The Yo-kai Watch anime (Japanese: 妖怪ウォッチ アニメ Yōkai Wotchi Anime) is a Japanese comedy-action-adventure animated series based on the Yo-kai Watch franchise. It ran from January 8, 2014 to March 30, 2018 in Japan, for 214 episodes and 3 seasons.
The anime primarily focuses on Nathan Adams, who meets Whisper after he was sealed away in a capsule for 200 years. Along the way, he meets Jibanyan and goes on to find other Yo-kai that are known behind various daily occurrences. This adaptation is very loosely based on the video game and manga, and is known to take place in separate continuities.
The anime series has gained significant popularity in Japan, especially at the time when Yo-kai Watch 2 started to gain traction. It has also managed to capture the attention of all age groups, with its comedic slice-of-life humor and creative writing.
The series would see a western release on October 5, 2015 in Disney XD, in the United States and eventually in other countries later on.
The Yo-kai Watch anime is based on the video games, and the manga to a lesser extent. Throughout the run, almost all of the Yo-kai and characters were present with a lot of them getting a segment focusing on a specific Yo-kai and/or separate segments focused on other Yo-kai, most notably revolving around Komasan.
Episodes are split into multiple parts which is similar to that of Western children cartoons; however, the parts are usually in uneven times with each other, some even played as "cold opens" before the opening theme.
The anime is directed by Shinji Ushiro, and produced by Yoshikazu Kuretani and Kiyofumi Kajiwara. The story is written by Yoichi Kato and the music is arranged by Ken'ichirō Saigō. The episodes were produced at OLM.
Throughout the original Japanese series run, it has managed to run for three seasons in the span of almost four years. New episodes were regularly aired every week on Fridays on the Japanese television TV Tokyo. However, some episodes air at different dates.
The animated series of Yo-kai Watch has managed to ramp up to 214 episodes, which are all split into three seasons in the original adaptation. Each of them ran for around seventy episodes. The English dub had the episodes ordered in a different manner, with over a hundred of them getting dubbed into English.
The third and final Japanese season started on January 6th, 2017 and ended on March 30th 2018 and lasted from EP151 to EP214. It was more focused on defeating new Yo-kai than befriending them. It is the only season to not get dubbed into any international dubs outside of Asia at all.
See also: Yo-kai Watch around the world
- Main article: List of Yo-kai Watch episodes
The series has a successor called Yo-kai Watch!.