Kaiju No. 8 episode 6 release date and time (and an episode 5 recap)

Kafka embarks on his first mission with the Defense Corps.
『怪獣8号』第6話「夜明けの相模原討伐作戦」次回予告/5月18日(土)23時より放送 / TOHO animation チャンネル

Kaiju No. 8 had its series premiere last month and already, viewers are hooked. Its sixth episode was released this past weekend, so we're here to break down how to watch and what happened last so you don't forget a thing.

The series introduced the Kaiju world where Kafka Hibino obtains the power to turn into a Kaiju and becomes part of the defense corps to fight other creatures. The previous episode revealed the recruits that passed the exam alongside Reno and Kafka as they trained together. This next episode will likely cover the first mission for the new recruits.

Kaiju No. 8 episode 6 is titled "Sagamihara Neutralization Operation at Daybreak!" and was released on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at 11:00 pm Japanese Standard Time (JST) and was simulcast on Crunchyroll in the United States. The episode has been available in the U.S. as of Saturday, May 18, 2024.

The new episode of Kaiju No. 8 was released in the following time zones found below:

  • 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time 
  • 9:00 a.m. Central Time 
  • 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time Zone 
  • 4:00 p.m. in the UK 
  • 8:30 pm India Standard Time 
  • 12:30 a.m. in Australia

Watching on Crunchyroll? Head to the link here to stream Kaiju No. 8 episode 5!

Episode 5 recap

In the previous episode, Kafka and Reno returned to their cleanup jobs awaiting the results of the defense force exam. They finally receive notice that the results have come in and the boys open it together.

The show then cuts to the new recruits that passed meeting up for the formal ceremony as officers. Reno, Kikoru, and other recruits are present for the induction ceremony and Kafka is nowhere to be found. Another recruit meets up with Reno and is curious about Kafka's result and then Mina enters the room. She heads up on stage in order to thank Kikoru for her actions during the exam to take down the revived Yonju. Kikoru is conflicted as she is aware that Kafka saved the day with his powers and wonders where he is.

Kafka then subsequently enters the room which surprises the rest of the room. It is revealed in a flashback that Kafka was set to fail but Hoshino stepped in and offered to take him on as a cadet and give him further training. Kafka scored very poor marks but he displayed experience that can be useful.

Back in the present, Mina informs the officers that Kafka will start as a cadet and then resumes her speech in welcoming the new recruits. During her uplifting speech, Kafka interrupts by announcing his desire to fight alongside her which shocked the room. in response, Mina ordered him to do one hundred pushups while Hoshino laughed. Hoshino witnesses Mina smile as she walks away and reveals that he is suspicious of Kafka from the exam because his vitals did not make sense when the Yonju attacked. Hoshino plans to monitor Kafka during his training.

After the ceremony, Kikoru meets up with Reno and Kafka to discuss the kaiju powers. They discuss how Kafka received the ability and Kikoru expressed that she would eliminate Kafka if he ever imposed a danger to humanity. The officers continue to train in combat later and Kafka heads to the bathhouse with the rest of the boys. During that time, the recruits reveal that Mina was an inspiration to them wanting to become defense corps members and Kafka realizes that Mina is a hero for this generation.

Kafka then tells the recruits that he is a childhood friend of Mina's which sparks jealousy among the boys as they pry for more information. The show then shifts to a montage of training highlights for the recruits as Kafka is shown to be working diligently even when the rest are asleep. Hoshino encounters Kafka in the study room and they discuss each other's motivation. The alarms go off as Kafka and the rest of the recruits are set to go on their first official mission at the end of the episode.

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