SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — LEVEL-5 abby Inc.‘s hit series YO-KAI WATCH™ is continuing its North American expansion — with a season two pick-up by Disney XD for 50 episodes, near-doubling season one’s 26-episode run. Additionally, all 26 episodes of season one are now streaming on Netflix.
The second season on Disney XD will premiere on Monday, August 1st at 12:30 ET/PT. The expanded 50-episode second season run features:
Online, YO-KAI WATCH is now available for streaming on Netflix, with all 26 season one episodes now available 24/7 throughout North America, as well as Australia and New Zealand, where the series and associated toys, games, comics, books, apparel and more continue to expand in popularity.
Commenting on the deal, Yukari Hayakawa, Chief Operating Officer, LEVEL-5 abby Inc., said, “At LEVEL-5 abby, we are committed to making YO-KAI WATCH available to as many of our fans as possible around the world, so they can enjoy a robust, highly-integrated viewing and play experience. With another new season on Disney XD, universal availability via Netflix, and additional access via the official YO-KAI WATCH YouTube Channel and Disney XD app, fans can now access this delightful program on any device, anywhere, at any time!”
In related news, Hayakawa also announced the launch this week of an innovative new approach to the two existing YO-KAI WATCH mobile apps –YO-KAI WATCH Wibble Wobble, with its highly entertaining mix of puzzles and RPG mechanics, and the virtual theme park YO-KAI WATCH LAND, which features games and a high degree of integration with the collectible Yo-kai Medals from Hasbro. Now, in an innovative twist, the two apps will be connected – fans can scan in their Medals, then have them appear inside both apps, where they can – varying by app — learn more about the characters, earn points for fun in-app bonuses, expand the character wiki, and more. Both apps are available on the iOS and Android platforms in North America, Australia and New Zealand. For iOS, scan Medals here, and on Android, Medals are scannable within Yo-kai Watch Wibble Wobble.
Hayakawa said, “Our vision for all our properties is to create a robust ecosystem of physical goods integrated with all forms of entertainment, from programs to games to apps, accessible across multiple platforms. YO-KAI WATCH is a multi-verse, and our fans appreciate this aspect of Nate and Jibanyan’s world as much as they do the content itself.”
YO-KAI WATCH is a phenomenon in its native Japan. The animated show, comics and video game property have sold more than $2 billion in licensed retail merchandise sales in 15 months. The YO-KAI WATCH series has been the top-rated animated show for kids ages 4 to 12 years old on TV Tokyo, and more than 10 million Nintendo 3DS video game units and 200 million Medals have been distributed in Japan. The YO-KAI WATCH series is distinguished from other Japanese animated predecessors in its use of humor and innovative consumer product offerings. Here in the US, Nintendo has seen steadily increasing game sales, and the Hasbro boys toy line has been a top-ten seller. Over 50 licensees have signed on for the North American market to date. Look for YO-KAI WATCH in back-to-school and holiday merchandise, sold at major retailers everywhere.
About YO-KAI WATCH™
YO-KAI WATCH™ is a cross-media universe, following the hilarious misadventures of an average human boy and his involvement with the mischievous Yo-kai (invisible beings that are the cause of life’s daily annoyances) all around him. Our young hero obtains a special watch, empowering him to discover and summon the mysterious Yo-kai, befriend them and then work together to solve everyday problems… problems that are often caused by other trouble-making Yo-kai! Discover the adventures of Nate and his Yo-kai companions via video game, animated comedy series, comics, toys, and video on demand. View full episodes on the official YO-KAI WATCH YouTube channel at www.Yo-kai-World.com. Other links include: https://twitter.com/YokaiWatchNews, https://www.facebook.com/YokaiWatchOfficial and https://www.instagram.com/yokaiwatchofficial.
About LEVEL-5 abby Inc.
LEVEL-5 abby Inc. is a multi-media, cross-platform global entertainment company, operating at the frontier where new technology and great story telling intersect. The company creates, produces and distributes highly engaging content for children, adults and game/anime fans worldwide, and brings universally themed popular game and animation content from Japan to fans globally. The company’s tentpole franchises – YO-KAI WATCH™, Little Battler’s eXperience™ (LBX™) and SNACK WORLD™, the latter currently in production– are debuting before western audiences via multiple touch points, including animation, toys, manga/comics, music, and live entertainment. As the company expands, LEVEL-5 abby will also develop original entertainment content designed specifically for Western and global markets. LEVEL-5 abby Inc. is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA. To learn more, please visit www.level5.co.jp/abby.
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