OneRepublic’s New Single Is Kaiju No. 8’s Anime ED

Anime continues to take over American pop culture in an unexpected collab. Read on to learn more about OneRepublic’s new song and the latest hit anime.

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Cover art for "Nobody" by OneRepublic on a burgundy background, with the profile of a gray and turquoise monster clenching its fist.

The spring anime season is starting strong with its offerings of long-awaited reboots like Spice and Wolf: Merchant Meets the Wise Wolf and popular adaptations like A Condition Called Love. Among the new series making waves is the highly anticipated Kaiju No. 8. As if fans weren’t hyped enough to see the beloved action manga get animated, American audiences got a surprise from another one of their faves. On April 12, pop rock band OneRepublic released their new single Nobody, which will serve as the anime’s ending theme alongside YOUNGBLUD’s opening song, Abyss.

A Match Made in Tokyo

Ahead of the series’ premiere, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic sat down for an interview detailing how this collaboration came about and his connection to Japan. When asked about the process behind Nobody, the band’s frontman said, “First of all, I’m a massive fan of Japan and all things Japan…Everything from anime, manga, to the music, food, and culture.” Tedder then went on to explain that, following their tour in Japan last spring, the group met with the production team behind Kaiju No. 8 in L.A., where their collaboration began. “They showed me parts of the scenes, the animation, the drawings [on the] storyboard, and broke down the characters.” He adds,

I got inspired by the characters and the energy [the production team] wanted. They wanted the song to feel uplifting and fun. Like a moment of brightness.

Via Universal Music Japan International

Nobody is OneRepublic’s second single to be released in 2024 as they head into their sixth studio album. The Grammy-nominated band’s hits include Counting Stars, I Lived, and Wherever I Go. They first launched into the scene in 2007 with their debut album Dreaming Out Loud. Its lead single Apologize, earned the band global recognition via its Timbaland remix. To date, the group has sold over 16 million records worldwide and has garnered 5 billion streams on Spotify.

About Kaiju No. 8

Produced by Production I.G., Kaiju No. 8 is adapted from the acclaimed manga by Naoya Matsumoto. The story centers around Kafka Hibino, a man who gets turned into a kaiju (monster) while attempting to join the very Defense Force in charge of annihilating the plaguing beasts. Published by Viz Media, the series began serialization in 2020 and has over 13 million copies in circulation as of April 2024.

"Kaiju No. 8" by Naoya Matsumoto manga cover, featuring the profile of a gray and turquoise monster clenching its fist on a red background.

In January, a spin-off titled Kaiju No. 8: B-Side began releasing alongside the main series on the digital platforms Shonen Jump and Manga Plus.

A light novel is scheduled to come out in America later this year.

As for the anime, both the English dub and sub of Kaiju No. 8 are available to stream now on Crunchyroll and Amazon Prime Video.

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