April Fools' Day Roundup: Every Trick, Twist and Takeover (Part 2)

The fun continues with more April Fools' gags from the anime, manga and video game industry

SHADOWS HOUSE April Fools' Day header

 

Welcome to Part 2 of our April Fools' Day roundup, because just one article wasn't enough to contain all the fun the industry had this year! Don't miss Part 1 here.

 

NOTE: Due to the sheer number of Twitter embeds, some sections may take a little while to load.

 


 

My Isekai Life

 

Upcoming fantasy anime My Isekai Life: I Gained a Second Class and Became the Strongest Sage in the World! announced a Yuji ~Quiet Strong Man~ film for 20XX.

 

 


 

Oishinbo

 

Oishinbo challenged fans to endure Kaibara's yelling for 24 hours by looping a famous scene from the classic gourmet anime.

 

 


 

One Piece

 

April Fools' Day is also many anime characters' birthdays, such as Gen from Dr. STONE, Kimihiro from xxxHOLiC and Usopp from One Piece, the latter of which released a celebratory voice message…or did he?

 

 


 

Princess Connect! Re:Dive

 

In perhaps the most high-effort April Fools' Day prank of 2022, Princess Connect! Re:Dive released a brand-new auto chess-style game called PriConne! Grandmasters that will only be playable for seven days.

 

 


 

RPG Real Estate

 

Yuko from The Demon Girl Next Door and Kotone from RPG Real Estate swapped outfits and teamed up to find a house.

 

 


 

Sabikui Bisco

 

The official Sabikui Bisco Twitter account was taken over by Tirol, whose day and thoughts were documented in a series of hilarious Tweets.

 

 


 

Sakamoto Days

 

Speaking of takeovers, fellow assassin Nagumo briefly hijacked the Sakamoto Days official Twitter account before it was eventually restored, paired with an illustration of the incident.

 

 


 

Sword Art Online: Integral Factor (SAOIF)

 

The Sword Art Online: Integral Factor mobile game added four "heroine" costumes for Eugeo.

 

 


 

SHADOWS HOUSE

 

The opening sequence of a live-action SHADOWS HOUSE film but with puppets was released, which leaves us with one burning question: where and when can we buy these?

 

 


 

Sonic Frontiers

 

Sonic's next video game adventure, Sonic Frontiers is due to release on an unknown date this year, but you can already preorder the game's special edition, which includes a luxury bath tub, a Mega Drive and a Game Gear for the bath, a towel and a rubber duck.

 

 


 

Teasing Master Takagi-san

 

Test your mystery-solving skills with Nishikata Quest Online, a special minigame from Teasing Master Takagi-san — if you solve all the puzzles, you enter the draw for special prizes.

 

 


 

Technoroid: Overmind

Upcoming music anime Technoroid: Overmind also switched up its genre, unveiling a spooky visual with a clever new title that changes ノロイ ("noroi") to 呪い ("noroi"), meaning "curse."

 

 


 

The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten

It's all about hellish corruption in this part of the roundup, as The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten became The Devil Next Door Made Me a Useless Human in a newly announced TV anime.

 

 


 

The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross

 

Hawk sets out on a kingdom-crossing journey in search of leftovers in a newly announced TV anime in The Seven Deadly Sins franchise.

 

 


 

The Vampire Dies in No Time

 

While we wait for The Vampire Dies in No Time Season 2 to roll around, we can watch the "Maru-senpai and Tsujiko-san" film that was released today.

 

 


 

Tomodachi Game

 

Remember that creepy visual for Tomodachi Game that was released the other week? Well, it's at least four times as creepy now with even more Manabu-kun, but in a physical form.

 

 


 

Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs

 

The world of otome games is tough for mobs, since a new game with handsome characters has been announced to steal the spotlight from Leon, right before he makes his big debut in the anime that's airing this season.

 

 


 

Umamusume: Pretty Derby

 

Dear reader,

 

You are cordially invited to a small party at the Mejiro household, courtesy of Umamusume: Pretty Derby.

 

 


 

Uncle from Another World

 

The official website for Uncle from Another World was remodeled to an old-internet aesthetic, complete with a tiled background, clashing colors and animated GIFs.

 

 


 

Uta no Prince Sama

 

Uta no Prince Sama released a fighting game versus screen maker, after a dispute broke out between its cast over melon bread.

 

 


 

Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!

 

Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! got the whole family together for an April Fools' Day outing, unveiling a pair of visuals with mother Tsuki and sister Yanagi.

 

 


 

WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me

 

Oh, did you think we were done with the corruption trick? I'm sorry to say that the upcoming WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me now has to compete with WATAKO!: a Little Devil Flew Down to Me, which is set to release in early fall 2022.

 

 


 

World Trigger

 

And last but not least, the World Trigger manga is now available as a child-friendly picture book.

 

 


 

Which April Fools' joke was your favorite this year? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

Der shy man behind @Shymander, Liam is a timezone-fluid Aussie with a distinct fondness for anime, Eurovision and creating odd stats projects despite hating math.

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