The Klonoa Movie Has Been Cancelled

A couple of years back, we covered an upcoming anime movie adaptation of the Klonoa series. It was an interesting announcement, not least given the series hadn’t seen a new game since 2008’s Wii remake of the original. Could Klonoa really be getting an adaptation 8 years after it died? Would the character’s franchise really make its return on the silver screen?

Unfortunately, it turns out the answer is no. That’s because (as many likely expected), the Klonoa movie adaptation has now officially been cancelled. The news comes from Hitoshi Ariga, the manga creator who was originally responsible for the adaptation, who announced the sad news on Twitter a couple of days ago.

Here’s his message about the cancellation if you want to read it for yourself:

For those who can’t speak Japanese, it basically says he’s sorry the adaptation was cancelled, that Klonoa’s a great character and that he hopes the franchise will come back in future.

It’s disappointing we know. Still, look on the bright side. Namco haven’t completely forgotten about the series, and (as also community manager Rashed Nambro mentioned on Twitter), have said they want to bring the series back.

So there’s a chance it’ll come back at some point. Maybe in the form of a Nintendo Switch game a few years from now or so. It’s not dead at least.

But what do you think about it?

Are you disappointed to see this adaptation get canned? Would you have liked to see this series get revived in film form?

Or could the possibility of a new game at some point in the future be enough for it in your eyes?

Tell us what you think here in the comments or over on the Gaming Latest forums today!


Hitoshi Ariga: Klonoa Animated Film Project is Cancelled


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