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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.


The Yo-kai Watch manga adaptation began in Corocoro Comic on December 15, 2012 In Japan, before the video game released in July 2013 and the anime series in early 2014. It is illustrated by Noriyuki 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. Some of the design aesthetics and liberties were kept after the video game and anime was released in Japan.

Volumes 16, 17 and 18 would later be carried under the Yo-kai Watch! branding to keep it in line with the 2019 anime series, as well as borrowing some of its elements 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. Volumes 16, 17 and 18, despite being under "Yo-kai Watch!" branding in Japan, are still only called "Yo-kai Watch"

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

In Mexico it was published by the Italian publisher Panini, dividing each volume into two volumes, with the volumes being inconsistent 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


Yo-kai Watch

Cover Release Date ISBN
YWMangaVol1-JP.jpg YWMangaVol1.jpg Volume 1 JPJune 28, 2013
NANovember 3, 2015
EUNovember 10, 2015
YWMangaVol2-JP.jpg YWMangaVol2.jpg Volume 2 JPDecember 27, 2013
NANovember 5, 2015
EUNovember 10, 2015
YWMangaVol3-JP.jpg YWMangaVol3.jpg Volume 3 JPMarch 25, 2014
NAJanuary 5, 2016
EUJanuary 21, 2016
YWMangaVol4-JP.jpg YWMangaVol4.jpg Volume 4 JPJuly 25, 2014
NAMarch 1, 2016
EUMarch 29, 2016
YWMangaVol5-JP.jpg YWMangaVol5.jpg Volume 5 JPOctober 28, 2014
NAMay 3, 2016
EUJune 2, 2016
YWMangaVol6-JP.jpg YWMangaVol6.jpg Volume 6 JPFebruary 27, 2015
NADecember 20, 2016
EUDecember 20, 2016
YWMangaVol7-JP.jpg YWMangaVol7.jpg Volume 7 JPJune 26, 2015
NAMarch 7, 2017
EUApril 6, 2017
YWMangaVol8-JP.jpg YWMangaVol8.jpg Volume 8 JPSeptember 28, 2015
NAJanuary 2, 2018
EUFebruary 8, 2018
YWMangaVol9-JP.jpg YWMangaVol9.jpg Volume 9 JPFebruary 26, 2016
NAJuly 3, 2018
EUAugust 23, 2018
YWMangaVol10-JP.jpg YWMangaVol10.jpg Volume 10 JPJune 24, 2016
NAJanuary 8, 2019
EUFeburary 7, 2019
YWMangaVol11-JP.jpg YWMangaVol11.png Volume 11 JPJune 24, 2016
NAJanuary 8, 2019
EUFeburary 7, 2019
YWMangaVol12-JP.jpg YWMangaVol12.jpg Volume 12 JPApril 28, 2017
NASeptember 10, 2019
EUSeptember 2019
YWMangaVol13-JP.jpg YWMangaVol13.jpg Volume 13 JPSeptember 28, 2017
NAJanuary 14, 2020
EUFebruary 20, 2020
YWMangaVol14-JP.jpg YWMangaVol14.jpg Volume 14 JPNovember 28, 2017
NAMay 12, 2020
EUJune 11, 2020
YWMangaVol15-JP.jpg YWMangaVol15.jpg Volume 15 JPNovember 28, 2017
NASeptember 8, 2020
YWMangaVol16-JP.jpg YWMangaVol16.jpg Volume 16 JPJuly 26, 2019
NAJanuary 12, 2021
EUFebruary 17, 2021
YWMangaVol17-JP.jpg YWVol17Eng.jpg Volume 17 JPOctober 28, 2019
NAMay 11, 2021
EUJune 16, 2021
YWMangaVol18-JP.jpg YWVol18Eng.jpg Volume 18 JPJuly 27, 2020
NASeptember 14, 2021
YWMangaVol19-JP.png YWVol19Eng.jpg Volume 19 JPAugust 27, 2021
NAAugust 9, 2022
YWMangaVol20-JP.jpg Volume 20 JPDecember 27, 2021
NAJanuary 10, 2023
YWMangaVol21-JP.jpg Volume 21 JPApril 27, 2022

Yo-kai Watch Movies

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

Yo-kai Watch Shadowside

Cover Release Date ISBN
YWSSMangaVo1-JP.jpg Volume 1 JPSeptember 28, 2018
YWSSMangaVo2-JP.jpg Volume 2 JPJune 26, 2019

Y School Heroes

Cover Release Date ISBN
Yokai Gakuen Y Manga 1.jpg Volume 1 JPDecember 13, 2019
Yokai Gakuen Y Manga 2.jpg Volume 2 JPJune 26, 2020
Yokai Gakuen Y Manga 3.jpg Volume 3 JPJanuary 28, 2021

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, this is because he is seen eating grass and cats can not live off vegetarian or vegan diets.


  • 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, the volumes are divided into 2, bringing with them two covers (1 the original and 2 an alternative art)
  • The 17th volume appears to be the first adaptation to adapt the story of Yo-kai Watch 4.