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New Yo-Kai Watch Anime Film Reveals Title, 1960s Setting, December 14 Debut

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
New film follows story of boy who loses family, gains new family with yo-kai

The official website for the Yōkai Watch anime film series revealed on Friday that the next film in the series is titled Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Forever Friends. The film will open in Japan on December 14.

The tagline on the visual below reads, "I thought we'd always be together."

The film tells the story of interweaving friendships between three children and yo-kai. The film is set in 1960s Tokyo, in Sakura MOTOMACHI. A boy named Shin (pictured in first image below) lives a poor but happy life. When his mother — his only family member — dies, Shin's unhappiness hits rock bottom. That is when another boy named Itsuki saves Shin. Itsuki has also lost his older sister. Shin, Itsuki, and a young girl named Tae who can see yo-kai all become friends. Shin's guardian spirit Suu-san, a "Nekomata" cat (pictured in second image below), and other new yo-kai join their group, and this group is able to regain what it means to have a precious family. This new family must now face a mysterious incident, and a shocking reality awaits them.

Akihiro Hino, President and CEO of Level 5, is credited as executive producer and screenwriter, and is also in charge of the original concept.

This film will be the fifth film in the franchise. Last year's film, Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu, opened on December 16 and ranked #2 at the Japanese box office in its first weekend.

Sources: Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Forever Friends official website, Comic Natalie

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