Yōkai Watch Manga Moves to a Different Magazine for Serialization
The Ykai Watch manga by Noriyuki Konishi gets a new home in two publications.
The humorous series completed its run in Shogakukan’s Coro Coro Comics in the magazine’s January issue, which was published on December 15, 2022, as first reported by Anime News Network. Going forward, Bessatsu Coro Coro Comics and Coro Coro Ichiban will both print Konishi’s narrative. The distribution of Ykai Watch in North America, which is handled by VIZ Media, does not seem to be affected by this change as of the time of this writing.
What Is the Story of YōkaiWatch?
Nate Adams, a fifth-grader, discovers a Ykai Watch while touring the Mouth Wildwood woodland in Konishi’s manga. The boy’s watch permits him to view the titular animals and rescue Whisper, a Ykai who had been imprisoned in a gashapon device for more than a century.
Since its debut in Coro Coro Comics in December 2012, the ongoing serial Ykai Watch has released 21 volumes of material. Over 2.5 million copies of the series were sold in Japan alone in 2014, and it won the Best Children’s Manga category at both the 38th Kodansha Manga Awards and the 60th Shogakukan Manga Awards. The series has constantly fared well.
The Ykai Watch multimedia property, which began as a toy line and collection of role-playing video games, has several different iterations, including the manga. Beyond Konishi’s tale, OLM, the company behind enduring programmes like Komi Can’t Communicate and Odd Taxi, has developed a total of six distinct manga adaptations, many tie-in motion pictures, and several anime series.
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The most recent anime in the series, Ykai Watch, debuted in April 2021 and chronicled Nate and Whisper’s ongoing exploits. The series, which is directed by Shinji Ushiro (Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro 2nd Attack), has Johnny Yong Bosch (Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga) as Nate and J.W. Terry (Digimon Tamers) as Whisper in the English adaptation. Yoichi Kato (Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters) handled the series composition.
It is still unknown if Konishi’s manga transfer to a new magazine has anything to do with the waning worldwide appeal of the Ykai Watch series. Disney XD ceased airing the series in 2015, and Hasbro stopped making the toys in the US in 2017. A year later, the corporation stopped selling the product throughout Europe and Latin America.
In Japan, Ykai Watch is broadcast on TXN and AT-X.