April Fools 2021: UMake embrace visual-kei, JUNTAA is back and more

April Fools is here and, with no exception, male seiyuu continue to showcase their talents + sense of humor to craft the perfect lie.

We take a look at this year’s April Fools pranks or fake projects created by your favorite Japanese voice actors.

A certain female idol is back, a pop-rock duo goes hard on the makeup and embrace visual-kei, a seiyuu turns into an oldschool Japanese pop artist, TSUKIPRO release a movie, between many other shenanigans.

A note that the projects featured below are PRANKS / LIES told by male seiyuu on April Fools’ Day.


UMake embrace their darker side with Visual-Kei remake

UMake go wild with their transformation for April Fools.

  • UMake

The duo is reborn as a visual-kei band, even releasing their 1st single “Insomnia” on streaming services in Japan.

At the same time they’ve worked with Yuuki Honda (Soma Saito’s longtime stylist and occasional stylist for other 81 Produce talents) as well as count with coverage by Oricon’s official news section.

All of this makes UMake’s visual-kei transformation and renewed image slightly more believable than many of the projects unveiled today.

That’s the most elaborate prank of the day, that’s for sure.


Shunichi Toki returns as Akairo Ginbai, 80s J-pop singer

After last year’s transformation into an enka singer, Shunichi Toki is back with a new transformation in time for April Fools.

The talented voice actor and solo artist will make his debut under the stage name 猩☆GINBAI (Akairo Ginbai) with the song ゴー☆リライト (Go ☆ Relight).

If you watch the full video, there is even the cover art for the single, including its cassette and LP versions.


Female idol JUNTAA is back

Our beloved JUNTAA is back for April Fools, with Junta Terashima once again embracing his idol self, going wild for this year’s transformation.

https://twitter.com/juntaterashima3/status/1377276821876600834

The follow up to last year’s “Hoppy Girl” is out and is titled 乙女ストロング (Otome Strong), including an official music video.

Kudos once again to Junta Terashima sticking with this concept for April Fools and delivering a follow up and equally hilarious song and music video.


Tsukipro’s mascots take over Japan

Yoshiaki Hasegawa

What would happen if Tsukipro’s mascots would go bonkers and try to take over Japan?

Well, MOVIC created an over the top short movie for you under that over the top premise.

Yukitoshi Kikuchi

VAZZROCK’s Yukitoshi Kikuchi (ROCK DOWN) and Yoshiaki Hasegawa (ROCK DOWN) count with 2 important roles in this movie so make sure to check it out.


Paradox Live otome game

The grit, blood, sweat and tears in the Paradox Live get a contrasting romance filled, otome game overhaul.

The project announced the game ParadoxLove 〜ロマンスは幻影ライブの後で〜 (ParadoxLove 〜 Romance wa gennei Live no nochi de 〜) counting with snippets of the scenarios and profiles for some of the characters in the franchise, all adapted to an otome game format.

https://twitter.com/paradoxlive_PR/status/1377274707565670405

A3! turns into A8!

A3!

Although not as funny or transformative as some of the previous pranks, the A3! franchise jumped into the April Fools train and… welll, those are a lot of “A”s to read!

Welcome A8!Act! Addict! Actors! Appare! All! mAinichi! hAtaraku! mAn! – a company waiting for you to send your CV to.


GOALOUS5 turn into cats

GOALOUS5
GOALOUS5

GOALOUS5 change a couple of things about them for April Fools. The sentai-centric group morph into sentai cats, each with its detailed profile.

https://twitter.com/sir_goalous/status/1377280032410804231

The quintet also change their name to GONYASU5, releasing a special video to commemorate that transformation.


STARISH and QUARTET NIGHT’s members undergo a metamorphosis

utapri

Also in the theme of transformations, Utapri’s STARISH and QUARTET NIGHT showcase a more delicate visual for their cosmetics brand “Metamorphose”.

Check the dramatic changes of visuals for most of the members in the post below.


HE★VENS release horror visual novel game

HE★VENS

HE★VENS do their own thing on April Fools, announcing the release of an horror visual game novel titled “BLACK GARDEN“.

And yes, the mini-visual novel is playable on Utapri’s official website, so don’t miss it as it’ll only be available during April 1, 2021.


Did your favorite male seiyuu pull off a prank on April Fools? Let me know in the comments below, and the most interesting pranks / lies will feature in this article!

Vanessa Silvahttps://www.handthatfeedshq.com
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder and music reviewer writing about Japanese music since 2010. Also, the only person managing everything The Hand That Feeds HQ related. In 2011, I stumbled upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus". Since then I have been writing about male seiyuu music. You may find me writing almost essays whenever music is really good (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). I also host the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).

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