Shiftylook (lost Bandai Namco Website; 2012-2014)


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Shiftylook (website)
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Status Lost

In 2012, Bandai Namco created a website called Shiftylook, aiming to revive old and forgotten franchises in the form of web projects – starting out with comics and then eventually games and webtoons. In early 2014, it was announced that the site and things related to it were going to be taken down due to Bandai Namco succeeding in their mission of making a character popular enough to be revived outside of the site – in this case, Wonder Momo.

Later that year, the site was taken down and, along with it, the webcomics, the visual novel Namco High and a mobile Bravoman game based on the comics. The site's YouTube channel was up until 2016, but eventually that was also taken down, leading the webtoons to have the same fate as the rest of the site.

Despite the site's closure, three books – one based on Bravoman,[1] one based on Wonder Momo[2] and one based on Katamari[3] – are still available for purchase and contain the first dozen comics from their respective titles. Additionally, a reupload of Namco High is currently available here. The remaining material – which includes 3 webtoons, one mobile game and many comics – is still to be found.

Missing Material

  • Bravoman (comic, webtoon, mobile game)
  • Wonder Momo (comic, webtoon)
  • Sky Kid (comic)
  • Tower Of Babel (comic)
  • Rocket Fox (comic)
  • Legend Of Valkyrie (comic)
  • Alien Confidential (comic)
  • Mappy (webtoon) Found Here
  • Galaga (comic)
  • Dig Dug (collaboration web comic project)
  • Xevious (comic)
  • Golly! Ghost! (comic)
  • Wagan Land (comic)
  • Katamari (comic)
  • Dragon Spirit (comic)
  • Klonoa: Dream Travel of Notctis Sol (comic)
  • Rapid Thunder (comic)
  • Dirk Davies (comic)
  • Scar (comic)

All content can be downloaded here

References

  1. Amazon listing of Bravoman Volume 1
  2. Amazon listing of Wonder Momo: Battle Idol Volume 1
  3. Amazon listing of Katamari Volume 1

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

14 months ago
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Mappy tried his best to be popular, but that one year ended that web-serie making productions to go down causing Mappy to lose popularity. Sad, also people been making rumors that Mappy has a movie titled: Mappy: The Movie in the Mappy Wiki, even though Shiftylook is gone.
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DigitalDiamalra

11 months ago
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That was me, the anon who commented.
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Anonymous user #2

13 months ago
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the mappy episodes are avaible in scattered reuploads around yt i think
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Warchiver

12 months ago
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I uploaded the comic and webtoons here https://www....z/ShiftyLook
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Anonymous user #3

10 months ago
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Fuck, I loved this. Shame it's gone. Maybe they'll be released but I loved Klonoa, Galaga, Bravoman, and Rocket Fox. However, I think Bravoman is still on their YouTube channel. It was excellent
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Anonymous user #4

10 months ago
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Help Mappy make a movie.
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DigitalDiamalra

6 months ago
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I believe you're the same anon on Wikia who kept vandalizing the Mappy Wiki spreading false information about Mappy having a movie.
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Anonymous user #5

9 months ago
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I recall there being a tumblr post floating around that had a screenshot of Namco High with, of all things, a Homestuck character in it. I think it was Jane.
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Aceyyy

8 months ago
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Yup, Andrew Hussie was heavily involved in the making of Namco High. Three Homestuck characters were indeed featured in one version of the game--Jane, Terezi, and Davesprite.

(What's really funny about all that, IMO, is that Namco High is pretty much completely G-rated; specifically, there's no foul language, which makes Davesprite's dialogue in particular feel pretty bizarre despite having been written by Hussie himself.)

More on-topic, it really is a shame about Shiftylook itself. :( I didn't read all the comics on there, but I remember thoroughly enjoying the ones I did read, and Namco High was just plain fun.
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Aceyyy

8 months ago
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I might be misremembering, but the Galaga comic was written by Ryan North, correct? Because I could ask him about that one, at the very least.

Shame it's missing...I remember it being really good.
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Anonymous user #6

7 months ago
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I saw this in 2014 when I was 10! I could show you a few Bravoman episodes that were thought to be lost!
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Anonymous user #4

6 months ago
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Director Toru Iwatani will put the scenes in order from 1ST to last.
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MSoldier

6 months ago
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I personally think that the real reason why Shiftylook was taken down was due to the 'Flop' of the Wonder Momo anime series in Japan. (Yes. Wonder Momo was also uploaded in Japan on Niconico.) It's sad that Mr Hitoshi Ariga didn't had a chance to finish hos new Klonoa manga.
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Anonymous user #7

5 months ago
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is galga dead?
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Anonymous user #8

7 days ago
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Hey, guys, original article writer here, thanks for cleaning up my mess, ha ha! There is actually a bit more missing Shifty stuff out there. Wonder Momo had a game too that came after the site closed down, this game and the anime were supposedly the reason things stopped in the first place, got taken down a year later, wow. Namco High had this ridiculous preorder camping for a game that is mostly clicking boxes(I love it though), among them is if you pay more than 100 bucks, you'll get a Namco High school jacket, I can't seem to find any images of it though

And last but not least, there used to be shirts hosted by We Love Fine, can't seem to much images of them, but there is one specifically eluding me is a one with Meowkie, my favorite character of all time with full art and the words "HALL MONTIOR" in a big bold font, best of luck! ... Well, hope you have better luck than me
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