Each year, April Fools' Day gives a chance for creators in the anime, manga, and games industry to showcase their creativity. With the popularity of social media in recent years, many of these expressions of creativity become viral easily. We shared some of our favorites on our Twitter account, but we also want to share them with the rest of the community.
Bungou Stray Dogs
The official website of the Spring 2016 anime Bungou Stray Dogs announced that the story of the series would be changed into a youth school drama setting. The new key visual for the series announced the title Gakuen Bungou Stray Dogs.
Digimon Adventure tri. 3: Kokuhaku
The official website of Digimon Adventure tri. announced that the third installment of the movies would instead be titled Sukamon Adventure tri.: Nisemono. A poster featuring the virus-type Digimon Sukamon and Etemon was also unveiled. The true poster for the the third movie was released on Saturday.
Gakusen Toshi Asterisk 2nd Season
The official website of the second season of Gakusen Toshi Asterisk announced that zombies had invaded the academy city. Visitors of the website were able to play a mini shooting game to hunt down the zombies.
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka??
The official website of the Fall 2015 anime Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? unveiled designs for Kaitou Lapin (The Phantom Thief Lapin), a secret identity that series character Sharo Kirima takes up when not working part-time. Seiyuu Maaya Uchida also recorded a new voice segment.
The official website of the Spring 2016 anime Haifuri revealed that lead character Misake Akeno was caught riding a jet ski without wearing a life jacket. It posted a warning for viewers not engage in marine activities without a life jacket.
The official website of the Summer 2014 anime Hanayamata announced that Machi Tokiwa has become a yosakoi idol.
King of Prism by Pretty Rhythm
The official website of King of Prism by Pretty Rhythm announced the movie would be renamed King of Princess for the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release.
The official website of the Spring 2016 anime Kiznaiver unveiled a key visual in the style of Trigger's other work, Uchuu Patrol Luluco.
The official website of the Spring 2016 anime Mayoiga announced that Ika Musume, whose anime is also directed by Tsutomu Mizushima, would be joining the cast of the series.
The official website of the Summer 2016 anime New Game! announced that the series story would use a fantasy game setting.
The official website of the Fall 2015 anime Noragami Aragoto featured key visuals which play a pun on the series title using words ending with "-gami" or "-mi". Examples include hanikami (bashfulness), origami, megami (goddess), and Sagami.
The official website of the Fall 2015 anime Osomatsu-san announced that the characters of the series have been transported back into the 1980s for a new Osomatsu-kun project.
Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
The official website of the Spring 2016 anime Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu announced that the series title would be changed to Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Nekokissa Seikatsu (Re:Life in a cat cafe from zero).
Sakamoto desu ga?
The official website of the Spring 2016 anime Sakamoto desu ga? announced that the series would be renamed Shouwa Genroku Sakamoto Shinjuu.
The official website of the Spring 2016 anime Sansha Sanyou announced a spin-off anime titled Lovely Idol Sakura featuring one of the series characters, Sakura Usuda. At the same time, a segment of her debut single "ZOKKON☆Cherry Blossom" performed by Nao Natsuno was previewed.
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
The official Twitter account of the Fall 2014 anime Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso posted the message of its own title, which translates to "April is your lie."
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
The official website of the Winter 2016 anime Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu announced that the series would be renamed Kikuhiko desu ga? for the final episode, which aired on Saturday.
Show By Rock!!
The official website of the Spring 2015 anime Show By Rock!! announced the spin-off movie Mahou Shoujo Plasmagica.
Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge
The official website of Gangan Online featured a parody animation of Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge, showing lead character Tanaka running around rather than being lethargic as the title would suggest.
Tayutama: Kiss On My Deity
Visual novel developer Lump of Sugar announced an anime adaptation of its upcoming work Tayutama 2. The new work is a sequel of its 2008 visual novel, which was adapted into a TV anime in 2009.
Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki 4th Season
The official website of Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki 4th Season announced that the latest anime project had been canceled and replaced with a live-action adaptation of the series.
Uchuu Patrol Luluco
The official website of the Spring 2016 anime Uchuu Patrol Luluco unveiled a key visual in the style of Trigger's Kiznaiver.
The official website of the Summer 2015 anime Working!!! announced multiple new anime adaptations. One of the projects teased was a fourth anime season titled WWW.Working!, which was confirmed as a new TV anime on Saturday. Seiyuu Haruka Tomatsu and Ryou Hirohashi also recorded a special episode of the radio program Yamaking!! to announce the new anime.