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]

Summary

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.

Plot

Most plots focus primarily on the Blue Team, a team of 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 Inkzooka, which is the wrong special weapon for an Octobrush. Therefore, it is probably an 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 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 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.

Released in February's CoroCoro Special Magazine in 2017.

Issue 9

Battle again the Green Team (again).

Released to support the upcoming sequel in March's CoroCoro Magazine in 2017.

Issue 10

Hero Mode is introduced in this issue, due to Goggles and Rider being agents.

This also introduces a small, pink Inkling that can't be confused with the S4's Aloha.

Released in April's CoroCoro Special Magazine in 2017.

Volumes

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.

Volumes
Image No. Released in Plot Issues
MangaVol1Front!&Back.jpg 1 July 28, 2016 (JP) 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 Febuary 27, 2017 (JP) 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, and 8.

Battle to Become the Best Squid in the World!!!

Battle to Become the Best Squid in the World!!! is a series of translated Splatoon issues that is made by Vectorcest. However, it contains swearing/cusses and is not suitable for young children.

Splatoon 2 Era

Main article: Splatoon (manga)/Splatoon 2

Characters

Main article: Splatoon (manga)/Characters

These are the characters in the manga series.

Tactics

Main article: Splatoon (manga)/Tactics

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

Rating

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.

Splatoon Internet phobia

The Splatoon manga follows a lot of internet culture like gags and memes.

Ink-rings

The strongest inkrings?! you mean they're gonna eat us?
— Early Goggles-Kun, fan made issue

When an unnamed Inkling said that the yellow team will be the victors, an early Glasses said that their team have the strongest Inklings. Early-Goggles mistakes Inklings for calamari, a squid dish, saying "The strongest inkrings?! you mean they're gonna eat us?"

Rolling is my speciality

ROLLING IS MY SPECIALITY
— Early Knit Cap-Chan, fan made issue

Early-Knit Cap proceeds to roll on her friends, saying "Rolling is my speciality!!"

This is the most prominent manga quote in the series so far.

Naked Goggles Gag

There is a running gag in this manga where Goggles-Kun ends up naked. It doesn't appear in issue 3 to 7, but returned in issue 8.

Goggles x Rider

Goggles x Rider is the most prominent manga ship so far. It involves homosexual squids.

Skull's lack of eyebrows

Ever since issue 6 was released, people made this meme in wonder of why the S4's Skull has no eyebrows. In Issue 8, the meme comes full circle as Goggles asks Skull "Why don't you have eyebrows?" in which Skull answers: "I was born this way."

Impossible Battle Ink Color Combinations

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

Seen

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

Mentioned

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

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Trivia

  • 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.

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
Gōguru-Kun
Goggle-Kun
Headphones-Chan ヘッドホンちゃん
Heddohon-Chan
Headphone-Chan
Glasses-Kun メガネくん
Megane-Kun
Same as translated name
Knit Cap-Chan ニットキャップちゃん
Nittokyappu-Chan
Knit Cap-Chan. Sometimes in translation, because "Knit Cap-Chan" was too clunky to be used, she gets renamed to Bobble-Chan

External Links


References

  1. Corocoro.jpeg CoroCoro Comic Website
  2. Twitter Sankichi Hinodeya (ひのでや参吉(@hinodeya3) on Twitter
  3. Nintendo News