Kaiju No. 8 Volume Three: The Invasion Begins

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Before we begin this review, I would like to thank NetGalley, and Viz Media for the opportunity to review this title.

It has been a couple of weeks since my last manga review, but rest assured, I’m ready to jump back into the fray!

The first mission was underway for our heroes, which included Kafka fighting Kaiju No 9. After saving Iharu and Reno, he is spotted by Defense Force Officers and the neutralization unit led by Vice-Captain Hoshina. Hoshina has been tasked to dispose of him. Kafka’s training and his new-found power are put to the test by fighting his Superior Officer. The question is, can he withstand Hoshina’s attacks without revealing his identity?

Kafka fought an opponent that was similar to himself and had it on the ropes until Hoshina interfered. These two battles served a purpose for our hero, which was to test his new abilities and test his resolve when he is put into a situation where it has him strategize more when taking on an opponent like his Superior Officer.

Kaiju No. 9 is a fascinating creature, a Daikaiju who chose to use his shapeshifting ability to join the professional kaiju cleaning company and revive the Kaiju who was killed in battle. While this Kaiju miscalculated how strong Kafka was, it was an amazing battle to read.


Kafka was able to escape, and the Defense Force continued their search for the two humanoid kaiju. The team went back to their base and tend to their wounded. There was a small fest and an argument over what happened during the mission and of course, trying to figure out what went wrong during the fight, but the sudden announcement from Vice-Captain Hoshina stopped the argument quickly.

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Kafka got promoted to General Officer, but it doesn’t shake off Hoshina’s suspicion of Kaiju No. 8 and Kafka. The celebration is cut short after a Kaiju begins to attack the base! This was another great volume, packed with plenty of action and more character-building moments.

I was impressed with Hoshina’s fighting technique and his “Percentage” capability. His style and reminiscent of Tite Kubo’s Soul Society Captains and Vice-Captains regarding their way with a weapon. I can see why fans have high praise for this vice-captain. He’s hardworking, calm, and one heck of a fighter. Another factor that we’re beginning to see is similar to superheroes and their alter egos. Kafka’s knowledge of Kaiju and his ability to transform into a Kaiju will affect his relationships. As always, the artwork is incredible and the Kaiju designs are stellar.

Final Grade:

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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