Interest: Japan's Anime, Manga, Game Creators Celebrate April Fool's Day: Part I II
posted on 2012-04-03 23:10 EDT
The anime, manga, and software creators celebrated April 1 on Sunday with a slew of April Fool's spoofs and jokes. Here are some of those that have cropped up this year — click on the thumbnail images to see the original!
Voice actor Ryohei Kimura announced AKB84, a new entertainment group of six voice actors and voice actresses who were all born in 1984: Kenji Akabane, Marina Inoue, Yuuki Ono, Kimura himself, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, and Yoshino Nanjou. (The AKB is short for A-Ka-Bane.) Inoue and Ono vowed to do their best in this new singing/acting unit, and Inoue revealed the real secret behind the group just after midnight.
Marvelous AQL announced that the Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita anime has been cancelled.
announcing that select titles will be available worldwide, the manga-reading website revealed the next step: it's going intergalactic.
Konami's LovePlus game franchise. The dating simulation features habu, a poisonous breed of snake found on Okinawa.
CAPCOM's Mega Man/Rockman games — Roll, Mayl, and Luna — are forming their own idol unit to celebrate the franchise's 25th anniversary. Their debut CD has the songs "Kimi no Heart o Transmission" (Transmitting Your Heart") and "Copy wa I.H.O!"
Thanks to TitanXL for the tip!
Miracle TrainMiracle Train, the franchise that anthropomorphizes Japanese train stations into handsome male characters, announced a new series for Tokyo's creaking old street cars. The Toden Arakawa Line's Waseda and Sugamo Shinden stations are now the "old men" (like Tiger & Bunny's cast) Shigenobu Waseda and Shinden Sugamo.
There are many more anime/manga/game April Fool's Day celebrations out there, so if you know of one we've missed, feel free to let us know in our forums or by email (newsroom at animenewsnetwork.com).
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