By now you’ve all probably been exposed — in some way or another — to that wonderfully funny (or irritating) holiday known as April Fool’s. In medieval times such nonsense and revelry (the likes we may never know!) was known as the Feasts of Fools. Europeans crowned a “King of Fools” and all sorts of ridiculousness was released on the streets, and even in churches as people celebrated with activities such as: Cross dressing, bawdy songs, excessive drinking, and gambling on church altars.
And in this day and age, we’ve been up to all sorts of nonsense ourselves — here’s a few of the highlights of the day’s foolishness ;3
If you hadn’t heard by now, last night Toonami fans country-wide settled down and glued their eyes to the screen to enjoy a six-hour marathon of some of their favorite Toonami shows hosted by the much-loved (And well-missed) Tom. Fans were treated to the usual suspects: DBZ, Tenchi Muyo, Yu Yu Hakusho, and many more. But while it may seem like a glorified rerun, what I see here instead is an ode to a golden age when students would rush home to watch all their anime during the afternoon.
A cruel prank, maybe, by dangling something from those golden yesteryears, but it hit the nostalgia chord in all the right places Fans have reacted with praise, status updates and happyflailingarm.gif sets made their rounds on my tumblr dash as people sought to spread the word:
Hey did you watch Toonami last night?
There’s also a new grassroots movement to try and get Toonami back on the air with some fans believing that this was just a test run to see if it would be well-received again. I personally don’t have much hope but if you’re one of those “go-get-em” types, you can offer feedback here at CartoonNetwork and uh, somehow, appeal for Toonami to be back on the air for sure.
But, for those fortunate few who were able to watch all six, blissful hours of Toonami last night and into April Fool’s morning, it was a happy blast from the past, a prank that was more of a trip down memory lane — sure it might hurt now that we all know it’s fake but, one cannot help but appreciate the fact that this airing did bring happiness — if only for a fleeting moment.
There were some other noteworthy pranks that hit headlines – or well – spammed my tumblr dash, so let’s take a quick recap of some of the more popular April Fool’s pranks:
Still feeling sore over Mass Effect’s 3 uh… “weak” ending? Fret not! Fellow Mass Effect fans have combined their forces to create a prank unlike any other: They’ve deliver ed over 400 color-coded vanilla flavors to protest the similarly bland, and uniform ending choices (So basically no matter what you choose you still end up with vanilla). How sweet is that? I believe BioWare donated the extra cupcakes to charity at this point, but the gesture definitely didn’t go unnoticed (Or so they say).
And following in the massive Mass Effect pranking, here’s a video in the style of HarryPartridge’s “80s cartoon parody” that takes Mass Effect to a whole new level of rock and roll:
It also wouldn’t be April Fool’s day without some fake video game trailers now would it?
The most experience I’ve seen was Nintendo’s Dubstep Experience 3D
And yes, you heard me.
They tried passing off a dubstep game for the 3Ds. But, and you got to admit when you see the trailer, it actually looks pretty legit:
I don’t know about you, but in the midst of all these Mario Tennis/Baseball/Olympics/Ultimate Frisbee cookie cutter games Ninty seems to toss out these days, I’d give Nintendo Dubstep a shot. Cause you gotta admit, Pokemon Trainer and Mario have some pretty sick moves, it would be fun for some time, and the sheer novelty of a game like this would be perfect to have on hand.
Other nice little pranks that have surfaced throughout the internets include picture sets, ranging from the terrible to the totally-cute-I-am-going-to-die:
First up, we have BBC’s charming article which… Well, there are no words to describe it, you just need to look at the picture and decide for yourself whether we are truly alive or in some Matrix:
And after that wonderful, sunny little piece of dark humor, here’s some kittens.
But not just any ordinary kittens.
Kodak Kiosk Printable Kittens
My heart just melted; I can now have an army of kittens within 90 seconds! Best day ever.
Speaking of cats… To end on a slightly less nice, even somewhat terrifying note based on how unsettling it is — check out this link right here and the new and (as some people have said, improved) NyanCat – you won’t regret it.