Crunchyroll to Stream “Kaiju No. 8” Premiere Live Alongside Japanese Broadcast

© JAKDF 3rd Division © Naoya Matsumoto/SHUEISHA

If you’re a fan of anime, you probably know that most streaming sites make episodes available only after it has aired in Japan. Well, those who are excited about the highly-anticipated upcoming premiere of Kaiju No. 8 have something to celebrate. Crunchyroll will, for the first time, stream new episodes of the series live every week at the same time it airs in Japan.

Kaiju No. 8 premieres live on Crunchyroll on Saturday, April 13 at 7:00 am PDT in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. The livestream will be available in Japanese with English, Latin American Spanish, Portuguese, German and French subtitles.

And if you miss the livestream, don’t worry! The episode will be available as usual Saturdays at 8:30am PDT, with English, Latin American Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Russian, Castilian Spanish and Arabic subtitles.

Crunchyroll will also be producing multiple dubs of Kaiju No. 8 in English, Latin American Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Castilian Spanish, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. These dubs will be available the same day as new episodes air in Japan at 8:30am PDT.

Adapted from the original manga created by Naoya Matsumoto, Kaiju No. 8 is animated by Production I.G (PSYCHO-PASS; GHOST IN THE SHELL) with kaiju artwork and design supervision by Studio Khara (Evangelion: New Theatrical Edition, Shin Godzilla (Pre Visualization Development)). Here is the summary, according to Crunchyroll:

In a world plagued by creatures known as Kaiju, Kafka Hibino aspired to enlist in The Defense Force. He makes a promise to enlist with his childhood friend, Mina Ashiro. Soon, life takes them in separate ways. While employed cleaning up after Kaiju battles, Kafka meets Reno Ichikawa. Reno’s determination to join The Defense Force reawakens Kafka’s promise to join Mina and protect humanity.

Kaiju No. 8 stars Masaya Fukunishi as Kafka Hibino / Kaiju No. 8, Asami Seto as Mina Ashiro, Wataru Katoh as Reno Ichikawa, Fairouz Ai as Kikoru Shinomiya, Kengo Kawanishi as Soshiro Hoshina, Yuki Shin as Iharu Furuhashi, Keisuke Komoto as Haruichi Izumo, and Shunsuke Takeuchi as Aoi Kaguragi.

Make sure to add Kaiju No. 8 to your watchlist!

Author: Jamie Sugah

Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.


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