A Yo-kai Watch movie is a theatrical release that is usually based on the anime series, but have a greater length of detail to them compared to the episodes. Some of the other ones are based on different adaptations of the franchise and usually have a tie-in of some sort in the corresponding game released around the time.
Every movie usually comes out during the winter in Japan, along with an announcement in the spring and summer season, and a home video release in next summer. So far, only one of the movies have been dubbed into English.
There are currently a total of six movies released, with a seventh soon to release.
List of Movies
|M01||Yo-kai Watch: the Movie (Japanese: 映画 妖怪ウォッチ 誕生の秘密だニャン! Yōkai Wotchi: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan!)||December 20, 2014 (Japan)|
October 15, 2016 (United States)
|One night, Nate's Yo-kai Watch mysteriously disappears due to the effects of a time paradox, which causes Nate, Jibanyan, and Whisper to travel back 60 years into the past, with the help of Hovernyan and Nathaniel.|
|M02||Yo-kai Watch the Movie: King Enma and the Five Stories, Nyan! (Japanese: 映画 妖怪ウォッチ エンマ大王と5つの物語だニャン！ Eiga Yōkai Wotchi: Enma Daiō to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan!)||December 19, 2015|
|Told by the events of five different stories, Nate, Hailey, Jibanyan, Whisper and Usapyon must find Lord Enma in order to stop the corrupt actions of Zazel and his plot to separate the relations of humans and Yo-kai.|
|M03||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!)||December 17, 2016|
|A giant whale looms over Springdale, causing the entire world to become a real version of itself. Nate, Whisper and Jibanyan try to find out about the mystery behind the world-switching incident.|
Yo-kai Watch Shadowside
|M04||Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: The Return of the Oni King (Japanese: 映画 妖怪ウォッチ シャドウサイド 鬼王の復活 Eiga Yōkai Wotchi: Shadousaido Oni-ō no Fukkatsu)||December 16, 2017|
|Thirty years after a certain boy fulfils his deeds with humans and Yo-kai, a new threat arises with the involvement of the Onimaro, which calls upon Summer Adams, Touma Tsukinami, and Akinori Arihoshi to save their world from it.|
|M05||Yo-kai Watch: Forever Friends (Japanese: 映画 妖怪ウォッチ FOREVER FRIENDS（フォーエバーフレンズ）Eiga Yōkai Wotchi Fooebaa Furenzu)||December 14, 2018|
|In the 1960s, Jack Cobbler is devastated to find other humans being possessed by mysterious forces, that lead them to deadly sacrifices. Jack meets Alistair and Tae Arihoshi, who know about the happenings and try to get their souls back with the help of some Yo-kai.|
Yo-kai Watch Jam
|M06||Yo-kai Watch Jam The Movie: Yo-kai Academy Y - Can a Cat be a Hero? (Japanese: 映画妖怪ウォッチJam:妖怪学園Y-猫はHEROになれるか Eiga Yōkai Wotchi Jamu: Yōkai Gakuen Y - Neko wa Hīrō ni Nareruka)||December 13, 2019|
|Set in an alternate universe with human counterparts of Yo-kai that attend a boarding school, Jinpei Jiba discovers that the place is full of mysterious Onryo and learn about the YSP Watch, which allow them to transform into Yo-kai Heroes.|
|M07||Yo-kai Watch♪ the Movie: How Nate and I Met Nyan!♪ (Japanese: 映画妖怪ウォッチ♪ ケータとオレっちの出会い編だニャン♪ワ、ワタクシも～♪♪ Eiga Yōkai Wotchi♪ Keita Tōrecchi no Deaihen da nyan♪ Wa, Watakushimo～♪♪)||November 12, 2021|
Box Office Total
|Movie||Box Office||Total Revenue||Peak|
|Yo-kai Watch: The Movie||¥1,628,893,000||¥7,800,000,000||2|
|Enma-daiō to Itsutsu no Monogatari da-nyan!||¥937,238,108||¥5,530,000,000||2|
|Soratobu Kujira to Daburu Sekai no Dai-bōken da-nyan!||¥559,879,188||¥3,260,000,000||2|
|Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu||¥384,990,204||¥2,040,000,000||2|
|Yo-kai Watch: FOREVER FRIENDS||¥111,179,800||¥1,150,000,000||7|
|Yo-kai Watch Jam The Movie: Yo-kai Academy Y - Can a Cat be a Hero?||¥130,000,000||¥730,000,000*||4|
Connection with the anime
There have been instances where the Yo-kai Watch movies connect with the anime or not, depending if there's a setup or anything else.
The timeline placement of Yo-kai Watch: The Movie in the anime series has been debated, with the placement usually taking place between EP049 and EP050 (which is around the time of the movie's theatrical release in Japan), or after Whisper's Secret Past, as Kin and Gin never appear in the anime ever again. Elements related to the movie would be mentioned later on in the anime such as Nathaniel shown to have created the first watch, confirming that the movie does canonically take place in the anime series.
However, Christmas Blackout! Time for a Yo-kai Watch Update! serves as a proper prologue to M02, with Duke Doggy and Aristokat being the antagonists of the episode, Lord Enma's human form making a cameo at the end and Nate and Hailey welding the upgraded watches in the movie. The movie's Japanese release after the episode's original airing further confirms it.
The events of M03 have not been confirmed just like the first movie, but EP200 has a plot where Komasan is a giant whale that makes wishes come true, in a similar vein to the one in the movie. The movie's television premiere followed afterwards, suggesting that the events of the movie happen after that episode.
M04, M05 and M06 are stories that don't focus on Nathan Adams, Jibanyan and Whisper, but rather with a different cast of characters instead. the fourth movie serves as an overall prologue to the Yo-kai Watch Shadowside anime, with the events of it being recapped in the first episode of the series. The same also applies to M06, with the series taking place after the movie.
Tie-ins with the video games
In most of the Yo-kai Watch video games, content from the movies are occasionally included for promotional purposes.
The entire plot of Yo-kai Watch: The Movie is based on Yo-kai Watch 2, with several elements taken from Psychic Specters like Dame Dedtime's backstory and the presence of Bronzlow. The movie itself was also released in Japan around the time Psychic Specters came out. Unlockable concept art from the movie can be found by completing a Quest exclusive to that version.
The Moon Rabbit Crew expansion for Yo-kai Watch Blasters, adds several new Yo-kai, Missions and Big Bosses that appear in M02. Some of the missions are also loosely based on the story's plot, with the Zazel battle being the most reminiscent of the movie.
M04 ties into two games, which are Yo-kai Watch Busters 2 and to an extent Yo-kai Watch 4, despite the latter basing it more from the anime series. Lord Ananta and Fudou Myouou can be befriended in Yo-kai Watch Busters 2 by obtaining certain key items, which will allow the player to battle them. The plot of M05 also ties into Yo-kai Watch 4, as well as the series of Yo-kai Watch Shadowside as a whole.
There is a small Quest in Yo-kai Watch 4 which involves Jinpei Jiba suddenly transported to the future world, which is further expanded in the 4++ expansion to tie in with M06's release.
- Before the Zazel Boss fight in Moon Rabbit Crew, Spoilerina breaks the fourth wall by warning everyone that the next mission will "contain spoilers for the next movie". However, the line is fully translated in all European languages, even though the second movie has yet to get an English dub.
- However, M02 eventually got dubbed into Latin Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese which was released on Disney XD on December 7, 2019.
- When asked about an English dub of the other Yo-kai Watch movies at the Anime Expo Level-5 Panel in 2019, they said they were interested in doing it, as some of the movies (especially M04) are necessary to understand the story of the series.
- Yo-kai Watch! is the only series to not have an accompanying movie.