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Yo-kai Watch to Air in U.S., Europe, Other Regions Globally

posted on by Karen Ressler
Jibanyan and Whisper's names will remained unchanged

Level-5 president Akihiro Hino announced at the Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan! event on Saturday that the anime Yōkai Watch will be broadcast overseas. Hino specifically mentioned America and Europe, but said there would be other regions.

Hino stated that, although many of the Yo-kai's names will be changed, Jibanyan and Whisper's will remain the same. He asked the characters' respective voice actors, Etsuko Kozakura and Tomokazu Seki, to "study English."

Dentsu Entertainment USA began looking for broadcast and merchandise partners for the franchise in the Americas earlier this year. Hino previously confirmed that the franchise found an overseas toymaker, but did not specify whether the franchise would get a Western release.

The story begins when Kēta discovers an old capsule toy vending machine in the forest. Kēta receives a mysterious watch and meets a ghost named Whisper. Whisper tells Kēta 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 Jibanyan, Kēta explores his town for other ghosts to battle or befriend.

Game developer Level-5 announced the Yōkai 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 anime premiered this past January. The latest game in the franchise, a third version of Yōkai Watch 2, shipped last Saturday.

Source: Cinema Today

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