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2016 April Fools' Day Collection

by arsonal
Apr 2, 2016 5:22 AM | 54 Comments
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.

Anime

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.


Cardfight!! Vanguard G: GIRS Crisis-hen
An official fan club was announced for the Cardfight!! Vanguard G: GIRS Crisis-hen fictional idol unit Rummy Labyrinth, whose characters are voiced by Haruka Kudou and Aimi Terakawa.


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.


Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri 2nd Season
The official website of the second season of Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri announced a spin-off work titled Mahou Shoujo Ai Senshi Rory: Isekai Shoukan-hen. It would tell the story of Rory Mercury before the events of Gate.


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.


Haifuri
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.


Hanayamata
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.


Kiznaiver
The official website of the Spring 2016 anime Kiznaiver unveiled a key visual in the style of Trigger's other work, Uchuu Patrol Luluco.


Mayoiga
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.


New Game!
The official website of the Summer 2016 anime New Game! announced that the series story would use a fantasy game setting.


Noragami Aragoto
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.


Osomatsu-san
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.


Sansha Sanyou
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.


Working!!!
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.



Other

August
Visual novel developer August announced an anime production titled August Game The Animation: The Girls Creating Game Software for television broadcast in August 2016.


Company☆Girls
The official website of the browser RPG game Company☆Girls announced a TV anime production.


Good Smile Company
Character figure producer Good Smile Company announced its next generation line of character figures, the Nendrone.


Love Live! School Idol Festival
The mobile rhythm game Love Live! School Idol Festival replaced sounds in the game with the bleating of alpacas.


Otonokizaka High School
An official website was opened for the fictional Otonokizaka High School, the setting of Love Live! School Idol Project.


Shin Godzilla
The official website of the upcoming film Shin Godzilla, which is co-directed by Hideaki Anno, announced a collaboration with Neon Genesis Evangelion.


Source: Animate.tv, Dengeki Online, Gigazine

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20 of 54 Comments Recent Comments

I know i'm late to the party but i wouldn't mind if a few of those were real lol.

Apr 7, 2016 10:23 AM by Rikku

I'd love to see Shouwa Genroku Sakamoto Shinjuu tho

Apr 6, 2016 4:59 AM by HikiMaru

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso and Working are the best for me!!
Also shame magical Rory is just a dream xD

Apr 5, 2016 12:48 AM by Ray_Light

They look really funny the false notices. My favourite was one involving with Sakamoto desu ga and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Apr 4, 2016 7:19 PM by minimiau

Hey, why the heck I remain quoted here, if at none here my text quoted see can - I did even several times Mark All as Read used, but nevertheless I get the quote-notification here...>_>

Apr 4, 2016 12:40 PM by Tenryuu1

Studio DEEN mega crossover pls.

Apr 4, 2016 12:10 PM by KaoruMatsuoka

A shame the Rory spin-off isn't real.

Apr 4, 2016 10:02 AM by Sury

No Creamy Kagarin? :(



The little pic with all of Key pets was also super-adorable <3

Apr 4, 2016 2:34 AM by Kitsu-nee

Gakuen Bungou Stray Dogs? (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ ♥ *fangirl squeal*

"Shouwa Genroku Sakamoto Shinjuu and Kikuhiko desu ga"
They're really advertising Sakamoto desu ga? aren't they :D

Apr 4, 2016 2:03 AM by Thug_Gou

Would love to watch Shouwa Genroku Sakamoto Shinjuu and Kikuhiko desu ga?

Apr 3, 2016 2:47 PM by Orange

Did rory just say Emloy Essaim? hahaha sounds like she combined emloy with her phrase from shigatsu kim

Apr 3, 2016 3:54 AM by Marathotaku

Definitely would have loved that Rory spin-off to be real. Plenty of other good ones, but IMHO, nothing beats Nisekoimonogatari from Shaft last year.

Apr 3, 2016 2:04 AM by Gsimp

Working of the Dead x,DD
Imagine Sakamoto doing rakugo. It'd be the most popular form of art these days all over the world.
And adult Matsu guys in their kids' setting would be very fun as well!

Apr 3, 2016 1:55 AM by me_here_me_there

I wish New Game was a Video Game Fantasy Anime like SAO Instead of a Cute Girls Doing Cute things Anime tho :(

Apr 3, 2016 1:48 AM by AdrielAnimeBro

I know yesterday Daru from Steins;Gate hacked Anonymous;Code's website with all of his information all over the website, but seems like Anonymous;Code were able to revert it back to normal.

Ah well, it's a good april fools day. I was hoping that KonoSuba would do one, since they are a comedy series. But meh, they didn't do anything.

Although I'm liking the Mahou Shoujo Rory! Kyubey will probably not approve though lol.

Apr 2, 2016 11:08 PM by DarklordVor

That's a huge list! Those Japanese big liars... lol

Apr 2, 2016 7:34 PM by Frezlaj

puraragi said:
Strattton said:

In this case yes but in the real world big companies don't always treat it that way


Wow, is that so? So much that Google releases at least 2 of their "h1lari0us" april fools jokes, so much that just this year Samsung announced their "new" block phone line. "Real world big companies" are the most likely to actually do April Fools jokes, and the fact that you don't consider anime companies real world companies amuses me.


Because film production companies pale in comparison to "Tech" companies. The fact that you left out the word "big" amuses me. Thanks for trying to twist my words though. And please send me a link to buy one of these said products.

Apr 2, 2016 4:08 PM by Strattton

Strattton said:
puraragi said:

I don't see the problem, they hardly get anything from it other than advertisement, and most of the time it's directed at the fans anyway. It's nice to have some healthy competition once in a while, and the results were fun so who cares.

In this case yes but in the real world big companies don't always treat it that way


Wow, is that so? So much that Google releases at least 2 of their "h1lari0us" april fools jokes, so much that just this year Samsung announced their "new" block phone line. "Real world big companies" are the most likely to actually do April Fools jokes, and the fact that you don't consider anime companies real world companies amuses me.

Apr 2, 2016 3:21 PM by puraragi

puraragi said:
Strattton said:

They don't do it for fun. They treat it as a competition; to show off how big their piggy bank is.

I don't see the problem, they hardly get anything from it other than advertisement, and most of the time it's directed at the fans anyway. It's nice to have some healthy competition once in a while, and the results were fun so who cares.

In this case yes but in the real world big companies don't always treat it that way

Apr 2, 2016 2:52 PM by Strattton

Strattton said:
puraragi said:


FUN = NOT ALLOWED!

They don't do it for fun. They treat it as a competition; to show off how big their piggy bank is.

I don't see the problem, they hardly get anything from it other than advertisement, and most of the time it's directed at the fans anyway. It's nice to have some healthy competition once in a while, and the results were fun so who cares.

Apr 2, 2016 2:48 PM by puraragi