proof that Kafka can stop himself from running rampant if such a situation arises. The evidence Kafka has provided should be enough to merit his survival despite the risk it could pose to the Defense Force. And if Chief Shinomiya oversees Kafka’s presence, the Defense Force should be more comfortable allowing Kafka to remain within the Defense Force.

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Kaiju No.8 Chapter 36 - Monster #8 awakened


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Kaiju No. 8 Chapter 36 – The Kaiju Of Monster #8

Kaiju No.8 Chapter 36 - Monster #8 awakened

As suspected, Chief Shinomiya seeks to test Kafka by cornering him physically and mentally. The unexpected variable is the Kaiju linked to Kafka and its ingrained nature of killing Kaiju. The presence of Monster #2’s power within the ARMS and Suit Chief Shinomiya is wearing on top of the threat faced to Kafka has brought the nature of the Kaiju residing within Kafka to the surface. Whatever the reasoning, the Kaiju that bonded with Kafka has a mission to kill Kaiju and right now within the situation against Chief Shinomiya wielding the Monster #2 ARMS and Suit, it interprets Chief Shinomiya’s presence as a Kaiju. Can Monster #8 be stopped by having Chief Shinomiya disengage the Monster #2 ARMS or will Kikoru assist in bringing Kafka’s consciousness back by conveying to Kafka that her father never intended to kill him and has been testing him the whole time? Can Kafka convey to the Defense Force that he is not just a Monster governed by destruction and rage.

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Kaiju No.8 - Chief Shinomiya VS Kafka


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Kaiju No.8 Chapter 35 – Chief Shinomiya VS Kafka

You shrewd man Isao Shinomiya. The whole display by him against Monster #8 is most likely his attempt to provide the Defense Force leadership with a foundation of confidence on which he can propose his request. Chief Shinomiya’s intention was never to eliminate Monster #8 but rather to provide concrete evidence that he is capable of dispatching Monster #8 if a situation arises that calls for it. More than anyone in the Defense Force, Chief Shinomiya likely understands what the Kaiju are capable of and what they are able to endure. Chief Shinomiya has reminded the Defense Force that he is still as powerful as he once was and established that he is more than enough to take down Monster #8 if Kafka ever decides to betray the Defense Force. After such a display, the Defense Force would have little doubt in Chief Shinomiya’s abilities and may just approve a certain request he is likely to make such as working with Kafka to learn more about the Kaiju, their functionality and the structure of hybrids.

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Kaiju No.8 Chapter 34 - Kafka detained by the Defense Force


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Kaiju No.8 Chapter 33-34 – The Heart Of A Monster

Kaiju No.8 Chapter 34 - Kafka detained by the Defense Force

Kafka has been captured and the fear overwhelming the Defense Force Leadership has directed their mindsets to the termination of the source behind their terror. Fear of the power the Kaiju possess and fear of the uncertainty surrounding the Kaiju’s existence. The line between Humanity and Kaiju has been drawn in their minds and to keep their sanity within the confines of their understanding, the actions they arrive at involve treating Kafka as the Monsters they combat against. Although unlike the rest, the Chief of the Defense Force, Isao Shinomiya, takes a direct approach in assessing the danger Kafka possesses. If Chief Shinomiya believed wholeheartedly that Kafka was a complete threat, the Defense Force would be executing him. But instead, Chief Shinomiya has opted to test Kafka, both his DNA and human tendencies. Kafka is undoubtedly a Hybrid, but can he prove to Chief Shinomiya that the heart he possesses is not that of a monster but that of himself – someone born with the desire to help others?

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Kaiju No.8 chapter 32 - Kafka's knocks the Kaiju bomb into the sky saving the Defense Force


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Kaiju No.8 Chapter 30-32 – Eyes Of Enmity

Kaiju No.8 chapter 32 - Mina and the Defense Force react to Kafka's Kaiju form by attempting to apprehend him

It was an inevitability. The current separation of Humanity and Kaiju is one entrenched in conflict. A deeply rooted past that has conditioned the minds of the Defense Force to treat any and all Kaiju as destructive enemies to humankind. Regardless of the circumstance, the figure that stands before them has the form of their “enemy” and at a loss for what else to do, the Defense Force soldiers fall back on what they know, protocol. Apprehend the embodiment of their terror. A form resembling their enemy. One humanity associates only devastation, animosity and trauma with. The confrontation between two childhood friends dawns a reality filled with ruthfulness. Will their paths resolve to continue forward together or will this moment fracture it into division?

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Kaiju No.8 Chapter 29 - The Battle Princess, Mina, arrives at the scene


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Kaiju No.8 Chapter 29 – The Battle Princess Arrives

Kaiju No.8 Chapter 29 - The Battle Princess, Mina, arrives at the scene

It makes sense now why Soshiro took such a liking to Kafka. The situation with Kafka reflected his own in a way. Just as how Soshiro wanted to push himself in a direction others saw as a futile struggle with an inevitable end, Kafka now seeks to accomplish something he doesn’t appear to be suited for. There is the obvious difference of Kafka possessing a Kaiju within him but from Soshiro’s perspective, Kafka is someone seemingly unfit for the Defense Force yet an individual possessing an immense amount of passion to exceed their limitations. Soshiro resonated with the struggle Kafka was going through and sought to be the support for Kafka which he didn’t have until he met Mina. Soshiro understands there is merit behind that which isn’t noticeably apparent at first glance and if given the chance, anyone can begin to substantiate their value. And Soshiro wasn’t wrong, thanks to Kakfa’s experience as a Kaiju dismantler, he brings a very unique perspective to the Defense Force which has displayed utility in the previous Kaiju attacks they were in. Likewise, Soshiro’s efforts in this current battle against the Humanoid Kaiju (Kaiju #10?) has carved the path out for Mina to unleash. And with the Battle Princess now at the scene, the Humanoid Kaiju can get the fight it so intensely craves.

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Kaiju No.8 Chapter 28 - Soshiro takes on the Humanoid Kaiju attacking the Defense Force base


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Kaiju No.8 Chapter 28 – Soshiro VS Humanoid Kaiju

Kaiju No.8 Chapter 28 - Soshiro takes on the Humanoid Kaiju attacking the Defense Force base

Unleashing all against the Humanoid Kaiju attacking the Defense Force base, Soshiro finds himself reaching his suit limit unable to completely eliminate the enemy commander. Despite having attacked the Kaiju core, Soshiro was unable to fully destroy it with it shifting its position within the Kaiju. As a result, the Humanoid Kaiju has now expanded its form and leveled up its power in order to combat Soshiro. The sheer size of the Humanoid Kaiju after its transformation has rendered Soshiro’s attacks ineffective in dismembering the Kaiju to reach the core. Even with Soshiro attempting one final attack using his speed to increase his power, the ability of the Humanoid Kaiju to display multiple cores within its body caused hesitation within Soshiro that the Humanoid Kaiju exploited to land an attack. With Soshiro’s suit driver limit having been reach and him unable to continue fighting, the Defense Force base and unit are now at the mercy of the Humanoid Kaiju’s destruction. Kafka may need to transform and combat the Humanoid Kaiju.

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Kaiju No.8 chapter 22 - Kafka and Kikoru greet Leno when he wakes up after recovering from his injuries


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Kaiju No.8 Chapter 22 – Celebration

Kaiju No.8 chapter 22 - Kafka and Kikoru greet Leno when he wakes up after recovering from his injuries

With all the Defense Force recruits recovered and gathered, a celebration is held in light of their accomplishments achieved during their first mission. A mission that ended in success and discovery. The celebration gathers all the Defense Force rookies together which on deeper inspections is a moment none of the members will get to experience again as some will inevitable fall before the next gathering. Deep down, the Defense Force rookies are aware of this. And through that introspection of ones own self and abilities, certain characters lost in the background become more prominent and noticeable.

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Kaiju No.8 chapter 16 - The Humanoid Kaiju defending against Leno's attack and launching his own attack on Leno


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Kaiju No.8 Chapter 15-17 – Battle Against The Humanoid Kaiju

Kaiju No.8 chapter 17 - Kafka arrives to take on the Humanoid Kaiju

For a second there, I was worried Leno would die. Even though his death could have served a purpose to drive the story, I have grown really fond of his character so I am glad the direction the manga is heading involves Leno being alive and developing alongside Kafka, Kikoru and the other Defense Force members. Further, I wasn’t expecting Iharu to get such focus in this moment. I suspected Leno would send him away to get help but to have Iharu wrestle with his own past and doubt in himself, that was a welcome addition to the developments in this arc. It helped create a defining moment for Iharu. Even though the Humanoid Kaiju was too overwhelming for both Leno and Iharu, they managed to delay it long enough for help in the form of Kaiju No.8 to arrive. With Kafka and the Humanoid Kaiju having now encountered each other, I am fascinated to learn what the Humanoid Kaiju has to say about Kaiju No.8.

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