My Hero Academia's Horikoshi, Other Japanese Artists Tweet their Splatoon Art

posted on by Carlos Cadorniga

The recent popular Wii U shooting game Splatoon is being whimsically portrayed in pieces of art created by various Japanese artists. Among them is Shonen Jump manga artist of My Hero Academia, Kohei Horikoshi.

"Having fun in Splatoon with the staff."

In a recent Tweet, Horikoshi posted some art depicting the most well-known face of the game, the orange Inkling girl, lunging at a paint gun-wielding opponent with her Splat Roller. The black-and-white shading used here despite the game's heavy use of color brings a true manga-stylized influence to the character.

Other Japanese artists have also shown their love for Splatoon on Twitter. Lego enthusiast Tary Nobu, known for his creative use of the toy blocks to construct complex statues, has created little figures of the orange Inkling and a green squid—the alternate form of the Inklings.

JAN, another Lego builder, created the Splattershot—the classic paint gun weapon used by most beginners. JAN states that while he wants to play the game, he doesn't yet have it and can only create this Lego piece in commemoration.

Tokyo-based nail salon STAR NAIL tweeted Splatoon-themed nail art earlier this month.

Twitter artist Hyousen drew the idol group from the game, the Squid Sisters, in a style similar to more traditional Japanese art.

Some people have even created cross-overs placing manga characters within the world of Splatoon. Twitter artist Halu depicted Jojo's Bizarre Adventure characters Jotaro Kujo and Noriaki Kakyoin as Inklings. Meanwhile, artist toQto3 parodied DIO's famous roadroller attack with an Inkling Dio slamming down a Splatroller.

Artists have also depicted other video game characters as Inklings, such as ikuyaon's version of Solid Snake of Metal Gear Solid fame.

Splatoon is a third-person-shooter released exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U on May 28 in Japan and May 29 in the US. The game pits players in a fight for territory as two teams fight to cover their battlefield with their respective paint colors.

The game has officially teamed up with Masahiro Anbe, creator of the Squid Girl manga.

[Via Yaraon, Kai-You]

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