Splatoon (manga)

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Goggles, Headphones, Glasses, and Knit Cap on the cover of issue 1, released in Japan in December of 2015 (with the old logo).

Splatoon is a manga series available though the CoroCoro Comic (コロコロコミック) Magazines[1], made by Sankichi Hinodeya.[2]


The manga stars Goggles-Kun and his three friends: Headphones-Chan, Glasses-Kun, and Knit Cap (Bobble)-Chan. This kid-friendly manga uses the Splatoon rules and world and the action on the arena, developing on Turf Wars.


CoroCoro Cup arc

Most plots in the CoroCoro Cup arc focus primarily on the Blue Team, a team of idiotic Inklings.

Fan made issue (Issue 0)

The Blue Team face the Yellow Team in this ink-crazy extravaganza!

Released in June's CoroCoro Special Magazine in 2015.

Issue 1

The four main squids—Goggles-Kun, Headphones-Chan, Knit Cap-Chan and Glasses-Kun—become involved in a troublesome Turf War after Goggles pranks a leader of an S+ squad.

This is the first time we see Goggles attempt to swim in water. He dissolves and returns to the spawn point. The stage in which the match takes place is Arowana Mall.

Released in December's CoroCoro Special Magazine in 2015.

Issue 2

The Blue Team learn that they will battle the Orange Team Army with S+ ranked Inklings. When the battle begins and the Orange Team takes the lead with ease, the Blue Team find an unexpected weakness with the Orange Team, which allows them to take the lead.

Goggles is seen eating curry with Jellyfish in this issue. The battle takes place in Flounder Heights.

Released in April's CoroCoro Special Magazine in 2016.

Issue 3

Taking a break from battling against S+ ranked squids, Goggles-Kun gets his clothes damaged during a Turf War and has to go shopping for new gear, but someone is watching him from afar: Aloha!

Pickled plums were seen in this issue. The stage is Blackbelly Skatepark.

Released in June's CoroCoro Special Magazine in 2016.

Issue 4

The day has come for the Blue Team to face off against one of the S4 members, Aloha, and the rest of the Pink Team, but right before the match starts, Goggles gets in a fight with his friend Glasses!

This is the first time we see Glasses' special weapon: an S Weapon Special Inkzooka.png Inkzooka, which is the wrong special weapon for an S Weapon Main Octobrush.png Octobrush. Therefore, it is probably an S Weapon Main Octobrush Nouveau.png Octobrush Nouveau.

This is the second time Inklings are seen attempting to swim in water, this time being the Blue Team. Unlike in the actual game, they do not dissolve in water, but rather sink to the bottom.

The stage in which this match takes place is Mahi-Mahi Resort.

Its original date of release was going to be August, but it was released on June 30th's CoroCoro Special Magazine in 2016 instead.

Issue 5

Battle against the Dark Green Team.

This is the first time (and so far the only time) the manga shows Headphones' special weapon: the S Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler.

This is the first time the manga is seen on a regular CoroCoro magazine instead of a special one, being released on September 8th, 2016.

Issue 6

After defeating Aloha from the S4, Goggles is already eager for another exciting battle. Luckily there seems to be another squid who’s just as eager to take them on, Rider can’t help but wonder who are they (spoilers: it's Mask).

This is the first time the manga shows Knit-Cap's special weapon: an S Weapon Special Inkstrike.png Inkstrike.

This is the first time the Blue Team was defeated on-screen. The Blue Team are defeated in the CoroCoro Cup, there wasn't proof execpt for this being mentioned in Issue 2.

Released in October's CoroCoro Special Magazine in 2016.

Issue 7

After the shocking loss against the Purple Team, the Blue Team (and Rider of course) train so they could have a rematch with Skull. However, during a battle between the Blue and Lime teams, Goggles (due to drinking too much) has to go to pee.

Released in December's CoroCoro Special Magazine with a colored issue color in 2016.

Issue 8

Battle against the Purple Team.

This is the final issue that holds the CoroCoro Cup during the Splatoon era.

Released in February's CoroCoro Special Magazine in 2017.

Hero Mode arc

The Hero Mode arc is based on Hero Mode from Splatoon.

Issue 9

Unlike the previous days, Goggles arrives for the meeting time early, only to remember today is a break from training, and he meets Rider instead. The two are shortly dragged by Cap'n Cuttlefish in order to save the Great Zapfish from the Octarians. They are assigned as Agents 3 and 3.5 respectively.

Released in April's CoroCoro Special Magazine in 2017.

Issue 10

Agents 3 and 3.5 and Cap'n Cuttlefish were taken by DJ Octavio and the fight begins to save the Great Zapfish. While all hope seems to be lost due to being outnumbered, Agents 1 and 2 come in time to assist them.

Bonus issues

Bonus issue 2

Goggles is heading for a train to Inkopolis to meet up with the rest of the team, where they plan to practice, but ends up arriving late.

Released with Volume 2 in January 27, 2017

Bonus issue 3

Blue Team is having a strategy meeting at a café, but end up getting distracted by encountering Rider and the S4.

Released with Volume 3 in July 23 2017


コミックス1巻も7月28日頃に発売予定です! (Volume 1 is also scheduled to be released around July 28!
— ひのでや参吉 (Sankichi Hinodeya)

A part of the Splatoon manga featuring issues.

Image No. Released in Plot Issues
MangaVol1Front!&Back.jpg 1 July 28, 2016 (JP)
December 12, 2017 (ENG)
It's the issues all over again! See the Blue Team in four epic battles against Rider, Army, Green Team, and Aloha! Plus, see the very first issue that started all of the inkstravaganza in Issue 0: Yellow Team! 1, 2, 3, 4, and the fan made.
Volune2.jpg 2 January 27, 2017 (JP)
March 13, 2018 (ENG)
4 more issues means 1 new book! Check out the battles against Dark Green Team, Mask, Rider (not the same issue as before), and Skull! 5, 6, 7, 8, and bonus issue 2.
Manga Vol3 cover front.jpg
3 July 23 2017 (JP)
June 12 2018 (ENG)
This volume contains Goggles' and Rider's adventure through Octo Valley, two issues of the Splatoon 2 era, as well as a bonus issue. Hero Mode part 1 and 2, 2nd era issue 1 and 2, and bonus issue 3.
Manga Vol4 cover front.jpg
4 October 27 2017 (JP) The Splatoon 2 era is here and sees Blue Team taking on new opponents, while meeting familar faces. 2nd era issue 3, 4, 5, 6, and bonus issue 4.
Manga Vol 5 cover front.jpg
5 February 28 2018 (JP) It's the semifinals of the Square King Cup. This time we see Yellow-Green Team battling against Team Emperor, and Blue Team against Team Gloves. 2nd era issue 7, 8, 9, 10, and bonus issue 5

Splatoon 2 Era

Main article: Splatoon (manga)/Splatoon 2


Main article: Splatoon (manga)/Characters

These are the characters in the manga series.


Main article: Splatoon (manga)/Tactics

The teams have tactics they can use in battle (ex: Blue Team's Idiotic Syncnitation Power)


Main article: Splatoon (anime)


Since the manga is published in the CoroCoro Magazines, it is child-friendly. However, there are some brief scenes of comical nudity in the comic. Furthermore, the manga is easy to read, even if the reader does not know Japanese. The manga itself has a good dose of comedy and a nice representation of the Splatoon rules, world, and action.

Prerelease elements

Main article: Splatoon (manga)/Prerelease elements

Differences between the fan-made issue and the official series.



  • The fan-made issue of the Splatoon manga was published in June's CoroCoro Special issue in 2015.[3]
    • In this issue, the main protagonists made their first appearance as unnamed characters.
  • The first official issue was published in December 2015's CoroCoro Special issue.
    • Furthermore, Rider and the Squid Sisters made their first appearance in this issue.

Manga-exclusive ink color combinations

There are some color combinations that are depicted or mentioned that do not appear in Splatoon.


  • Ink
    Blue vs.
    Green. This combination does not exist in the game, but there is a similarly-colored Blue vs. Lime color match.
  • Ink
    Blue vs.
    Pink. This is supposed to be for the battle against Aloha, but there is a similarly-colored Turquoise vs. Pink match.
  • Ink
    Blue vs.
    Turquoise. This is supposed to be for the battle against Mask.
  • Ink
    Blue vs.
    Purple. This is supposed to be for the battle against Skull.


  • Ink
    Lime vs.
    Orange. This was mentioned in Issue 2.
  • Ink
    Lime vs.
    Pink. This was mentioned in Issue 2.
  • Ink
    Lime vs.
    Turquoise. This was mentioned in Issue 2. This color combination is not possible to be matched in the actual game, despite the blue vs. lime color match.

Japanese name (manga)

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese Splatoonスプラトゥーン
Splatoon Supuratūn
Splatoon Splatoon, basically two Splatoons in the name.

Japanese name (characters)

Name FlagJapan.svg Japanese Meaning
Goggles-Kun ゴーグルくん
Headphones-Chan ヘッドホンちゃん
Glasses-Kun メガネくん
Same as translated name
Knit Cap-Chan ニットキャップちゃん
Knit Cap-Chan. Sometimes in translation, because "Knit Cap-Chan" was too clunky to be used, she gets renamed to Bobble-Chan

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