Impressions: Splatoon Manga Vol. 1


Are you a kid or a squid?

If you’re familiar with the phrase “YOU'RE A KID NOW! YOU'RE A SQUID NOW!” then you are probably familiar with the Splatoon franchise. I haven’t had the opportunity to play too much of Splatoon 2 since I don’t have a Switch, or see my friends with Switches too often, but I heavily enjoyed the first Splatoon, which I gave it an 8/10 on a previous game website I used to write for. 

With the Splatoon franchise being so popular in Japan, I’m not really surprised that it got a manga adaptation, and hopefully soon an anime series as well. Just like Yo-kai Watch though, the series is aimed for kids, but I don’t really mind since they are a good read when you want to relax and not read anything that it’s too context-heavy.

This manga introduces us to Team Blue, consisting of Goggles, Specs, Headphones and Bobble Hat, with Specs being the captain of the team. Goggles is the typical hot-headed main character that can get easily annoying, but like I said, I didn’t expect too much from this manga going in. However, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t like the characters. For the context and the type of series that it is, they are decently written.

The Splatoon manga is episodic, so each chapter doesn’t really connect too much. Each chapter has covered a match with a different team, with Team Blue naturally winning in the end as they are the main team of the series, although they lost a match off-screen in the first chapter. Each chapter, for the most part, is about the same, with somewhat different context, showing different interactions between the characters, so it can keep you entertained.

If you like the Splatoon series and watch to enjoy a quick and light read, then you can’t really go wrong buying this. It’s definitely a good way to get a child into manga as well. Overall, it’s really a decent manga for what it is. 

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Christian has been a gamer since his early childhood. He's a big fan of the King of Fighters and the Metal Slug series. Additionally, Christian enjoys cooking, listening to music, watching anime ... more + disclosures



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