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

posted on by Egan Loo
Gangan, WataMote, Gintama, Girls und Panzer, Google Maps, Granzella, Gundam, Gyrozetter, Hitomi Harada, Good Smile, High School DxD

April 1 just ended 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!

Gangan Magazine & Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui!

Square Enix's Gangan magazine posted a number of fake announcement images, including one that reveals a live-action movie adaptation of the Daily Lives of High School Boys manga and anime. Another image announces an "imaginary boyfriend/girlfriend" present to "readers who aren't popular", and tells them that how they use the imaginary boyfriend/girlfriend is up to them.

In addition, an interactive screen with a Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui! anime theme hijacked the magazine's front page, with the heroine asking "Are you popular?"The buttons on the visual novel-styled page each have a comedic message from her in Japanese, such as "You can't save in life," and "Do you want to remember your trauma [by loading]? Let's not, OK?"


The official website for the Gintama movie posted an image of the main heroes doing the Kamehameha pose from Dragon Ball.

Girls und Panzer

The Girls und Panzer website posted a scenario for a dating sim based off of the anime, with a heroine "like a tank."

Google Maps

Google Maps revealed a "Treasure Hunt" feature on their maps. The notes of the feature say "Beware of pirates!" and "Search through 20 different hand-drawn maps!"

Via: Hachima Kikō


Game publisher Granzella posted a fake GNN newspaper.

Via: My Game News Flash


The official website for Gundam announced a Gundam statue at the Diver City in Tokyo.


Square Enix announced a collaboration between Gyrozetter and Subaru, with the collaboration car costing 34,800,000 yen (about US$371,121)

Hitomi Harada

Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts voice actress and singer Hitomi Harada wrote on her Twitter that she had grown two extra breasts.

Good Smile

Figure maker Good Smile revealed a cherry blossom-themed Hatsune Miku dayō Nendoroid figure.

High School DxD

The official website for the High School DxD anime posted an image of a highschool love comedy parody of the show.

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

This article has a follow-up: Anime, Manga, Game Creators Celebrate April Fool's Day: Part III (2013-04-01 21:00)
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