ANIMAX Asia to premiere “Yo-kai Watch Shadowside” anime series on June 26

The sequel to the popular Yo-kai Watch comedy anime series has a darker and mature take on the franchise.

Southeast Asian anime channel ANIMAX Asia has announced in a television advertisement on Monday that Yo-kai Watch Shadowside is set to premiere later this month.

The anime series will premiere on June 26, which airs every Monday to Friday at 06:00pm, with a five-episode encore telecast every Saturdays from 05:00pm.


©LEVEL-5 / YOKAI WATCH Project • TV Tokyo

Keisuke is a fifth grader who does not believe in ghosts, UFOs, or even yo-kai. Lately, he has noticed that Natsume has been coming home late, and one day decides to tail her. When he discovers that Natsume goes to a yo-kai detective agency, Natsume is forced to involve Keisuke in her activities. (Synopsis from Anime News Network)

Yo-kai Watch Shadowside is a supernatural anime series and sequel to the original Yo-kai Watch anime series, which is based on the role-playing video game series developed by Nintendo and published by Level-5, which was first released for the Nintendo 3DS platform in Japan on July 2013 and North America in November 2015.

Unlike the previous adaptation, focusing on comedic skits, the new series had a more mature and darker take on the franchise, which focused more on drama and conflict.


Yo-kai Watch scriptwriter Yoichi Kato and character designer Toshiya Yamada returned to work on the new adaptation, which will be produced by animation studio OLM. Fumiya Kitajou, who worked in the Ultimate Psychic Squad series, served as the new director of the series.

The Japanese voice cast are lead by Haruka Tomatsu (“Asuna Yuki”, Sword Art Online) as “Keisuke Amano” and Aoi Yuki (“Madoka Kaname” Puella Magi Madoka Magica) as “Natsume Amano”


Yo-kai Watch Shadowside is one of the four new Japanese anime shows lined-up to premiere on ANIMAX Asia within this year.

The anime channel has yet to announce the premiere dates of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind and Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody, while Lupin the Third Part 5 premiered last February.

The third season of Yo-kai Watch, which will be replaced by the upcoming program, was aired on the anime channel since April. The previous seasons were aired on Cartoon Network and Toonami Asia in English dubbing, as well as streaming on Netflix.


ANIMAX Asia is available on SKYcable, Cignal TV, SatLite and GSat, as well as several provincial cable providers nationwide. Check your local listings.

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