Hit and Maika return with more zany antics in the second volume of Hideki Goto’s Splatoon: Squid Kids Comedy Show manga.
A new face joins them this time around.
In these new stories from the world of Splatoon, Hit and Maika meet an elite boy named Kou who joins them on their crazy adventures.
So what can you expect from the second volume of Squid Kids Comedy Show? Well, pretty much more of the same as the first. Lots of use of the four panel gag set ups, and a whole bunch of amazing reaction faces.
I think the humour has somewhat improved for this second volume, too. Sure, there are still jokes that don’t land, but I can definitely say there were a few that had me genuinely laughing out loud.
We see some rather unorthodox ways to use the various weapons you can wield in Splatoon, as well as some Turf Wars that might not actually be Turf Wars…
This volume also takes some time to give us some Salmon Run content; parodying that as much as everything else, too.
In both Splatoon manga spinoffs (the other one by Sankichi Hinodeya), there’s the running gags of naked Inklings. Only ever male Inklings, though… oddly enough, Maika and any other female Inklings never find themselves in a state of undress. How about some equality, huh? Or, you know, drop those gags all together, because they’re not that great…
Fortunately, they don’t come up as frequently as the other manga spinoff in Squid Kids Comedy Show.
Hit and Maika are fine characters, but newest addition Kou leaves a lot to be desired. He may be described as “elite”, but I believe that’s a term that should be reserved for a certain shrine maiden VTuber. Kou is one of those characters that thinks he is all that.
Fortunately, his role is pretty much to be nothing but the butt of the jokes. His appearances in this volume are also mercifully brief. Perhaps that’s for the best…
The second volume of Splatoon: Squid Kids Comedy Show does feel a little stronger in the humour department, even though there are some gags that they should probably should just drop. Still fun to see the inventive ways the characters can parody the normal Splatoon stuff, though.
Might be worth a glimpse if you are a Splatoon fan.