posted on 2021-03-12 15:45 EST by Kim Morrissy
#SaveYoKaiWatch started trending on Twitter as fans show their support in the face of declining sales
The Yōkai Watch series has been struggling in recent years in the United States. The most recent game, Yōkai Watch 4: Bokura wa Onaji Sora o Miageteiru (We Look Up Toward the Same Sky), hasn't received a western release, despite earlier promises of a localization two years ago.
To show support for the waning series, English-speaking fans on Twitter started posting under the #SaveYoKaiWatch, causing it to briefly trend in the United States.
Here's a small social experiment:
Lets get #SaveYoKaiWatch trending!
A lot of interest in the series went down, as many people forgot about the series. I wanna try and fix that!
Post about it as much as you can! pic.twitter.com/sBpqs62C4F
This fact even managed to reach the anime's lead screenwriter Yoichi Kato, who tweeted: "Yōkai Watch is trending in America!"March 12, 2021
The head writer for the U.S. adaptation of the anime David H. Steinberg also chipped in, tweeting: "Oh my swirls! I wrote 93 episodes of Yōkai Watch but I could probably do a few more! #SaveYoKaiWatch"March 12, 2021
Three seasons from the original Yōkai Watch TV anime received an English dub, airing on Disney XD US. Sprite Animation Studios handled for the first two seasons, but the cast was replaced in 2018, when SDI Media took over the English dub. Hasbro's Yōkai Watch toy line was discontinued in the United States in 2017.
Source: Yoichi Kato's Twitter account