Sep 08, 2016
Hovernyan Rises in the First U.S. Film Based on the Hit Show on Disney XD
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. – LEVEL-5 abby Inc. and ELEVEN ARTS announced today that YO-KAI WATCH: THE MOVIE EVENT, the first English-language film based on the global phenomenon YO-KAI WATCH, will be in select theaters for one day on Saturday, October 15 only. The film, which features the voice talent of the hit show airing on Disney XD, follows Nate Adams and his Yo-kai friends, Whisper and Jibanyan, as they’re transported to the past to help Nate’s grandfather, Nathaniel, battle evil Yo-kai and invent the Yo-kai Watch. YO-KAI WATCH: THE MOVIE EVENT also introduces a new Yo-kai — Hovernyan, a floating blue cat who is Nathaniel’s heroic companion.
In its initial release in Japan, YO-KAI WATCH: THE MOVIE was so popular that it set a box office record for advance ticket sales and was the highest-grossing Japanese film in 2015. For this special cinema event, the film will be released in 300 select movie theaters in North America for one day only, in partnership with ELEVEN ARTS and Fathom Events. Ticketing at select theaters is available now. For a full list of theaters, visit Fathom Events’ site starting on September 16.
YO-KAI WATCH: THE MOVIE EVENT attendees will also have a chance to receive a limited-edition Hovernyan YO-MOTION YO-KAI MEDAL, while supplies last. There are four ways to play with every Yo-Motion Medal. Imagine summoning Yo-kai with the YO-KAI WATCH MODEL ZERO by inserting the medal to see an animation of that Yo-kai and to hear the character’s name and other sounds. The medals can also unlock special content in the LEVEL-5 apps Yo-kai Watch Land and YO-KAI WATCH Wibble Wobble and unlock special features and bonuses in the brand-new Nintendo 3DS games YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits and YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls. Fans can also collect and store YO-MOTION MEDALS in the YO-KAI MEDALLIUM COLLECTION BOOK.
Fans who want to help Hovernyan battle the evil Yo-kai can follow his adventures from YO-KAI WATCH: THE MOVIE EVENT to the new Nintendo 3DS games YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits and YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls, which will be released in stores by Nintendo on Friday, September 30 and have a deep interactive storyline that ties into the film. The YO-KAI WATCH Wibble Wobble app, which is available for free in the App Store and on Google Play, will also have a special Hovernyan limited-time event to tie into the release of the film.
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 and visit the official website, as well as follow YO-KAI WATCH on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
About LEVEL-5 abby Inc.
Multi-media entertainment company LEVEL-5 abby Inc. creates, produces and distributes highly engaging content for children, adults and game/anime fans worldwide. The company mission is to bring its universally themed popular game and animation content from Japan to fans globally, across all platforms and all devices. LEVEL-5 abby maintains a strong commitment to maintaining its position on the frontier where the newest technologies and great story telling intersect. 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, 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.
About ELEVEN ARTS
ELEVEN ARTS is a Los Angeles based film production/distribution company known for distributing high quality Japanese films, live-action and animation, to North American audiences. ELEVEN ARTS’s major live-action titles include: Japan Academy Awards winner Memories of Tomorrow (starring Ken Watanabe) and Oscar nominated director Yoji Yamada’s samurai film Love and Honor. ELEVEN ARTS’ anime titles include: DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri. Chapter 1: Reunion, the Evangelion franchise, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, the Puella Magi Madoka Magica franchise, Blue Exorcist: The Movie, Expelled from Paradise, The Last — Naruto the Movie, Boruto — Naruto the Movie, and The Anthem of the Heart. For more information, visit:www.elevenarts.net.
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions such as the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live’s Hamlet, sporting events like FS1 Presents USA v Mexico, concerts with Roger Waters and One Direction, the TCM Presents classic film series and faith-based events such as The Drop Box and Four Blood Moons. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 887 locations and 1,354 screens in 181 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visitwww.fathomevents.com.