Anime/Manga/Game Industry Celebrates April Fool's Day 2016
posted on by Eric Stimson
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 2016's best anime-related April Fool's pranks.
Work in progress.— ブレイブリーセカンド (@BDFF_OFFICIAL) March 31, 2016
Don't miss it! pic.twitter.com/4D9hPSFN19
Cheeky ParadeThe girl group changes its name to "Chicken Party."
Digimon's many characters.
Fate/Grand OrderFans of the webcomic Fate/Grand Order will appreciate the official website's April Fool's prank, which replaces the character artwork in the game with RiyO's chibi art style.
FigsokuThe figure blog posts a Girls und Panzer parody, Namahage und Panzer, featuring the scary ogres of Akita Prefecture in tanks.
Shōjo Ai Senshi Rory ("Magical Girl Love Warrior Rory").
Girlfriend NoteThe intimidating headmaster announces that he wants to join the contest.
Godzilla ResurgenceA new visual at the official website shows the fearsome monster taking on an Eva unit. (Hideaki Anno, Neon Genesis Evangelion's director, will co-direct Godzilla Resurgence.)
Magic of StellaThe manga about high school girls making dōjinshi will now be a magical girl story, as one might expect from the title. A "deadline-abiding action" game is also in the works.
まんがタイムきらら編集部 (@mangatimekirara) March 31, 2016
MegaHobby StationThis is MegaHobby's new mascot. She's been filling their Twitter account with bragging tweets.
こんにちは!メガ美です!これからメガハウスの看板娘として頑張っていくゾ~ pic.twitter.com/WQiYAhHqwo— メガハウス メガ美 (@mega_hobby_PR) March 31, 2016
site also contains links to Puella Magi Kiritsugu Magica, EiColle (eiyū means "hero"), and Katatsuki Ranbu (Katatsuki is another name for Type-Moon).
Sansha SanyōThe character Sakura will star in her own anime spin-off, Lovely Idol Sakura.