The hit shonen manga Kaiju No. 8 will shift to a biweekly publication schedule.
Kaiju No. 8's author Naoya Matsumoto announced on Twitter that the series will now be published once every two weeks, as opposed to its previous release schedule of releasing a new chapter every Friday. This change comes after the publication of the series' 38th chapter on June 25. Matsumoto did not confirm exactly how long this schedule change will last but did acknowledge that Kaiju No. 8 will be released biweekly "for a while."
ジャンププラスにて怪獣８号の第38話が更新されました！よろしくお願いします！— 松本 直也 怪獣8号連載中 (@ringo_inuS) June 25, 2021
In the same tweet, Matsumoto also apologized to fans, promising that the shift is only due to "schedule adjustments," indicating the series will likely resume its weekly release schedule at some point in the future. Currently, Kaiju No. 8 is being serialized on Shonen Jump+, the free online spin-off of the main Shonen Jump magazine, and has been compiled into three volumes since its 2020 debut.
With its fourth volume scheduled for release in Japan on September 4, the new series has quickly become the fastest-selling manga on the Shonen Jump+ platform, surpassing popular titles like Spy x Family, Astra Lost in Space and Fire Punch. Kaiju No. 8 has already sold over 3 million physical copies and has surpassed 70 million views on the Shonen Jump+ app. VIZ Media is also simultaneously publishing Kaiju No. 8 in English, with the first collected volume set to release in Fall 2021.
The bestselling series tells the story of friends Kafka Hibino and Mina Ashino who attempt to join the kaiju-fighting Japanese Defense Force. While the prodigy Mina makes the cut, Kafka does not and must settle for a job cleaning up kaiju corpses. But when a small kaiju flies into his mouth, Kafka gains the ability to transform into a monster himself, becoming the eponymous Kaiju No. 8. Unfortunately for Kafka, his transformation makes him a threat and one of the Japanese Defense Force's primary targets.
Source: Twitter, via Crunchyroll