VIZ Media Acquires the License for the Yo-Kai Watch Manga
VIZ Media has announced that the company has acquired the license for the Yo-Kai Watch manga.
The supernatural comedy adventure series is inspired by the Yo-Kai Watch video game created by LEVEL-5 for the Nintendo 3DS. The Yo-Kai Watch manga, written and drawn by Noriyuki Konishi under the guidance of the LEVEL-5 team, will be published under the company’s Perfect Square imprint. In September 2015, the franchise is finally coming to North America with the launch of the Yo-Kai Watch manga series, fueled as well by the debuts of anime and toy products around the same time.
The Yo-Kai Watch manga will be rated “A” for All Ages and will be available exclusively in print on a bi-monthly basis. In Japan, the series originally appeared in Coro Coro Comic magazine, published by VIZ Media parent company Shogakukan, and won both the 60th Shogakukan Manga Award in 2015 and the 38th Kodansha Manga Award in the Best Children’s Manga category in 2014.
Yo-Kai, inspired by the yokai of Japanese folklore, are not ghosts or monsters or creatures. They can’t be seen by the human eye, but they’re everywhere, and whether they’re phantoms or everyday objects discovering their higher purpose, Yo-Kai personalities are distinctly humanlike.
Nathan Adams is just an average kid until the mysterious Whisper gives him a device that allows him to see what others cannot, Yo-Kai of all shapes and forms. Now, armed with the Yo-Kai Watch, Nathan, Whisper and their new invisible friends embark on an all new supernatural adventure.
“The whole Yo-Kai Watch cast of characters, especially Jibanyan, Komansan and Whisper, already have huge followings in Japan, and now North American fans get to join the fun,” says Joel Enos, Senior Editor. “The manga’s a fun and zany take on traditional Japanese Yo-kai, and the watch that lets Nathan see and summon them is especially fun. The series will appeal to readers of all ages!”