Promotional art for the Yo-kai Watch video game featuring Nate, Katie, Whisper, Jibanyan, and Komasan.
|Genre||Fantasy, supernatural, comedy|
|Written by||Noriyuki Konishi|
|Original run||January 2013 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Shinji Ushiro|
|Produced by||Yoshikazu Kuretani (TV Tokyo), Kiyofumi Kajiwara|
|Written by||Yoichi Katō|
|Music by||Ken'ichirō Saigō|
|Network||TXN (TV Tokyo), BS Japan, AT-X, Kids Station|
|Original run||January 8, 2014 – present|
|Yo-kai Watch: Exciting Nyanderful Days|
|Written by||Chikako Mori|
|Original run||February 2014 – present|
|4-Panel Yo-kai Watch: Geragera Manga Theater|
|Written by||Coconas Rumba|
|Magazine||CoroCoro Comic SPECIAL|
|Original run||October 2014 – present|
|Yo-kai Watch: 4-Panel Pun-Club|
|Written by||Santa Harukaze|
|Original run||April 2015 – present|
|Komasan 〜A Time for Fireworks and Miracles〜|
|Written by||Shō Shibamoto|
|Original run||April 10, 2015 – September 10, 2015|
|Yo-kai Watch Busters|
|Written by||Atsushi Ohba|
|Original run||June 2015 – October 2015|
Yo-kai Watch (妖怪ウォッチ Yōkai Wotchi?, trademarked in Japan as Youkai Watch and Yokai Watch, lit. Monster Watch) is a series of role-playing video games developed by Level-5. The original game was released for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan on July 11, 2013 and was released in North America by Nintendo on November 6, 2015. A sequel, Yo-kai Watch 2, was released in three versions; Ganso and Honke, which were released in Japan on July 10, 2014, and Shinuchi, released on December 13, 2014. A spin-off game, Yo-kai Watch Busters, was released on July 11, 2015. A third title, Yo-kai Watch 3, will be released on July 16, 2016.
Six manga adaptations have been produced; a shōnen manga series that began serialization in Shogakukan's CoroCoro Comic from December 15, 2012, a shōjo manga series that began serialization in Shogakukan's Ciao magazine from December 27, 2013, two shōnen yonkoma series that began serialization in CoroCoro Comic SPECIAL and CoroCoro Ichiban! from October 2014 and April 2014 respectively, a shōnen and seinen manga series that was serialized in HiBaNa from April 10 to September 10, 2015, and a shōnen manga series based on Yo-kai Watch Busters that was serialized in CoroCoro Comic from June to October 2015. An anime television series produced by OLM, Inc. began airing in Japan from January 2014 and began airing in North America from October 5, 2015. An animated film was released on December 20, 2014, with a second film released on December 19, 2015.
- 1 Plot
- 2 Gameplay
- 3 Media
- 3.1 Video games
- 3.2 Manga
- 3.3 Anime
- 3.4 Music
- 4 Merchandise
- 5 Reception
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
One day while searching for bugs in the woods near the town of Springdale (Sakura New Town in Japan), a boy named Nate (Keita) comes across a peculiar capsule machine next to a sacred tree. When he opens one of the capsules up, it brings forth the Yo-kai Whisper, who gives Nate a special device known as the Yo-kai Watch. Using this, Nate is able to identify and see various different Yo-kai that are haunting people and causing mischief. Joined by the cat Yo-kai Jibanyan, Nate and Whisper start befriending all sorts of Yo-kai which Nate can summon to battle against more ill-intentioned Yo-kai that happen to live in his town, causing terrible trouble. He also goes on adventures around the town with his Yo-kai partners to help his human friends Bear (Kuma), Eddie (Kanchi), and Katie (Fumi-chan; also the choice for the female player character in the video games) deal with their various problems often caused by other Yo-kai.
Later, a new girl named Inaho moves into town, being in a different homeroom class from Nate. She receives her own Yo-kai Watch and meets the space Yo-kai Usapyon, who wants her help in restoring the happiness of a scientist he accidentally upset. They then open up a detective agency to investigate many Yo-kai "crimes" plaguing the city.
Yo-kai Watch is a role-playing video game where the player searches around Springdale (Sakura New Town) for Yo-kai using the 3DS's touchscreen. Players befriend Yo-kai by giving them a food that they like before, beginning, and/or during battle, and after defeating the Yo-kai it approaches the player character and gives them its Yo-kai Medal, allowing it to be summoned at will. Yo-kai can also be acquired through an in game Gasha Machine by collecting in-game coins or using Play Coins. Certain Yo-kai are necessary for completing the game's main quest, and special rare Yo-kai are acquired through various subquests. Yo-kai have the capability to evolve into more powerful versions of themselves if they reach a certain level, or they can evolve by combining with particular items or other Yo-kai. The Yo-kai are divided amongst eight different tribes, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. There are also Legend Yo-kai that can only be obtained by collecting a particular set of Yo-kai listed in the Yo-kai Medallium, a compendium of the different Yo-kai the player has encountered or befriended, as well as Boss Yo-kai that cannot be befriended in the original game, but can become the player's friends in Ganso and Honke.
When the player encounters a Yo-kai, they enter into battle with it using six Yo-kai that the player has befriended previously. The touchscreen is used during battles to rotate amongst the player's Yo-kai in battle at will. It is also used either to clear up status effects on the player's Yo-kai or to charge up the Yo-kai's special abilities.
A common in-game event is "Oni Time" (Terror Time), where the player character enters a nightmare realm where they look for treasure chests with special items in them all while trying to avoid being seen by other Yo-kai. If spotted, the player is chased by the powerful Oni Yo-kai Gargaros, who can easily wipe out the player's party unless they can escape. It is possible to defeat Gargaros, but only if the player's Yo-kai are particularly powerful. The player can also encounter similarly powerful Namahage Yo-kai if the player crosses the street on a red light, but the encounter may be beneficial if the player follows the rules.
Players can also participate in several side quests for experience and bug-catching and fishing minigames to obtain special items.
Yo-kai Watch 2 expands the areas to be explored with nearly 100 new Yo-kai in the present day of the Kemamoto region and the past, where he meets traditional Yo-kai and the predecessor to the Yo-kai Watch.
The Yo-kai Watch video game was announced by Level-5 at the 2011 Tokyo Game Show. It was released in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS on July 11, 2013. As of February 2014, the game had sold over 500,000 retail copies. In January 2014, Level-5 filed for a trademark in the United States for "Yo-kai Watch" and released it to retail stores and the Nintendo eShop on November 6, 2015. Nintendo announced that they would be publishing the game in North America for a Holiday 2015 release.
The Data Carddass game Yo-kai Watch: Tomodachi UkiUkipedia (妖怪ウォッチ ともだちウキウキペディア) was first location tested in late December 2013, and debuted at the Next Generation World Hobby Fair Winter 2014 before being released in early 2014. The game is played much like Bandai's other Data Carddass games, in which the player uses an interface resembling a slot machine to determine the events of a battle between 3 of the player's Yo-kai against 3 enemy Yo-kai, after the player sought them out on the game interface. Winning the game awards the player a card that can be used for future Tomodachi UkiUkipedia play.
A sequel, Yo-kai Watch 2, was released in Japan on July 10, 2014 in two editions; Ganso (元祖) and Honke (本家, both can be translated as "original"). CoroCoro Comic began running a contest for readers to design a new form for the game's mascot Jibanyan that would appear in the new game as well as in the manga in CoroCoro. These were revealed to be Buchinyan, a fusion of Jibanyan and Whisper available in an update to the original game (as well as adding special Komasan and Tsuchinoko partners), and Fuyunyan, a heroic Yo-kai that is central to the plot of the games. Ganso and Honke will also feature Yo-kai that are unobtainable in the other version, including boss characters. Other new features include Z Medals, old Medals, train travel, bike racing, climbing poles, and a "spooky red box" that causes the player to fart or rewards a special item. In collaboration with Tomodachi UkiUkipedia, the arcade game will feature unique local Yo-kai representing eight regions of Japan, that can be used in Yo-kai Watch 2 by using a code found on the game's prize card. On December 13, 2014, a third edition of Yo-kai Watch 2 subtitled Shinuchi (真打 Shin'uchi, "Headliner") was released in Japan, featuring characters and scenarios not initially included in Ganso and Honke. As of November 2014, the Ganso and Honke editions had sold a combined 2,881,810 copies. The Ganso and Honke versions sold over three million copies in 2014, making it the best-selling video game in Japan in 2014.
A spin-off game, Yo-kai Watch Busters (妖怪ウォッチバスターズ Yōkai Wotchi Basutāzu) was first announced in the April 2015 issue of CoroCoro Comic, allowing up to four players to cooperate in battling boss Yo-kai. The first two versions of the game, Aka Neko-dan (赤猫団, "Red Cat Troupe") and Shiro Inu-tai (白犬隊, "White Dog Corps"), were released on July 11, 2015. Announced alongside Yo-kai Watch Busters was the upcoming third game in the main series, Yo-kai Watch 3 which features two main characters playable at the same time. Keita and his family have moved to the United States to the fictional town of Saint Peanutsburg, where new American-themed "Meriken" (メリケン) Yo-kai can be found. The other half of the game focuses on Inaho Misora, introduced to the anime series in the Second Season, and her partner Yo-kai Usapyon. Accompanying these games' releases were announcements of Yo-kai Sangokushi (妖怪三国志, lit. "Yo-kai Three Kingdoms") in collaboration with Koei Tecmo's Romance of the Three Kingdoms series as well as several mobile games.
In August, a collaboration with Ubisoft to release a special version of the Just Dance series was announced, set to feature songs from the anime's soundtrack, was released on December 5, 2015. A free expansion for the two Yo-kai Watch Busters games called Getto-gumi (月兎組, "Moon Rabbit Team") was released on December 12, 2015, adding characters and settings featured in second anime feature film Yo-kai Watch: Enma Daiō to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan!.
- Yo-kai Watch (Nintendo 3DS, 2013)
- Yo-kai Watch 2 (Nintendo 3DS, 2014)
- Yo-kai Watch 3 (Nintendo 3DS, 2016)
- Yo-kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Troupe & White Dog Squad (Nintendo 3DS, 2015)
- Yo-kai Watch Busters: Moon Rabbit Team (Nintendo 3DS, 2015)
- Yo-kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version (Wii U, 2015) - Co-developed and published by Ubisoft as part of the Just Dance series.
- Yo-kai Watch: Three Kingdoms (Nintendo 3DS, 2016)
- Yo-kai Taiso Dai-Ichi Puzzle da Nyan (ようかい体操第一 パズルだニャン Yōkai Taisō Dai-Ichi Pazuru da Nyan, lit. "Yo-kai Exercise No. 1: Puzzle Meow) (iOS, Android, 2013)
- Yo-kai Watch: PuniPuni (妖怪ウォッチ ぷにぷに Yōkai Wotchi Punipuni) (iOS, Android, 2015)
- Yo-kai Daijiten (妖怪大辞典, lit. "Yo-kai Medallium") (iOS, Android, 2016)
- Yo-kai Watch: Gerapo Rhythm (妖怪ウォッチ ゲラポリズム Yōkai Wotchi Gerapo Rizumu) (iOS, Android, 2016)
- Yo-kai Watch: Wibble Wobble (US) (iOS, Android, 2016)
Six manga adaptations based on the series have been published by Shogakukan. A shōnen manga series by Noriyuki Konishi began serialization in CoroCoro Comic from December 15, 2012. This series has been licensed by Viz Media under its Perfect Square imprint. A shōjo manga series by Chikako Mori, titled Yo-kai Watch: Exciting Nyanderful Days (妖怪ウォッチ～わくわく☆にゃんだふるデイズ～ Yōkai Wotchi ~Wakuwaku Nyandafuru Deizu~), began serialization in Ciao magazine from December 27, 2013. A yonkoma series by Coconas Rumba, titled 4-Panel Yo-kai Watch: Geragera Manga Theater (4コマ妖怪ウォッチ ゲラゲラマンガ劇場 Yonkoma Yōkai Wotchi Geragera Manga Gekijō), began serialization in CoroCoro Comic SPECIAL from October 2014. Another yonkoma series by Santa Harukaze, titled Yo-kai Watch 4-Panel Pun Club (妖怪ウォッチ 4コマだじゃれクラブ Yōkai Wotchi Yonkoma Dajare Kurabu), began serialization in CoroCoro Ichiban! from April 2015. A shōnen and seinen manga series by Shō Shibamoto, titled Komasan 〜A Time for Fireworks and Miracles〜 (コマさん 〜ハナビとキセキの時間〜 Komasan 〜Hanabi to Kiseki no Jikan〜), began serialization in HiBaNa on April 10, 2015 and ended on September 10 of that year. A manga series based on Yo-kai Watch Busters by Atsushi Ohba began serialization in CoroCoro Comic in June 2015 and ended in October of that year.
Noriyuki Konishi version
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||June 28, 2013||ISBN 978-4-09141-655-1||November 3, 2015||ISBN 978-1-42158-251-1|
|2||December 27, 2013||ISBN 978-4-09140-018-5||November 3, 2015||ISBN 978-1-42158-252-8|
|3||March 25, 2014||ISBN 978-4-09141-709-1||January 5, 2016||ISBN 978-1-42158-273-3|
|4||July 25, 2014||ISBN 978-4-09141-793-0||March 1, 2016||ISBN 978-1-42158-274-0|
|5||October 28, 2014||ISBN 978-4-09141-817-3||May 3, 2016||ISBN 978-1-42158-275-7|
|6||February 27, 2015||ISBN 978-4-09141-876-0||TBA||—|
|7||June 26, 2015||ISBN 978-4-09142-006-0||TBA||—|
|8||September 28, 2015||ISBN 978-4-09142-102-9||TBA||—|
|9||February 26, 2016||ISBN 978-4-09142-119-7||TBA||—|
|10||June 24, 2016||ISBN 978-4-09142-175-3||TBA||—|
|11||August 5, 2016||ISBN 978-4-09159-232-3||TBA||—|
Yo-kai Watch: Exciting Nyanderful Days
|1||December 25, 2014||ISBN 978-4-09136-714-3|
|2||October 30, 2015||ISBN 978-4-09137-888-0|
Yo-kai Watch: 4-Panel Pun-Club
|1||June 18, 2015||ISBN 978-4-09281-232-1|
|2||January 28, 2016||ISBN 978-4-09281-233-8|
Yo-kai Watch Busters
|1||September 28, 2015||ISBN 978-4-09142-100-5|
4-Panel Yo-kai Watch: Geragera Manga Theater
|1||October 28, 2015||ISBN 978-4-09142-105-0|
Komasan: A Time for Fireworks and Miracles
|1||December 11, 2015||ISBN 978-4-09187-427-6|
A television anime series based on the game, produced by OLM, began airing in Japan on TX Network on January 8, 2014. On April 7, 2015, Level-5 unveiled a promotional video for a second season of the anime series, which premiered in July 2015. The second season features a new protagonist named Inaho Misora and her Yo-kai companion Usapyon. It also features a new model of the Yo-kai Watch called the "Yo-kai Watch U".
A movie Yo-kai Watch the Movie: The Secret is Created, Nyan! (映画 妖怪ウォッチ 誕生の秘密だニャン！ Eiga Yōkai Wotchi: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan!) was released in Japan on December 20, 2014.
A second movie, Yo-kai Watch the Movie: The Great King Enma and the Five Tales, Nyan! (映画 妖怪ウォッチ エンマ大王と5つの物語だニャン！ Eiga Yōkai Wotchi: Enma Daiō to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan!), was released in Japan on December 19, 2015.
Dentsu Entertainment USA announced in April 2014 that they were seeking broadcast and merchandising partners in North America for the anime. At the premiere of the Yo-kai Watch film, Level-5's president Akihiro Hino announced that the Yo-kai Watch anime would begin broadcast internationally in 2015. He also jokingly requested Etsuko Kozakura and Tomokazu Seki, who voice Jibanyan and Whisper respectively, to "study English". Viz Media Europe has licensed the series in Europe, Russia, Africa and Philippines. The Fusion Agency has acquired the licensing and merchandising rights for the series in Australia and New Zealand. MarVista Entertainment has licensed the series in Latin America. The series began airing in North America on Disney XD on October 5, 2015 and in Australia on 9Go! on December 14, 2015. VIZ Europe announced that it will premiere in the UK and Ireland on Cartoon Network on April 23, 2016. An alternative English dub began airing on Cartoon Network Asia and Toonami Asia in Asian countries from June 27, 2015. The alternative English dub uses the original Japanese names.
There has been criticism of the way the Yo-kai Watch has been edited when the series was broadcast in the USA and the UK. A review of the series on Anime UK News highlighted cuts made. For example, in Season 1, Episode 6: "In the original version, Nate is hosting a sleepover with his friends Bear and Eddie and together, the three of them discretly watch a late night TV show featuring the idol group 'Next HarMEOWny' frolicking at a water park, with the Yo-kai Signibble constantly changing the channel, much to their chagrin. This scene was already edited for the North American broadcast, adding additional clothing to the idols and changing the alternate show from a body-builder series to a cooking show, but Cartoon Network [UK] went a step further for the UK broadcast and removed all references to the idol group, leading viewers to believe that Nate and his friends were sneaking around at night to watch a cooking show with Signibble occasionally turning off the TV, leaving us with a story more unrealistic than the franchise's core premise." The same review also highlights other changes including: "forty seconds of cuts in the second episode relating to a toilet humour-driven storyline and a brief cut from the third showing Manjimutt, a Yo-kai with a person's face and a toy poodle's body, urinating on a lamppost – which changes the implication of his arrest seconds later."
The music for both the games and anime series is composed by Ken'ichirō Saigō. The following themes are used in both the video games and anime series. All opening themes are performed by King Cream Soda, with lyrics by m.o.v.e vocalist Motsu. The anime themes are also dubbed into English for its North American broadcast.
- Opening themes
- "Gera Gera Po no Uta" (ゲラゲラポーのうた Geragerapō no Uta, "The Laughter Song") by King Cream Soda (Yo-kai Watch game, anime eps. 1-36, 51)
- "Matsuribayashi de Geragerapō" (祭り囃子でゲラゲラポー, "The Festival Band's Gera Gera Po") by King Cream Soda (Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso, anime eps. 37-47, 52-62[a])
- "Hatsukoitōge de Geragerapō" (初恋峠でゲラゲラポー, "First Love's Pass Gera Gera Po) by King Cream Soda (Yo-kai Watch 2: Honke, anime eps. 38-50, 53-61[a])
- "Gerappo Dance Train" (ゲラッポ・ダンストレイン Gerappo Dansutorein) by King Cream Soda (Yo-kai Watch 2: Shinuchi, anime eps. 63-76)
- "Jinsei Dramatic" (人生ドラマティック Jinsei Doramatikku, "A Life Dramatic") by King Cream Soda (anime eps. 77-101)
- "Tomaranai Aka" (止まらない赤, "Unstoppable Red") by King Cream Soda (Yo-kai Watch Busters: Aka Neko-dan)
- "Shiroi Ikakūka" (白いイカクウカ, "Eat White Squid") by King Cream Soda (Yo-kai Watch Busters: Shiro Inu-tai)
- "Shake Shake Ōgon no Shake" (Shake Shake 黄金のShake, "Shake Shake The Golden Salmon") by King Cream Soda (Yo-kai Watch Busters: Getto-gumi)
- "Terukuni Jinja no Kumade" (照国神社の熊手, "Terukuni jinja's Rake") by King Cream Soda (anime eps. 102-129)
- "You Got a Otomodachi" (ゆーがらお友達 Yūgara Otomodachi, "You've Got Friends") by King Cream Soda (anime eps. 130-present)
- Ending themes
- "Yo-kai Taisō Dai-Ichi" (ようかい体操第一 Yōkai Taisō Dai-Ichi, "Yo-kai Exercise No. 1") by Maiko (game), Dream5 (anime, eps. 1-24)
- "Dan Dan Doobie Zubah!" (ダン・ダン ドゥビ・ズバー! Dan Dan Dubi Zubā!) by King Cream Soda (Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso & Honke), Dream5 and Bully-taichō (Motsu) (anime eps. 25-50)
- "Geragerapō Sōkyoku" (ゲラゲラポー走曲, "Gera Gera Po Medley") by Yo-kai King Dream Soda (Lucky Ikeda, Dream5, and King Cream Soda) (anime eps. 48-49, TV Tokyo broadcast, Yo-kai Watch: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan!)
- "Kuwagata to Kabutomushi" (クワガタとカブトムシ, "Stag Beetle and Rhinoceros Beetle") by King Cream Soda (Yo-kai Watch 2: Shinuchi)
- "Idol wa Ooh-Nya-Nya no Ken" (アイドルはウーニャニャの件 Aidoru wa Ūnyanya no Ken, "Idols are a Matter of Ooh-Nya-Nya") by NyaKB (Haruka Shimazaki, Jurina Matsui, Sakura Miyawaki, Rina Kawaei, Yuria Kizaki, Rena Kato, Mako Kojima) with Tsuchinoko Panda (Yuko Sasamoto) (anime eps. 51-67)
- "Yo-kai Taisō Dai-Ni" (ようかい体操第二 Yōkai Taisō Dai-Ni, "Yo-kai Exercise No. 2") by Dream5 (anime eps. 68-76)
- "Uchū Dance!" (宇宙ダンス! Uchū Dansu!, "Space Dance!") by Cotori with Stitchbird (Yo-kai Busters: Aka Neko-dan & Shiro Inu-tai, anime eps. 77-101)
- "Yoka Yoka Lullaby" (よかよかララバイ Yoka Yoka Rarabai) by King Cream Soda + Jibanyan + Usapyon (Yo-kai Watch: Enma Daiō to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan!)
- "Chikyu-jin" (地球人 Chikyūjin, "Earthling") by Cotori with Stitchbird (anime eps. 102-129)
- "Furusato Japon" (ふるさとジャポン, "Hometown Japan") by LinQ (anime eps. 130-present)
- English themes
- "Gera Gera Po Song (English Ver.)", performed by Peter Michail and Kathryn Lynn (anime opening, eps 1–9, 11, 13, 15, 17)
- "Yo-kai Watch feat. Swampy Marsh", performed by Jeff "Swampy" Marsh and Danny Jacob (Yo-kai Watch game, anime opening eps 10, 12, 14, 16, 18-26)
- "Yo-kai Exercise No. 1 (English Ver.)", performed by Melissa Hutchison & Alicyn Packard (Yo-kai Watch game, anime ending eps 1–)
- The opening themes for episodes 37–62 of the anime series alternate between "Matsuribayashi de Geragerapō" and "Hatsukoitōge de Geragerapō".
Various toys, such as the eponymous Yo-kai Watch and Yo-kai Medals, have been produced based on the series, receiving high commercial success. Hasbro released a toy line based on the series worldwide in December 2015.
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The original Yo-kai Watch game received a score of 36/40 from Famitsu, with its sequel Yo-kai Watch 2 also scoring 36/40. Yo-kai Watch 2 has sold over 5 million units across all three of its versions.
In 2014, Yo-kai Watch's manga in CoroCoro Comic won the 38th Kodansha Manga Award in the Best Children's Manga category. In the following year, it also was awarded the Best Children at the 60th Shogakukan Manga Awards.
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