Yo-kai Watch: Shadowside animation series

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Yo-kai Watch: Shadowside (妖怪ウォッチ シャドウサイド Yōkai Uotchi Shadousaido) is the second series of the Yo-kai Watch animation that takes place shortly after the fourth movie. It is a Japanese horror-action-comedy series. It premiered on April 13, 2018 in Japan with the first two episodes being a one-hour special. Compared to the original series, Yo-kai Watch: Shadowside is more plot-driven and serious in tone, while it still retains the sense of humor, it aims to cause widespread appeal across all age groups. The episodes are all singular 30-minute episodes, compared to the original series having one-to-four segments in the episode runtime.

The animation series set 30-years after the original series and follows the fifth-grader Keisuke Amano, the son of Nathan Adams and Katie Forester. He does not believe in anything related to supernaturnal activities, such as ghosts, UFOs, or even Yo-kai. He noticed that his older sister Natsume Amano, one of the protagonists of the series and the fourth movie, has been coming home late and decided to tail her. He discovers that Natsume goes to a Yo-kai Detective Agency were Natsume is forced to involve Keisuke in her activities. The other main cast members from the fourth movie, Touma Tsukinami, and Akinori Arihoshi also are the protagonists of the series.

Episodes will broadcast on Friday at 6:25 p.m. on TV Tokyo, however, the first episode premiered on 5:55 p.m.

Pre-release information

The February issue of CoroCoro Comics announced information about the new animation series as the "Shadowside Project". On February 15, 2018, the official website of Yo-kai Watch announced that the animation series will enter a new arc starting on April 13, 2018 as a one-hour special.

Important notes

  • Nathan Adams is no longer the main protagonist of the series, as he is now the father of Natsume and Keisuke as well the husband of his childhood friend and crush Katie Forester.
  • Yo-kai Medals no longer exist in the series to summon Yo-kai, as it is replaced with key-shaped items named Arks.
  • Episodes are not split in three to five segments as it is story driven, the story is set in only one episode.
  • Compared with the original series that has a lighter tone, this series has a more darker tone showing that it is more a Shōnen series than a series only aimed to children.
  • The main cast has a different voice cast than the voice cast from the movie.


Opening theme
Ending theme


Main article: List of Yo-kai Watch: Shadowside episodes


No. Visual English title English release American distributor Japanese title Japanese release Japanese distributor
04 No English title No release date has been announced Distributor is unknown 映画 妖怪ウォッチ シャドウサイド 鬼王の復活
Eiga Yōkai Wotchi: Shadousaido Oni-ō no fukkatsu
December 16, 2017 Toho
There used to be a boy who could control Yo-kai with a mysterious watch. However, he became unable to see Yo-kai when he became an adult. With the boy's duties finished, the watch was buried away in space-time. Then 30 years later, quiet everyday life comes to an end as a fateful day beging with a comey drawing near. The terrible Yo-kai virus Onimaro infects people's malevolent intentions and spreads infinitely. The one chosen by the Yo-kai Watch is the one who can save humanity from its crisis. The bond between humans and Yo-kai may be recovered with the attainment of a new Yo-kai Watch.

Net stations

Japan domestic television / broadcasting period and broadcasting time
Broadcasting period Airtime Broadcaster Target area
April 13, 2018 - ongoing Friday (18:25 - 18:55) TV Tokyo Kanto region
TV Hokkaido Hokkaido
TV Aichi Aichi Prefecture
TV Osaka Osaka Prefecture
TV Setouchi Okayama Prefecture
Kagawa Prefecture
TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting Fukuoka Prefecture
April 14, 2018 - ongoing Saturday (7:00 - 7:30) BS JAPAN Nationwide
April 17, 2018 - ongoing Tuesday (22:30 - 23:00) AT-X Nationwide
April 20, 2018 - ongoing Friday (17:30 - 18:00) Gifu Broadcasting System Gifu Prefecture
Wakayama Telecasting Corp. Wakayama Prefecture
April 22, 2018 - ongoing Sunday (10:30 - 11:00) Nagasaki Broadcasting Company Nagasaki Prefecture
April 26, 2018 - ongoing Thursday (17:29 - 17:58) Nara Television Nara Prefecture
Thursday (18:55 - 19:25) Biwako Broadcasting Shiga Prefecture



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  1. The two episode were combined togheter as one episode for the one-hour special, thus starting the same opening theme.
  2. The two episode were combined togheter as one episode for the one-hour special, thus starting the same opening theme.

Yo-kai Watch animation series
List of Yo-kai Watch episodes
Yo-kai Watch: the Movie
映画 妖怪ウォッチ 誕生の秘密だニャン!
Yōkai Wotchi: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan!
King Enma and the Five Stories, Meow!
映画 妖怪ウォッチ エンマ大王と5つの物語だニャン!
Eiga Yōkai Wotchi: Enma Daiō to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan!
The Great Adventure of the Flying Whale & the Double World, Nyan!
映画 妖怪ウォッチ 空飛ぶクジラとダブル世界の大冒険だニャン!
Eiga Yōkai Wotchi: Soratobu Kujira to Daburu Sekai no Dai-bōken da-nyan!

Yo-kai Watch: Shadowside animation series

List of Yo-kai Watch: Shadowside episodes
Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: The Return of the Oni King
映画 妖怪ウォッチ シャドウサイド 鬼王の復活
Eiga Yōkai Wotchi: Shadousaido Oni-ō no fukkatsu
Yo-kai Watch: Forever Friends
Eiga Yōkai Wotchi Fōebā Furenzu