'Kaiju No. 8' hails as Shounen JUMP+'s fastest manga to reach 4 million copies in circulation
Written by: Jei Beltrano
Published on: September 3, 2021 at 13:55 PHT (GMT+8)
Naoya Matsumoto's Kaiju No. 8 manga series is now Shounen JUMP+'s fastest manga series to exceed four million copies in circulation with physical and digital copies combined worldwide.
The total copies pertains to printed copies regardless of being sold or not, and is not in anyway related to total sales. It also reached a total of 160,000,000 views on the Shounen JUMP+ app.
Its fourth volume was released on Friday along with a promotional video (PV) for its release which was streamed on the official Youtube channel of the JUMP Comics.
Kaiju No. 8 is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoya Matsumoto which has been serialized on Shueisha's Shōnen Jump+ application and website since July 2020. It has been collected into individual tankōbon volumes with the first volume released on December 4, 2020.
Plot via Wiki:
In Japan, monsters known as kaiju regularly attack the populace with the Japanese Defense Force tasked with killing them. After their town was destroyed by kaiju when they were children, childhood friends Kafka Hibino and Mina Ashiro both vowed to become members of the Defense Force. Mina has become famous as commander of the Defense Force's Third Unit, but Kafka has failed the examination numerous times and is a member of the clean up crew, Monster Sweeper Inc., whose job it is to dispose of the monsters' dead bodies after battle. After a small talking monster flies into his body via his mouth, Kafka gains the ability to turn into a monster himself, which gets dubbed "Kaiju No. 8" by the Defense Force. Kafka remains fully cognizant while in the form, but gains superhuman strength, and becomes the first monster to escape the Defense Force.
Source: Shueisha via Comic Natalie