Anime/Manga/Game Industry Celebrates April Fool's Day 2017 - Part I
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 2017's best anime-related April Fool's pranks.
The idols of Soliel get shrunk.
Arc System WorksThe makers of BlazBlue and Guilty Gear franchises opened a website for its characters' next endeavor: an idol group. The characters formed three teams: Animal (Leo Whitefang, Potemkin), Rock (Iron Tager, Arakune, Kum Hyaehun), and Cute (Bang Shishigami, Misuzu). [Link]
Brave King GaoGaiGarPlenty of staff members got in on this joke. Animation director Yoshitomo Yonetani, Rascal the Raccoon, Bandai Candy, Sunrise, and Nippon Animation introduced the "sequel" to "Sentaku-Oh Gaoaraiger," the OVA "Sentaku-Oh GaoaRaiGar FINAL." Both are a play on Brave King GaoGaiGar, but in this case it translates to "Laundry King GaoaRaiGar." The ridiculous combining mecha cleans up enemies overwhelmed by laundry. Bandai Candy even has a detailed blog post about the tie-in toy line. [Link, Link 2]
Bungo Stray DogsThe supernatural anime starring reimagined real-world authors is changed to a high school setting again this year. [Link]
CarddassThe card-game maker announced "Life-Size Booster Packs" with cards that are 1:1-scale of the robots they depict on the front. That will make for a challenging match, for sure. [Link]
Dragon Ball SuperGoku and crew are reimagined as salarymen. In the midst of a economic depression on such a large scale that it is said to happen once in 100 years, Goku decides to get a job. In the midst of in-fighting Goku struggles for success and to achieve an enjoyable social life. The website his hosting three voice-drama episodes and a wallpaper. [Link]
Fate/Grand OrderThe game decides to try out Pokemon Go with "F/GO Guten Tag Omen" [Link]
Good Smile CompanyThe figuremaker's website has gone feline as "Cat Smile Company". Plenty of cats are scheduled for release in the coming months. [Link]
Is the order a rabbit??This year's reinvention is "Chimame Chronicle," an RPG take on the characters. [Link]
King of Prism Pretty RhythmThe male idol anime wants to help you get six-pack abs with "Alexander EX" protein powder. The website shows the fantastic effects it had on its idols. [Link]
Love Live! SunshineThe girls finally get a live-action film. In this case, the entire cast is puppets, though. That counts, right?
Love Tyrant voice actress Yoshino Aoyama is taking over Animate Times as its editor-in-chief for one day only.
Lu over the wallMasaaki Yuasa's Lu over the wall anime film is taken over by actor Lou Ohshiba.
Magic-kyun RenaissanceTakuya Eguchi doodles new characters for the Magic-Kyun Renaissance game. [Link]
Max FactoryThe figuremaker introduced its "higma" line (a joke based on its popular "figma" line). The company will release its posable wooden bear figure "when it wakes up from hibernation". Good Smile Company is hosting a fake product page, too. Customers that pre-order the bear from the page will get a papercraft of the folklore hero Kintarō's red apron and broad axe. [Link]
Nitro+ CHiRALNitro+'s female-targeted brand announced a web series starring over 60 of its characters. But the art is a bit...unfortunate.
The company opened a site for "UFO catcher Neon," a crane game that assists with farming.
Shin GodzillaThe Shin Godzilla cellphone is all the rage. [Link]
The company announced a Final Fantasy XIV spin-off titled Tactics Alexander. The 16-bit style game mimics Tactics Ogre
Nitro+ mascot is becoming an Ultraman-esque superhero, "Ultrasonico."