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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.