Nintendo’s Splatoon Gets New Anime Series

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Image courtesy of Japanese Nintendo

Nintendo’s Splatoon has made quite a splash (ha!) since its release in 2015 on the Wii U.

The game has become popular enough to spawn a manga, a sequel (released on Nintendo Switch on July 21st), and now an anime series. This has all the signs of a new super franchise, which Nintendo is so damn fond of.

Interestingly, the series is set to debut on CoroCoro’s YouTube channel, the maker of the Splatoon manga. As such, episodes probably won’t be as long as typical anime episodes (20 minutes, give or take). Expect short and sweet webisodes.

Since the game is just an arena shooter with little story, no one knows what the show will be about, but chances are it’ll follow CoroCoro’s manga. The comic contains short stories following a gang of Inklings with paint filled water-guns, battling their rivals in a bitter turf war. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Inklings are squid-people. That’s why they can swim through ink (duh).

What about translation?

There hasn’t been so much as a murmur about whether any English dubs have been planned. Or subtitles. We’ll have to wait and see, but it’ll likely happen down the road. They’re keeping busy with heavy promotions right now. Still, the fun artwork and zaniness should be enough to keep you entertained, even the Japanese version.

The Splatoon anime is set to premier on August 12th. If you can’t wait that long, indulge in some Splatoon manga in CoroCoro magazine, or the English translation from Viz Media, expected later this year. You can also watch a live-action hologram light show (no kidding) featuring Splatoon’s announcers, the Squid Sisters. And last but not least, you should engross yourself in the newly released Splatoon 2 for Nintendo Switch.

Check out the trailer here:

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