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Yo-Kai Watch M01 Poster
JPN Movie poster of Yo-kai Watch movie.
Japanese premiere December 20, 2014
NA premiere October 15, 2016
Japanese opening Gera Gera Po Song (lyrics changed)
Japanese ending Geragerapo Sokyoku
Kuwagata to Kabutomushi
English opening Yo-kai Watch feat. Swampy Marsh (lyrics changed)
English ending Yo-kai Medley
Kuwagata to Kabutomushi (instrumental)

Yo-kai Watch: The Movie (Japanese: 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!, officially known as: Yo-kai Watch the Movie: The Secret of the Birth, Nyan!) is the first movie of the Yo-kai Watch animation series which premiered on December 20, 2014 in Japan and October 15, 2016 across select theaters in North America.

The movie was aired on Disney XD on November 12, 2016 after the episode premiere of Whisper's Secret Past.


Nathan, Whisper, and Jibanyan travel to the past to help Nathaniel and Hovernyan create the Yo-kai Watch when dark forces conspire to undo the history of the Yo-kai Watch.


When the evil Yo-kai Kin, Gin and Bronzlow steal the Yo-kai Watch from Nate Adams one night to help their master Dame Dedtime prevent humans and Yo-kai from being friends, Nate finds help in the Yo-kai Hovernyan who takes Nate, Whisper, and Jibanyan back in time 60 years to when the Yo-kai Watch was first invented by Nate's own grandfather Nathaniel while he was a kid. Together, the two boys fight Dame Dedtime and her evil Wicked Yo-kai minions to save the world from her evil plans.





Major Humans

Minor Humans

Protagonist Yo-kai

Antagonist Yo-kai


A story tie-in to the film was included in Yo-kai Watch 2: Shin'uchi.

A special volume of the film, illustrated by Noriyuki Konishi, was released in December 2014.


Box Office

The film set a new record for Toho for advance ticket sales, with 721,422 sold by October 26, reaching 840,000 by late November  and more than 1 million by mid-December.

The film was number-one on its opening weekend, with ¥1.629 billion, a record for a Japanese film, previously held by Studio Ghibli film Howl's Moving Castle. It reached ¥5 billion by its third weekend, ¥6.54 billion by the fourth weekend and ¥7 billion by the sixth weekend. The film was the highest-grossing Japanese film at the Japanese box office in 2015, with ¥7.8 billion.

DVD Release

The Blu-ray and DVD were released on July 8, 2015 in Japan, with both reaching the number-one place on the animation rankings, with 14,090 and 84,932 copies sold, respectively. By its thirteenth week, the DVD had sold 128,810 copies.


Yo-Kai Watch M01 logo
Yo-kai Watch: The Movie movie Japanese logo.
Yo-Kai Watch M01 Poster
Yo-kai Watch: The Movie Japanese poster.


  • For promotion, the first 5 million attendants received an exclusive Darknyan Medal.
    • A similar thing happened in the United States, where attendants got a Hovernyan Medal each. They were later used for the Watch & Win contest promotion across their YouTube channel.
  • Sergeant Burly's medal appears at the beginning of the credits.
  • In the Japanese version, Nate apologizes to Whisper saying, "Sorry sorry I'm so sorry!" referencing So-Sorree.
  • The US version of the movie was paired with the debut of Poofessor.
  • This movie features the first use of several Yo-kai's Soultimates.
  • This is the last time Nate summons Jibanyan with his normal Yo-kai Watch.
  • This is the first time someone other than Nate summons a Yo-kai.
  • This is the only time a Brave Yo-kai is summoned with the Yo-kai Watch Model Zero.
  • During the battle with Dame Dedtime's more monsterous form, both Nate and Whisper break the fourth wall whereas Whisper says that they turned her into a CGI monster to "make the movie more exciting" while Nate states this is the final act.


In the English Version

  • None of the Model Zero Medals or the Classic Yo-Kai's Medals had the Yo-Motion symbols added to them.
  • When Reuknight was summoned, the Model Zero did not announce 'Summoning Brave'.
  • The 'G' on Moximus Mask's helmet was never removed and replaced with the 'M' used in Yo-kai Watch 2 for the Moxie-enhanced Soultimates.
  • In the English dub, during the scene where Hovernyan calls Nathaniel's and Nate's attention after Dame Dedtime turns into Dame Demona, the sub captions refer to him as Robonyan, in spite of Robonyan not even appearing in that scene.

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