If you know Splatoon 3, then you know Big Man. The loveable Manta Ray is one of the first faces that you see when you boot up the game and his wobbly little dance moves immediately captured our hearts when Deep Cut first burst onto the scene. But what if we have been referring to this icon by nothing but a nickname for all of these months? What would his 'proper' name even be?
Well, as it turns out, it might just be Ian. Yep. Ian...
That is, at least, what some are deducing from the latest Squid Sisters' song, 'Liquid Sunshine', which features a mysterious artist called 'Ian BGM'. Shared via @NintendoUK on Twitter, the mystery "Splatsville Songster" certainly sounds like it could be Big Man, but with actual Inkling lyrics in all of his lines, are we to assume that the Splatcast host had a greater vocabulary that "Ay!" this whole time?
Interestingly, the plot behind this mystery singer thickens when watching the Japanese music video for the track which also includes karaoke for each of the singers. The Squid Sisters' lyrics are highlighted in green and pink respectively (a clear sign of Callie and Marie), while the guest artist's lines are in grey. Who do we know as the greyest guy in Splatsville? Big Man!
To be clear, the Ian BGM title could be nothing more than a humble artist attempting to hide his identity and perform in other arenas (even though the anagram of Big Man might be a little on the nose), but we like the thought not only of the Deep Cut member having a name, but it being something as human as Ian.
Do you reckon Ian could be Big Man's real name, or is it nothing more than a pseudonym? Give us your theories in the comments below.
[source youtube.com, via twitter.com]
In German his artist name is RANOMAT, which is an anagram of Mantaro, his usual german name. It's interesting that they kept the anagram style for each language but not the name.
Big Man was just Ian from accounting all along.
@Maxz Gotta have someone file your Mantaxes I suppose.
I’m still calling him big man though
Clearly it's the alias he has to use when working with folks other than Frye and Shiver
Yeah, Big Man’s clearly just a nickname. Would never think his real name would be something as casual as Ian. It’s still weird that the third team isn’t represented in Inkopolis. Callie is on Team Nessie while Marie is on Team Aliens, but Team Bigfoot has no rep!
Maybe he's like Lil Jon on Chappelle's Show.
All "YEAHH" and "OKAAY" when the cameras are rolling, but otherwise very eloquent and well-spoken.
Here are the lyrics, transcribed in romaji from the @NintendoJP Youtube channel. [C]=Callie, [M]=Marie, [I]=Ian. It's gibberish to humans but that's how you sing it.
[C] Chuweru myuhhanri nyohe natchutte shura mekkyuwāke nyurayurawe
[M] Myori shurannī yore nyuratcha tyuweru
[C&M] Wenā rehi myoeratte
[I] Myuheru vitarinderu barabara wokori darama torenvia peshiburoten (Ay!)
[M] Nyuwa ru yuweni shoramekyu wenamitche
[C&M] Nyuwe ri yowenyu [M] myoharikenī [C] (Chuera kyuramechu) na
[C] Yuweru nunwera nyunwena yoratcha shurana
[M] Tyurenu nyun'erya nunnera myoreffa shoenyu [C&M] Wenore niya
[C&I] Chuena myunmyun myunrani yorawena
[M&I] Rachuni tyunweru merya
 Nīmyoherya weryuwa
[C&M] Tyuhana tyuwaniwe
I think there's a little bit of Big Man in all of us.
I don't even know how to react to this news. My entire world is shaken.
This feels like in The Office (UK) when The Oggmonster reveals that his name his actually Nathan.
I always go with Ian's choices during Splatfests.
Ian BGM -> "I am Big Man" (?)
@mjharper Or just BIG Man. it's an anagram.
Lan? I have never played a Splatoon game but I like Splatoon 3 now maybe Splatoon 2 to. I have almost never watched Splatoon 2.
I don't get it. I had to see that a few times and read the article a couple times but still nothing. What evidence is there to suggest Big Man is Ian? He doesn't hang out with the Squid Sisters (he hangs out with Deep Cut). He only says one word in the game, and he's a manta ray, not a squid kid so he doesn't have any reason to sound like a squid. Just going off the evidence in the tweet, it's just as likely to be Sheldon, Judd, Jelonzo, or K.K. Slider.
Nuhhhh I love stingrays!
@Nintendo_Thumb "Ian BGM" is an anagram for "Big Man" (FYI in Japanese and German etc, it's Ranomat from Mantaro), and if you look at the lyrics in my comment (#8), he yells Ay!, so that's him and it also suggests that he can sing/say words other than Ay (which he already did in Calamari Inkanation 3MIX anyway). That said, perhaps both Big Man and Ian BGM are just his stage names, and we don't know his last name or real name as of yet.
Looks like Ian BGM is an anagram of Big Man
I don't know why this made me laugh so much but it did
@HADAA Oh thanks for clearing that up, guess I must have missed that but it makes perfect sense now that you mention it.
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