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The manga adaption of Yo-kai Watch by Noriyuki Konishi began in CoroCoro Comic on December 15, 2012. This adaption follows Nate Adams as the main protagonist along with Whisper and Jibanyan fighting & befriending Yo-kai.  

Another manga adaption of called 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~) by Chikako Mori began in Ciao Magazine on December 27, 2013. This manga adaption follows Katie Forester as the main protagonist rather than Nate Adams.

Information

The Yo-kai Watch manga adaptation first appeared in Corocoro Comic on December 15, 2012, before the the very first video game came out in summer 2013 and the animated adaptation in early 2014. Some of the art is slightly different compared to the other pieces of media, such as the watch using an earlier design and some character personality changes. As the games and anime were released, the manga kept the art style but the characters slowly developed over time.

An English-language adaptation was released on November 3, 2015 in North America as a separate volume, while Japan had a lot of volumes released at the time. Like the games and anime, the translations and localisations are different such as Yo-kai like Papa Windbag and Brushido having English text on their design.

The art is illustrated by longtime Japanese manga artist Noriyuki Konishi. He has been drawing manga comics since 1997, and is most notable for doing adaptations of manga like AM Racers and Go-Go-Go Saiyuki: Shin Gokuden.

Other Adaptations

Yo-kai Watch Movie Manga

There is known to be currently five manga stories, that have known to be based on the Yo-kai Watch movie adaptations. Somewhat like the manga, the adaptations are very loosely based and can vary in plot.

Even though Yo-kai Watch: The Movie was already released in North America, it has yet to get an official English manga adaptation.

Wakuwaku Nyanderful Days

Yo-kai Watch Busters

Volumes

Yo-kai Watch

Volume Jpn. Cover Eng. Cover Release date ISBM
1 YWMangaVol1-JP YWMangaVol1 NANovember 3, 2015
JPJune 28, 2013
EUNovember 10, 2015
NA1421582511
JP4091416551
EU142158251X
2 YWMangaVol2-JP YWMangaVol2 NANovember 5, 2015
JPDecember 27, 2013
EUNovember 10, 2015
NA1421582528
JP4091400183
EU142158252X
3 YWMangaVol3-JP YWMangaVol3 NAJanuary 5, 2016
JPMarch 25, 2014
EUJanuary 21, 2016
4 YWMangaVol4-JP YWMangaVol4 NAMarch 1, 2016
JPJuly 25, 2014
EUMarch 29, 2016
5 YWMangaVol5-JP YWMangaVol5 NAMay 3, 2016
JPOctober 28, 2014
EUJune 2, 2016
6 YWMangaVol6-JP YWMangaVol6 NADecember 20, 2016
JPFebruary 27, 2015
EUDecember 20, 2016
7 YWMangaVol7-JP YWMangaVol7 NAMarch 7, 2017
JPJune 26, 2015
EUApril 6, 2017
8 YWMangaVol8-JP YWMangaVol8 NAJanuary 2, 2018
JPSeptember 28, 2015
EUFebruary 8, 2018
9 YWMangaVol9-JP YWMangaVol9 NAJuly 3, 2018
JPFebruary 26, 2016
EUAugust 23, 2018
10 YWMangaVol10-JP Yo-Kai Watch Manga Volume 10 NAJanuary 8, 2019
JPJune 24, 2016
11 YWMangaVol11-JP JPAugust 5, 2016
12 YWMangaVol12-JP JPApril 28, 2017
13 YWMangaVol13-JP JPSeptember 28, 2017
14 YWMangaVol14-JP JPNovember 28, 2017
15 YWMangaVol15-JP JPMay 28, 2018

Yo-kai Watch Movies

Movie Jpn. Cover Eng. Cover Release date ISBM
M01 YWMangaMovie1-JP JPDecember 20, 2014
JP4091418392
M02 YWMangaMovie2-JP JPDecember 19, 2015
JP4091421385
M03 YWMangaMovie3-JP JPDecember 17, 2016
JP4091422667
M04 YWMangaMovie4-JP JPDecember 16, 2017
JP4091426387
M05 JPDecember 14, 2018

Yo-kai Watch Shadowside

Volume Jpn. Cover Eng. Cover Release date ISBM
1 JPSeptember 28, 2018
409142824X

Wakuwaku Nyanderful Days

Volume Jpn. Cover Eng. Cover Release date ISBM
1 YWNyanderfulDays1-JP YWNyanderfulDays1-ES JPDecember 25, 2014
EUAugust 25, 2017
2 YWNyanderfulDays2-JP JPOctober 30, 2015
JP4091378889
3 YWNyanderfulDays3-JP JPJuly 22, 2016

International Adaptations

Trivia

  • Because the manga was released before the first game and the anime series, Noriyuki Konishi's adaption uses slightly earlier designs of the Yo-kai Watch & Medals. Somehow, that would later be kept in all volumes.