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Viz Media Licenses Splatoon Manga

posted on by Karen Ressler
Also announces new Studio Ghibli picture books, Hello Kitty & Friends coloring book

North American publisher Viz Media announced during its C2E2 panel on Friday that it has licensed Sankichi Hinodeya's Splatoon manga and plans to release the first volume in late 2017. In addition, the company announced that it will release The Art of My Little Pony: The Movie book in August, The Hello Kitty & Friends coloring book in October, and Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke picture books in December.

Hinodeya initially published a Splatoon one-shot manga in Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics in May 2015, and then began it as a series in Bessatsu Coro Coro Comic Special in February 2016. Shogakukan two compiled volumes in July 2016 and January 2017.

Nintendo released the first Splatoon game for the Wii U in May 2015. The game centers on "Inklings," who are beings who can transform between human and squid form. The game pits players in a fight for territory as two teams fight to cover their battlefield with their respective paint colors.

The first game also inspired Kino Takahashi's Honobono Ika 4-Koma manga and the Play Manga story collection by various artists. Hinodeya also drew a one-shot for Splatoon 2, and will launch a new Splatoon manga in May.

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