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2020 April Fools' Day Collection

by ImperfectBlue
Apr 2, 2020 7:11 PM | 34 Comments
Each year, April Fools' Day gives a chance for creators in the anime, manga, and video game industries to showcase their creativity. With the popularity of social media in recent years, many of these expressions of creativity go viral. Below is a selection of this year's official April Fools' jokes released by the anime, manga, and related industries.


The official website for Spring 2020 anime BNA (Brand New Animal) released a new key visual. The anime will broadcast from April 9 in Japan.

Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Die Neue These
The official Twitter for the Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Die Neue These anime series announced a new spin-off with a key visual. The idol anime will feature characters from the series with the galaxy as their stage.

Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen
Less than a week before the premiere of the second season of the Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen (Ascendance of a Bookworm) TV anime, a spin-off series titled Komezuki no Gekokujou: Hakumai wo Taberu Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen (Ascendance of a Rice-Lover) was announced. It is scheduled to premiere in April 3020.

Kuroko no Basket
The official website for the Kuroko no Basket franchise revealed a teaser visual for the next installment in the anime series—Kuroko no Basket: RPG-Hen.

Love Live! Sunshine!!
The official Youtube channel for the Love Live! series released a preview of the next chapter for the Love Live! Sunshine!! idols. Aqours' CYaRon!, AZALEA, and Guilty Kiss have combined to form CYaZALEA☆Kiss.

The official Twitter account for the TV anime number24 announced a change in direction for the series. For the final two episodes of the season, the show will shift to a host club theme, bearing the new title Youkosou, Host Club number24 e (Welcome to Host Club number24)

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Kan
A new preview was released for the third season of Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru., but the voices don't seem to match up with the voice actors we're used to.

Yuru Camp△
The official Twitter account for the Yuru Camp△ anime announced a new entry in the series titled Aki Camp△. The program will star veteran voice actor Akio Ootsuka in a live-action role.

Zombieland Saga
A visual for the next chapter in the Zombieland Saga series, a new film titled Zombies Vs. Aliens, was released on the anime's official website. It is scheduled for a Summer 2020 release.


Azur Lane
Gameplay footage was released for the Baltimore route of Azu-kyun - Kimi no Koe, Takanaru Kodou, Koi no Oto, a new ADV school romance game in the Azur Lane multimedia franchise.

Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Death Note
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo creator Yoshio Sawai released his own take on chapter 18 of Death Note on Shounen Jump+ and the Jump Book Store. The parody—which was first included in Weekly Shounen Jump in 2004—features Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo's Don Patch and Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo as Light Yagami and Ryuk, respectively.

Fate/Grand Order
Type-Moon and FGO Project unveiled a new entry in the Fate/Grand Order series, Fate/Grand Order MyCraft Lostbelt. The augmented reality game was released on the iOS App Store and Google Play and will be available until April 5.

IT company NaisenCloud released a preview and music video (spoiler) for its first anime film, Revolutionary Telephone Naisen, on its official Twitter and Youtube accounts.

Shingeki no Kyojin TACTICS
The DeNA-produced and KAYAC-developed game Shingeki no Kyojin TACTICS is getting a spin-off titled Geki♥Kyojin to Koisuru TACTICS. The matchmaking game, which features titans who "love you so much that they want to eat you," will be released on April 1, 3030.

Tales of the Rays
The team behind Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tales of the Rays mobile game released gameplay footage of the series' first fighter, titled Tales of Vs. 2. It will be (was) released in an alternate timeline for Android and iOS devices on December 15, 1995—the same day Tales of Phantasia was released in the current timeline.

Tokyo Chronos
MyDearest, Inc. announced the official curry for the Tokyo Chronos VR game. The decadent curry, which features diced potatoes, was lovingly crafted by one of the game's protagonists, Karen Nikaido (voiced by Yui Ishikawa). She honed the recipe over many months with the goal of evoking memories of Shibuya, Tokyo with its flavor.

Source: animate Times, Gigazine

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If anyone is seeing this, yeah, zombieland vs aliens is real!

Jan 14, 11:51 PM by ynuget

sn0wleaks said:
YuruYuri's isekai spin-off was not an April Fools joke. Already released in February 2021 and it is still publishing (currently 4 chapters). Namori is also writing the manga with Naya Minadori.

I see, thank you for pointing that out. This was included in animate Time's April Fools' Day post (and it is still on there) so I assumed it was a legitimate gag specific to April Fools' Day.

May 26, 2021 6:45 PM by ImperfectBlue

YuruYuri's isekai spin-off was not an April Fools joke. Already released in February 2021 and it is still publishing (currently 4 chapters). Namori is also writing the manga with Naya Minadori.

May 26, 2021 3:16 PM by sn0wleaks

Titans that love you so much they want to eat you..... * DEAD *

Apr 25, 2020 11:42 AM by dragynfaerie

I have been traumatized,only a little tho

Apr 5, 2020 11:07 AM by SelenMH

Oh wow I love how each of these are very creative and they really out a great effort. I would like to see the Kuroko no Basket: RPG-Hen

Apr 4, 2020 7:57 PM by _kukiyomenai

sonofbatmanrp13 said:
I would pay for Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu idol anime.Imagine a dance off between Yang & Reinhard.
the funny thing is their voice actors are already two of the main characters in utapri and have sung a duet together before lol (original resonance)

Apr 4, 2020 2:05 AM by Mayuka

lolmao zaimokuza 's seiyuu is now voicing everyone in oregairu :p.

"komezuki no gekokujou" well technically she indeed loves rice and japanese food, it's just night impossible to do with the ingredients she has at her disposal so she goes for western food instead.

Those peoples actually look very good as hosts, damn.

The SnK one is good but damn it'"s creepy >_<

"Tensei shitara Akari dake Slime datte ken" => lolmao.

Apr 4, 2020 1:16 AM by Zefyris

It's about time the boys stopped playing admirals and returned to their idol business.

Apr 3, 2020 11:45 PM by Nanaca

This April Fool's culture cannot be missed hahahaha

Apr 3, 2020 1:02 PM by Kinyoubi

ImperfectBlue said:
@alicerubesty, @ChartTopper60, @Meira_Eve, I've added CYaZALEA☆Kiss, it was indeed a good one and deserves to be on here.

Aaaaaaaaaaaah Thank you!!!

Apr 3, 2020 8:40 AM by Meira_Eve

@alicerubesty, @ChartTopper60, @Meira_Eve, I've added CYaZALEA☆Kiss, it was indeed a good one and deserves to be on here.

Apr 3, 2020 8:31 AM by ImperfectBlue

Aaah, too bad CyaZALEA Kiss (Love Live! Sunshine April fools joke) didn't made it here. That was a good one since the seiyuu even sung a song specially for it XD

Apr 3, 2020 7:59 AM by Meira_Eve

the visual looks amazing...

Apr 3, 2020 7:49 AM by Stardew

Thanks for the compilation, even though it seems to be lacking quite a number of entries. To add to that:

Princess Principal
The official twitter for Princess Principal anime series shared a key art for the upcoming Princess Principal: Crown Handler movie.

ImperfectBlue said:
Yuru Yuri
The official Twitter for the Yuru Yuri manga released a visual for a long-awaited isekai spin-off of the series, featuring art by Naya Minadori.
So, Endro~!?

Theo1899 said:
At least LotGH understands what their new designs are good for.
Ayy lmao

Apr 3, 2020 7:45 AM by Genoard

I'd watch Akio Camp.

Apr 3, 2020 4:51 AM by luinthoron

HeruruMeruru said:
What about the Atelier Holly announcement Tecmo did? I genuinely wish it were real since Atelier and Monster Rancher are two of my all time favorite video game franchises.
Never played an Atelier game, but I'm always down for more Monster Rancher.

Apr 3, 2020 3:47 AM by ReaperCreeper

The picture for the LoGH idol anime looks AMAZING, would totally watch this haha.

Apr 3, 2020 3:31 AM by Luna

I would rather see a yuru yuri Mirakurun anime though

Apr 3, 2020 2:31 AM by Catalano

Oregairu pv may cause laughter and stomach pain

Apr 3, 2020 1:39 AM by SheasonDuerulo

It’s time to ditch the text file.
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