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Welcome to April Fools’ Day, the most wonderful time of year for PR teams across the anime, manga and video game industries as they let loose their brightest and wildest spoof ideas. This year was no exception, so we’ve gathered as many as we could here for your viewing pleasure:


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



A Couple of Cuckoos


The official Twitter account for upcoming romantic comedy anime A Couple of Cuckoos (Kakkou no Iinazuke) unveiled a parody visual for A Couple of Nekos (Kakkou no Iinyazuke), a TV anime series that’ll begin airing on February 22, 2222.




Artificial Insect KABUTO BORG Victory by Victory


You’re never too old to get in on April Fools’ fun, which is why the official Twitter account for the 15th anniversary of Artificial Insect KABUTO BORG Victory by Victory announced an idol game titled Love Insect KABUTO BORG Idol Love Idol.




Ascendance of a Bookworm


Ascendance of a Bookworm announced an otome game that is set to release on April 1, 2222, in which you can romance the anime’s various male characters while attending school.




Azur Lane


Speaking of crossing genres, the Azur Lane mobile game announced a new battle RPG that is set to release on April 1, 2200.




Black Clover


Anime and video games dominate April Fools’ Day pranks, but a few manga also broke out some quality jokes, such as the first edition of CLOVERN, a new magazine hot off the presses from the Clover Kingdom that sports Black Clover‘s Yami on the front cover.




BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense.


If the forthcoming second season of BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense. isn’t enough to satisfy you, a new TV anime titled BOFURI: I Like Being Cute, so I’ll Max Out My Maid Stats. is here to fill your heart and stomach.




Bungo Stray Dogs


Bungo Stray Dogs continued its long-running April Fools’ Day tradition with another entry in their annual “Bungo Youth Graffiti” series, this time starring Chuya and Paul.






The DanMachi – MEMORIA FREESE mobile game announced a new “Infinite Firebolt” feature, which celebrates Bell’s frequent use of the spell by allowing players to listen to the many iterations of Yoshitsugu Matsuoka saying “firebolt” at the press of a button.




Don’t Hurt Me, My Healer!


Hay fever won’t be a problem this season, as Spring 2022’s Don’t Hurt Me, My Healer and Healer Girl (both of which are coming to Crunchyroll) come together in a special April Fools’ Day visual to find out who is the best healer.




Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle


The Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle mobile game announced a new dance exercise mode called “Dokkan Exercise.”




Ensemble Stars!


The Ensemble Stars! mobile game released a new playable song titled “BUKUBU NEW STARS!!,” starring the wild BkuB group.




Fate/Grand Order


Fate/Grand Order also continued its long-running April Fools’ tradition of releasing a whole new mobile game — Fate/Pixel Wars, an RPG game where you help Goredolf become president, is available to download on Android and iOS.






Godzilla descended upon the Hanshin Tiger baseball team in an intense trailer.




Guilty Gear


Arc System Works unveiled Guilty Bear, a next-generation fighting game that focuses on cuteness, with 20 playable characters modelled after Guilty Gear Strive‘s roster that you can view through the link in the Tweet below.




Is the Order a Rabbit?


Is the Order a Rabbit?‘s official website was updated to “TAKE OUT BLUE BIRD”, in which visitors were able to play an egg-hatching game.






A screenshot of Yaga from the first episode of JUJUTSU KAISEN was subtly edited to add the protagonist from the hit anime series Pui Pui Molcar (whose official Twitter account shared the Tweet with the caption “Pui?”).



The official account for the JUJUTSU KAISEN manga also got in on the action, sharing a short comic detailing the Hakari Method for getting better grades.






Key crossover anime KAGINADO‘s second season begins this month, but the official Twitter account also announced a 3D edition of the series with a stunning poster.




Kaguya-sama: Love is War


Also with a new season on the way in Spring 2022, Kaguya-sama: Love is War‘s official Twitter account was overwritten by an “opposite” key visual, featuring the Four Ramen Emperors of Tokyo.




KonoSuba: Fantastic Days


The KonoSuba: Fantastic Days mobile game transformed Kazuma into a frog, who gets a mouthful of Aqua, Darkness and Megumin in an attempt to turn himself back.




Kuroko’s Basketball


Kuroko’s Basketball revealed a visual for its updated 10th anniversary project, Chick’s Basketball (Hiyoko no Basuke).




Laid-Back Camp


Inspired by the anime film’s latest visual, Laid-Back Camp‘s PR team headed out to create their own campsite.




Lapis Re:LiGHTs


The Lapis Re:LiGHTs mobile game announced 20 new UR cards drawn by Ratura.




Love Live! Sunshine!!


Love Live! Sunshine!! unveiled a spoof trailer for a new fantasy anime series centered on Yohane’s alterego.



Love Live! Superstar!!


Meanwhile, Love Live! Superstar!! released a short animated drama centered on Hazuki, who aims to become the best jam craftsman in the land.



Made in Abyss


Made in Abyss, as directed by Prushka, is due to begin broadcasting today, courtesy of this adventurous visual.




Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story


The Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story mobile game released the “Magical Paper Sumo Deluxe Edition” minigame, an updated version of their 2021 April Fools’ gag with more playable characters.




Masamune-kun’s Revenge


Five years after the first season’s conclusion, Masamune-kun’s Revenge is back with a vengeance to announce season 3… forgetting the fact that season 2 hasn’t happened yet. (Season 2 was officially announced later to be in production!)




Mission: Yozakura Family


Shonen Jump’s Mission: Yozakura Family unveiled a Shion AI assistant, which can help you solve any problem.




My Hero Academia


Are you ready to batter up? The official My Hero Academia dropped a visual for Hero League Baseball, which’ll open this spring with four teams from different hero agencies: the Gang Orca Agency Orcas, the Shishido Agency Lionels, the Mt. Lady Agency Mountains and the Fat Gum Agency Fats.




My Hero Academia: Ultra Impact


Apart from his pro hero and pro baseball duties, Mineta also took the time to take over the My Hero Academia: Ultra Impact mobile game.






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