With April Fool’s Day right around the corner, what sort of fun April Fool’s events have you seen within the anime community this year? Any particular favorites from previous years? Any ideas of your own that you think would be downright devious?
In the Harry Potter series, a girl named Myrtle haunts a bathroom. Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun is basically the same idea but instead a boy with a knife is the ghost, a girl without a scar on her forehead is the protagonist, and together they deal with the out-of-control apparitions of their Muggle school.
Whether it reaches the same magical status, though, receives much debate.
When playing video games, we can separate our reality from its fiction. We understand that the “people” on screen are just a bunch of pixels, models, and sounds that merely copy-cat others we see every day. But what if they were meant to be seen literally as people? Not just fancy coding but practically indiscernible from the real thing?
Infinite Dendrogram runs with this premise, crafting a decidedly weak anime around it.
Charles Darwin is the man who discovered (or at least made most famous) the theory of evolution: that natural selection has led to all known life on the planet. In essence, the idea explains that, for a given environment, the strongest (or at least most able-bodied) survive, passing on their genes to their offspring. They go through the same survival steps to pass on their genes, and so on and so forth.
Darwin’s Game puts that survival mentality to the test, but it misses the selection process by a wide margin.