Anime/Manga/Game Industry Celebrates April Fool’s Day 2017 – Part III
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.
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The members of the quiz team form an idol group “Quiz Lovers.” [Link]
[Link] The staff have decided that the upcoming anime will star bananas instead of anime characters.
[Link] The anime series is getting a film but the girls are now magical girls that investigate mysterious incidents happening around them.
April 1st Anime
A website for a new original anime project opened, bosting character designs by Kiseki Himura (Sword Art Online: Progressive manga), scripts by Hajime Kamoshida (The Pet Girl of Sakurasou), and animation from PINE JAM. No title has been announced, though — the website simply lists it as “April 1st Anime.”
[Link]The official Twitter account announced it will release a CD single of the insert song “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star ~Starting Stage Ver.~” sung by the character Kagami.
CAPCOM Sound Team Shadow Cinema
Coming in 2077, a shadow puppet film! The team asks that you enjoy this teaser 60 years ahead of release.
[Link] Chiyomaru Studios announced the next Chaos;Child spin-off will be a boys-love story.
DAME × PRINCE
— 【公式】DAME×PRINCE (@dame_prince) March 31, 2017
Do you like your dating sims with young ikemen? What about middle-aged ikemen?
Digimon Adventure tri.
This Digimon Adventure tri. sequel has a lot of familiar-looking Digimon… [Link]
The team has finally found the perfect actor to join the cast of the live-action film. [Link]
The virtual idol’s ongoing Galaxy Tour will now include a theme park on Mars. The Crypton Future World theme park will have Princess Miku’s castle, an ice rink, a roller coaster, parades, and more when it opens in 2039. [Link]
A website opened for an anime adaptation of Bkub Okawa’s Hoshiiro Girldrop web manga, complete with an animated promo — but the manga itself already revealed itself as a fake last year, a gag to announce more of Okawa’s Pop Team Epic manga. The Hoshiiro Girldrop anime website has a countdown for tomorrow, though…
Love Kome -We Love Rice-
The characters are replaced with actual bowls of rice. [Link]
Visual novel company Key‘s writer and composer Jun Maeda makes his singing debut with the song “Birthday Song = Requiem”. It’s actually pretty good. [Link]
A live-action adaptation is slated for “Februray 31, 2019.” [Link]
The cast of the real comedy TV show By Players star as the live-action counterparts of the Matsuno brothers. [Link]
The game gets a spinoff titled “OZMAFIA!! 0-RefleXion-. There’s even a trial version for download (for now). [Link]
— アニメ「境界のRINNE」 (@nhk_rinne) March 31, 2017
The official Twitter account announced Kyōkai RIN-NE 2, but in this case it translates as “Society RIN-NE 2.”
The website’s image is replaced with “Amasogi Quest” with the characters wielding weapons in the nude and in fantasy armor. [Link]