Issue 48 of MyM, the official magazine of MCM Comic Con, is out now! Featuring Dark Souls III, Emelie’s bad babysitter Sarah Bolger and a couple of big birthday celebrations for Transformers!
There’s always a little corner of MyM with an Asian twist but this issue we feel, as the song says, “we’re turning Japanese, we think we’re turning Japanese, we really think so!” Can you blame us? With Hidetaka Miyazaki back in charge of Dark Souls III, there’s never been a better time to jump on board this gaming franchise. We chat with the Japanese video game director (see page 25) about how the latest outing really drops the hammer and… oh, sorry, while you were reading this, YOU DIED.
Not a video game fan? Don’t worry, we also tracked down one of anime’s biggest names to ask him about his amazing animated feature Miss Hokusai (see page 46). Japanese director (you’re still spotting that theme, right?) Keiichi Hara talks about the unusual relationship between acclaimed artist Katsushika Hokusai and his equally talented daughter O-Ei, which is depicted in the film. Sticking with anime (see page 59), we also take the opportunity to wish Transformers: The Movie and Transformers: Beast Wars very happy birthdays – the former blowing out 30 candles, while the latter has 20 to extinguish.
Anime not your bag? If you prefer traditional film, we have a double treat for you. First off Japanese director Yuki Tanada discusses her provocative film The Cowards who look to the Sky and her love of imperfect characters. Then Nakajima Sadao – a director from, you guessed it, Japan! – shares a love of chambara sword fighting movies that has seen him create a documentary on the subject. All of which takes place before our resident Planet Japan expert Katie Carter (AKA capsulebunny) shows us a few of her favourite things (see page 30). Who wouldn’t love a store/art gallery that sells vintage Sailor Moon dolls and massive eight-scoop ice creams?
Too much Asian cuisine for one magazine? Surely not. But if you’re looking for something a little closer to home, we have all the best bits of MCM Midlands (see page 12) packaged into a neat little bundle – did your killer cosplay make the gallery? We also have our first sneak peek at the UK set of virtual reality gaming thriller The Call Up. Better show some love for this Birmingham production. With its theme of playing a video game that just might kill you, it won’t be long before it also gets a Japanese makeover and joins the likes of Sword Art Online and Btooom! in that region. Turning Japanese, indeed.
Matt Chapman, Editor
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ISSUE 48 FULL CONTENTS
DARK SOULS III
MyM chatted with series director Hidetaka Miyazaki, to ponder death and destruction in the franchise’s latest outing; then went hands on with Dark Souls III. Guess what? We died!
Anime director Keiichi Hara talks exclusively about his new film, which looks at the relationship between acclaimed Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai and his daughter O-Ei.
MY MEDIA: SARAH BOLGER
What freaks out Emelie’s bad babysitter? The Babadook and The Girl on the Train.
TRANSFORMING A FRANCHISE
Alex Jones looks at two pivotal titles in the long-running Transformers franchise, both of which share an anniversary this year; the iconic Transformers: The Movie and the dino-themed Beast Wars.
The Japanese director shares her fascination with people’s limitations as she discusses her provocative film The Cowards who look to the Sky.
TOP 10: FILMS ABOUT FILMS
MyM counts down the 10 best films showcasing the industry that created them.
MyM finds that no-one’s more knowledgeable than Nakajima Sadao when it comes to classic Japanese sword fighting films.
Including new board game Quadropolis and all the best cosplay and chat from MCM Midlands!
Teacher and model Katie Carter shares a few of her favourite things about living in Tokyo.
COSPLAY & FASHION
Katharine Byrne chats to Finnish cosplay Elffi about making Sinbad, Magi’s lady-killer king, while our poster pages pop with great cosplays of Arrow’s Nyssa Al Ghul, Evil Dead’s Ash, KanColle’s Yukikaze and Fenris from Dragon Age. Meanwhile, Emily Faulder speaks to La Carmina, a Canadian professional traveller, writer and TV host with a passion for J-pop culture and alternative fashion.
Including epic space battles with the Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game and that Doctor Who gossip mag you’ve always wanted!
FILM & TV REVIEWS
This month we mostly reviewed movies and TV series with a maximum of two words, including Boulevard, Dheepan, Emelie, Hail, Caesar!, Midnight Special, Mojave, Pandorica, Truth and Zootropolis. Then Eddie the Eagle and Supernatural: Season 10 came along and mucked everything up.
COMIC & MANGA REVIEWS
This issue we rub shoulders with psychic judges in Brit-Cit Noir, hang out at the Louvre with Hubert and fight for freedom on Retroworld. Meanwhile, the manga side of the ledger boasts reviews of Dimension W, Behind the Scenes!!, School Judgment and Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy and The Beast.
There’s a fantasy flavour to our anime section this month, with reviews of Akame ga Kill!, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Fusé: Memoirs of the Hunter Girl, Sword Art Online II Part 3 and Mamoru Oshii’s live action/animation mashup Garm Wars: The Last Druid. Other titles up for discussion include My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Golden Time, Kill Me Baby, Kämpfer and superhero series Tokyo ESP.
GAME PREVIEWS & REVIEWS
Those orderly types looking for an alphabetical run down of this month’s titles are in luck, as we take a gander at Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia, Black Desert Online, Bravely Second: End Layer, Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, Dying Light: The Following, Far Cry Primal, Firewatch, Layers of Fear, Overwatch, Pokkén Tournament, Project X Zone 2, Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale, RPG Tycoon, Street Fighter V, Superhot, The Flame in the Flood, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, The Walking Dead: Michonne – Episode 1 and The Witch and the Hundred Knight Revival Edition.
MY MUSIC: FEMM
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