Calamari Inkantation

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Spicy Calamari Inkantation
Album art squidsis2.jpg
Performer Squid Sisters
Album Splatune 2
Octotune
Game Splatoon 2
Heard in Splatoon 2 Tide Goes Out
Squid Beatz 2
Vocals keity.pop
Mari Kikuma
Callie (in-game)
Marie (in-game)
Length 4:02
4:18 (Splatune 2)
4:17 (Octotune)
BPM -
Genre Electronic
Key signature G♭ major
Track list no. 28 (Splatune 2, Disc 2)
18 (Octotune, Disc 2)
9 (1st Concert, Octotune, Disc 2)
Audio file

Calamari Inkantation
Album art squidsis.jpg
Performer Squid Sisters
Album Splatune
Splatoon Live in Makuhari
Game Splatoon
Splatoon 2 (Octo Expansion only)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Heard in Splatoon Enter the Octobot King!
Turf War (Only during Callie vs. Marie Splatfest)
Squid Beatz
CallieMarie amiibo
Heard in Splatoon 2 Abandoned Station intro cutscene (as Introduction)
Inner Agent 3 (Inner Agent 3 version)
Vocals keity.pop
Mari Kikuma
Callie (in-game)
Marie (in-game)
Length 2:14
2:35 (Splatune)
2:37 (Splatoon Live in Makuhari)
BPM -
Genre Electronic
Key signature G♭ major
Track list no. 19 (Splatune Disc 2)
28 (Splatoon Live in Makuhari)
9 (1st Concert, Splatoon Live in Makuhari)
21 (2nd Concert, Splatoon Live in Makuhari)
Audio file
That heavenly melody... It's the one and only SQUID SISTERS!
Cap'n Cuttlefish after hearing the Calamari Inkantation in Enter the Octobot King!.

The Calamari Inkantation is a song most famously performed by the Squid Sisters.

Description

Calamari Inkantation is primarily an electronic-style song, showing musical similarities to J-Pop. In-game, the Squid Sisters' version is actually a cover of the chorus of Calamari County. The song is shown to have major in-game significance, as the melody is described as being etched into Inklings' and Octolings' DNA, and listening to the song causes powerful effects, from heightened strength to curing brainwashing. It is first played during Enter the Octobot King!. At the beginning of the fifth and final phase, the Squid Sisters, as Agents 1 and 2, override DJ Octavio's I Am Octavio to play Calamari Inkantation, which gives Cap'n Cuttlefish the strength to break free of his restraints and dance, while Agent 3 continues on and defeats Octavio, who also dances with the music. It can also be heard in Squid Beatz after hearing it in the final battle. Using either the Callie Callie or Marie Marie amiibo also allows the player to watch the Squid Sisters perform the song as if they were in a Splatfest.

In Splatoon 2, it is shown that Octolings hearing the Calamari Inkantation are freed of their brainwashing and defect from the Octarian forces. Sunken Scroll 2 reveals that the final battle of Splatoon was somehow interpreted as an underground music show, and Marina can be seen enjoying the song.

During the Octo Expansion, Cap'n Cuttlefish notes that Agent 8 was humming the Inkantation whilst unconscious, causing him to abandon his attack out of respect and help the Agent, as a fellow fan of the Inkantation. In Marina's chat room, Cuttlefish researches Marina's past as an Octarian combat engineer, whose files show that she went missing from the Octarian army after listening to the song. Marina later confirms that her and Agent 8's "souls have been freed, there's no way we can continue to live under the oppression of Octarian society" after hearing the song. Later, Pearl notes the many Octolings beginning to populate Inkopolis Square who also listened to the song.

In the Super Smash Bros. series

See also: Calamari Inkantation

The song also appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and has a chance of playing on the Moray Towers stage. It is also one of the songs that can play when the Squid Sisters Assist Trophy is in use, along with Ink Me Up, and plays when fighting the final boss in Classic Mode as Inkling. It can also be heard in the Sounds section in the Vault menu.

Lyrics

The booklet included with Splatune gives the official lyrics for Calamari Inkantation. The lyrics are nonsensical; the Japanese hiragana simply gives the pronunciation.

Calamari Inkantation Lyrics

Ya weni marei mirekyarahire
Juri yu mirekerason

Kire hyari yoriherahe nyurahera
Nunnyura unera yurawera nyimerani

Chopperipo shurashurafe
Nannyurunire nifaferahi

Nannyuruni weranira shuraharahi
Nyurunirehara fe fe fe

Ya weni marei mirekyarahire
Juri yu mirekerason

Kire hyari yoriherahe nyurahera
Nunnyura unera yurawera fimera

Na nire jute mirekyaraherya
Nire yu mirekerason

Kire hyari nuriherahe nyurahera
Nunnyura unera yurawera fimerani

や うぇに まれぃ みれきゃらひれ
じゅり ゆ みれけらそん

きれ ひゃり よりへらへ にゅらへら
ぬんにゅら うねら ゆらうぇら にぃめらに

ちょっぺりぽ しゅらしゅらふぇ
なんにゅるにれ にふぁふぇらひ

なんにゅるに うぇらにら しゅらはらひ
にゅるにれはら ふぇ ふぇ ふぇ

や うぇに まれぃ みれきゃらひれ
じゅり ゆ みれけらそん

きれ ひゃり よりへらへ にゅらへら
ぬんにゅら うねら ゆらうぇら ふぃめら

な にれ じゅて みれきゃらへりゃ
にれ ゆ みれけらそん

きれ ひゃり ぬりへらへ にゅらへら
ぬんにゅら うねら ゆらうぇら ふぃめらに


Remixes and covers

Chorus of Calamari County

The twenty-third Sunken Scroll, depicting the melody of notes that make up the Calamari Inkantation.
The customary chorus of Calamari County. Nowadays, this song and dance may as well be carved into the very DNA of all Inklings. It began as a way to celebrate and show respect for the bounty of the sea.

The Chorus of Calamari County, also referred to as the Calamari Shanty in the European release of Splatoon, is a folk rendition of the song, with few instruments used. It is meant to depict a recording of various Inklings singing along together, presumably by the beach. The beginning and end includes ambient noise of Inklings talking and waves splashing nearby. In-game, this version is not actually a remix, but rather the original version before the Squid Sisters made their cover. However, the ambience suggests that the chorus is not the original song either, as the song could be so old and traditional that no original recording exists, similar to various real-life traditional songs.

Although it is only mentioned in the game through the 23rd Sunken Scroll, this version of the song is not actually heard in Splatoon. Instead, it was first heard in Splatune, and was also used in a promotional video, depicting the young Squid Sisters in their kimono outfits dancing to this track using artwork found in Splatune. However, most of the ambient intro and outro was cut. In Splatoon 2, the song can be heard playing in the background in Skipper Pavilion, but is only noticeable during Recon, where no other music is present.

This is the song that the Squid Sisters performed at the first Inkopolis Annual Youth Folk-Singing Contest, and the booklet in Splatune revealed that they caught the eye of committee member "Shy-Ho-Shy" due to their performance of the song, and helped them arrive in Inkopolis. It is possible that the recorded song is meant to depict a recording of Callie and Marie's winning performance, backed up by it's use in the aforementioned promotional video. However, multiple voices other than the Squid Sisters can be heard in the recording, possibly discrediting this idea.

Spicy Calamari Inkantation

A new version was created for use in Splatoon 2's single-player campaign. This remix remains very similar to the original, yet has additional electronic-style production. It also has a different intro from the original, more akin to the gradual build up intro from the live versions. In a similar vein to how the Calamari Inkantation played during the final phase of Splatoon's final boss, the same occurs during Tide Goes Out. At the beginning of phase 4 of the fight, Callie starts to regain control of herself after Marie's blast from her S2 Weapon Main Hero Charger Lv. 2.png Hero Charger. Marie pulls out a jukebox and starts playing this remix to try and aid the process. This works, causing Callie to transform back into her original self. The reunited Squid Sisters then perform the song together on Sheldon's flying truck while Agent 4 finishes defeating DJ Octavio. After hearing it in-game, the player can listen to the remix as they please in Squid Beatz 2.

Other versions

Calamari Inkantation (Splatfest Incoming!)

To promote the first Splatfest, Cats vs. Dogs, a video was released, with Calamari Inkantation playing. It is mostly similar, however it has a different intro; the original has radio static in its intro, representing the hijacking of DJ Octavio's set, whiile this version lacks that, showing what the regular version of the song sounds like. Callie also begins the song by shouting out something in Inkling, to a quick round of applause, a similar round of applause is used to finish the song.

Calamari Inkantation (Live)

During live Squid Sisters concerts, an extended version of Calamari Inkantation is used. Although each performance is different due to the live bands, they retain the same strong structure. They all include parts of the song not found in the original, mainly guitar solos in roughly the first and third quarters of the song. A new intro is included, featuring a more gradual build up with guitars, rather than the "hijacking" intro of the original, and it also has a proper outro. Two recordings of this version from their first and second live concerts can be found in Splatoon Live in Makuhari.

Calamari Inkantation (Splatfest)

During the second half of the final Splatfest in Splatoon of Callie vs. Marie, the battle music changed from the regular music of Ink Me Up to Calamari Inkantation. This version is mostly identical to the original version, but the intro is modified to be much shorter, lasting only one second so it can fit better in the countdown. The intro starts as the screen says Ready... and the Squid Sisters start singing as soon as the screen says Go!. Like Ink Me Up, Callie or Marie can be heard hyping up a crowd during battles. These voice clips played either at 2:44 or 1:51 in a match.

Introduction

When starting the Octo Expansion, the Calamari Inkantation plays during the introduction. It remains mostly the same, but is much shorter, lasting only twenty seconds. An effect is used to make this version sound much more distant, playing into the idea that Agent 8 is recalling the song. The song eventually crescendos, while an echo effect is gradually increased as well, before the song abruptly finishes and Agent 8 wakes up to an aggressive Cap'n Cuttlefish, who notes that they were humming the Inkantation while unconscious.

Escape Phase skip

During the Escape Phase of the Octo Expansion, if the the skip charge is filled up 100% from being splatted too many times, a modified version of the intro of the Calamari Inkantation is played. It has a very noticeable echo effect and is sped up much faster.

Calamari Inkantation (Inner Agent 3)

While battling Inner Agent 3, Calamari Inkantation plays. This version is mostly identical to the standard version. However, there is a very subtle reverb effect to the vocals, possibly to signify that it is a memory. It also has the same intro as the Splatfest Incoming! version of the song, now without the applause and Callie's shout at the beginning.

Samples and interpolations

Inkopolis Plaza train jingle

If one listens carefully, the train that stops at the station behind Inkopolis Plaza plays a jingle that uses the melody of the Calamari Inkantation. This is possibly meant to be the indicator of the doors closing. This jingle can also be heard in Splatoon 2 right before the Tutorial begins.

Maritime Memory

Main article: Maritime Memory

Although this song is a cover of another Squid Sisters song, City of Color, Maritime Memory also interpolates the melody from Calamari Inkantation.

Fresh Start

Main article: Fresh Start

The melody of Calamari Inkantation can be heard in the background at one point in Fresh Start.

Inside the Deepsea Metro Subway Car

If one listens carefully at the music that plays in the Deepsea Metro, a few notes of the Calamari Inkantation can be heard, in a very similar fashion to the Inkopolis Plaza Train jingle. More notes are added as Agent 8 gains access to more lines. After clearing the game, the complete track containing the main melody of the Calamari Inkantation is played. According to a Famitsu interview[1], Sound Director Minegishi comments that the Calamari Inkantation can be constructed as Agent 8's auditory hallucination, an inner melody of their mind that intensifies as more of their memory returns.

Trivia

  • Each number on the password entry screen for Private Battles in Splatoon plays a specific tone when the cursor is moved to it, and it is possible to play the intro to the Calamari Inkantation by moving the cursor between numbers in a specific pattern, which might explain the way the notes are arranged. The pattern is as follows, each row corresponding to a bar of music: [2]
The password entry screen.
7 6 7 6
7 6 7 6 5 6
7 6 7 6
7 2 3 8 7 6
7 6 7 6
7 6 5 6 7 2 3 8
3 2 7 2
3 8 9 8 3 2 7 6
7
  • After Marie pulls out the jukebox and starts playing Spicy Calamari Inkantation, Marie says "That heavenly melody!", leading Callie to follow up with "The one and only..." This is a callback to Cap'n Cuttlefish's reaction after hearing the song during the final boss of Splatoon: "That heavenly melody... It's the one and only SQUID SISTERS!"
  • With the purchase of DLC, players can play Calamari Inkantation in Daigasso! Band Brothers P. Multiple versions have been released: the original version, a version with vocals, a longer version, and a version based off of the live version. The first two versions were superseded by the longer version and are no longer distributed. Additionally, the traditional version is available exclusively on the lite "Debut" version.
  • On 30 January 2016, a special karaoke version of Calamari Inkantation was added to the JOYSOUND service in Japan, which powers Wii Karaoke U, Karaoke JOYSOUND for Nintendo Switch, and certain karaoke machines. The lyrics are the same as the ones that were in the liner notes of Splatune. It uses the "Splatfest Incoming!" promotional video as the music video for Calamari Inkantation to play in the background. It was also added, with romanized lyrics, to the European catalogue of Wii Karaoke U on 28 July 2016 in celebration of the final Splatfest, however the European Wii Karaoke U is now discontinued.

Etymology

The calamari in Calamari Inkantation is not only an edible squid, but also a play on the names Callie and Marie, combining to form calamari. The inkantation is referring to the word incantation, which means chant, charm, etc.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese シオカラ節
Shiokara-bushi
Calamari Melody[note 1]

Chorus of Calamari County

Language Name Meaning
FlagMexico.svg Spanish (NOA) Canto tradicional de la región de Calamaro Traditional hymn of the Calamari region

Spicy Calamari Inkantation

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese 濃口シオカラ節
Koikuchi Shiokara-Bushi

Translation notes

  1. Shiokara is a Japanese dish made from fermented squid. The Japanese name for the Squid Sisters is also "シオカラーズ" (Shiokarāzu).

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