Synonyms: Yokai Watch
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Jan 8, 2014 to ?
23 min. per episode
G - All Ages
L represents licensing company
Score: 6.611 (scored by 537 users)
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SynopsisLevel-5's adaption of their 3DS game.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Youkai Watch
Side story: Youkai Watch Movie 1: Tanjou no Himitsu da Nyan!, Youkai Watch Movie 2
Summary: Youkai Watch: Best 10
Characters & Voice Actors
The Youkai Watch anime now lacks an English subbing group for it. This is a shame as the anime is funny to watch and is currently one of the top ten children anime in Japan's Kanto region. I hope this review may be able to help change things as clearly a number of people (including myself) enjoy it. I plan to watch on and probably pick up the Japanese language at the same time, even if it will take ages for a group to pick this up again.
Youkai is a term for Japanese spirits, ghosts and monsters. A "Youki-pedia" series, this anime depend a lot on slapstick jokes and unexpected twists for humour/entertainment. Elements of the show may be paralleled with Pokemon, except that one does not catch Youkai, one befriends them. The protagonist, Keita, unwittingly frees Whisper (a ghost Youkai) through inserting a coin into a gashapon machine. Whisper decides to follow and help him out of gratitude and gives Keita a Youkai watch to see other Youkai. They get into various Youkai-exploring adventures and collect Youkai friendship medals along the way.
Although children will enjoy this series the most, there will be people of other ages who will be able to appreciate its light-hearted nature. As of Episode 4, this show's story uses a few fixed formulas (typical to child-friendly anime) that vary slightly each episode.
1) Gaining medals from a friendly youkai who drops by to say hi.
2) Introduction to a friendly youkai who may have problems of their own and/or cause problems for real people.
3) Solving of the youkai's problems sometimes, but not always.
4) Introduction to backstory of the youkai's past lives before becoming a youkai.
5) Youkai battle, usually against a troublemaking or scary youkai that engages in battle with a summoned friendly youkai.
6) Youkais-of-the-week: Recap of the medals that Keita obtained (Usually 2-3 of them).
7) A special portion where a Youkai featured gets into all sorts of funny situations.
The music is typical for a normal anime series. The summoning sequence is thankfully not boring to watch as there will be eight (excluding one special) different kinds depending on the youkai medal type. Characters have their own special characteristics which create for dramatic and humorous effects in the show.
Overall, this anime is not amazing, but it will be entertaining to watch if you are interested in Youkai or supernatural things, want something light-hearted/funny to watch and can find your inner child to watch such an anime. read more
Youkai Watch and Natsume Yuujinchou are similar in that both the protagonists befriend and are troubled by youkai (though one can see youkai because they are "gifted" and the other through the use of a watch-like device). Natsume Yuujinchou takes a more sad and serious tone to the youkai presence in the protagionist's life and focuses more on the protagonist. Whereas Youkai Watch takes a more lighthearted and comical tone and focuses more on the youkai. However, both series have a tendency to leave you feeling the same way. They both have touching and warm stories that can make you smile.
This season of Digimon has a lot of similarity with Youkai Watch:
- The main protagonist is a boy who has a device that allow him to see Digimon/Youkai. - During the episode both of them have to face some problems caused by those Digimon/Youkai and they have to solve it.
- Also, they both can capture a Digimon/Yokai and use it to fight their enemies.
"Gotta get/collect them all" theme and "monster of the week" themes.
However it should be noted that monster battles are more action-packed and intense in Pokemon, while Monster summons in Youkai watch have less action and usually depend more on the Youkai's special abilities (e.g. possession).
Both feature Youkai (Japanese monsters, spirits and demons), though Gegege is closer towards the original definition of scary. They each have a different take on Youkai, with Gegege being more traditional, while Youkai Watch has a more modern approach and setting. Gegege no Kitarou is a long-running series in Japan. Both anime are relatively obscure outside Japan, so it might be difficult to find translations. While Gegege is more about the lives of Youkai being what they are, Youkai Watch is about a human boy interacting with Youkai.
Opening Theme#1: "Geragerapou no Uta (ゲラゲラポーのうた)" by King Creamsoda (キング・クリームソーダ) (eps 1-36, 51)
#2: "Matsuri Hayashi de Geragerapou (祭り囃子でゲラゲラポー)" by King Creamsoda (eps 37-odd numbered episodes)
#3: "Hatsukoi-touge de Geragerapou (初恋峠でゲラゲラポー)" by King Creamsoda (eps 38-even numbered episodes)
Ending Theme#1: "Youkai Taisou Daiichi (ようかい体操第一)" by Dream5 (eps 1-24)
#2: "Dan Dan Dubi Zubaa! (ダン・ダン ドゥビ・ズバー!)" by Dream5 + Burii Taichou (ブリー隊長) (eps 25-51)
#3: "Idol wa Unyanya no Ken" by NyaKB with Tsuchinoko Panda (ニャーKB with ツチノコパンダ) (eps 52-)
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