Yo-kai Watch: Forever Friends is the fifth film in the Yo-kai Watch franchise. It came out December 14, 2018.
The film takes place 60 years before the original Yo-kai Watch anime. It revolves around a boy named Shin Shimomachi who is chosen by the Yo-kai Watch Elder Zero.
Shin and his yokai friends, Nekomata (a nekomata yokai) and Su-san (an ochimusha yokai) are on a quest to get rid of the evil soul-devouring witch Tamamo no Mae and get back his mother's soul. Shin also befriends Itsuki Takashiro, a boy whose sister's soul was taken by Tamamo no Mae, and Tae Arihoshi, a yokai knowledgeable girl whose family has been involved in sorcery for centuries.
The plot of Yo-kai Watch: Forever Friends revolves around the friendship between yokai and humans. Enma's origin story will also be revealed.
Shin's story is also told in the Yo-kai Watch 4 video game.
Yo-kai Watch: Forever Friends provides examples of:
- 20 Minutes into the Past: The film takes place 60 years in the past (presumably in the 1950s).
- Bakeneko and Nekomata: Shin's equivalent to Jibanyan is a nekomata called "Nekomata".
- Blush Sticker: Tae permanently has these.
- Girlish Pigtails: Tae wears her hair in pigtails with a bow on top.
- Nonstandard Character Design: Most character's in the series have normal hair colours, however Shin has a purplish hair colour.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: during the climax, we saw many youkai that we don't know if they managed to escape or not, such being: the rest of Shien's council, Tamare Tengu or even Tamano, who's last seen was being sucked at a tornado.