Thoughts on Splatoon: Squid Kids Comedy Show Volume 3

The end of the year approaches in the third volume of Splatoon: Squid Kids Comedy Show, so it’s time for some seasonal activities. That, and the usual mischief.

Splatoon Squid Kids Comedy Show Volume 3

Front cover of the third volume of Splatoon: Squid Kids Comedy Show, featuring Hit, Maika and Kou

Can you believe it’s already the third volume of the Squid Kids Comedy Show? Drop in to see the awesome new battles featuring the coolest Inklings ever, Hit, Maika and Kou!

I don’t know, I think it might be a bit of a stretch to call Hit, Maika and Kou the coolest Inklings ever. But hey, this manga series has to have at least a few characters to make its jokes.
Generally the same kind of thing you’d find in the previous two volumes, though perhaps the dial has been turned up a little on the black humour.
Of course, this is a comedy manga, so status quo returns with every new chapter. Things like the Inklings become dried squid, drowning at sea or becoming ghosts have no long lasting effects. I will say, though, that I think the darker jokes were funnier than the rest.

Although to be fair, the meta jokes did get a chuckle out of me as well. Anyone who’s played Splatoon can attest that colour is kind of important, but we get to see how the Inklings in this black and white manga differentiate between the colours.

Whilst I’m perfectly fine with dark and meta jokes, it’s the gross out humour that I don’t find much joy in. An entire chapter dedicated to hayfever has a lot of snot jokes, which probably work more for a younger audience.
This is an all ages manga, after all. Just don’t ask me why there is an Alien reference in it; I doubt many young readers are aware of what a Xenomorph is…

Overall, a fairly decent volume. I’d love for Hideki Goto to lean even more into the dark comedy, but I suspect that won’t really happen. Still, Goto has shown a knack for it with this volume.

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