Anime/Manga/Game Industry Celebrates April Fool's Day 2016 Part II
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
It's that time of the year again: the cherry blossoms fall, and the April Fool's pranks fly. Japan's anime, manga and video game industries are fun-loving enough to participate in this tradition every year. Here are more of 2016's best anime-related April Fool's pranks.
AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across the BlueThe anime is now NEKOKANA: Four Rhythm Across the Cat.
Bungo Stray DogsThe supernatural anime starring reimagined real-world authors is changed to a high school setting.
CapcomThe Capcom Sound Team demonstrates how sound effects are made in its Foley Stage.
Ensemble Girls!Natsumi from the trading card mobile game is much, much taller than usual in the upcoming film adaptation.
Garo: Divine FlameThe upcoming film has new, much more sophisticated main art.
Hai-FuriA tongue-in-cheek newspaper mock-up solicits a "severe warning" from the Japanese Coast Guard. The paper reports that the 15-year-old anime protagonist was caught riding without a life vest.
Hatsune MikuThe Vocaloid idol is planning her next tour: in space. She'll tour all the planets in the solar system in 2039. Crypton Media also announced a Vocaloid version of Hiroyuki Itō, Hatsune Miku's "father." The website goes so far as discussing the tour's merchandise which include light sabers pen lights, oxygen tanks, Miku helmets, and space suits. Visitors can listen to the galaxy tour's theme song on the official website.
Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto x Showa Genroku Rakugo ShinjuSakamoto pokes fun at Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju in new key visuals on both websites.
The [email protected] Cinderella GirlsThe mobile card game was turned into an adventure game.
Joker GameVisitors can put in the password "D" to see an 8-bit version of the anime.
KeyThe visual novel developer announces Mahō no Daisan Wakusei Creamy Kagarin, the story of "the most unmotivated magical girl of all time." Their website also includes fake links to Masato Ikari no Death Muscle ("Masato: Death Muscle of Fury") and Chibimoth no Tokimeki Kakurenbo ("Chibimoth's Heart-Pounding Hide-and-Seek").
KING OF PRISM by Pretty RhythmThe male idols are made over into princesses.
NISThe gaming company announced its Cooking Fighter game. The game was the subject of last year's April Fool's joke.
OzmafiaThe otome game Ozmafia becomes Ozmafi-ya. This version is a "fairy tale x mafia x Kansai x otome adventure."
RejetThe otome game company announced "Rejestic Brothers." The video shows characters from the game's other properties, like Dance with Devils and Diabolik Lovers. The story stars a girl who wakes up in an unknown world filled with Rejet characters, but one is her brother.
Sgt. FrogThe official website is offering a "Planet Keron Drink."
Super SonicoThe Nitro+ mascot turns 10...months old. The website updated with images of Sonico breastfeeding, a new wallpaper, and with a birth certificate. Dengeki Online posted an article calling Sonico the "youngest gravure model" and that both a fanbook and figure are in the works.
Sword Art Online: Code RegisterThe mobile game is revamped as a romance adventure game.
Tenchi Muyo!The official website is announcing a live-action Pretty Sammy film.
TerraformarsThe upcoming sci-fi live-action film takes some inspiration from DC Comic's Batman vs Superman.
Theatrhythm: Final FantasyFor today only, the game is playable with Granblue Fantasy.
Wolf Girl & Black PrinceErika is now the "Black Princess" while Kyōya is the "Wolf Boy."
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