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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!), officially known in Japan as Yo-kai Watch the Movie: A Whale of Two Worlds[1] is the third film in the Yo-kai Watch franchise. It was theatrically released in Japan on December 17, 2016.

The movie's story involves a giant whale that causes the world of Springdale to turn real, which makes things seem different for Nate, and try and find the whale and what's really causing the dimensional shift to happen.

It is also notable for being a live-action CGI and animated hybrid film, which plays an important role in the movie's plot.

Summary

A mysterious flying whale emits an echo which turns everything in Springdale into a real-life version of itself. After Nate wakes up in the world, he tries to find who is behind all of this.

Plot

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The movie starts off animated, which shows Nate and Whisper watching a news report about a gigantic unidentified flying object, while Jibanyan participates at a live outdoor concert of Next HarMEOWny, alongside Robonyan F, and Shogunyan while in Downtown Springdale and Komasan and Komajiro are walk together with ice cream happening all at the time same.

A big shadow looms over Springdale, as a giant blue whale flies over with one of it's fins having a pencil marking. The whale's mouth opens, blaring out a whale noise with a rainbow aura being spread all over the town and surrounding areas. It causes a drastic transformation into a realistic-looking world, different from it's animated self. Almost all the Yo-kai end up looking three-dimensional as a result and the humans appear as their real-life selves.

Much to their surprise, Jibanyan, Shogunyan, and Robonyan F notice that the Next HarMEOWny concert feels more real than before, while Komasan and Komajiro were confused on what happened. Back at home, Nate was confused too, until he noticed he had become real after he looks in a hand mirror.

While Nate and Whisper ponder at their realistic surroundings, Nate's mother comes up to his room and asks him to do an errand. Nate is shocked at how his mother adapted to the realistic environment and forcefully accepts her request. Nate's father comes home from work and Nate also feels surprised at how he has become as well.

After Nate leaves his house and heads to town, he is amazed at how real it has become. Just as he looks at his surroundings, Nate notices Jibanyan running to him, but trips up on a crack on the sidewalk which he hadn't noticed before. Jibanyan explains that all of the Yo-kai are confused at the change, even though the humans blend in seamlessly with the environment except for Nate.

Nate decides to try and solve the problem, so he goes to see his friends, with Katie being the first at her house. After he tries to open the front door, Katie comes out and Nate is attracted at her realistic appearance. Nate also starts to get more attracted to her voice, while Whisper notices that Katie talks in a different way than usual. Nate wanted to prefer the real world over his regular animated world because of this.

Afterwards, Nate finds Bear and Eddie at some capsule machines arguing over buying a rare Space Wars Emperor Krills figure for a large amount of money in the shopping district. Nate is bewildered by their real appearances and starts to feel suspicious about the world due to the nature of the humans acting differently from their usual selves. While Nate, Whisper and Jibanyan head back to Nate's house, Jibanyan suddenly notices Amy's real appearance and follows her.

Back at home, Nate starts to think about if this was a Yo-kai's doing, and finds a koala Yo-kai using his Yo-kai Watch Dream. He suddenly starts doing unusual poses by that Yo-kai's powers, even when he's asked to go back to his own world. Nate also notices that the koala Yo-kai cannot talk, even when he's asked about who he is and names him Koalanyan.

Nate summons Tattletell in an attempt for Koalanyan to explain who he is, but the Yo-kai says it all in an undecipherable language they both cannot understand. After trying her hardest to make him spill some secrets, Tattletell gives up and leaves the area, leaving just Nate to ask him who he is. He pokes Koalanyan's nose, which causes the flying whale to roar and the world to turn back into it's animated form. Nate is happy at the change, but he still wonders who Koalanyan really is.

Suddenly, Hovernyan appears to tell Nate about the different worlds and suggests them to ask Lord Enma about it. Nate doesn't know how to get to the Yo-kai World, so Hovernyan goes there himself instead. A few moments later, Usapyon rushes into the scene and tells them about the real world, which has Hailey Anne taking her hobby more seriously by doing science experiments. Nate further thinks about the real world having more drastic personalities compared to the regular world, but the flying whale in the distance turns the world real again.

After Usapyon rushes back, Nate notices that the whale had disappeared. Jibanyan comes back in a depressed manner and tells them about Amy being different because of her wanting to throw the fashion magazines away, taking an interest towards dogs more than cats and even having a pet dog of her own. Jibanyan suddenly meets Koalanyan which Nate and Whisper introduce him to and Jibanyan touches his nose out of curiosity, turning the world back to it's animated state.

Nate finds out that touching Koalanyan's nose causes the world to go from animated to real, and plays around with it. Whisper tries it out for himself, but Koalanyan swiftly dodges him, which causes Whisper to chase Koalanyan around the room. When Whisper catches Koalanyan, he pulls the ears by accident instead, causing Nate and the Yo-kai in the room to forcefully do the dance Koalanyan does. Nate decides to try out the world-switching power Koalanyan has at the sights around Springdale, and is amazed at the Yo-kai can do. When they all walk down a street, they find an old lady throwing out water. The water splashes onto Koalanyan which makes him scared showing that he has a fear of water.

Nate wonders what is different about the two worlds, and they find out about the giant whale in the animated world. Jibanyan says that he had seen it before at a candy shop, and leads them both to it. They notice that a storefront sign that greatly resembles the giant dimension-changing whale, as it can be told by the pencil insignia on it, but Jibanyan notices that the candy shop in front of it is a giant building in the real world rather than the candy shop.

The building turns out to be a hospital, which Koalanyan shockingly reacts to as well as noticing a teenage girl on the rooftop. Thinking he has found a connection, He goes up there to ask the girl why he is in the world and said that she "wants to go back". The girl prefers to go to Nate's world because it makes her feel more free, causing the world to turn animated again and the girl to get away from them.

The hospital suddenly disappears in the midst of transformation, causing Nate, Jibanyan and Koalanyan to fall down and land on some garbage bags. They chase the floating girl while she dances in the air like a ballerina, but they get tired after chasing her for a long time. The girl descends onto the ground and asks why they're chasing her, but Nate offers to help her, only for her to say she doesn't need any help as she feels more free in the animated world.

Realizing that changing the state of the world can alter her powers as well as the laws of psychics, Nate decides to use Koalanyan's world-switching power to make her fall, while he summons Koma Kaachan to break her fall. Nate's plan eventually works, as the girl falls down eventually lands on Koma Kaachan. Nate asks the girl why she said she wants to dance, but when Tattletell inspirits her, she explains it further.

The girl (Whose name was revealed as Kanami Minami) had been doing ballet ever since she was young, initially taking interests from watching dance classes while her mother was busy. Over time, Kanami became a master at doing ballet, gaining a lead role in a stage play and winning an award. It was until she got hospitalized by getting hit by a truck in the middle of a torrential rainstorm, breaking her legs and causing her to not do any ballet for a long time. She wanted things to back to the way it was, until she notices the whale sign outside of the hospital window and wonders about something that can change anything.

After Kanami lets go of Tattletell, the whale suddenly comes into the real world, and the girl starts to float back into the air and dance away again, revealing her ability to take control of the whale's powers. While they were about to chase after the girl, Nate gets Koalanyan's attention and they all follow the Yo-kai instead. Koalanyan leads them to the ballet school Kanami practiced at and meets her teacher to ask about what Kanami was like. While the teacher explains to Nate about what had happened, she said that Kanami would never give up on anything, even if she gets into an accident.

Nate decides to save Kanami by summoning Yo-kai Venoct, Kyubi and Robonyan F to look for her in midair while he asks Komasan, Usapyon and Shogunyan to search on the ground. Shortly, Venoct finds Kanami on a rooftop and tells Nate about his finding while Kanami attempts to attack him. They all make their way to the location and Nate notices that she had turned evil. After the whale turns the world real again, Nate questions why Kanami is acting different but Hovernyan suddenly tells Kanami that her heart is filled with darkness connected the two worlds together. Hovernyan says that the only way to save her is to destroy the darkness in her heart.

Earlier at Lord Enma's Palace in the Yo-kai World, Lord Enma and Zazel are stunned by their realistic appearances. But they all of a sudden start unexpectedly dancing, Hovernyan theorizing that the whale's powers had spread to the Yo-kai World. When Enma uses his powers to investigate it, he found out that a human heart filled with darkness is the cause of it, which is of a demonic presence. Zazel brings out an item covered with a cloak, which is revealed to be the Enma Sword. Because Lord Enma and Zazel keep uncontrollably dancing, Hovernyan decides to deliver the blade to Nate himself.

Back at the area, Hovernyan explains to Nate that the Enma Sword could be used to destroy the girl's darkness in her heart. Nate decides to attach his Yo-kai Watch Dream to the Enma Sword and the Yo-kai Medal that comes with it, and manages to unleash a blade attack onto her. The darkness leaves the girl, for it to form a Yo-kai called Narwail and for the world to turn animated again. Hovernyan explains that the whale is a Wicked power being born from her possessed heart. The whale blows tries to blow everyone away, while Kanami keeps dancing. Robonyan F warns Nate about the two worlds being destroyed if Narwail isn't defeated and they all decide to fight him.

Shogunyan tries to slice it, but he gets swallowed by the shadows. Venoct and Kyubi decide to fight them together, as they have enough strength to do it. They manage to attack them enough times for Narwail to disappear into the cloud, but Kanami brings the Yo-kai back and turns the world real again. They both start to get serious and transform into Illuminoct and Darkyubi, but they're both swallowed by Narwail, with a shocked reaction from the others. Nate decides to use Koalanyan's power to turn the world animated again, and Jibanyan tries to attack Narwail, but Kanami turns the world real before Jibanyan could attack it.

Hovernyan notices that strong attacks don't work in the real world, so Jibanyan tries again when he gets blown away by Narwail and gets thrown to the ground while the other Yo-kai decide to use Whisper as a trampoline. Jibanyan decides to attack Narwail again, only for Nate to turn the world animated when Jibanyan manages to reach the Yo-kai and attack him. The whale disappears into the cloud again, and is immediately bought back by Kanami's powers causing the world to turn real. As Narwail makes it's way out of the cloud, Shogunyan tries to attack him, but Narwail dives into the ground before it could swallow Shogunyan.

When they all run away, Nate decides to fight Narwail in the animated world. After using Koalanyan's power, Komajiro runs to Komasan, carrying a Yo-kai Bazooka he ordered off online. Despite not knowing what it is at first, Nate decides to use it by connecting his Yo-kai Watch Dream to the Yo-kai Bazooka and using Blazion's Yo-kai Medal. The power contained in the Yo-kai Bazooka contains an extra Yo-kai, which was Cheeksqueek, causing the ammunition to be powered by flatulence, before the fiery ammo was fired afterwards, both of them hitting Narwail.

The world is suddenly surrounded by shadows and darkness, with Nate and the others thinking they have defeated Narwail, but the light in the dark force looms over it, causing the world to turn real again and a pod to drop from it. A human-like whale figure arises from the pod, which is of a Yo-kai that isn't listed on Whisper's Pad, but Nate decides to call it Whaleman. Kanami accepts the name of the Yo-kai Nate suggested, and Whaleman attacks them with bubbles from his mouth. The bubbles cause the humans and other things around him to turn into fish and other sea creatures, with Whisper turning into one himself after he unexpectedly got attacked by it.

As Nate decides to use Koalanyan's world-switching powers, he notices that Koalanyan isn't with them, and finds the Yo-kai getting water thrown all over it. Hovernyan and Robonyan F decide to fight off Whaleman while Nate and the other Yo-kai try to chase Koalanyan. They chase Koalanyan all the way to an amusement park, only for them to find Whaleman, albeit in a bigger size. Robonayan F tries to use his rocket punch, but Whaleman turns the missiles into fish and Jibanyan and Hovernyan try to fight with their attacks, but to no avail. Usapyon suddenly shows up, with a giant model kit of a tank in an attempt to take down Whaleman.

While Jibanyan and Hovernyan keep attacking, Nate notices that Usapyon is taking a long time to build the model kit of a tank and tries to think of a way to speed it up while Komasan and Komajiro finds Koalanyan and catches him. He manages to activate Koalanyan's world-changing power, causing the world to turn animated again and for Usapyon to finish the model kit quicker. Usapyon uses the tank to take Whaleman down, and almost defeats him. Thinking they had won, Whaleman suddenly gets back up and turns the tank model, Komajiro and Koalanyan into a fish.

At the same time, Kanami makes the world real again and tries to think of a way to take down Whaleman. Usapyon presents a experimental liquid made by Hailey in the real world which (according to Robonyan F) allows the user to be given strength. Whisper decides to make Robonyan F drink it, causing Robonyan to undergo a transformation, consuming Jibanyan, Usapyon, Hovernyan and Komasan in the process. He eventually transforms into Ultimate Robonyan, which makes him unleash four missiles representing the Yo-kai he swallowed while dodging the bubbles, and the four Yo-kai proceed in defeating Whaleman with "One Million Paws of Fury" in the process.

The next morning, Nate wakes up in the same place and world where the climax had happened with all of the Yo-kai and humans turned back to their regular selves. Nate finds Kanami, and said that when her legs would be recovered from the hospitalization, but she gets frustrated about not being able to do ballet because of her likeness dedicated towards it, and wanted the world to be gone. Nate also asks her if it would be really worth it to get rid of what was precious to Kanami, which were her feelings and support she had been given towards others.

Kanami explained that everyone was not taking an interest to her ballet ever since she was hospitalized, but Nate says that they will always be looking out for her. Kanami finally realizes what she was doing all along and thanks Nate for making her realise the feelings around her friends. Nate brings Kanami back to the hospital and he, Jibanyan and Whisper wish her luck on her ballet performances. Kanami uses Koalanyan's world-changing power once more and bid the others farewell as Kanami walks back into the hospital and the world turns back to it's animated state.

Back at home, Jibanyan is feasting on Chocobars he bought from the candy store (that was the hospital in the real world) while Nate romantically looks at a photo. Whisper is curious on what it is, and tries to look at it, but the photo falls out of Nate's hand, revealing it to be real world Katie. Whisper is annoyed at Nate taking a liking to the photo, but at the same time, his face turns human while his voice turns regular.

During the credits, real-life recreations of scenes from the Yo-kai Watch anime are shown, along with some additional scenes like Amy getting a pet kitten.

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Live-action Cast

Characters

Humans

Protagonist Yo-kai

Antagonist Yo-kai


Prerelease information

Akihiro Hino initially wanted the third movie to be all-CGI, but feared that it would take two years to fully develop and would not be done in time for the yearly-release schedule.[2]

In 2015, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino teased that the third film will be live-action, which is confirmed by the post-credits scene of M02 and later by the movie's trailer.

Gallery

 
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Japanese logo.
 
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Japanese promotional poster of Yo-kai Watch M03.
 
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Japanese poster of Yo-kai Watch M03.

Production Art

 
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Promotional production art drawn by Takashi Yokoyama.

Video gallery

Trivia

  • Despite most of the Yo-kai being rendered CG, Lord Enma and Zazel were portrayed by live-action actors (Kento Yamazaki and Takumi Saitou respectively).
    • Since Manjimutt is a Yo-kai who is still partially human (as he's a Human-Faced Dog), he's both rendered in CG (for the dog body) and portrayed by a live action actor (Kenichi Endō) (for the human face)
  • Like other movie events, the first 500,000 attendants obtained a real-life Jibanyan Dream Medal and a real-life Komasan card for Tomodachi Ukiukipedia.
  • It is unknown when the movie takes place in Season 3 of the anime series.
    • In EP152, Nate becomes one of the first people to get a Yo-kai Bazooka before it comes out for public sale. In the movie when Nate recieves another Yo-kai Bazooka, he doesn't know what it is, but a flashback scene shows Komasan buying it on the internet, which may have been officially released. It likely takes place after that episode.
    • In EP200, there was a Mongewhale (which was actually a whale Komasan's head on it) featuring a very similar plot to this movie except with body-swapping instead of dimension-altering. The movie aired on television after that episode, meaning it probably takes place around the events of the movie.
  • A Snack World short film titled Hitogirai no Lenny (Lenny the Misanthrope) screened with this film in theaters in Japan.[3]

External links

References

  1. JFDB - 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!
  2. https://japan.cnet.com/article/35096301/
  3. The Snack World’s new animated short will be shown alongside Yo-kai Watch’s third movie - Nintendo Everything


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