On Monday, Shueisha announced that Naoya Matsumoto’s No.8 Kaiju manga has surpassed three million copies in circulation (both in print and digital, but not yet sold out). The series is the fastest Shonen Jump+ manga (as opposed to Shueisha’s print magazine) to reach this milestone.
Matsumoto shared a commemorative illustration and handwritten message of thanks to all readers.
Matsumoto launched the manga in July 2020 on Shueisha’s Shonen Jump + website. The first print volume was published on December 4, and this volume has had two more copies due to demand.
The manga reached one million copies in print on March 4. When the new chapter debuted, the manga surfaced on Twitter and received over 1.5 million views in its release week. Following the release of chapter 25, the manga topped 70 million views on February 8 – the fastest any manga has reached this milestone on the Shonen Jump + service. When the third volume came out on June 4, the manga had sold over 2.5 million copies in print.
Viz Media licensed the manga. The company releases the chapters digitally and will release the first volume in English this fall. Shueisha publishes the manga on her MANGA Plus service under the title Monster #8, and it describes the story:
A man who is doing a job far from his childhood dreams gets caught up in an unexpected situation…! Becoming a monster, he aims to once again fulfill his lifelong dream…!
The series was nominated for the 14th Manga Taisho Awards in January.