Squid Sisters

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Squid Sisters
SquidSisters.png
Species Inkling
Height
Hair color Black/Magenta
Light gray/Lime green
Eye color Golden
Age At least 17 (Splatoon)[1]
Likely 19 (Splatoon 2)
Gender Female
Location Inkopolis Plaza
Shop
Members (Non-virtual)
  • keity.pop (Callie)
  • Mari Kikuma (Marie)
Staaaay fresh!
— The Squid Sisters' catchphrase

The Squid Sisters (Japanese: シオカラーズ Shiokarāzu, lit. Sea O' Colors) are a pop idol duo in Inkopolis, consisting of Callie and Marie (アオリ、ホタル Aori and Hotaru). Together, they host Inkopolis News; announcing events, updates, and the current stages in rotation. They also host Splatfest events, with each Sister representing one of the two teams. Despite their name, they are actually cousins, not sisters.

Songs

For solo songs, see Callie and Marie.

Image Fictional Band Song Name Audio
S Band Squid Sisters.jpg
Squid Sisters City of Color
Ink Me Up
Now or Never!
Calamari Inkantation
Maritime Memory
S2 Band Squid Sisters.jpg
Squid Sisters Spicy Calamari Inkantation
Fresh Start

Callie

Main article: Callie

Callie's color scheme is magenta and black. She has an edgier design in comparison to her cousin, with angular eyes and perked-up ears. Her tentacles are long and black, tied in a large bow on the back of her head and fading to pink on the ends. She is very excitable and positive, often making innocent, straightforward comments with a grin on her face. Her solo song, Bomb Rush Blush, is a fast-paced and exuberant pop song, showing her energy and playfulness as she runs around the stage.[2]

Her favorite type of weapons are rollers, and she has been seen to use a S Weapon Main Hero Roller Replica.png Hero Roller.

Her amiibo entry reads as follows:

  • Callie is the cheeriest member of the pop idol duo known as the Squid Sisters in the Splatoon™ game. Along with Marie, she hosts Inkopolis News and Splatfest events, in which Inklings pick one of two sides and battle the opposing team in Turf War. These two cousins rose to fame after winning Calamari County’s first annual Youth Folk-Singing Contest, and their remarkable voices continue to rock Inkopolis!

Marie

Main article: Marie

Marie's color scheme is lime green and light gray. She has a more laid-back design in comparison to her cousin, with heavy-lidded eyes and slightly drooping ears. Her tentacles are long and light gray, tied in a large bow on the right side of her head and fading to green on the ends. She is less excitable, usually only giving a small smile. Many of her comments are sarcastic, though never outright intended to be mean-spirited. Her solo song, Tide Goes Out, is a slow, serene song, with movement kept mostly to her arms.[2]

Her favorite type of weapons are chargers, and she has been seen to use a S Weapon Main Hero Charger Replica.png Hero Charger.

Her amiibo entry reads as follows:

  • Marie is the sassiest member of the pop idol duo known as the Squid Sisters in the Splatoon™ game. Along with Callie, she hosts Inkopolis News and Splatfest events, in which Inklings pick one of two sides and battle the opposing team in Turf War. These two cousins rose to fame after winning Calamari County’s first annual Youth Folk-Singing Contest, and their remarkable voices continue to rock Inkopolis!

Hosting Duties

Inkopolis News

Inkopolis News is Inkopolis' news program, announcing events and updates on new features in Splatoon. Inkopolis News Studio can be found on the upper level of Inkopolis Plaza, where the Squid Sisters can be seen in their studio.

Callie and Marie in different outfit colors for Splatfest.

Splatfest

The Squid Sisters also hosted Splatfest events, a multiplayer event in which players of a region divided into opposing team, with Callie and Marie each representing a different team. Callie's team was always shown on the left side of the Splatfest artwork and Marie's team on the right. For the duration of the event, their clothes and tentacles temporarily changed color to match that of their team's ink and they performed a live concert in Inkopolis atop trucks outfitted with stage equipment.

At the top-left corner of the box showing the player's Splatfest Power was a pair of eyes representing the Squid Sister they had sided with: players on Callie's team saw her angular eyes, and those on Marie's team saw her heavy-lidded eyes. Both versions had their signature pupils, but with a dark red color instead of the usual gold.

During the results of the fifteenth North American Splatfest, Early Bird vs. Night Owl, Callie got sick of Marie's attitude, causing the duo to argue about who won more Splatfests before getting personal. This hinted at the announcement of the final Splatfest, Callie vs. Marie, which was confirmed to last 48 hours, as opposed to the usual 24-hour duration of a standard Splatfest.

After Splatoon

After the last Splatfest of Splatoon, the Squid Sisters grew in popularity, but Callie and Marie took separate paths for a time, leading to the events of Splatoon 2. The story of Callie and Marie's separation was told in Squid Sisters Stories, a series of stories made available on official Splatoon websites.

The Squid Sisters reunite at the end of the Octo Canyon missions. Callie later mentions that they have performed alongside Off the Hook, referencing the real-life concert in which they performed together.

The Octo Expansion suggests that the Calamari Inkantation may have magical powers, as Marina claims that no Octoling can hear it and willingly continue to live in Octarian society.

Live performances

Main article: Live Performances
Shiokaraibu promo image.

On 30 January 2016, a real-life Squid Sisters concert called "Shiokaraibu" (Japanese: シオカライブ, Squid Sisters Live) was held at Niconico Tokaigi 2016, a gaming event in Chiba, Japan. It starred digital projections of Callie and Marie, using unique, high-quality 3D models instead of those used in-game. They performed all five of their songs, most of them being extended or remixed slightly, ending with Calamari Inkantation.[3]

On 29 April 2016, the second live performance by the Squid Sisters was held at Cho-Ongakusai 2016, a music festival featuring a variety of popular artists that was held as part of Chokaigi 2016.[4] The concert featured the debut of two new songs: Bomb Rush Blush and Tide Goes Out. They were solos sung by Callie and Marie, respectively.[2] The following day, it was revealed that the new songs would be unlockable with the new Callie and Marie amiibo figures that launched that July.[5]

On 8 July 2016, their third live performance was held at Japan Expo 2016, a convention dedicated to Japanese pop culture in Paris, France.[6] It had the same setlist as their second concert, with the dialogue in between songs shown in French. The live band's stage presence was also given more of an emphasis in this concert.

A live album featuring recordings of the first two concerts, Splatoon Live in Makuhari -Shiokalive-, was released in Japan on 13 July 2016.

A fourth live performance was held at Niconico Cho Party on 3 November 2016. [7] A shorter performance, they performed a City of Color and Ink Me Up medley followed by Maritime Memory and Calamari Inkantation.

On 10 February 2018, the Squid Sisters made a special appearance at "Haikaraibu" (Japanese: ハイカライブ, translating to "Inkopolis Live"), which was held at Tokaigi 2018.[8] After Off the Hook performed Ebb & Flow, Callie and Marie went on stage to perform Fresh Start, followed by Spicy Calamari Inkantation. Afterwards, both the Squid Sisters and Off the Hook performed Now or Never! as the finale.

An English version of the concert was held at Polymanga in Switzerland before the final rounds of the Splatoon European Championships on 31 March 2018.

On 28 April 2018, another "Haikaraibu" concert was held at Cho-Ongakusai 2018.[9] Their setlist was the same as the previous recent concerts, but their dialogue in between songs was different.

Uploads to YouTube

Five of the concerts given by the Squid Sisters have been uploaded by Nintendo's Official YouTube accounts. Three of them were officially uploaded with English text.

amiibo

Squid Sisters' amiibo promo.

On 30 April 2016, SplatoonJP announced that Squid Sisters amiibo would be released on 7 July 2016.[10]

Using the Squid Sisters' amiibo applies all the cosmetic changes of a Splatfest to Inkopolis Plaza and the player can choose what song they perform. This is the only way to see the accompanying dances for these songs, except for City of Color, the default for Splatfests.

In the manga series

The Squid Sisters first appeared in issue 1 of the CoroCoro manga Splatoon, where they announced the CoroCoro Cup. They are hosts for that tournament. They are Agent 1 and Agent 2 respectively, appearing as agents in Book 3, escorting Agent 3 and Agent 3.5 and helping out in fights.

Other games

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Bomb Rush Blush, Calamari Inkantation, and Ink Me Up can be found as soundtracks for the Moray Towers stage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Callie and Marie appear as the Squid Sisters assist trophy. Once they appear, they sing the intro to either Calamari Inkantation or Ink Me Up while the camera zooms in and the blast lines are brought closer to the center of the stage. Once they stop singing, they disappear and the camera and blast lines return to normal. They also appear as a Spirit, and in World of Light, they both control a pink-colored Inkling.

Super Mario Maker

The Squid Sisters can be unlocked as costumes by beating the "Squid Sisters vs. Bloopers" event or scanning the amiibo variant of either one of them. This marks the first time either can be seen in squid form; they respectively are pink and green squids with pupils and eyelashes that separate them from other Inklings.

Trivia

  • Callie and Marie's names together sound like the squid dish "Calamari", which is also Italian for "squid".
  • The voice clips used for "Staaaay fresh!" sound like something in between "Shiokarāzu" and "sea o' colors", especially in Marie's case.
  • Their names in Japanese, Aori and Hotaru, are derived from real-world species "Aori-ika" (Bigfin Reef Squid), and "Hotaru-ika" (Firefly Squid).
  • In the Japanese version, they both have a bit of a Kansai dialect.
  • Callie and Marie are presumably the second-oldest Inklings in Splatoon (assuming they are the same age), with the oldest being Cap'n Cuttlefish. However, it is assumed that other adult Inklings do not participate in Turf War and are simply absent from the game. The artbook for Splatoon 2 reveals that Pearl is also older than them.
  • The horizontal marks on their outfits resemble the cuts made in squid when grilled.
  • If the player stands outside the Squid Sisters' studio, they will notice them and wave, as pictured in the Gallery.
  • The colors of the chairs Callie and Marie sit on in the studio reflect the ink colors of the player's last match, or the colors of the current Splatfest. The main color is the opponents' color, with arrows in the player's team color.
  • The hand movement they do during their catchphrase, "Staaaay fresh!", is supposed to resemble the moving tentacles of a squid.
  • Several fans have noted that Callie resembles Bayonetta while Marie resembles Jeanne, both from the Bayonetta series. It is unknown if this was intentional.
  • Before Splatoon was released, the Squid Sisters were not idols, but were instead planned to be "shrine maidens". They were meant to transmit divine messages from God to the Inklings. This is why they were in charge of receiving and announcing Splatfests in the first game.[11]
  • At some point shortly after the release of Splatoon, Callie's favorite weapon type was the charger and Marie's was the roller. This was eventually switched later on.
  • The Squid Sisters' grandfather, Cap'n Cuttlefish, has two small pictures of them taped up on the corner of his cabin, one of Callie and one of Marie.
  • In Octo Valley, their backstory is shown in Sunken Scroll 17, which is also their age in Splatoon.
  • Many of the Squid Sisters' attributes seem to be opposites, such as their bangs being swept in opposite directions.
  • Cap'n Cuttlefish's phone can be seen in the Octo Expansion, behind him as Agent 8 talks to him. It has a picture of young Callie and Marie winning Calamari County's first annual folk-singing contest.
  • They both seem to have different mouths than other Inklings, as the other Inklings' mouths are their ink color, but Callie and Marie have red mouth insides, like humans.

Gallery

Click to view the gallery for Squid Sisters.
View the gallery.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese シオカラーズ
Sea O'Colors[note 1]
Pun on shiokara (a Japanese dish made from fermented squid), sea, and colors
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Squid Sisters Same as the English name
FlagQuebec.svg French (NOA) Soeurs ventouses Tentacles Sisters
FlagFrance.svg French (NOE) Calamazones From calamar (squid) and amazones (amazons, strong athletic women)
FlagGermany.svg German Sea Sirens Sea Sirens
FlagItaly.svg Italian Sea Sirens Sea Sirens
FlagRussia.svg Russian Squid Sisters

Сестры-кальмары[note 2]
Sestry-kal'mary
Сестрички-кальмары[note 3]
Sestrichki-kal'mary
Same as the English name

Squid Sisters

Little Squid Sisters

FlagSpain.svg Spanish Calamarciñas From calamar (squid) and niña (girls)
FlagChina.svg Chinese Squid Sisters[note 4]

墨鱼姐妹[note 5]
Mòyú jiěmèi
Same as the English name

Cuttlefish Sisters
FlagSouth Korea.svg Korean Squid Sisters[note 4]

시오카라즈[note 6][12]
Sea O'Colors[note 7]
Same as the English name

Transliteration of the Japanese name
FlagPortugal.svg Portuguese Squid Sisters
Irmãs lulas[note 8][13]
Same as the English name
Squid Sisters

Staaaay fresh!

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese イカ、よろしく!
Ika, yoroshiku!
Squid, best regards!
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Houd het vers! Keep it fresh!
FlagFrance.svg French Á plus tard, calamars! See you later, squids!
FlagGermany.svg German Bleibt spritzig! Stay cool!
FlagItaly.svg Italian Mi raccomando, sempre in gambero! Don't forget to stay cool![note 9]
FlagRussia.svg Russian Не тухните!
Ne tuhnite!
Don't go out
FlagSpain.svg Spanish ¡Nos vemos! See you!
FlagSouth Korea.svg Korean 자, 잘 부탁해!
Ja, jal butaghae!
Well, please take care!

Translation notes

  1. shiokarāzu
  2. Official Russian site for Splatoon, Nintendo 3DS Theme Shop
  3. Concert video of Squid Sisters at Japan Expo
  4. 4.0 4.1 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  5. From the official Chinese release of the Splatoon artbook
  6. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  7. Siokalajeu
  8. Splatoon Direct of 7 May 2015 only
  9. In gambero is a pun on gambero (shrimp) and in gamba (slang with positive connotation)

References