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The Yo-kai Watch anime (Japanese: 妖怪ウォッチ アニメ Yōkai Wotchi Anime) is a Japanese animated series based on the Yo-kai Watch franchise, which is aimed primarily towards children. It ran from January 8, 2014 to March 30, 2018 in Japan, containing a total of 214 episodes and three feature-length movies.

The anime primarily focuses on Nathan Adams, who meets Whisper after he was sealed away in a capsule for 190 years. Along the way, he meets Jibanyan and goes on to find other Yo-kai that are known behind if not all, but most daily occurrences. The anime series has proved to be very popular in Japan, and has managed to capture the attention of everybody of all ages with it's humor and writing.

The series would later see a western release on October 5, 2015 in Disney XD, in the United States. It would later go on to premiere in other countries.

Information

The Yo-kai Watch anime is based on the video games, with almost all of the characters and Yo-kai present in the series. Unlike the games, the anime is in a different canonical universe.

Episodes are split into multiple parts which is similar to that of Western children cartoons; however, the parts are usually in uneven times with each other, some even played as "cold opens" before the opening theme.

The anime is directed by Shinji Ushiro, and produced by Yoshikazu Kuretani and Kiyofumi Kajiwara. The story is written by Yoichi Kato and the music is arranged by Ken'ichirō Saigō. The episodes were produced at OLM.

Throughout the original Japanese series run, it has managed to run for three seasons in the span of almost four years. New episodes were regularly aired every week on Fridays on the Japanese television TV Tokyo. However, some episodes air at different dates.

Seasons

The animated series of Yo-kai Watch has managed to ramp up to 214 episodes, which are all split into three seasons in the original adaptation. Each of them ran for around seventy episodes.

Season 1

Season 2

The Second Japanese season started on July 10, 2015 from EP077 that introduced Hailey Anne and Usapyon.

Season 3

International Adaptations

Korean Dub

Asian-English Dub

An Asian-English version of the series aired on Teletoon in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand in 2015. Unlike the Western-English dub, it keeps almost all of the Japanese signage and edits while the dialogue retains all of the verbal tics, Japanese names, and Japanese opening/ending themes.


English Dub

The anime series has went on to air on Disney XD in the United States on October 5, 2015, a month before the North American release date of Yo-kai Watch video game. It also airs on the Canadian channel Teletoon.

In addition to airing on Disney XD, episodes were released on the official Yo-kai Watch YouTube channel every Thursday. The anime also aired on the Disney XD block on Disney Channel at December 18, 2015, which marks the first Disney XD series to air on another channel that isn't an original program.

The anime also broadcasted across channels in European, Middle Eastern and African territories starting from Spring 2016, after the anime became a success in North America.[1]

Recast

On December 16, 2017, Brent Penderglass confirmed that he would no longer be participating in any Yo-kai Watch-related projects, even though he didn't state any reasons.

Three days later, Joey D'Auria, who is best known for voicing Whisper confirmed that all of the Yo-kai Watch anime voice actors were recast [2] due to budget cuts. This led to the fans worrying about the voice actors sounding not as they want it to be and Yo-kai Watch Blasters having to handle a longer delay.

When the game was announced, it was confirmed that the original voice actors reprised their roles and that the anime series would have a new cast.

Media

Episodes

Main article: List of Yo-kai Watch episodes

Movies

Nr. Image Title Release date
M01
Yo-Kai Watch M01 Poster
Yo-kai Watch: the Movie (Japanese: 映画 妖怪ウォッチ 誕生の秘密だニャン! Yōkai Wotchi: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan!) December 20, 2014
M02
Yo-Kai Watch M02 Poster
Yo-kai Watch the Movie: King Enma and the Five Stories, Meow! (Japanese: 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!) December 19, 2015
M03
Yo-Kai Watch M03 Poster
Yo-kai Watch the Movie: The Great Adventure of the Flying Whale & the Double World, Nyan! (Japanese: 映画 妖怪ウォッチ 空飛ぶクジラとダブル世界の大冒険だニャン! Eiga Yōkai Wotchi: Soratobu Kujira to Daburu Sekai no Dai-bōken da-nyan!) December 17, 2016

Sequel

The series has a sequel in the form of Yo-kai Watch Shadowside, which started airing in Japan on April 13th 2018, and focuses on the adventures of Natsume, Keisuke, Touma, and Akinori.

References

  1. Yo-kai Watch Anime Series Coming to the UK This Spring
  2. https://twitter.com/joeydauria/status/943142206663094272

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