Jibanyan is a red-and-white-colored cat Yo-kai, that has pink inner-ears with a chip on his left ear. He has yellow coloured eyes with large pupils, his nose and inner-ears are dull shade of pink. Attached to his collar is an aquamarine coloured bell, matching the hitodama flames at the end of his two tails.
On the middle of his chest, Jibanyan wears a yellow haramaki which is always worn with several exceptions revealing nothing under there. He also stores Chocobars and several other items like magazines of Next HarMEOWny under it.
Jibanyan is a Yo-kai that has fierce determination to do anything such as being eager to fight over other Yo-kai that is causing trouble for him. Despite his motivation and power, he also slacks off on occasions if Nate's orders aren't important for him or when he's feeling lazy in general.
He has an affinity for Chocobars and anything related to his favorite music group, Next HarMEOWny, to the point of dreaming of having his own chocobar factory and collection. Jibanyan also collects merchandise of Next HarMEOWny and has a private collection full of them including pinup magazines, music CDs and clothing.
Jibanyan fights with his paws, whether it be for opposing Yo-kai or oncoming trucks. He also attacks them with his signature Soultimate Move called Paws of Fury (Japanese: ひゃくれつ肉球,Hyakuretsu Nikukyū), which shows him rapidly attacking with his paws as other paws comes out from around him.
Though Jibanyan cannot evolve, he can fuse with other Yo-kai instead resulting his personality and his power being changed. Fusing with Roughraff will make Jibanyan transform into Baddinyan, giving him a more rebellious look while fusion with Coughkoff turns him into Thornyan which makes him spiky and feeling sickly. Jibanyan can also fuse into Buchinyan by coming into contact Whisper, combining both of their powers.
With the Yo-kai Watch Model Zero, Jibanyan has three additional Soultimate Moves that can be summoned via the Z Medals resulting in a different pose and a comedy-based attack. They are of Nyaight (Japanese: ニャイーン,Nyaiiin), Nyext (Japanese: ニョエー,Nyoeeh) and Victory (Japanese: コマニャチ,Komanyachi). According to their description in Yo-kai Watch 2, they are passed down from Jibanyan's family.
Jibanyan first appeared in the second chapter of Yo-kai Watch: Enter Jibanyan!. The player meets Jibanyan after he charging into traffic against a truck, only to be crushed. The player asks Jibanyan if he's OK, but Jibanyan tells the player if he or she knows Amy and explains his backstory to the player before he became an Yo-kai.
After that, Jibanyan tells the player that a Yo-kai stole his photo, and the player tells Jibanyan that they will take the picture back and asks him where the Yo-kai is who took his photo. Jibanyan tells the player that the gang usually hangs out right behind the fish place. The player tells Jibanyan that he has no need to worry and that they will take care of it. The two then introduced themselves to each other before the player is heading to the spot behind the Fish Place.
After the player manages to get the photo, they return back to the spot where Jibanyan is. They return the photo to Jibanyan, which Jibanyan thank the player in return. Still sobbing about his strength, the player comfort Jibanyan saying that he is pretty awesome. Jibanyan relieved by the player's words, he gives the player his medal, which the two of them became friends.
Jibanyan appears in Yo-kai Watch 2 in the first chapter The Vanishing Watch. The events are the same as that of Yo-kai Watch, but however, Jibanyan has lost his memories and doesn't seem to recognize the player. Jibanyan tells his story to the player before he became a Yo-kai, however, unlike Yo-kai Watch, the player doesn't have to take back the photo of Amy.
The player comforts Jibanyan, as Jibanyan started to get déjà vu. A strange light appears which Jibanyan's memories are recollected, as after the light, the player will receive Jibanyan's medal. Jibanyan remembers the player, as that the player and Whisper both deciding to go to the Memory Store to get a clue as to why they have lost their memories, Jibanyan stays near the fish place to continue his training, and later tags along.
Yo-kai Watch 3
Jibanyan appears in Yo-kai Watch 3, however, unlike Yo-kai Watch and Yo-kai Watch 2, Jibanyan's medal is already obtained from the beginning.
Jibanyan is Nathan Adams' companion in the Yo-kai Watch anime.
His name is a combination of jibakurei (Japanese: 地縛霊,"ghost bound to a location") and nyan, the Japanese onomatopoeia for a cat's meow.
Jibanyan is based on the nekomata, a kind of bakeneko (cat youkai) born from a cat that turned into one with age: when this happens, they gain magical powers, human intelligence and their tail splits into two (whether the tail just forks or fully splits depends on the source), ghostly fire sometimes appearing on the tips.
They are much larger than a regular housecat, and also far more dangerous: they can curse humans, manipulate fire, and even control the dead with their tails as if they were puppets on strings. Jibanyan wears a haramaki around his tummy, or "belly wrap". The word originally referred to a type of chest armor, but in modern times it describes a tube of thick cloth worn around the waist to keep the body warm during winter. It used to be regarded as an old-fashioned tacky article of clothing, but it recently saw new popularity in Japan.
Besides his Nyext, Nyaight, and Victory Z Medals, Jibanyan has an additional fourth Z Medal that looks exactly like his normal medal, with a Z Medal frame.
Jibanyan has many different versions of himself, through fusions or not even related through Jibanyan.
Jibanyan is the only Yo-kai that can change his Soultimate (having four versions in all, which also includes his Rank S version).
In the Japanese version of Yo-kai Watch, his Soultimate move did not feature the attack being enunciated when performed, though it was later done so in later games beginning with Yo-kai Watch 2, which the English version of first game reflects.
In EP091, Jibanyan was revealed to be able to hold fifteen chocobars in his haramaki.
There are several other Yo-kai and humans that do a similar attack, most notably being Shadowside Komajiro, and Nate, who does it the same vein as Kenshiro in EP212.
Jibanyan's unlockable Soultimate Moves in Yo-kai Watch 2 and Z medal poses are all based on Japanese classic comedy visual gags. Nyext (Nyooeh) is a reference to Iyami's "Sheeeh!" from Fujio Akatsuka's Osomatsu-kun, Nyaight (Nyaiiin) is based on Ken Shimura's "Aiiiin!" (アイーン！), and Komanyachi (Victory) is a parody of Takeshi Kitano's "Komanechi!" (コマネチ！).
Jibanyan's facial appearance bears resemblance to Katsuo Nyanko, a Japanese mascot in the Kochi prefecture who was introduced in 2011. Given the timing between development of the franchise and debut of the mascot, It's possible that the design similarity may have been a coincidence.
Jibanyan's "random" nicknames in Yo-kai Watch 2 are: Nyanto, Jibbers, Purrball, and Poltpaws.
Monokuma impersonates him in Dangan Ronpa V3: Killing Harmony.
In other languages
A combination of jibakurei (Japanese: 地縛霊,"ghost bound to a location") and nyan, the Japanese onomatopoeia for a cat's meow.