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Springdale

Springdale

Springdale (Japanese: さくらニュータウン Sakura Nyū Taun) is the main setting of the Yo-kai Watch series.

In the first game, Springdale is divided into five counties: Uptown in the center, Downtown to the south, Blossom Heights to the west, Shopper's Row to the southwest, and Breezy Hills to the east, with Mt. Wildwood to the north, which in the late game on contains a way into the Yo-kai World.

In the Yo-kai Watch 2, the Springdale area is largely the same, only with the addition of a new area called Excellent Tower, which is east of Breezy Hills, and allows more of Mt. Wildwood to be explored, including its summit, also connecting it to Breezy Hills. The second game also expands the Railway System, allowing the player to reach the towns of Harrisville and San Fantastico.

Also, it allows the player to visit Springdale 60 years in the past, which is called "Old Springdale" (Japanese: 桜町 Sakura-machi), a smaller version of the city that keeps many parts of Springdale with the exception of Mt. Wildwood and Gourd Pond inside one area within the overworld.

Contemporary History

Main article: Old Springdale
Springdale (old)

Springdale from sixty years ago.

Sixty years ago, Springdale was smaller in size and had an industrial district, while it was also undeveloped in some areas. While Blossom Heights had some houses, Shopper's Row still had Flower Road and some of the residential houses, and the Nocturne Hospital (although inaccessible to the player) was in operation.

Some of the railway network was still being planned and Springdale Station, as it is seen that train tracks are being laid down by construction. At that time, the city had a one-way ticket system to Harrisville for a fee of $3.00.

It was unknown what happened to Springdale during the sixty-year time gap, but it is heavily implied that it started to get developed over time, like the industrial district getting replaced by a downtown business area.

In the post-game of Psychic Specters, this version of the city also allows access to Sawayama Castle Town, after certain quests are completed.

In the games

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Overview map of Springdale in the Yo-kai Watch video games.

Following the release of Yo-kai Watch 3, Springdale returns once more as the primary location for Hailey Anne's storyline. The city is mostly the same in this version. However several new additions and changes have been made to make it a bit fresh again. Examples of this are that some more buildings now have accessible inside areas.


Areas

Uptown Springdale

Main article: Uptown Springdale

Uptown Springdale (Japanese: さくら住宅街 Sakura Jūtakugai) is where the beginning of the first and second games take place. It is mostly a residential area, along with some shops that appear near the lower part of the town. It is also home to Springdale Elementary School, where Nate and his friends go.

Nathan Adams and Katie Forester are known to live in this area, with their families.


Blossom Heights

Blossom Heights (Japanese: 団々坂 Dandan-zaka) is where the second part of Yo-kai Watch takes place.


Downtown Springdale

Main article: Downtown Springdale

Downtown Springdale (Japanese: さくら中央シティ Sakura Chūō Shiti)

  • Frostia's Place
  • Arcadia Arcade
  • Nom Burger
  • Fortune Hospital
  • Foundation Academy
  • Springdale Central Station
  • Everymart Downtown Springdale Shop
  • Sunset Mall
  • Seabreeze Tunnel
  • Springdale Business Tower
  • Construction Site (later Springdale Sports Club)

Shopper's Row

Shopper's Row (Japanese: おつかい横丁 Otsukai Yokochō)

  • Everymart Shopper's Row Shop
  • Mary's Coin Laundry
  • Whatta Find
  • Superior Style
  • North Wind Ramen
  • Greene's Greens
  • Frank's Butcher Shop
  • Settle In Bookstore
  • Sun Pavilion
  • Tranquility Apartments

Breezy Hills

Main article: Breezy Hills

Breezy Hills (Japanese: そよ風ヒルズ Soyokaze Hiruzu) is one of the richer parts of Springdale and is home to the Gourd Pond Museum, which is situated near Gourd Pond. Edward Archer and their parents also live there in a house while Mr. and Mrs. Stone live in a house near the top of Breezy Hills.

There is a pathway at the north-westernmost part of this district that leads to a hidden passage with a temple while in Yo-kai Watch 2, it leads to Mt. Wildwood with the Jumbo Slider.

In Yo-kai Watch 3, Hailey Anne lives at the top of an apartment block with her family, which is just a few moments away from Gourd Pond Museum.

  • Archer House
  • Stone House
  • Wisteria Garden
  • Everymart Breezy Hills Shop
  • Trophy Room
  • Gourd Pond Museum
  • Thomas House
  • Stonewood House
  • Lina's House

Excellent Tower

Excellent Tower (Japanese: さくらEXツリー Sakura EX Tsurī)

Mt. Wildwood

Main article: Mt. Wildwood

Mt. Wildwood (Japanese: おおもり山 Ōmori Yama)

  • Wildwood Shrine
  • Sacred Tree
  • Abandoned Tunnel
  • Shrine Behind the Waterfall
  • Yo-kai World (Ambrosia Pavilion in YW3)

Outside of Springdale

Springdale appears to be a larger location than expected, and there are several areas that only appear in episodes of the anime.

In the games, Springdale might actually be an entire region of it's own, as several locations outside of Spingdale, such as Harrisville or San Fantastico, are both considered to be part of Springdale, as seen in Yo-kai Watch 3 (through the Mirapo warping list).

Locations Outside Springdale

  • Yoke Eye State Beach

Geography

Springdale is heavily based in Japan, as judged by the architecture, a presence of a shrine in the area and how cars drive on the left compared to most western countries. It is not really known where Springdale is based, but the hot climate places it towards the mid-southern part of Japan.

Unlike most Japanese towns, Springdale seems to be more of a city with several skyscrapers and an elaborate train system.

Trivia

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The Location of Springdale in Japan, in the Japanese Recap Time of EP009. The arrow points it somewhere towards Miyazu, Kyoto.

  • Residents of Springdale are known as Springdalians.
  • According to a rough draft design sheet of Springdale, it is said that it had a population of 30,000 residents.[1]
  • It is unknown where Springdale is exactly located in Japan, but there are several hints in the anime, manga and games that show a rough placement.
    • In the Recap Time of EP009, the location is pinpointed near Miyazu, Kyoto which is located in the Kansai and Cogoku prefectures.
    • In Kaptain Komasan and the Alien, the expedition team visit an area with sand dunes reminiscent of the Tottori prefecture, connecting to near where the setting is located.
    • The surrounding areas of Springdale are based on Nagasaki and Kumamoto, making the location directly more towards Kumamoto, Yamaguchi and Ehime regions. The in-game rail map in Yo-kai Watch 2 doesn't directly match up with the real-life placement.
    • There is a location in Fukuoka that served as a possible inspiration for Gourd Pond, found in Breezy Hills.
    • In EP213, The map of Springdale slowly shifts to Kangawa and Tokyo when Robowhisper blasts off into space.
  • In the localized English versions, Springdale is set in what appears to be a northeastern part of the United States, with EP009 mentioning Georgia and EP019 mentioning it in the New England area.
    • Though in the localized Yo-kai Watch manga series, it is still located in Japan. Despite that, USA is still called BBQ.
    • The city's location in the European dubs is unknown, as every dub could place the city somewhere else from one other. although the city's climate may place it somewhere towards Mid-Southern Europe.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese さくらニュータウン Sakura Nyū Taun
Flag of France French Granval-sur-Mer
Flag of Spain Spanish Floridablanca
Flag of Germany German Lenzhausen-Neudorf
Flag of Italy Italian Valdoro
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Lenthuizen
Flag of Russia Russian Спрингдейл Springdeyl
Flag of South Korea Korean 진달래 Jindallae
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Flag of Brazil Portuguese (Brazilian) Vila do Mar

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