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Viz Media Acquires Splatoon Manga, Plans 2017 Debut

This year, North American fans are going to find a whole new way to stay fresh with the Booyah Base crew.

Earlier today, Viz Media announced that they licensed Sankichi Hinodeya’s Splatoon manga. The company plans to ship the first volume to retailers in late 2017, though a specific date is unknown as of press time.

The Splatoon manga is based on Nintendo’s online shooter of the same name. The series debut in May 2015, as a one-shot in Shogakukan’s CoroCoro magazine. Hinodeya began work on a full series in February 2016, in the pages of Bessatsu Coro Coro Comic Special. Two volumes compiled volumes were ultimately produced.

Nintendo’s Splatoon first hit the Wii U console in May 2015. The title was a regular sight on the (Japanese) Media Create sales charts, becoming a fixture in the board for over a year. To date, over 4.76 million copies of the game have been sold worldwide, giving it a 35% attach rate to the Wii U’s 13.56 million consoles in customers’ homes. Mascot characters The Squid Sisters performed in a pair of live hologram concerts at NicoNico Chokaigi and Japan Expo 2016.

A sequel title, Splatoon 2, will hit Nintendo’s Switch console on July 21.

Hinodeya wrote a one-shot for Splatoon 2, which debuted in the pages of CoroCoro in February. A full Splatoon manga series is planned for a May debut.

Source: Anime News Network

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