Yo-kai Watch Movie's Preview Video Shows Anime, Live-Action Segments

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Film set in both anime, live-action world opens in Japan on December 17

Level-5 unveiled a new video for Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Sora Tobu Kujira to Double no Sekai no Daibōken da Nyan! (Yo-kai Watch The Movie: The Flying Whale and the Grand Adventure of the Double Worlds, Meow!), the third Yo-kai Watch film, during its "Level-5 Vision 2016 -New Heroes-" presentation on Wednesday. The video reveals some of the film's animated and live-action segments, as well as some behind-the-scenes footage.

The live-action guest cast includes (from left to right and top to bottom):

  • Kento Yamazaki (live-action Orange, Death Note, Your Lie in April)
  • Emi Takei (live-action Rurouni Kenshin, Ai to Makoto/For Love's Sake, Terraformars)
  • Takumi Saitou (live-action Space Battleship Yamato [2010], Ace Attorney)
  • Minami Hamabe (anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day live-action special's Menma)
  • Yuina Kuroshima (live-action The Girl Who Leapt Through Time TV series)
  • Yū Sawabe (from the "Haraichi" comedian duo)
  • Kenichi Endō (live-action Cromartie High: The Movie, Crows Zero)

The film's story is set in both an anime and a live-action world, and will contain live-action scenes in addition to the anime scenes. The film will open in Japan on December 17. Child actor Ryōka Minamide will play main character Keita Amano in the live-action parts of the film. A new Yo-kai named Koala-nyan will be key to the plot of the double worlds.

Those who purchase tickets in advance beginning on July 16 will receive a "Jibanyan Real Version Yo-kai Dream Medal" that will be compatible with the Yo-kai Watch 3 game.

TV Tokyo announcer Sayaka Suguru announced last December that the third Yo-kai Watch film would premiere in winter 2016. Level-5 president and CEO Akihiro Hino previously teased that the next film installment might be live-action. Hino is serving as the executive producer for the film and is also writing the film's scripts.

Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Enma Daioh to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan! (Yo-kai Watch The Movie: Great King Enma and the 5 Stories, Meow!), the second film in the franchise, opened in Japan last December. The film topped the Japanese opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in attendance, although not in box office gross, during its first week. The film stayed at #2 for five straight weeks.

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