As my kids get older, their choices in entertainment have gotten more complicated. They went from simple, charming shows about shapes and colors, to memorizing every member of certain super-teams and the complex histories of them all. But one thing that hasn’t changed is that they love things that are weird.
I first heard about Yo-Kai Watch when the good people at Hasbro were kind enough to send me some episodes of the new hit show, and a bunch of the assorted toys that tie directly to the show. They had one request: have your kids and their friends watch and play, and let us know what they think!
And let me tell you, when it comes to weird, Yo-Kai Watch delivers.
Don’t believe me? Let me explain the premise:
A young boy named Nate accidentally discovers the existence of mischievous spirits, called Yo-Kai, when he releases one from imprisonment and they are bonded together. Yo-Kai, it turns out, are everywhere, but are invisible and cause all sorts of mayhem. Nate is given a special watch that allows him to see them, and even summon these spirits to help when needed. The Yo-Kai help get him through the misadventures during his day, many of which involve stopping the mischief caused by the more trouble-making Yo-Kai.
Okay, so I know that doesn’t sound that weird, yet, I know. But that’s because so far I haven’t gotten to the Yo-Kai named Cheeksqueek who has a head the shape of a butt. He can’t stop farting, and his special ability is making people fart.
In addition there’s the adorable cat-like thing that keeps pushing people in front of a bus, and a poodle with a man’s face. Also, a plot that surrounds the singular embarrassment of being known to have taken a poop at school. Seriously.
Oh, and hey, did I mention that Yo-Kai, a product of Japan (of course) is so popular in its home country that the movie version beat out Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the box office?
Here’s the trailer for the show, which gives a good idea of what it’s all about:
As I said, the show is weird. Like, capital W Weird if you’ve never seen really weird Japanese anime. So if you’re like me and my lovely wife, you’ll probably at some point find yourself asking out loud to know one in particular “What did I just watch?” But it’s also surprisingly funny at times, incredibly over-the-top, and we all enjoyed the episodes we watched a lot. The music was catchy, especially.
The best part though, at least for us, is definitely the toys and how well they integrate into the show. Just like Nate, the kids each donned a special Yo-Kai Watch, and were able to “summon” their favorite Yo-Kai by inserting special medals (called “Medalliums”) to activate unique sounds. Also included were small toys of the various Yo-Kai themselves, and a nifty binder where you can keep your collection of medals as it grows. There is also an app (available for iOS and Android) that allows you to interact with the Yo-Kai you’ve collected.
This is a really cool collect-and-trade sort of thing, and I can see why it’s becoming so popular.
We had a great time with our Yo-Kai Watch watching party!
Yo-Kai Watch can be seen on Disney XD, and if you want to know more about Yo-Kai, you can find them all over social media and the web here: Yo-Kai World | Yo-kai Watch on Facebook | Yo-kai Watch YouTube | Hasbro on Twitter
Disclosure: I was sent a box of Yo-Kai Watch toys and a screener DVD, and am being compensated for this post. All opinions are either my own, or those of the watch party attendees.
What I’m about to tell you honestly started as something of a joke, to me. Someone posited the idea, and others got on board, and it truly sounded pretty awesome, but… there was just no way I could do it. No way. And so it was with that in mind I said to my wife that evening “Oh, honey, listen to this: some of my dad blogger friends are planning on flying to England next summer, and then walking 84 miles in a week across the country following the ruins of an ancient Roman wall. Doesn’t that sound awesome?”
But then came the shocker.
“Yeah it does!” she said, “You should do it! But that’s a long way, so only if you let me train you.”
And so here we are.
I’m so excited to be able to officially announce the Dads4Kesem Hadrian’s Wall Walk in July 2016, when I’ll be joining 11 other dad bloggers, writers, and influencers, as we walk together to raise funds for a new Camp Kesem chapter at the University of Maryland in honor of my friend Oren Miller, who lost his battle with cancer last year.
Here’s the sweet, sweet logo I had the privilege of making for the team:
I’m sure I will post a lot more about this adventure in the months ahead, as I prepare, raise funds, and try to get in better shape to survive this very long walk. 84 miles in a week means more than 10 miles a day, so I definitely have my work cut out for me.
The group’s website and fundraising page is Dads4Kesem.com, where you will be able to find out more about the walk, the team, and help us as we raise support for Camp Kesem.
Please note: All monetary funds raised will be going towards Camp Kesem’s new chapter, not to pay for the trip to England or costs associated with the walk itself. Each member of the team will be paying their own travel and other expenses.
Meet the Team!
- Phil Corless (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) of Idaho Dad
- Jim Higley (Chicago, Illinois) of Bobblehead Dad
- Whit Honea (Los Angeles, California) of Dads4Change
- Brent Almond (Baltimore, Maryland/Washington, D.C.) of Designer Daddy
- Chris Routly (Portland, Oregon) of The Full Routly
- Michael Moebes (Atlanta, Georgia) of Dadcation
- Jeff Bogle (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) of Out With the Kids
- Jason Greene (New York, New York) of One Good Dad
- Brian Reasoner (Nashville, Tennessee) of Southern Bella’s Big Daddy
- Josh Misner PhD (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) of Mindful Dad
- Doug French (Ann Arbor, Michigan) of Dad 2.0 Summit
- John Pacini (Houston, Texas) of Dad 2.0 Summit
About Camp Kesem!
Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. A program of Kesem, Camp Kesem operates over 80 free summer camps in 34 states for children ages 6 to 16 who have been touched by a parent’s cancer. This camping experience has a lasting impact on children by providing them a peer-support network that understands their unique needs, builds confidence and strengthens their communication skills. In 2016, Camp Kesem will serve over 6,000 children coast-to-coast – all funded by generous donations from individuals and corporate support. For more information on Camp Kesem, please visit www.campkesem.org, www.facebook.com/CampKesem, and @CampKesem on Twitter & Instagram.
In just a few more weeks, our family will be eagerly racing to the Moda Center here in Portland, for one of the most anticipated activities we’ve ever done — the Marvel Universe LIVE show.
I’m so excited, because I know this is going to absolutely blow their minds. Why? Well…
1) All of Their Favorites Will Be There
My sons have inherited their father’s ability to learn every detail about his favorite things, especially when it comes to superheroes. As a result, they doesn’t have one or two favorites, he has dozens. Due to various issues involving who has the rights to which character though, the Marvel movies can’t get them all in one place on the screen. But in this show? Every one of them will be making an appearance.
The Marvel Universe LIVE show features not only the headliners from the Avengers movies like Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor, but also Spider-Man, and the X-Men, as well as characters like Captain Marvel who have yet to make the move to the big screen, AND many of these heroes’ respective villains. It’s going to be quite the party!
2) High Flying Heroes
Marvel Universe LIVE has the largest and most sophisticated flying system of any live touring show, and I cannot wait to see his face when Falcon swoops overhead!
3) Stunts, Stunts, and More Stunts
In addition to the aerial stunts, Marvel Universe LIVE features incredible, up-close stunts by some of the best in the business, including car chases, motorcycles, and even people on fire. Yes, PEOPLE ON FIRE.
I can’t wait to hear my oldest try to figure out how they manage to pull all of this off. This will be a pretty big change from the last time my kids were in the Moda Center and watched college basketball.
4) Something New
One of my favorite things about this show is that it isn’t just rehashing the Marvel movies with live actors. Marvel Universe LIVE features a unique, authentic storyline all of its own that draws inspiration from both the beloved films and TV shows AND the comics where these characters were born.
I can’t wait! Can you tell?
Portland, OR Show Details
Marvel Universe LIVE runs in Portland, OR at the Moda Center (One Center Court, Portland Ore. 97227) from Thursday, March 3 – Sunday, March 6
- Thursday, March 3 @ 7:00 PM
- Friday, March 4 @ 7:00 PM
- Saturday, March 5 @ 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
- Sunday, March 6@ 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Prices range from $25, $35, $50 (VIP) and $75 (Gold Circle)
Kids (ages 2-12) tickets available for only $15 each on select performances*
Opening Night special discount tickets available for $20 for select seating**
Tickets are available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the Moda Center Box Office.
For Group sales, please contact the Rose Quarter at 503-963-4400.
Tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.
*kids discount only valid for Fri 7pm, Sat 7pm and Sun 5pm shows on select seating
**not valid for premium VIP/Gold Circle levels
Disclaimer: In exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog Feld Entertainment is provided me with complimentary tickets to the show. All opinions, however, are my own and those of my kids!