Yōkai Watch Game Gets Shōjo Manga in Ciao

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Chikako Mori to draw story of girl who with ability to see yōkai after finding watch

The January issue of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine is announcing on Saturday that a manga of Level 5's Yōkai Watch franchise will begin serialization in the magazine's next issue, which is scheduled to ship on December 27. Chikako Mori (Deko Chia Win!, Charm Angel, Waza Ari Kiwami-chan) will draw the manga. The preview image features a female protagonist who has the ability to see yōkai (Japanese ghosts and demons) after obtaining a yōkai watch.

Game developer Level 5 announced the Yōkai Watch franchise in 2011 with a game, manga, and anime already planned. The game for the Nintendo 3DS shipped in Japan on July 11. The game's story begins one hot summer day when a boy named Keita discovers an old capsule toy vending machine in the forest. Keita receives a mysterious watch and meets a ghost butler named Whisper. Whisper tells Keita that the watch allows him to see supernatural creatures — both good and evil — that he could not see before in everyday life. With Whisper and his other companion Jibanya, Keita explores his town for other ghosts to battle. Players can choose to play as a male or female protagonist to befriend supernatural creatures around town and use them in battle against other creatures.

The anime adaptation will premiere on TV Tokyo on January 8.

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