Manga author Hitoshi Ariga apologizes to fans
Back in October of last year, an anime film adaptation was revealed for Bandai Namco's Klonoa series of platforming games. US-based studio Henshin, Inc. was involved with the production, with Rob Pereyda producing, but unfortunately the project has since been canceled.
The cancelation announcement came from manga author Hitoshi Ariga, who previously worked on titles like Mega Man Megamix, Mega Man Gigamix, the Big O manga, and character designs for Pokémon. He was on board to co-produce, write the script, and design the characters for the movie, and he also handled the art for ShiftyLook's webcomic, Klonoa: Dream Traveler of Noctis Sol.
Ariga apologized to fans and thanked them for their encouragement and support, expressing hope for a new Klonoa adventure sometime in the future.
Henshin founder Rob Pereyda confirmed with Anime News Network that his company was no longer working on the movie.
Other than the 2012-2014 ShiftyLook webcomic, there hasn't been much in the way of new Klonoa media since 2008's Wii remake of the original 1997 PSone entry, Klonoa: Door to Phantomile. Like Ariga, we wish the character a bright and busy future!
Here's another look at Hitoshi Ariga's recent Klonoa illustration: