Report: Splatoon gets animated next month

Hot off the heels of Splatoon 2, Nintendo’s squid shooter series is getting its first animated adaptation. An online-only anime will debut on the CoroCoro YouTube channel early next month, according to Japanese gaming news site Ga-M.

The anime will reportedly take cues from the Splatoon comic series, which runs in CoroCoro’s monthly magazine. Don’t expect the episodes to be too long or action-filled for just that reason; the Splatoon comics are short, sweet and heavy on the comedy.

Here’s a screengrab from an upcoming Splatoon 2-themed CoroCoro issue, which will launch alongside the game on July 21 and have more details on the web series. It’s from a tweet by Sankichi Hinodeya, the creator of the Splatoon manga, who goes on to hint at the upcoming anime announcement:

【宣伝】ゲーム発売日の7月21日にスプラトゥーン2「イカすファンブック」も発売予定です!
描き下ろしマンガも掲載されます!記事に4コママンガと書いてありますが4コマじゃないです(笑)
8月にはコミックアニメの配信やフルカラーコミックの発売もあります。
よろしくお願いします(^^) pic.twitter.com/nITKjSVcDE

Viz Media will publish the Splatoon comics in individual volumes later this year, giving them their first English-language release. Only the cover art has been released thus far; no release date has been announced.

The show will kick off on Aug. 12, according to Ga-M. Although it’s likely to remain in Japanese for a long while, the show should still be a lot of fun to watch — as long as it keeps Splatoon’s fantastic art style in tact.

Splatoon 2 will hit Nintendo Switch this Friday, July 21, so we’re all planning to be big into Splatoon this summer.