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Suda 51 and Tokyo Jungle dev collaborate on sidescrolling madness

Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day is getting an English language release.

Enigmatic Japanese developer Suda 51 (of Killer 7 and No More Heroes fame) has teamed up with Tokyo Jungle developer Crispy's Inc and Akira director Katsuhiro Otomo to make the absolutely bonkers PS3-exclusive 2D sidescroller Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day.

The game is loosely tied to a film entitled Short Peace, which came out last summer in Japan. Short Peace was actually an anthology of four short films, each helmed by different directors, with Otomo handling a short called Combustible. Longest Day is marketed as the "fifth piece," a standalone venture that merely joins the film anthology thematically. It will follow the exploits of the titular Ranko Tsukigime, a high school student by day and assassin by night. Otomo oversaw the entire project and collaborated with the eccentric game developers on this peculiar vision.

And what a vision it is! Based on publisher Namco Bandai's latest trailer, it's got a colossal pomeranian, Akira's motorbike, violin crossbows, and a man who bleeds ribbon-inscribed wooden blocks.

Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day has been announced for a US release, though not a European one. The PS3 is region-free, however, so craftier fans should be able to find a way to access this English language version in the event that it doesn't reach European shores.

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