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Old 12-29-2017   #1
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The English dub of the Yo-Kai Watch anime first premiered on Disney XD in the United States on October 5, 2015. The adaptation was produced for Dentsu Entertainment USA (later, Level-5 abby) with a Los Angeles based voice cast starring the likes of Johnny Yong Bosch, Joey D’Auria‏ and Alicyn Packard. The same crew stuck around for season 2, the first movie and the video games. Their voices have since been heard in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, but unfortunately, it seems this is the end of the line.

Multiple voice actors attached to the show have come out and said they won’t be involved with the English dub’s upcoming third season. Joey D’Auria, the voice of Whisper and Robonyan, stated everyone had been recast in a cost cutting move. While the first season of the series was produced outside of an acting union (hence the pseudonyms in the credits), the second season and the movie were recorded under SAG-AFTRA rates. This is an expense most English anime productions can’t afford to take on.

This might be one of the more pronounced effects of Yo-Kai Watch’s “mixed results” in merchandise sales in North America. Speaking to Inside Licensing, Level-5 abby SVP for Marketing and Licensing Simon Waldron said the company would need to look at “starting things on a smaller scale” after expanding too quickly. “We need to be happy with smaller steps and re-platform ourselves to keep it going with like-minded partners.”


An alternate English language dub has also existed. Produced in Hong Kong, this version is visually uncut and features little to no localized dialogue. Featuring the voices of Catherine Fu, Sarah Hauser and Michael Pizzuto, this dub premiered on June 27, 2015 on Toonami Asia and has later aired on Cartoon Network Asia and OKTO. The dub is ongoing, with production on the second Yo-Kai Watch feature film currently underway.

Some fans have speculated that Level-5 abby might try to sell the Asian dub to western markets, but I personally don’t see it happening. That version features a very literal script translation which would conflict with the previously established localized names. For starters, the Asian dub retains the lead’s Japanese name, Keita, where as the U.S. dub renamed him to Nathan. Additionally, when the Asian dub was mistakenly uploaded to Netflix in the west, fan reaction was mixed at best.

Understandably, Yo-Kai Watch fans been disappointed by the announcement. A completely new cast after 76 episodes, a movie and multiple games is going to be tough for ears to get used to. The second season wrapped production back in April before its Disney XD season finale on June 3, 2017. This promo for the Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters video game might be one of the last projects the original cast were involved with.
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Old 02-22-2018   #2
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It looks like season 3 has moved to Vancouver.
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It looks like season 3 has moved to Vancouver.
... or not.
https://i.imgur.com/u225Yx6.png

The only Vancouver crew credited are for the closing theme song ...
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Looks like they went back to non-union... and a totally different studio/casting crew. That feels oddly petty.

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Not sure if Union has anything to do with it, the US dub for the previous Yo-Kai episodes did just a list of names too and there doesn't seem to be any aliases here. So they probably could've at least keep Johnny Yong Bosch in the cast though.

In other words they just simply used a different California studio like what happened to Duel Masters back in the 2000s since Season 2. (Granted the budget for DM Season 1 was a lot higher as they added in a special guest appearance of Pete the Bunny. And the only "big name" involved with Yo-Kai watch at first was Dan Povenmire of Phineas & Ferb fame involved with the Theme Song.)

But still it just seems like maybe Level 5 was no longer getting involved with the dub of the show so they got SDI Media to take over instead. After all while Yo-Kai Watch got big in Japan the franchise did have a fairly strong start in the US but in a few years kind of fizzled out despite Nintendo & Hasbro's efforts.
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Not sure if Union has anything to do with it, the US dub for the previous Yo-Kai episodes did just a list of names too and there doesn't seem to be any aliases here. So they probably could've at least keep Johnny Yong Bosch in the cast though.
The first season was non-union but after that they unionized it. The cast credits in season 1 were full of pseudonyms and afterward they were much more open about the VAs' real names.

e.g. Joey D'Auria was only allowed to be credited under his real name and identified (personally and in promo material) as the voice of Whisper after season 1
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So SDI Media's taken over with Bob Buchholz as the voice director.

I can understand actors like Joey D'Auria or Melissa Hutchison not coming back since they haven't done any work for SDI Media but it seems really odd to replace Nate's VA (Johnny Yong Bosch) with a new actor.

Griffin Burns I'm sure will do a fine job but it feels a little awkward since Johnny Yong Bosch is something of a regular for SDI having been in quite a few stuff from them and they could have easily gotten him back.


But ahhh well it is the company's decision, not mine.


The rest of the cast list looks good too, seeing Katie Leigh is quite nice and Bryce Papenbrook too.


The old Risley cast are still credited for the summoning songs (though since it's now non-union again some of them have gone back to their older Season 1 names) and even Rebecca Shoichet was one of the singers for the new ending which was a neat surprise.
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It's going to be hard for me to get used to an entirely new dub cast, but it's pretty cool to see Griffin Burns, Erika Harlacher, Kira Buckland, etc. in...well, I don't want to say "more mainstream" project since they've all been in pretty high-profile stuff, but something intended for kids to watch on a daily basis.
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