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Anime/Manga/Game Industry Celebrates April Fool's Day 2018 - Part I

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It's that time of the year again: the cherry blossoms fall, and the April Fool's pranks fly (on Easter, no less). Japan's anime, manga and video game industries are fun-loving enough to participate in this tradition every year. Here are 2018's best anime-related April Fool's pranks.


Animate marks its 10,000th anniversary with the 2D idol anime project Kimi no Koe de Hajimaru Mirai (The Future That Begins With Your Voice or Kimirai), streaming simultaneously in 100 countries [Link]


Production on a DARLING in the FRANXX film trilogy green-lit for Spring 20018 [Link]

Detective Conan

Official app has been hijacked by "The Criminal" [Link]

Detective Conan: Zero's Executioner

Access to the official website on personal computers has been restricted. People can only enter if they type in the correct three-digit combination number, using the clues provided. [Link]

Dragon Ball Super x Precure Super Stars!

"Which one is truly super!!" Dragon Ball Super x Precure Super Stars! The Movie: Son Goku vs. Cure Yell crossover movie opening April 1, 2019 [Link]

Final Fantasy

Magnai Fantasy

Fif Team [Link]

"A new FFBE born from fantasy of today."

[Via Link]

Good Smile Company

Introducing the Good Smile Park line with Nendoroid Hedgehog, Owl, Cat, Penguin, and more [Link]


The Kaerre's Big Adventure movie relaunches and starts filming. Opening worldwide in 2018, directed by/written by/composed by/starring Kaerre [Link]

Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san

The anime goes back to elementary school for a prequel, Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-chan [Link]

Kit Kat

New flavor: Kit Kat Okonomiyaki — but written in English as "'Kit Kat' Tempura", and the mixup means it's also written as "Sushi-flavored" and "Kit Kat Ramen" [Link]

Let It Die

"Do you think you're up to the challenge of being my #1 senpai?" [Link via Gematsu]

Mashin Eiyūden Wataru

Live-action adaptation green-lit [Link]

Magical Girl Site

The anime's promotional video, but with Ryūsei Nakao (voice of Magical Girl Site's Nana, also Frieza in Dragon Ball Z) singing the opening theme song instead of IRIS

Samurai Troopers x Rascal the Raccoon

Samurai Troopers marks its 30th anniversary with a crossover rhythm game app Araiden Samurai Rascaloopers [Link (link 2)]

Thunderbolt Fantasy x Touken Ranbu


Today's Menu for Emiya Family

"___" finally gets his own anime [Link]

Uta no Prince-sama

The Shining Quest role-playing game [Link]

Update: Kit Kat's URL fixed. Thanks, TD912

This article has a follow-up: Anime/Manga/Game Industry Celebrates April Fool's Day 2018 - Part II (2018-04-01 22:11)
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