Barnaby Bernstein (Japanese: 熊島 五郎太 Kumashima Gorōta), more commonly referred to his nickname of Bear (Japanese: クマ Kuma), is a character in Yo-kai Watch and is one of Nate, Eddie, and Katie's friends.

In an alternate universe, he has a Yo-kai form named Mukade-otoko, due to the effects of the Black Yo-kai Watch.

Physical traits

He wears very casual clothing which makes him seem a little like a biker. His hairstyle and the bandage on his cheek give him a very rough aura that actually contrasts with his gentler though slightly bumbling nature. There appear to be dark rings around his aggressive eyes that make him a little intimidating to behold.


He is a bit of a bumbler but despite his thuggish appearance, he is a rather gentle person. Bear is a bit of a glutton and is not shown to be athletic. However, in the anime, he, Nate, and Eddie share a love of soccer. He is unusually sensitive and can burst into tears.


Yo-kai Watch, Yo-kai Watch 2, & Yo-kai Watch 3

Bear is featured as a supporting character in the games.

Yo-kai Watch anime

Bear is a minor character in various episodes across all seasons

Yo-kai Watch: The Movie

In Yo-kai Watch: The Movie, at the beginning of the film Bear is seen with Nate, Katie, and Eddie who all are getting off from school.

During their walk on the way home, they discuss the strange events about things have been getting bigger.

Lord Enma & the Five Tales, Nyan!

Bear appears in the Second movie as a Cameo with no dialogue.

Bear can be seen sleeping soundly in his room when both Hailey & Usapyon bring his Christmas present to him.

The Great adventure of the Flying Whale & the Double World, Nyan!

In the third Yo-kai Watch movie, he is played by Yu Sawabe in the live-action scenes.

When Nate searches for Bear and Eddie he finds them at a crank-machine, where Bear has just received a rare Emperor Krills toy.

Eddie offers to buy it from him for 30,000 yen, unfortunately, Bear explains that's not a funny joke, for this Emperor Krills figure is worth 50,000 yen. Eddie asks Bear for a discount on them being friends, in which Bear does offering it for 40,000 yen, but it seems Eddie does not have enough money to afford it.

In the background, Nate, Whisper, and Jibanyan are watching the entire thing, confused at their behaviors and especially Bears appearance as he now resembles a 30-year-old-man.


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Nate, Eddie, and Katie

He is good friends with them.


In the anime, Bearmie is Bear's little sister who has come home from America.


  • Bear's nickname, as well as his last name of Bernstein, references The Berenstain Bears, a franchise centered around a family of anthropogenic bears.
    • Both Barnaby and main club protagonists' fathers work as carpenters.
  • In episode 26 when Katie is inspirited by Espy, it is revealed he has a crush on Lulu.
  • In the third Yo-kai Watch movie Bear is played by Yu Sawabe for the live-action adaptation scenes.
  • Nate references that Bear looks like grown man in the third Yo-kai watch movie, this is most likely because his actor Yu Sawabe was in his 30's when the film was made. This also makes him the only grown up in the film to portray an 11 year old kid.

In other languages

Barnaby Bernstein

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese 熊島 五郎太
Kumashima Gorōta
Flag of France French Rémi Blaise
Flag of Spain Spanish Donoso Camacho
Flag of Germany German Bernhard Grabowski
Flag of Italy Italian Sandro Cioni
Flag of Russia Russian Барнаби Бернштейн Transcription of English name
Flag of South Korea Korean 차기웅
Cha Giung


Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese クマ
Flag of France French Balaise
Flag of Spain Spanish Oso
Flag of Germany German Bär
Flag of Italy Italian Sandrone
Flag of Brazil
Flag of Portugal
Bernardo (Brazil)
Flag of Russia Russian 1. Бурый (anime) 2. Барни (Yo-kai Watch 2) 1. Бурый (Buriy) means Brown (usual color of bear's fur). 2. Барни (Barney) is short version of Барнаби (Barnaby).

In other languages

  • Spanish: Donoso "Oso" Camacho
  • French: Balaise
  • German: Bernhard Grabowski (Bär)
  • Italian: Sandro Cioni (Sandrone)
  • Portuguese (Brazil): Bernardo
  • Korean: 차기웅 Cha Giung
  • Chinese: 熊島 五郎太 (Traditional) or 熊岛 五郎太 (Simplified)
  • Thai: คุมะชิมะ โกะโรตะ
  • Arabic: جاد "Jad".
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