Wednesday, November 4, 2015

VIZ Media Launches "Yo-Kai Watch" Manga


New Manga Series About A Boy That Can See Yo-kai Is Based On LEVEL-5’s Smash Hit Property

San Francisco, CA – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, launches a brand new manga (graphic novel) series today with the release of YO-KAI WATCH Volumes 1 and 2.

The supernatural comedy adventure series by Noriyuki Konishi is inspired by the smash hit YO-KAI WATCH video game, developed by LEVEL-5 for the Nintendo 3DS, and rated ‘A’ for All Ages. YO-KAI WATCH, Vols. 1 and 2 will each carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN.

Yo-kai, inspired by the yokai of Japanese folklore, can’t be seen by the human eye, unless you have a specially designed Yo-kai Watch!

In the YO-KAI WATCH manga series, Nate Adams, an average kid, who once armed with the Yo-kai Watch, can see all kinds of Yo-kai that no one else can. He instantly begins collecting new invisible friends and embarks on supernatural adventures!

“YO-KAI WATCH is a fun kid-friendly, character-driven property that has become a major phenomenon in Japan, where it has captivated millions of fans of all ages, and we are thrilled to expand the scope of this dynamic property with the launch of the new manga series,” says Joel Enos, Senior Editor. “We look forward to fans discovering the action and excitement of this latest addition to the VIZ Media Perfect Square catalog.”

YO-KAI WATCH manga artist Noriyuki Konishi hails from Shimabara City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. He debuted in 1997 with the one-shot title, E-CUFF, which appeared in Monthly Shonen Jump Original. He is also known for manga adaptations of AM Driver and Mushiking: King of the Beetles, along with Saiyuki Hiro Go-Kū Den!, Chōhenshin Gag Gaiden!! Card Warrior Kamen Riders, and Go-Go-Go Saiyuki: Shin Gokūden.

For more information on YO-KAI WATCH or other manga titles published and distributed by VIZ Media, please visit

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan. Owned by three of Japan's largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and ONE PIECE, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products. Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at


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