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Jibanyan (Japanese: ジバニャン Jibanyan) is a Rank D Fire-attribute Yo-kai of the Charming tribe, and the Mononoke tribe as of Yo-kai Watch 4.

Jibanyan is popularly known as one of the mascots of the Yo-kai Watch franchise, as well being the mascot of Yo-kai Watch, Yo-kai Watch 2, and Yo-kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps. Due to his popularity, there are many members of his species across the many games, which span multiple Tribes and Ranks.

Appearances

Video games

Anime series

Biology

Appearance

Jibanyan is a red-and-white-colored cat Yo-kai, with pink inner-ears and 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.

Personality

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.

Abilities

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.

Profile

Yo-kai Watch

Jibanyan first appears in Enter Jibanyan!, where the player meets him after he charges into traffic against a truck, only to be crushed. The player asks Jibanyan if he's fine, 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.

Furthermore, Jibanyan appears in 5th and 6th Circles of Infinite Inferno, he can also be freed by using an Excitement Coin in the Crank-a-kai.

Yo-kai Watch 2

Jibanyan appears in Yo-kai Watch 2 in the first chapter, The Vanishing Watch. The events are the same as that of previous game 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.

Yo-kai Watch Blasters

Jibanyan appears in the spin-off game Yo-kai Watch Blasters.

Yo-kai Watch Blasters 2

Yo-kai Sangokushi

Jibanyan appears in the collaborative game between Level-5's Yo-kai Watch and Koei Techmo's Romance of the Three Kingdoms's Yo-kai Sangokushi.

Yo-kai Watch: Wibble Wobble

Jibanyan will automatically befriend the player on Stage 4 of Uptown Springdale after battle. Jibanyan can also be befriended the event "The Yo-cake Scramble Battle".

Game data

Main series games data

Yo-kai Watch

None
Stats Calculation
HP
 
208
STR
 
56
SPR
 
97
DEF
 
104
SPD
 
68
This shows Jibanyan's stat on level: 99.


Type Name Power Attribute Range
Attack Sharp Claws (Japanese: するどいつめ Surudoi Tsume) 10-45 x2 Single enemy
No description.
Technique Fire (Japanese: 火花の術 Hibana no Jutsu) 20-90 Fire Single enemy
No description.
Inspirit Slow Down (Japanese: しびれるお札 Shibireru Osatsu) Single enemy
Lowers enemy SPD with a paralyzing seal.
Soultimate Move Paws of Fury (Japanese: ひゃくれつ肉球 Hyakuretsu Nikukyū) 20×5 All enemies
Punches all opponents with paws trained on moving vehicles.
Skill Adrenaline (Japanese: まえのめり Mae no Mari) Self
Power increases each time it defeats a foe.

Yo-kai Watch 2

None
Stats Calculation
HP
 
208
STR
 
56
SPR
 
97
DEF
 
104
SPD
 
68
This shows Jibanyan's stat on level: 99.


Type Name Power Attribute Range
Attack Sharp Claws (Japanese: するどいつめ Surudoi Tsume) 10-45 x2 Single enemy
No description.
Technique Fire (Japanese: 火花の術 Hibana no Jutsu) 20-90 Fire Single enemy
No description.
Inspirit Slow Down (Japanese: しびれるお札 Shibireru Osatsu) Single enemy
Lowers enemy SPD with a paralyzing seal.
Soultimate Move Paws of Fury (Japanese: ひゃくれつ肉球 Hyakuretsu Nikukyū) 20×5 All enemies
Punches all opponents with paws trained on moving vehicles.
Skill Adrenaline (Japanese: まえのめり Mae no Mari) Self
Power increases each time it defeats a foe.
Type Name Power Attribute Range
Soultimate Move Nyaight (Japanese: ニャイーン Nyaiiin) 25x4 - All enemies
Attacks enemies with a legendary joke. Cancels good stats.
Soultimate Move Victory 220 - Single enemy
Strikes one enemy with a beam created by a legendary joke. High critical chance.
Soultimate Move Nyext (Japanese: ニョエー Nyoeeh) 300 - All allies and enemies
Exploding joke that damages enemies and allies alike.
Soul Effect
Soul charming Attacks stronger after an enemy is defeated.
Blasters Stats

Yo-kai Watch 3

Blasters Stats

Yo-kai Watch 4

Attribute tolerance

Fire icon Ice icon Earth icon Lightning icon Water icon Wind icon
- - - -
Tolerance of attribute attack
Strong × ⇒ △ ⇒ - ⇒ ○ ⇒ ◎ weak

Held items

Game Held Item
Yo-kai Watch
Yo-kai Watch 2
Yo-kai Watch 3

Locations

Game Location
Yo-kai Watch Automatically recruited after returning Amy's Photo to Jibanyan in Enter Jibanyan!
Infinite Inferno, 7th and 8th Circles
Freed from an Excitement Coin.
Yo-kai Watch 2 Automatically befriended at the beginning.
Yo-kai Watch 3 Automatically befriended at the beginning.
Freed from a Legendary Coin
Yo-kai Watch 4 Automatically befriended at the beginning.
Mononoke Ark Door, The Catwalk.

Spin-off games

Yo-kai Watch Blasters

Yo-kai Watch Busters 2

Other games

Yo-kai Watch: Wibble Wobble

Jibanyan Wibble Wobble
Stats Calculation
HP
 
1
Attack
 
1
Soultimate Move
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Other Effects
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Soultimate Levels
LV01 00
LV02 00
LV03 00
LV04 00
LV05 00
LV06 00
LV07 00
Skill Levels
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LV01 Effect: 00
LV02 Effect: 00
LV03 Effect: 00
LV04 Effect: 00
LV05 Effect: 00


Yo-kai Watch: Ukiukupedia

Alternate Costumes
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan
Pretty medal
Jibanyan

Fire Attribute
Jibanyan 1
ハッピてれびくん
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan 2
ハッピ小学一年生
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan 3
ハッピ小学二年生
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan 4
ハッピちゃお
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan 5
ハッピ幼稚園
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan 6
ハッピぷっちぐみ
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan 7
ハッピコロコロ
イチバン!
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan 8
鬼時間
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan 9
雷様
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan 10
アロハ
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan 11
アロハ・紫
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan 12
海水浴
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan 14
陣羽織
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan 13
学ラン
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan 15
猪八戒
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan 16
ニャンパチ
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan 17
雷様・黒
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan 18
水筒
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan 19
ポップコーン
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan 20
トナカイ


Evolution

Fire Attribute
Jibanyan
WibWobCharmingIcon
Jibanyan
Level 30
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan
 ???
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Fusion

Yo-kai Watch to Yo-kai Watch 3

Fire Attribute
JibanyanArtwork
WibWobCharmingIcon
Jibanyan
+
Earth Attribute
Gurerulin artwork
WibWobToughIcon
Roughraff
=
Fire Attribute
Baddinyan Art
WibWobCharmingIcon
Baddinyan
Fire Attribute
JibanyanArtwork
WibWobCharmingIcon
Jibanyan
+
Water Attribute
Coughkoff Art
WibWobEerieIcon
Coughkoff
=
Wind Attribute
ThornyanArtwork
WibWobCharmingIcon
Thornyan

Yo-kai Watch: Wibble Wobble

Fire Attribute
JibanyanArtwork
WibWobCharmingIcon
Jibanyan
+
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan A Artwork
WibWobCharmingIcon
Jibanyan A
=
Fire Attribute
Jibanyan S artwork
WibWobCharmingIcon
Jibanyan S

Forms

Yo-kai Watch: Wibble Wobble

Jibanyan A Wibble Wobble Jibanyan A'
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Tribe Attribute Rank
Charming Fire icon Rank A icon
Type Skill Special effect
Favorite food
Jibanyan A has no favorite food.
Number
Jibanyan is not numbered.
Stats Calculation
HP
 
373
STR
 
534
SPR
 
0
DEF
 
0
SPD
 
0
This shows Jibanyan's stat on level: 50.


In the anime

Main article: Jibanyan (anime)

Jibanyan is Nathan Adams' companion in the Yo-kai Watch anime.


Other Appearances

Final Fantasy XIV Online

In 2017 and 2020, a collaboration was held in Final Fantasy XIV Online where players can get Jibanyan as a playable partner.

Shironeko Tennis

From August 31, 2017 to July 23, 2018, Jibanyan was a playable character in Shironeko Tennis along with a tennis racket based on his appearance.

Monster Strike


Puzzle & Dragons

Everybody's Golf

To commemorate Level-5's 20th anniversary in 2018, a Jibanyan appears as a playable character along with a Jibanyan-themed golf cart that can be brought as DLC in Everybody's Golf for PlayStation 4.

Etymology

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.

Origin

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.

Trivia

  • Jibanyan's signature Soultimate attack is a reference to Fist of the North Star protagonist Kenshiro's iconic move Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken, a move that has Kenshiro punch the target rapidly, with the Japanese name even sounding similar to it.
    • 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. In a 2014 interview with Level-5, they stated that Katsuo's design "has nothing to do with Jibanyan, and the original design from the Level-5 World 2011 Trailer was from 2010 where the character had been conceptualized since then".
  • 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 video game, his Soultimate move did not feature the attack being enunciated when performed, though it was later done so in newer 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.
  • Jibanyan's "random" nicknames in Yo-kai Watch 2 are: Nyanto, Jibbers, Purrball, and Poltpaws.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese ジバニャン Jibanyan A combination of jibakurei (Japanese: 地縛霊 "ghost bound to a location") and nyan, the Japanese onomatopoeia for a cat's meow.
Flag of France French Jibanyan Same as the Japanese name.
Flag of Spain Spanish Jibanyan Same as the Japanese name.
Flag of Germany German Jibanyan Same as the Japanese name.
Flag of Italy Italian Jibanyan Same as the Japanese name.
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Jibanyan Same as the Japanese name.
Flag of Russia Russian Джибаньян Jibanyan Derived from the English name.
Flag of South Korea Korean 지바냥 Jibanyang
More Languages
Flag of Hong Kong Chinese (Cantonese)* 吉胖喵 Jípàngmiāo
Flag of the Republic of China
Flag of the People's Republic of China
Chinese (Mandarin)*
地缚猫 / 地縛喵 Defùmiāo
Flag of Portugal Portuguese (European) Jibanyan Same as the Japanese name.
Flag of Brazil Portuguese (Brazilian) Jibanyan Same as the Japanese name.
Flag of Turkey Turkish Cibanyan

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