Monster #8

Alt title: Kaiju No. 8

Vol: 2+; Ch: 31+
2020 - ?
4.451 out of 5 from 546 votes
Rank #515
Monster #8

A man working a job far removed from his childhood dreams gets wrapped up in an unexpected situation…! Becoming a monster, he aims once again to fulfill his lifelong dream…!

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The lovechild of Attack on Titan and One Punch Man, or maybe of Ajin and My Hero Academia. There's a lot of the whole pushing yourself to try your hardest and not giving up on your dreams that you see in My Hero Academia, but also with the easy defeating of opponents and humor mixed with epicness that you see in One Punch Man. And with the premise of a human-monster fighting monsters, which can be found in both Attack on Titan and Ajin (and probably loads of other manga that aren't immediately coming to mind). It's the story of a 32-year-old man named Kafka Hibino who has been inspired by a youngster to try applying to the Defense Force once again, with the hopes of fulfilling feir childhood promise to Mina Ashiro (currently the strongest Defense Force officer) to defeat kaiju together. It's very comedic and has a pretty light tone overall, especially seen through Hibino's undignified emoting and entering other people's personal space. The twist to the story is that Hibino has secretly been turned into a kaiju femself and is able to transform between monster and human forms, so fe has to be mindful about keeping feir secret a secret. Hibino draws people to femself just by being real with them and not treating them with pretense or whatever, so fe starts making a place for femself around the other new recruits to the Defense Force. The relative strength of the recruits is measured by how much of the power from their power suits they're able to draw out, with Hibino comically only drawing out 0 or 1%. Hibino's only physically strong in feir monster form, but in human form fe's still able to provide support and help out the team by applying knowledge and expertise from feir time cleaning up kaiju corpses. Overall, this manga doesn't stand out as impressive, but it's okay. I don't see it gaining much depth as it continues, but it'll probably continue being a good source of light humor and decent fights. [Reviewed at chapter 20]

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