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Yo-kai Watch is an extremely popular franchise in Japan, and has naturally grown a good deal since it started. There are six manga adaptations that have been released, besides the Anime of the Game. One of them is a shonen series authored by Noriyuki Konishi, that has been published in Coro Coro Comics since 2012. This series shares some treats of the videogames, but it's actually more closer to the anime, although it has its own extreme differences.

Nate is an average boy who one day finds a very old capsule machine/gravestone hybrid, out of which comes Whisper, a Yo-kai who becomes Nate's butler out of gratefulness. He gives Nate the titular "Yo-kai Watch", which allows Nate to see and interact with Yo-kai that influence people's lives.

Unlike the other printed adaptations (a shoujo manga, a seinen manga, and a couple of four-panel comics), the contortions and situations displayed in this series are sometimes horrific (with scenes displaying Nightmare Faces and Body Horror) significantly being an over-the-top Darker and Edgier version of the parent videogame.

This particular manga adaptation has been licensed and released by Viz Media in the U.S. under their Perfect Square imprint in 2015.


This adaptation has examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass: Jibanyan, who is a lot more capable here than his anime counterpart. As is Nate, who is more proactive.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Whisper doesn't own a Y-pad in the manga and is able to recognise and give information on Yokai on his own.
  • Butt-Monkey: Everyone, but especially Whisper and Jibanyan.
  • Darker and Edgier: When compared to its brother anime and parent videogame. This version of Yo-kai Watch has Yo-kai that can really be dangerous when pissed off enough, heck, one of the first stories has a knife-wielding thief that slashes at and tries to stab Nate in the stomach. There's even blood here and there, Dracunyan even vomits blood in his chapter.
  • Nice Guy: Nate, just as his original counterpart.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: A number of Yo-kai are beaten through their own powers being directed back at them or by situations that they caused in the first place.
  • Running Gag: Most fights usually result in Jibanyan and the Yokai he's fighting being run over by a passing vehicle.
  • You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: Usually after defeating a Yokai, Nate will tell them how they can help people with their abilities rather than cause trouble.

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