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The Yo-kai Watch manga is a serialized adaptation by Noriyuki Konishi, which was released Corocoro Comics December 15, 2012 in Japan before they were released in volumes starting on June 28, 2013. An English adaptation by Viz Media was released on November 3, 2015 in North America and November 10, 2015 in Europe.

It follows Nathan Adams, Jibanyan and Whisper who encounter Yo-kai behind problems which lead to unexpected circumstances. The manga is notably different from the game and anime, such as earlier designs of characters being used along with some personality changes in comparison.

There has been some spin-off adaptations of the manga, such as Yo-kai Watch: Wakuwaku Nyanderful Days featuring Katie Forester as the main protagonist illustrated by Chikako Mori which was seralized in Ciao Magazine on December 27, 2013.

Overview

The Yo-kai Watch manga adaptation began in Corocoro Comic on December 15, 2012 In Japan, before the video game came out in July 2013 and the anime series in early 2014. It is illustrated by longtime manga artist Noriuki Konishi who is known for other manga adaptations of popular Japanese anime franchises.

Compared to the anime and video games, there are noticeable differences such as several characters having different personalities and earlier designs, like the Yo-kai Watch. Some of the design aesthetics and liberties were kept after the video game and anime was released in Japan.

Volumes 16 and 17 would later be carried under the Yo-kai Watch! branding, to keep it in line with the 2019 anime series of the same name as well as some of it's elements borrowed from Yo-kai Watch 4.

Western Localization

An English-language adaptation was released on November 3, 2015 in North America and November 10, 2015 in Europe, published by Viz Media. The first ten volumes were published by the Perfect Square division before the credit was changed to simply Viz Media.

Like how the anime and games have different localization teams, Yo-kai like Papa Windbag and Brushido have Japanese text on their designs translated.

In France and Spain, the manga is published by KAZE. The manga in Italy and Latin America are ordered differently.

In Mexico it was brought by the Italian publisher Panini,dividing the volumes into two volumes, the volumes being uneven with the original covers and the pairs with covers perhaps created by a panini artist.

Other Adaptations

Wakuwaku Nyanderful Days

Main article: Yo-kai Watch: Wakuwaku Nyanderful Days

In the Nyanderful Days manga series, the story based on the alternate storyline of the Yo-kai Watch video game, where instead of Nate Adams as the main protagonist, Katie Forester is the main character. The series starts in Volume 1; like the second Yo-kai Watch game, the story begins with Katie seeing a new antique shop, where she meets Jibanyan and Whisper. At first, she got a little scared of the two Yo-kai, but along the way, she soon realizes they are not so evil.

In the second and third volumes of the manga series, it is mainly focused alongside Yo-kai Watch 3's storyline, which can also relate to two Sukiyaki side missions that involves the same kind of plot as the manga series.

Yo-kai Watch Movie Manga Series

The Yo-kai Watch Movies have been adapted into manga volumes, exclusively in Japan. All six of them are known to be released which can vary in plot compared to the movie.

Yo-kai Watch Blasters

The spinoff Yo-kai Watch Blasters series got a single volume exclusive to Japan, which is loosely based around the first Yo-kai Watch Blasters game.

Yo-kai Watch Shadowside

Volumes

Yo-kai Watch

Cover Release Date ISBN
YWMangaVol1-JP YWMangaVol1 Volume 1 JPJune 28, 2013
NANovember 3, 2015
EUNovember 10, 2015
JP4091416551
NA1421582511
EU142158251X
YWMangaVol2-JP YWMangaVol2 Volume 2 JPDecember 27, 2013
NANovember 5, 2015
EUNovember 10, 2015
JP4091400183
NA1421582528
EU142158252X
YWMangaVol3-JP YWMangaVol3 Volume 3 JPMarch 25, 2014
NAJanuary 5, 2016
EUJanuary 21, 2016
YWMangaVol4-JP YWMangaVol4 Volume 4 JPJuly 25, 2014
NAMarch 1, 2016
EUMarch 29, 2016
YWMangaVol5-JP YWMangaVol5 Volume 5 JPOctober 28, 2014
NAMay 3, 2016
EUJune 2, 2016
YWMangaVol6-JP YWMangaVol6 Volume 6 JPFebruary 27, 2015
NADecember 20, 2016
EUDecember 20, 2016
YWMangaVol7-JP YWMangaVol7 Volume 7 JPJune 26, 2015
NAMarch 7, 2017
EUApril 6, 2017
YWMangaVol8-JP YWMangaVol8 Volume 8 JPSeptember 28, 2015
NAJanuary 2, 2018
EUFebruary 8, 2018
YWMangaVol9-JP YWMangaVol9 Volume 9 JPFebruary 26, 2016
NAJuly 3, 2018
EUAugust 23, 2018
YWMangaVol10-JP YWMangaVol10 Volume 10 JPJune 24, 2016
NAJanuary 8, 2019
EUFeburary 7, 2019
NA1421597535
YWMangaVol11-JP YWMangaVol11 Volume 11 JPJune 24, 2016
NAJanuary 8, 2019
EUFeburary 7, 2019
NA1421597551
EU1421597551
YWMangaVol12-JP YWMangaVol12 Volume 12 JPApril 28, 2017
NASeptember 10, 2019
EUSeptember 2019
NA1421597551
EU1421597551
YWMangaVol13-JP YWMangaVol13 Volume 13 JPSeptember 28, 2017
NAJanuary 14, 2020
EUFebruary 20, 2020
YWMangaVol14-JP YWMangaVol14 Volume 14 JPNovember 28, 2017
NAMay 12, 2020
EUJune 11, 2020
YWMangaVol15-JP YWMangaVol15 Volume 15 JPNovember 28, 2017
NASeptember 8, 2020
YWMangaVol16-JP Volume 16 JPJuly 26, 2019
JP4091430465
YWMangaVol17-JP Volume 17 JPOctober 28th, 2019
JP4091431097

Yo-kai Watch Movies

Cover Release Date ISBN
YWMangaMovie1-JP MM01 JPDecember 20, 2014
JP4091418392
YWMangaMovie2-JP MM02 JPDecember 19, 2015
JP4091421385
YWMangaMovie3-JP MM03 JPDecember 17, 2016
JP4091422667
YWMangaMovie4-JP MM04 JPDecember 16, 2017
JP4091426387
YWMangaMovie5-JP MM05 JPDecember 14, 2018
JP4091428878

Yo-kai Watch Shadowside

Cover Release Date ISBN
YWSSMangaVo1-JP Volume 1 JPSeptember 28, 2018
JP409142824X
130px Volume 2 JPJune 26, 2019

Running gags

  • Yo-kai, mostly Jibanyan, get run over by cars.
  • Yo-kai, mostly Jibanyan or Whisper, die but get revived somehow.
  • Usapyon becomes more cheery after deactivating Invader Mode in the manga version.
  • The Last Nyanmurai is often shown malnourished with a thin neck, and he is seen eating grass and is appears very thin as an result.

Trivia

  • Because the manga was released before the first game and the anime series, Noriyuki Konishi's adaption uses slightly earlier designs of the Yo-kai Watch & Medals. Somehow, that would later be kept in all volumes
  • In the Latin American version (Mexico) the volumes are divided into 2, bringing with them two covers (1 the original and 2 an alternative art)
  • The manga volume 17 appears to be the first adaptation to adapt the story of Yo-kai Watch 4.
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