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Takao
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(07-15-2012, 12:24 AM)
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Namco Bandai Games' ShiftyLook webcomic project announced at its panel at San Diego Comic Con on Saturday that manga creator Hitoshi Ariga (Big O, Mega Man Megamix, Megaman Gigamix) will be illustrating a webcomic adaptation of the classic video game franchise Klonoa. This is the first time ShiftyLook is using a Japanese manga artist for one of its webcomics, and ShiftyLook has provided ANN with exclusive art for the new series (see below).

Klonoa will be written by Jim Zub. It will premiere on the ShiftyLook website in August, and it will be updated on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Rob Pereyda, Producer and Editor-in-Chief of ShiftyLook, told ANN, "When we did the survey with ANN when we originally launched ShiftyLook back in March, we were pleasantly surprised to see just how popular Klonoa still is with anime fans. Their insatiable demand for more Klonoa content led us to the decision to develop a brand-new set of adventures in webcomic form. And it helps immensely that Jim Zub is a die-hard Klonoa fan."

Klonoa had ranked at #2 on ANN's poll in February with 18.84% of the votes. ShiftyLook also chose to adapt the Time Crisis video game into a webcomic based on ANN's poll.

Zub provided ANN with the following comment:

The first time I played Klonoa, I was blown away by its intricate balance of 2D gameplay in a beautiful D-rendered world. It really stuck with me as one of the best Playstation 1 Games I ever played. By the time Klonoa 2 was released, just over 10 years ago, I was well and truly hooked. Namco had Taken a great game and made it better in every way - art, Design, game play and story. I've been a big fan ever since. I Feel that Klonoa is right at the top with other great game mascot characters like Mario and Sonic.

Getting the chance to create a brand new adventure story for Klonoa with NAMCO BANDAI on ShiftyLook and being able to collaborate with legendary mangaka Hitoshi Ariga on it is an absolute dream come true. I love the source material and am working hard to ensure that Klonoa: Dream Traveller of Noctis Sol lives up to the legacy of this amazing franchise. I truly hope longtime fans of Klonoa and new readers alike dive in and enjoy.

Viz Media published Ariga's Big O manga, and Udon Entertainment published Ariga's three-volume Mega Man Megamix and the three-volume Megaman Gigamix manga in North America.

ShiftyLook also announced at its panel that it will create and stream two web animation series titled Bravoman: Cartoon of Unequalled Excellence and Mappy: The Beat. Additionally, the company will host webcomic adaptations for the 1980's vertical-scrolling arcade game Dragon Spirit and the 1990 arcade shooter game Golly! Ghost!.

Namco Bandai Games launched the ShiftyLook project earlier this year. The webcomics are available in English worldwide for free through web browsers as well as iOS and Android devices. The website currently publishes webcomics for Valkyrie, Rapid Thunder, Rocket Fox, Bravoman, Wonder Momo, The Five-Dimensional Adventures of Dirk Davies, Rapid Thunder, Alien Confidential, Scar, Xevious, Dig Dug, and Sky Kid.

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The art looks really good!
Dragoon En Regalia
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(07-15-2012, 12:25 AM)
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Ariga doing Klonoa, not Rockman? God-damn do I have mixed feelings about this.

Day 1 anyway.
Mpl90
Two copies sold? That's not a bomb guys, stop trolling!!!
(07-15-2012, 12:26 AM)
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Obviously, this is also a way to remember the existence of the franchise due to the obvious future 3DS Klonoa game which I would really love, right? Rrrrrrrrrrrriiiiight?!?

:(

Pretty interested in the project, though!
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(07-15-2012, 12:27 AM)
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For a minute, I thought this might be a new video game or something.
Takao
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(07-15-2012, 12:27 AM)
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Originally Posted by Mpl90

Obviously, this is also a way to remember the existence of the franchise due to the obvious future 3DS Klonoa game which I would really love, right? Rrrrrrrrrrrriiiiight?!?

:(

Pretty interested in the project, though!

If you read the full OP you'll find out that the only reason the comic exists is because of the results of an Anime News Network poll, lol.
Mpl90
Two copies sold? That's not a bomb guys, stop trolling!!!
(07-15-2012, 12:28 AM)
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Originally Posted by Takao

If you read the full OP you'll find out that the only reason the comic exists is because of the results of an Anime News Network poll, lol.

Ok, I've read it better, me foolish :(
Chacranajxy
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(07-15-2012, 12:29 AM)
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Fuck this. This is the second comic that should've been a game this week.
Stealth20k
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(07-15-2012, 12:30 AM)
shit i was hoping this was a new game
Coppertracks
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(07-15-2012, 12:31 AM)
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Came in hoping for a new game.

Still, will read the comic.
Himself
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(07-15-2012, 12:32 AM)
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Originally Posted by Stealth20k

shit i was hoping this was a new game

Basically.
Combichristoffersen
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(07-15-2012, 12:32 AM)
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That's nice, how about celebrating by putting Klonoa up on EU PSN, eh?
Takao
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(07-15-2012, 12:33 AM)
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They're doing some LiveStream or something: http://www.shiftylook.com/video
Stealth20k
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(07-15-2012, 12:33 AM)
ive been dooped
Takao
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(07-15-2012, 12:39 AM)
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Shiftylook live stream is more professionally done than the livestreams that Scamco did for E3, and Japan Expo lol
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(07-15-2012, 12:41 AM)
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Reminds of the Tales of Vesperia First Strike thread. Gotta label your thread titles more accurately.
El Sloth
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(07-15-2012, 12:43 AM)
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Fuck this thread

I got all hyped up about a new Klonoa for nothing
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(07-15-2012, 12:44 AM)

Originally Posted by El Sloth

Fuck this thread

I got all hyped up about a new Klonoa for nothing

You said it man. :(
BY2K
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(07-15-2012, 12:45 AM)
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Uuuuh, maybe the thread title should mention it's a comic and not a game.

Cause there's gonna be a lot of rage otherwise.
Neuromancer
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(07-15-2012, 12:45 AM)
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Web comic really should be in the thread title. How disappointing, I had dreams of a new Klonoa game on the 3DS. =(
BlackIronCount
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(07-15-2012, 12:49 AM)
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Originally Posted by Stealth20k

shit i was hoping this was a new game

same
JennyTablina
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(07-15-2012, 12:50 AM)
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YAAAAY NEW KLO- wait what? : (

New webcomic, I'll take it, but deep down I seethe that this isn't a game. C'mon Namco, you know a new Klonoa would be awesome. I'll even settle for a HD downloadable re-release of Klonoa 2 and re-re-release of Door to Phanomile at this rate
Takao
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(07-15-2012, 12:51 AM)
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ShiftyLook are launching a game section, as well as an animation section. If more than 3 people read the Klonoa comic maybe we'll get a new flash game?
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(07-15-2012, 12:52 AM)
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someone should edit the title really
Dragoon En Regalia
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(07-15-2012, 12:52 AM)
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Title's too ambiguous, yeah. I've warmed up to this new product already, but don't get our expectations too high.
jooey
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(07-15-2012, 12:55 AM)
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Originally Posted by SalsaShark

someone should edit the title really

I'm genuinely surprised Takao didn't open the post with "as a webcomic lol"
Takao
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(07-15-2012, 12:57 AM)
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Originally Posted by jooey

I'm genuinely surprised Takao didn't open the post with "as a webcomic lol"

If you know what ShiftyLook is than you'd know this is a webcomic. Some of their stuff has been pretty cool so I'm actually excited for this one.
Neuromancer
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(07-15-2012, 12:57 AM)
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We're the dream travellers
Don't wanna dream no more

Originally Posted by Takao

If you know what ShiftyLook is than you'd know this is a webcomic. Some of their stuff has been pretty cool so I'm actually excited for this one.

That's a pretty big 'if.'
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(07-15-2012, 12:59 AM)
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Ok, you got me. I was fooled :^l
CriterionDog
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(07-15-2012, 01:04 AM)
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DARN IT. I thought this was Klonoa 3. : (
Azure J
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(07-15-2012, 01:06 AM)
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On one hand, Hitoshi motherfucking Ariga. On another hand, I don't have enough appreciation for this franchise. On another unrelated and freakish 3rd hand, what does this mean for Megaman Mega/Gigamixes?
Takao
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(07-15-2012, 01:07 AM)
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Originally Posted by CriterionDog

DARN IT. I thought this was Klonoa 3. : (

After the sales of Klonoa Wii we're never getting Klonoa 3.
bridegur
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(07-15-2012, 01:09 AM)
Man, I thought this was for a game. This series would be perfect on the 3DS.
CriterionDog
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(07-15-2012, 01:10 AM)
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Originally Posted by Takao

After the sales of Klonoa Wii we're never getting Klonoa 3.

I was actually thinking of that earlier. I bought that. How much did it sell?
Nocturnowl
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(07-15-2012, 01:11 AM)
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Well this was disappointing to say the least, oh I should've remembered that Namco have been doing this comic thing recently for their franchises but nooooo I just had to assume it could possibly be a new game.
Still it's nice to see some sort of Klonoa something at least.
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(07-15-2012, 01:13 AM)
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Originally Posted by CriterionDog

I was actually thinking of that earlier. I bought that. How much did it sell?

Originally Posted by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klonoa:_Door_to_Phantomile#Wii

The game was a commercial failure, selling 5,800 copies in its first week, and peaking at #62 in "Games" on Amazon.co.jp's hourly sales ranking.

Ouch! LTD sales can't be all that great, I guess :/
Murrah
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(07-15-2012, 01:14 AM)
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So Klonoa being Namco's rep in smash is still my last chance for new Klonoa game then
Stealth20k
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(07-15-2012, 01:15 AM)
who do I sue for this trasvesty?
GhaleonQ
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(07-15-2012, 01:22 AM)
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Which Namco property can we bait forum posters with next? I hope it's Rompers!
Tagg9
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(07-15-2012, 01:23 AM)
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At least Namco is keeping the franchise alive. Might mean there is still hope for another entry in the series.
Stealth20k
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(07-15-2012, 01:25 AM)

Originally Posted by GhaleonQ

Which Namco property can we bait forum posters with next? I hope it's Rompers!

BRAND NEW .HACK RPG.................based manga
Ra1den
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(07-15-2012, 01:30 AM)
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Thought this was a game. Damn
Dartastic
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(07-15-2012, 01:36 AM)
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Originally Posted by El Sloth

Fuck this thread

I got all hyped up about a new Klonoa for nothing

Yep.
Shard
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(07-15-2012, 01:40 AM)
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Well, those are my hopes and dreams dashed for the day.
Kagari
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(07-15-2012, 02:00 AM)
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Shame on you, Takao.
Takao
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(07-15-2012, 02:00 AM)
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Originally Posted by Stealth20k

who do I sue for this trasvesty?

Namco Bandai
Takao
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(07-15-2012, 03:48 AM)
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Gilby
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(07-15-2012, 04:07 AM)
This reminds me, there's a copy of Klonoa (wii) for $10 in a bargain bin nearby I was thinking of getting, what are these games like?
JDSN
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(07-15-2012, 04:08 AM)
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Fuck this, move it to the OT.
dallow_bg
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(07-15-2012, 04:24 AM)
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Originally Posted by Gilby

This reminds me, there's a copy of Klonoa (wii) for $10 in a bargain bin nearby I was thinking of getting, what are these games like?

Buy it. Excellent sidescrolling platformer.
Takao
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(07-15-2012, 10:36 AM)
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Originally Posted by Gilby

This reminds me, there's a copy of Klonoa (wii) for $10 in a bargain bin nearby I was thinking of getting, what are these games like?

Really nice 2.5D platformer. Buy it. It's one of my favourite Wii games. Though I think the free coupon for a Taco at Wahoos has expired.

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