Issue 38 of MyM, the official magazine of MCM Expo Group, is out now! Featuring an exclusive chat with anime genius Hideaki Anno and a host of musical treats (including everything from Burning Man to K-pop), it’s not to be missed!
Welcome to our birthday party! And thanks for coming in costume – as you know, we love to see your awesome cosplays. Three years ago in May someone had the brilliant idea of combining anime, manga, movies, videogames and more to create what was sorely missing from the marketplace.
“The time has come for you to have a brand spanking new magazine! Our mutual desire for such a thing is no coincidence. MyM, which you hold in your hands, is a magazine created by those who have felt the same way for some time. But we can keep it to ourselves no longer!” we stated proudly, with the same passion that still brims over in our pages all these years later.
Tales Of Graces F adorned our front cover, while Lollipop Chainsaw sexed up our reverse cover. The staff included myself (“reporter”), David Axbey (“senior freelance journalist”) and Martin Wharmby (“games editor”) – so one of us is still in need of a long-overdue promotion! James Clarkson illustrated the first ever Mya Tenshi, beginning a tradition that sees MCM Buzz’s Claire Courtney help us celebrate this milestone.
Naturally, it wouldn’t be a party without music, so we’ve got plenty for you to enjoy. Featuring everything from news about a J-rock night not to be missed to personal recollections of the Burning Man festival, via K-pop, visual kei, videogame soundtracks, the Band From TV and the a cappella sounds of Pitch Perfect’s Bellas, we promise there’s a tune here you’ll enjoy.
Here’s to still singing out loud and proud in another three years’ time!
Matt Chapman, Editor
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ISSUE 38 FULL CONTENTS
Tom Arden takes a closer look at controversial creator Hideaki Anno (Nadia: The Secret Of Blue Water) and his uncomfortable relationship with anime, its fandom and himself.
MUSIC SPECIAL!: PITCH PERFECT 2
Actress Rebel Wilson on bringing her big sound to the a cappella sequel.
MUSIC SPECIAL!: BURNING MAN
A festival that comes with a proper survival guide, builds and deconstructs an entire city, attracts the world’s best DJs and torches its two main structures? Count me in, says Matt Chapman.
MUSIC SPECIAL!: VISUAL KEI
Despite its ups and downs, Japan’s blend of metal, glam and punk rock is still alive and very kicking…
MUSIC SPECIAL!: TOP 10 VIDEOGAME SOUNDTRACKS
Counting down the epic scores that lend their grandeur to your videogame victories.
MUSIC SPECIAL!: K-POP
MyM cracks the formula for K-pop and charts the rise and rise of this musical craze.
MUSIC SPECIAL!: MY MEDIA
Greg Grunberg, creator of the Band From TV, shares his love for an Ian Fleming classic (no, not that one).
MUSIC SPECIAL!: FRANK IERO
The former My Chemical Romance band member on flying solo.
MUSIC SPECIAL!: CELLARSCAPE
Twelve months ago we claimed a year in the life of Paul Terry was a wonderful thing. We put our words to the test.
He’s been around since the ’60s, has starred in a film a year since 1980 and has racked up more than 2,000 anime episodes. Alex Jones delves into the history of Doraemon, Japan’s favourite robo-kitty.
ARTEM SPECIAL EFFECTS
Need a robot, bullet wound, portable smoke machine, futuristic smartcard reader or human torso? It’s all in a day’s work for the folks at Artem.
It’s like a book shelf in this month’s My Goodies, as we bury our noses in a lush Penny Dreadful tome, gen up on cosplay and smirk at the musings of Blofeld’s cat.
FILM & TV REVIEWS
Taking our lead from the musical theme, this month’s film reviews include more a cappella angst in Pitch Perfect 2, a discussion of music in The Heart Is A Drum Machine, anger in Whiplash, Pacino’s rock god in Danny Collins and the musical drama The Last Five Years. Plus, Mad Max: Fury Road, Supernatural Season 9, Rurouni Kenshin 3, A Most Violent Year, Killer Mermaids, Be My Baby, American Ninja and Shaun The Sheep.
We’ve got a triple threat of anime previews and interviews this issue, thanks to Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, J-Stars Victory VS+ and One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3, alongside reviews of Omega Quintet, Puzzle & Dragons Z + Super Mario Bros. Edition, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, Broken Age: Act 2, and previews of LEGO Jurassic World, Killing Floor 2 and Trine 3: The Artifacts Of Power.
MANGA & COMICS REVIEWS
Nemo: River Of Ghosts, Shame: Redemption and The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past are on Andy Shaw’s reading list this month, while Ian Wolf puts on his reading glasses for Yamada-kun And The Seven Witches, The World’s Greatest First Love and classic horror manga Gyo.
Including the pick of the spring anime season and reviews of Nadia: The Secret Of Blue Water, One Piece: Film Z, Kill la Kill Volume 3, Sankarea: Undying Love, Shakugan no Shana Season 2 and the latest instalment of Bleach.
Rebecca Moriarty talks about turning pro with US sensation Ani-Mia, Katharine Byrne chats with Tomas Jefferson Hernandez about creating the world’s strongest team of Saiyan cosplayers and this month’s poster section stars Kill la Kill duo Ryuko and Satsuki, Lollipop Chainsaw’s Juliet Starling and Captains Sparrow and America.
Lolita is one of the most popular Japanese styles to make it to the West, but why do we like it so much? Saoirse Clohessy talks with a trio of elegantly-dressed ladies about their love for the fashion.
Our international correspondent Capsule Bunny mounts her unicorn ready for battle.