'Yo-Kai Watch' anime confirms European debut dates

"Yo-Kai Watch" has enjoyed worldwide interest since a 2013 video game release

Japanese cartoon sensation "Yo-Kai Watch" is arriving in Europe from April, with its 26-episode first season set for 17 territories across the continent.

The animated series supports 2013 Nintendo 3DS game "Yo-Kai Watch," which has been a smash hit in Japan and enjoyed an enthusiastic reception from many outlets after a November 2015 localization.

A 2016 release of the creature-catching game is expected in Europe though the cartoon series accompaniment arrives first, paving the way with an introduction to the bulging franchise's characters, world, and adventures.

The UK is first up, with Cartoon Network broadcasting from April 23, and Italy's branch of CN is also expected to start airing "Yo-Kai Watch" during the same month.

Turner Broadcasting's Cartoon Network also has regional debuts throughout April and May marked out for its Central European and Asian channels, as well as in Scandinavia, Portugal, Turkey and Poland.

Germany and Austria follow through Viacom's Nickelodeon from May 21 and, Nickeloden carries the series from the same date in Belgium and the Netherlands, while Turner's Boing has staked out debuts for France in April, Spain and Africa during May, and then for its Italy arm after that. A summer debut on Noga beckons for Israel.