Writer: Eric M. Esquivel
Artist: Tina Franscisco
Colorist: Mae Hao
Letters: Christa Miesner
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Yo-Kai a mystical creature that can not be seen by humans, but they can cause humans to laugh, do mischief and have to go to the restroom. This story tells of the time before Nate had the Yo-Kai watch, of Shogunyan the ancestor of Jibanyan. He is the silent protector of Princess Amy, helping her when she is in trouble by gifting her with the skills of a samurai. Shoguyan is in battle with Snartle, a Yo-Kai that punishes children who play tricks. Shoguyan does not agree on how Snartle handles these situations. We learn why Snartle is the way he is and why he has battles with Shoguyan and soon Jibanyan.
Full disclosure once again; I am not familiar with this anime, or a lot of these new children’s shows. These are a new territory for me, but quite enjoyable. II can see the attraction where there are animals that fight once summoned like Pokemon but with watches. There is history involved in the storylines, combats and prizes, all things that appeal to kids and the good guys always win. I like that a lot of these stories do have morals, like modern day Aesop fables, so the kids that do watch gain some knowledge with watching or reading.
I like the way Eric M. Esquivel writes the story in this issue. I thought at first the dialogue was a little childish, but I have to look at this comic through the eyes of a child. I love how he writes the narration for Whisper, he seems to be a very witty character and keeps the story moving. The characters have their own voices in the way Esquivel writes; the nobility of Shoguyan, the hostility of Snartle and the youthfulness of Princess Amy. I can see the appeal of the writing for kids, it’s fun and not text heavy. This makes it easy for Christa Miesner to do the letters, easy dialogue and it does not take up a lot of space in the panels. The spacing makes the story easy to read and and you get the the sense stress with the bold words and exclamations.
Artist Tina Franscisco, with colorist Mae Hao adds to the fun of this comic. I really like how Franscisco handles the art of the comic, the lines are neat and whimsical not really loosely drawn like other children’s comics, very detailed with the characters and costuming. The colors by Hao are cheerful and bright. I like her use of colors when people are taken over by the Yo-Kai, a color aura surrounds them. I also like how she handled the flashbacks.
Overall, Yo-Kai Watch was an enjoyable read and recommend for any kid who enjoys the show and wants something new to keep them entertained during summer reruns.
I give it a solid 3.5 stars.
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