MyM Magazine Issue 25 featuring Short Peace is out now!

Issue 25 of MyM, the official magazine of MCM Expo Group, is out now! 


It’ll come as no surprise to regular readers (or anyone with eyes) to discover that we love a bit of anime here at MyM. Yet somehow this issue we’ve managed to go even further, upping that quota to loving a *lot* of anime.

It seems particularly fitting to celebrate the medium as Hayao Miyazaki, the master of cinematic anime, brings his final film to the UK. If you head to page 19 you’ll see we’ve taken an in-depth look at the director’s love of flight – not just in his swan song The Wind Rises, but throughout his work.

Meanwhile, on page 26, we sit down for a chat with rising star of anime Yasuhiro Yoshiura. Miyazaki’s shoes are pretty big to fill but if anyone can come close, it’s Yoshiura. Perfect example? He held onto a thought he first had as a child staring up into the sky, eventually creating the upside down world of Patema Inverted.

We’re also incredibly lucky to have a guest writer this month in the form of Jonathan Clements. The author of Anime: A History schools us in two classic animation styles that helped raise low-budget TV shows high above their humble expectations, in a piece on page 32 that’s worth reading even if you’re an anime newbie.

There’s plenty of fun, too – as you’d expect from a format that allows the artists and writers to create anything their noggins can think up. The blitzkrieg babes of Girls Und Panzer are a perfect example (see page 30). Turns out the most ladylike pursuit in a post-war world is to command a 25-tonne armourplated death machine and take on teams from other schools, if this charming slice-of-life comedy/tactical warfare show is to be believed.

Even videogame Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day, which graces our cover this month and can be found on page 23, comes as part of a unique anthology that binds itself together with four choice cuts of anime.

As if that wasn’t enough (and it would be, for lesser magazines), we’ve got a stonking 11 pages of anime reviews to show you where your hard-earned should be heading this month. Anime? We love it! And we’ll suit up in a mecha to take on anyone who suggests otherwise…

MyM 25 Short Peace - Anime Special

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What do you get if you combine four impressive short films with a short-lived and cinematic sidescroller from acclaimed game designer Suda51? Perhaps the most unique anthology money can buy.

With Hayao Miyazaki’s final film, The Wind Rises, coming to UK cinemas next month, we look at the great director’s lifelong preoccupation with aviation and the role it has played in his movies.

MyM catches up with rising star of anime Yasuhiro Yoshiura to talk about his latest film, gravity-defying sci-fi adventure Patema Inverted.

Tanks for everything; Kyle Charizanis investigates the armoured allure of Girls Und Panzer, a schoolgirl series with a tanktastic twist.

Jonathan Clements, author of Anime: A History, discusses the Kanada Perspective and the Itano Circus – artistic tricks that allowed animators to break free of the restraints of low-budget series.

Star Andrew Garfield and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx talk about the electric second movie in director Marc Webb’s new trilogy.

Bruce Lee joins EA’s latest UFC videogame, we interview the stars of MCM Birmingham Expo Courtney Taylor and Scott Adkins, plus a rundown of everything you could possibly want to read, watch and play this month.

Our man on Planet Japan bigs up the Udon noodles in Saitama, profiles a serial toilet paper thief and pops a KitKat in the oven.

We tap our feet to the beats of the Pokémon Diamond & Pokémon Pearl: Super Music Collection, snuggle up on the world’s most adorable cushions and pore over some cracking comics with The Absence, Über and The Secret Service: Kingsman.

Granny Gertrude gets into latex, Katharine Byrne goes spelunking and Carlos Adama shows us a selection of his spectacular cosplay photography.

MyM’s fashion photographer Saoirse Clohessy falls in love with cheki, the little cameras from Japan that are bringing back the fun of instant film.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster has been chomping down on our time this month while the Xbox One and PS4 duked it out with their ‘killer’ apps Titanfall and inFamous: Second Son. The Witch And The Hundred Knight, MGS V: Ground Zeroes and Professor Layton Vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney are among our reviews this issue, as well as looks at Mario Kart 8, The Elder Scrolls Online and Murdered: Soul Suspect. Oh, and we look at Goat Simulator. Yes, Goat Simulator.

This month sees a mountain of anime and manga drop through the MyM letterbox, from feature films The Wind Rises and Patema Inverted to first time UK releases such as Fate/Zero, Chrome Shelled Regios and Girls Und Panzer; from sequel series for Guilty Crown and Hakuoki to new manga titles including Attack On Titan: Junior High and The Seven Deadly Sins. And as an added bonus we look at the latest edition of Stray Dog Of Anime, Brian Ruh’s book on the films of Mamoru Oshii.

It’s the battle of the sequels, as The Raid 2 goes toe to toe with The Hobbit 2 – can Smaug defeat Hammer Girl? Elsewhere, there’s horror aplenty with ’80s throwbacks Arcade and Bad Channels, Hammer’s Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell and TV spookfest Hemlock Grove. Plus, Tom Hardy has the ride of his life in Locke.

YouTube sensation Dan Bull has made a name for himself rapping about all your favourite videogames; MyM’s Laura Kate caught up with him for an exclusive chat about his music.

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