Ten year old Nate is off bug-hunting with his best friends when he discovers a mysterious vending machine in the woods. Ok... so instead of a lamp post, they have a vending machine. Curious, Nate sticks in a coin and opens the pod that comes out. Inside the pod is a ghost-like spirit who introduces himself as a yo-kai, a creature of Japanese mythology, and gives his name: Whisper. Whisper is so grateful to be free he volunteers to be Nate’s butler and gives him the magical Yo-Kai Watch, a tool that allows him to see Yo-Kai.
Now, Yo-Kai are mischievous spirits, all the time causing trouble for humans and influencing their actions. None of them are really dangerous, and can be reasoned with. Unlike the other Japanese import Pokemon, the idea is to befriend the Yo-Kai, rather than fight them or make them fight. As Whisper and Nate go around befriending Yo-Kai and freeing people from their influence they find themselves in sticky situations and adventures beyond what Nate ever dreamed. Can he make all the Yo-Kai his friends?
Nate is an ordinary kid, whose biggest ambition in life was to find a cool bug to impress his crush Katie... given most girls’ aversion to bugs, maybe not the best idea. When he meets Whisper, he has a whole world thrust onto his shoulders. But Nate’s a good kid and takes it in stride. Whisper is incredibly loyal and a good friend to Nate, which helps other Yo-Kai see that Nate is trustworthy. The magical creatures also come to love Nate and defend him from all threats and help him if he needs it.
Hatori Chise feels worthless. Shuffled from relative to relative after her father left her and her mother committed suicide, Chise no longer cares if she lives or dies. Cheery. Willing to do anything for a real home, she sells herself as a slave in a magical marketplace. You see, Chise can see faeries and spirits and control them better than any other mage in the world, but this leaves her with a shortened lifespan. Seriously, how much more depressing could this get?
Rather than see her abused and left to die, a half-faerie mage named Elias rescues Chise. He takes her back to his home in England to be his apprentice, and perhaps someday… his bride. Wait, what?!
Elias’s intentions are pure, all he wishes is for human companionship. He is too much faerie to be human, and too human to be faerie, caught in the terrible twilight, he rescues a girl in the same spot in hopes of claiming some form of humanity. Under Elias’s protection, Chise dares to feel again, and finds herself surrounded by more friends than she could imagine.
Mune, an adorable faun lives in a world governed by two roaming temples, one towing the sun, the other the moon. The action kicks off when the Guardians of the Sun and Moon are going to retire and leave their charges in the hands of their apprentices. Sohone, the apprentice of the Sun, is accepted into his job, but the Moon’s apprentice, Leeyoon is passed over in favor of Mune. Do their names really have to rhyme with “moon”? Mune hasn’t had a day of training for this, and through accidents, he causes the sun to be stolen by Necross, a former Sun Guardian who became greedy. The moon slowly disintegrates, forcing Mune to team up with Sohone and a waxen girl called Glim to chase after the sun before it’s too late.
When word of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic reached the ears of this reviewer, I thought that it was just another nostalgia driven cash grab, but after watching it I can say there is a lot to like here.
The series centers around unicorn Twilight Sparkle (Tara Strong), a studious unicorn and her friends Applejack (Ashleigh Ball), Rarity (Tabitha St. Germain), Pinkie Pie (Andrea Libman) Rainbow Dash (also Ashleigh Ball), and Fluttershy (also Andrea Libman) as they learn about friendship and have many adventures throughout the land of Equestria (literally translates to “ponyland”). Equestria is ruled by a group of Princesses, Celestia, (Nicole Oliver) who is Twilight’s teacher and sponsor, Luna (again, Tabitha St. Germain) Celestia’s sister, and their niece Cadence (Britt McKillip) each ruling over a specific area of Equestria. Though the series is dominated by female characters, there are also several important male characters, Prince Shining Armor, (Andrew Francis) Cadence’s husband, Big Mac, (Peter New) Applejack’s big brother, the riotous Cheese Sandwich (Alfred “Weird Al” Yankovic) and the equally riotous dragon Discord (John De Lancie, the Q of Star Trek fame). Twilight and her friends face adventure and danger with a smile and a song, teaching small lessons and having loads of fun, but doing it in a way that probably won’t drive parents crazy!
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