Yokai Watch is an INCREDIBLY popular franchise among Japanese kids and gamers, but almost unheard of anywhere outside of Japan.
Our playthrough of Yokai Watch features:
You might recognize Mato/Tomato as the guy behind all sorts of EarthBound sites and projects, including Starmen.Net, EarthBound Central, and the MOTHER 3 fan translation. He's also a professional translator and programs all sorts of stuff on the side.
You might recognize Poe from Fangamer videos and projects - she's always talking with cool people in the industry and coming up with ideas for new gaming merchandise.
For more info about Poemato CX as a whole, see here!
Yokai Watch is a huge game, and it's filled with text, puns, cultural references, and more. Even though live translation isn't Mato's forte, he can usually translate everything pretty clearly on the fly and offer explanations surrounding word play and references.
Poe loves Japanese yokai in general, so she'll often share interesting info and stories about yokai that she's come across in other materials. She's like a real-life Yokai-pedia!
We also occasionally research information about Yokai Watch's reception in Japan, what kind of merchandise is out there, what's going on with new games (in and outside of Japan), anime, movies, and more!
By bringing all this info together, these streams should help paint a picture of what's going on in Yokai Watch and why it's so popular in Japan, all while hopefully being fun in the process!
...Uh oh, does that mean Poemato CX is edutainment?
Since Yokai Watch doesn't have any official localization yet, we like to come up with new names for everything in the game. We ask viewers in the chat for suggestions for names as we encounter new creatures, items, and more. In fact, chatters enjoy it so much that they've started their own Google Doc to keep track of everything!
It's a lot of fun and definitely a unique streaming experience. Even though there's very little chance any of these names will match official localizations, it'll be fun to compare them when the time comes!
A highlight of Poemato CX streams is when chatters send in art of stuff that's happened in the game or something that's happened during a stream. We share fan art on the stream and put it all into the in-stream Hall of Fame. Here are some samples!
Here's what fans are saying about Poemato CX and our Yokai Watch streams:
We're silly people playing silly games, so we're always saying goofy stuff on accident, to the point that it's become a highlight of our streams! All the best quotes get immortalized on the stream, including funny quotes from the chat, too. Here are a few samples of accidental quotes:
There's even a Twitter account that repeats some of our Poemato CX quotes!
Before we start a stream, we run a short pre-show to make sure everything is set up properly and to give everyone time to arrive.
Our pre-show usually consists of goofy videos we've made (although not all Yokai Watch-related), some of which we don't share on YouTube for a while - so if you want to see all the fun, extra stuff, come to our little pre-shows!
Sometimes we give out "Tomato Points" during streams - they're mostly just meaningless fun. We give them out when someone says something funny or helpful, when someone sends in fan art, when someone completes certain challenges, stuff like that. It's up to you to keep track of your points.
Tomato Points are pointless, but if you REALLY want you can exchange 50 for one Kool-Aid packet, or 500 for a drawing done by Mato. Or you can hold on to them and be a hoarder!
It's always cool to see how fans tune in and from where! Sometimes they'll tune in from airplanes, their backyard, their work... We even have many viewers from all over the world who don't understand English but enjoy our streams anyway! Here are some pics of fans' viewing set-ups!
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A lot of the regulars in the Poemato CX chat have streams of their own - check them out sometime and consider following them, too!
Viewers also send us stuff through the mail! We read our mail and share it live on our streams, so if you'd like to send letters, postcards, suggestions for games we can play in the future, send stuff here:
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We don't have a set schedule and don't stream Yokai Watch every day, but here is our general streaming schedule:
Starting around 7:30 to 8:00 PM Arizona time
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Starting around 4:00 or 5:00 PM Arizona time
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Here are some short segments of our Yokai Watch streams:
Here are some pics from just a few of our streams!