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Kaiju No.8 chapter 21 - Monster #9 changes their appearance


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Kaiju No.8 Chapter 21 – Retreating Into Obscurity

Kaiju No.8 chapter 21 - Monster #9 changes their appearance

The Humanoid Kaiju continues its infiltration of human society by changing the body it guises itself as. Understanding the failure of its mission to silence those who discover its identity and presence, it has no choice but to abandon the identity it posed as previously in favour of a face not targeted by the Defense Force whom have labelled it, Monster #9. Additionally, with Monster #9 aware of the problems Monster #8 poses to their well being and their mission, it resolves to kill Monster #8 once it gets used to its new body.

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Kaiju No.8 Chapter 19-20 – Kafka VS Hoshino

Kaiju #8 chapter 20 - Kafka VS Hoshino

Exhilarating. How spectacularly intoxicating. Kafka in his Kaiju #8 form being forced to survive Vice-Commander Hoshino’s assaults was a sight to see. Kafka experienced first-hand the capabilities of Soshiro and how fighting an upper agent of the Defense Force is like. Kafka may have been holding back because Soshiro is his commanding officer but I wonder if Kafka could really have taken on someone of Soshiro’s capabilities if Kafka did not have that relation holding him back. Possibly, but it would have severely exhausted Kafka.What is clear though is that Kafka has a lot to learn and he definitely needs to be more careful around the Defense Force going forward. They are out to get Kaiju #8.

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Kaiju #8 chapter 18 - Kafka nullifying the Humanoid Kaiju's attack with his own attack


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Kaiju No.8 Chapter 18 – Kafka VS Humanoid Kaiju

Kaiju #8 chapter 18 - Kafka overwhelming the Humanoid Kaiju

Rage. Unbridled and Seething. The sight of his comrades state drives Kafka into a mode completely dominant over the Humanoid Kaiju that moments before had it playing with Reno and Iharu’s lives by experimenting on the resilience of their battle suits. Now with Kafka’s response precipitated, the Humanoid Kaiju attempts to collect Kaiju #8 as a corpse yet the ignorance shaping its perspective makes it blind to the true monster standing in front of it. Unleashed and craving retribution, Kafka closes in to the Humanoid Kaiju with the stare of an executioner.

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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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kaiju no. 8 chapter 14 - Mina eliminated the Kaiju


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Kaiju No. 8 Chapter 13-14 – Beyond The Threshold

kaiju no. 8 chapter 13 - Mina prepares to attack the Kaiju

What a captivating display of power. Unleashed overwhelming power. Ashiro Mina has expressed to all those present just what is capable from one person when the force of their will exceeds the boundaries of rational limitation. And beyond just taking down the Kaiju, Mina ensured it was completely annihilated. Any unexpected surprise the Kaiju may have held due to a lack of information could be removed through destroying it completely. One could say that Kaiju was eli-Mina-ted O.o.

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Kaiju No. 8 Chapter 12 - The new recruits first mission


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Kaiju No. 8 Chapter 12 – First Mission

Kaiju No. 8 chapter 12 - The new recruits defend the city

Circumstances aren’t going to unravel the way the Defense Force envisions. The wall has already begun crumbling and the hands of the evolved Kaiju have started manipulating lesser Kaiju toward an intention yet to be revealed. Events precipitating destruction only seem to serve as a precursor toward a larger narrative behind Kaiju and Humanity. The new recruits face their first mission but are they truly aware of what they are fighting for? And who?

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Kaiju No. 8 chapter 8 - Kafka charges up a punch


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Kaiju No. 8 Chapter 8-11 – Hiding In Plain Sight

Kaiju No. 8 chapter 8 - Kafka charges up a punch

Apart from the Defense Force being aware of an increase in activity by the Kaiju, they appear oblivious to the extent of the Kaiju’s true capabilities. Furthermore, would the Kaiju have lulled the human race into such a frozen state that challenging the concept of Kaiju having higher intelligence seems implausible to the Defense Force? And lets not forget the mini-dragonmosquitofly that had itself consumed by Kafka after intentionally choosing and locating him. Something doesn’t add up and I suspect deeper involvement between the Kaiju and the human race or at least a faction of the Kaiju. But answers to those mysteries will have to wait as the focus has now shifted to Kaiju integrating themselves directly into human society via the Kaiju Cleaning Company, Monster Sweepers Inc.

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