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
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Cheeky ParadeThe girl group changes its name to "Chicken Party."
Digimon Adventure tri.Looks like the next Digimon Adventure tri. movie will feature Sukamon and Etemon... hardly the most glamorous of 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.
GATEAs Rory's reward for topping the character popularity poll, she will star in her own magical girl spinoff anime, Mahō 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.)
Is the order a rabbit?Syaro reveals a new side to herself, the phantom thief Lapin, in the upcoming anime series of the same name.
Kaiketsu ZororiAfter 30 years, the famous children's book/manga/anime series Kaiketsu Zorori will finally get a live-action version.
★もうすぐ30周年にむけ「かいけつゾロリ」が遂に実写化![2016.04.01解禁] pic.twitter.com/s9U5Fx4Mnl— かいけつゾロリ ポプラ社公式 (@zororizz) March 31, 2016
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.
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
Mr. OsomatsuFate fans get another treat today: Saber, and the Fate universe in general, has taken over Mr. Osomatsu's website! The show is now called Saber-san ("Mrs. Saber").The site also contains links to Puella Magi Kiritsugu Magica, EiColle (eiyū means "hero"), and Katatsuki Ranbu (Katatsuki is another name for Type-Moon).
NitroplusThe visual novel developer announces a new anime, Tokyo-Live!, to premiere in April 2199, and posts a bizarre opening theme and video.
OrdetThe studio's latest project, Ai-chan Master Happy Live, puts a marine spin on the old idol theme.
Sansha SanyōThe character Sakura will star in her own anime spin-off, Lovely Idol Sakura.
Selector Infected WixossThe website for the Wixoss trading card game reposts a 2015 "teaser movie" for the live-action Selector Infected Wixoss film, which "earned negative box-office receipts for the first time in cinematic history."
Show By Rock!!The official website announces an upcoming movie, Mahō Shōjo Plasmagica ("Magical Girl Plasmagica"), in which the cast opts for the magical girl route in favor of the idol life. The premiere is set for "the 69th day of the 69th month," and advance ticket customers may receive Shian's ribbon as a gift.