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  VIZ Media Europe reveals broadcasters and release dates for YO-KAI WATCH in Europe
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Paris-based VIZ Media Europe, the leader in Japanese Entertainment content in Europe, is thrilled to announce that the first season (26 episodes) of the animated TV series YO-KAI WATCH will debut on Cartoon Network in the UK on April 23rd, 2016. The animated TV series will also be available in more than 100 territories (Europe & Africa) on leading kids channels to ensure maximum exposure for the show.

European broadcasters

-          France: BOING in April 2016 – Gulli on September 1 st, 2016 – Cartoon Network in March 2017

-          Germany and Austria: Nickelodeon on May 21 st, 2016

-          Italy: Cartoon Network in April 2016, later on BOING

-          Spain: BOING in May, 2016

-          Africa: BOING in May 2016

-          Russia and Ukraine: channels to be announced soon – fall 2016

-          Belgium and Netherlands: Nickelodeon on May 21 st, 2016

-          Central and Eastern Europe, Nordics countries, Portugal, Turkey and Poland: Cartoon Network between April and May 2016

-          Israel : Noga in Summer 2016


The story of YO-KAI WATCH centers around a young boy, Nate, who gets a special watch empowering him to discover mysterious beings called “Yo-kai” that are everywhere to cause us little nuisances in our daily life. Nate’s role is to find out the reason for the Yo-kai’s mischievous behaviors and to talk them out of it, using his own creative wit and helped by his fellow Yo-kai that he befriends each time he solves a problem.

Created by the renowned Japanese video game company LEVEL-5, Inc., the YO-KAI WATCH franchise currently boasts a NINTENDO 3DS video game series, a top-rated animated TV series jointly produced by LEVEL-5, Inc., Dentsu Inc., and TV TOKYO Corporation, manga and related books published by SHOGAKUKAN INC, as well as toys (Hasbro, Inc.) and other merchandise.

With an imaginative plot, great characters and hilarious comedy, YO-KAI WATCH has become one of the most popular franchises of all time in Japan, in just 2 years!

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About VIZ Media Europe

Headquartered in Paris, France, VIZ Media Europe (VME) specializes in managing the development, marketing and distribution throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa of Japanese animated entertainment and graphic novels (manga). Owned by three of Japan's largest creators, publishers and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VME handles the comprehensive distribution, licensing and promotion of some of the most popular Japanese manga and animation properties for consumers of all ages. VME administers an integrated product line including graphic novels, consumer products, DVD and music. Current VME animated properties include: BLUE EXORCIST, BLEACH, DEATH NOTE, DORAEMON, HAMTARO, JEWELPET, ONE PUNCH MAN, TENKAI KNIGHTS, VICTORY KICKOFF!!



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 -- -- and visit the official website at .