Anime/Manga/Game Industry Celebrates April Fool’s Day 2017 – Part I
It’s that time of the year again: the cherry blossoms fall, and the April Fool’s pranks fly. Japan’s anime, manga and video game industries are fun-loving enough to participate in this tradition every year. Here are 2017’s best anime-related April Fool’s pranks.
The idols of Soliel get shrunk.
Arc System Works
The makers of BlazBlue and Guilty Gear franchises opened a website for its characters’ next endeavor: an idol group. The characters formed three teams: Animal (Leo Whitefang, Potemkin), Rock (Iron Tager, Arakune, Kum Hyaehun), and Cute (Bang Shishigami, Misuzu). [Link]
Brave King GaoGaiGar
Plenty of staff members got in on this joke. Animation director Yoshitomo Yonetani, Rascal the Raccoon, Bandai Candy, Sunrise, and Nippon Animation introduced the “sequel” to “Sentaku-Oh Gaoaraiger,” the OVA “Sentaku-Oh GaoaRaiGar FINAL.” Both are a play on Brave King GaoGaiGar, but in this case it translates to “Laundry King GaoaRaiGar.” The ridiculous combining mecha cleans up enemies overwhelmed by laundry. Bandai Candy even has a detailed blog post about the tie-in toy line. [Link, Link 2]
Bungo Stray Dogs
The supernatural anime starring reimagined real-world authors is changed to a high school setting again this year. [Link]
The card-game maker announced “Life-Size Booster Packs” with cards that are 1:1-scale of the robots they depict on the front. That will make for a challenging match, for sure. [Link]
Dragon Ball Super
Goku and crew are reimagined as salarymen. In the midst of a economic depression on such a large scale that it is said to happen once in 100 years, Goku decides to get a job. In the midst of in-fighting Goku struggles for success and to achieve an enjoyable social life. The website his hosting three voice-drama episodes and a wallpaper. [Link]
The game decides to try out Pokémon Go with “F/GO Guten Tag Omen” [Link]
Good Smile Company
The figuremaker’s website has gone feline as “Cat Smile Company”. Plenty of cats are scheduled for release in the coming months. [Link]
Is the order a rabbit?
This year’s reinvention is “Chimame Chronicle,” an RPG take on the characters. [Link]
King of Prism Pretty Rhythm
The male idol anime wants to help you get six-pack abs with “Alexander EX” protein powder. The website shows the fantastic effects it had on its idols. [Link]
Love Live! Sunshine!!
The girls finally get a live-action film. In this case, the entire cast is puppets, though. That counts, right?
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Love Tyrant voice actress Yoshino Aoyama is taking over Animate Times as its editor-in-chief for one day only.
Lu over the wall
Masaaki Yuasa‘s Lu over the wall anime film is taken over by actor Lou Ohshiba.