Yo-kai Watch Film's Trailer Teases Origin of Magical Watch
posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Narrator: All of the mysterious happenings in the world are done by yōkai. The yōkai watch is a device that allows one to see those yōkai.
Text: Yo-kai Watch gets a film wished for by fans!!
Keita: My yōkai watch is gone!!
Text: The yōkai watch that suddenly disappeared
Narrator: In order to retrieve the yōkai watch, the hero travels to the past world! This is the story of the birth of the yōkai watch that is being revealed for the first time.
Keita: What are you guys...?
Jibanyan: Yo-kai Watch: The Movie: It's the Secret of Birth, Meow!
Text: Premiering December 20
The film will star Haruka Tomatsu as Keita Amano, Tomokazu Seki as Whisper, Etsuko Kozakura as Jibanyan, and Yuuki Kaji as Fuyunyan. Other cast members include Tohru Nara as Kuma, Aya Endo as Fumika Kodama, and Chie Satou as Kanchi Imada. Yoichi Kato will provide the scripts for the film, while Ken'ichirō Saigō will compose the soundtrack. Oriental Light and Magic is animating the film.
Game developer Level-5 announced the Yo-kai Watch franchise in 2011 with a game, manga, and anime already planned. The franchise's first game for the Nintendo 3DS debuted in Japan last July, and the Yo-kai Watch 2 3DS game shipped last month. The anime premiered this past January. The manga has four volumes that have sold 1.5 million copies.
Dentsu Entertainment USA is offering the anime to broadcast and merchandising partners in the Americas. Other game franchises from LEVEL-5 Inc. — Professor Layton and Inazuma Eleven — also inspired films.