So this news came out over the weekend, with Kotaku reporting it on Saturday, but I don’t care because the news is so damn exciting. The video game series Klonoa is getting an anime adaptation.
The film is being developed by Henshin, Inc, founded by Rob Pereyda in 2014 who previously worked at Namco Bandai, the publisher of the Klonoa series. According to a media release sent to Kotaku, the film will be based on Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, the first game in the franchise and one of my all time favourite Playstation 1 games.
“Klonoa is a late 90s video game icon, representing that special sense of hope and adventure we all collectively once had,” Pereyda said in the release. “We are honoured to be entrusted by Bandai Namco with this franchise, and will work hard to do justice to the characters.”
Henshin, Inc’s website also features this piece of artwork from the adaptation:
Klonoa: Door to Phantomile tells a surprisingly dark tale of a long-eared cat named Klonoa who, along with his best friend Huepow the Wind Spirit, must stop the dark lord Ghardius from burying the world in a flood of nightmares and despair. To do so, they need to find the long lost Moon Kingdom and resurrect Lephise, a diva whose Song of Rebirth has the power to undo the damage Ghardius has wrought.
Yes it sounds silly and childish, but like a good Pixar film it packs some pretty brutal punches within its age appropriate storytelling. It’s a lot of fun, but goddamn it gets bleak.
No release window has been announced for the film, but I’ll certainly be keeping an eye out. Hopefully our feelings will be ready by the time it rolls around…