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Anime, Manga, Game Creators Celebrate April Fool's Day: Part I

posted on by Egan Loo
Oreimo, Alchemist, Brothers Conflict, CLAMP, Railgun, Domino's, Dragon Quest, Earth Defense Force, Fate/Zero Café, more

It's April 1 in Japan, and the anime, manga, and software studios have been marking the occasion 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!


The mobile phone provider presents the zzzPhoneBed, the smartphone you can sleep on (with special appearance by Oreimo's Kirino).


The game developer presents the latest crop of spoofs.

Brothers Conflict

The official website for the upcoming anime changed into a bakery website, while the official website for the manga changed the entire premise of the story by changing the title to "Sisters Conflict".


Manga team Clamp made a help wanted poster for an April 1st & Co company featuring different characters from their manga who all have birthdays on April 1. Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura is the president of the company.

Via: Anime Sokuhō

A Certain Scientific Railgun

The official website for the Sakuraha Internet company has been turned into a collaboration site for a “Toaru Kagaku no Data Center” anime. The image features Sakuraha Internet's official mascot Ai Sakuraha. A novel with illustrations featuring the Railgun characters and Ai is also available on the website.

Via: Anime Sokuhō

Domino's Japan

Domino's Pizza Japan posted an ad for a "Pizza Can" product. Each can contains a single slice of the pizza chain's pizza.

Thanks to Tanteikingdomkey for the tip!

Dragon Quest

Dragon Quest 10's live camera showed a field filled with King Metal slime monsters. However, when players reached the area that was being filmed, it was only a sign with a picture of King Metals.

Via: 0takomu

Earth Defense Force

The official website for the video game teased their upcoming Earth Defense 4 game with a multiple choice question video: Do you have the balls, or not? The former leads to a trailer for the game, while the latter leads to a video with narration by an effeminate man.

Fate/Zero Café

The official website for the Fate/Zero Café posted an image and video of a "Fate/Zero Café: Assassin Strikes Back" event.

Via: Anime Sokuhō

Kaori Fukuhara & Emiri Katō

Both of the Lucky Star voice actresses wrote on their Twitter accounts that they had gotten married.
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).

This article has a follow-up: Anime, Manga, Game Creators Celebrate April Fool's Day: Part II (2013-04-01 13:05)
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