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Klonoa coming back as a full-length anime

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Bandai Namco’s furry mascot returns

Klonoa anime Hitoshi Ariga/Henshin

Henshin, a U.S.-based media company that produces cartoons and comics, is developing a feature-length animated film based on Namco Bandai’s Klonoa, the studio announced this week.

Variety reports that the Klonoa feature will be produced by Henshin founder Rob Pereyda, with artist Hitoshi Ariga writing the script and co-producing.

Pereyda was previously at Bandai Namco’s ShiftyLook, which produced webcomics, animation shorts and video games based on the publisher’s characters, including Dig Dug, Mappy and Klonoa. Ariga is a illustrator and character designer who helped design a number of Pokémon and drew various Mega Man manga series. Ariga also illustrated Klonoa: Dream Traveler of Noctis Sol, a webcomic for ShiftyLook.

Klonoa debuted in 1997’s Klonoa: Door to Phantomile for PlayStation. The character went on to star in a sequel, Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil for PlayStation 2, and a handful of spinoffs for Game Boy Advance and WonderSwan.

Henshin did not provide a release date for its Klonoa animated feature.