Issue 45 of MyM, the official magazine of MCM Expo Group, is out now! Featuring epic storytelling in Beowulf: Return To The Shieldlands, chats with Shigeto Koyama, Hirokazu Koreeda and Kpop sensation Boys Republic, as well as a look back at 2015’s highlights and a massive preview of all the great entertainment heading our way in 2016!
This month we fulfilled a childhood dream. Finding ourselves on the lot at Pinewood, we were presented with the opportunity to sit in an iconic spaceship. No, we’re not talking about that one. We wedged ourselves into the pilot seat of Red Dwarf’s Starbug, played with the buttons and pulled that control lever back and forth as if we were happily diving through space. If they hadn’t organised a chat with the cast, who were on top form, they’d have had to physically prize us out of there.
While you’ll have to wait till 2016 to hear about those exploits (and how those Starbug seats used to be a whole lot more dangerous!), this month we’re finally able to share our visit to ITV’s Beowulf (see page 20). Our intrepid reporter Sharon Gosling braved the same icy winds and inhospitable conditions the actors and crew had faced for months, to bring you an in-depth report. Production designer Grant Montgomery also shares some exclusive details, and having already seen the first episode, we promise you won’t want to miss this show.
There’s also plenty of other entertainment on the horizon you won’t want to miss. The MyM team has delved deep into its crystal ball to share what’s going to be scorching in 2016 (see page 24 onwards), while also making sure you saw all the good stuff this year with out 2015 review.
And if you’re reading this as the family slumps in front of the TV desperately searching for something – anything! – to watch that isn’t another Christmas special, might we suggest you check out page 66 for a rundown of the best anti-yuletide movies available? Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from all the team.
Matt Chapman, Editor
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ISSUE 45 FULL CONTENTS
BEOWULF: RETURN TO THE SHIELDLANDS
MyM’s Sharon Gosling took shelter in the grand Mead Hall, as she visited the cast and crew of ITV’s epic new production in the wilds of Northumberland and County Durham.
2015 REVIEW & 2016 PREVIEW
Following another bumper year of entertainment, MyM picks its faves from 2015 and predicts what’ll be blowing up on social media in 2016.
We chat with mecha maestro, character designer and animator Shigeto Koyama about his loveable robot Baymax, fetishistic art styles and bitchy protagonists.
Internationally acclaimed Palme d’Or-winning director Hirokazu Koreeda tells MyM about his latest family drama, Our Little Sister.
Fifteen years on, MyM finds that director Kinji Fukasaku’s bloody and brilliant movie has lost none of its power.
Scribe award-winning fantasy author Erin M Evans talks character cosplay and erotic fiction.
TOP 10: ANTI-CHRISTMAS MOVIES
Jayne Nelson says “Bah, humbug” to ordinary holiday fare as she counts down 10 more unusual Christmas movies.
MY MUSIC: KAMIJO
MyM chats with one of the leaders of the Japanese visual kei movement.
Including the rise of cat cafes and an exclusive interview with K-pop sensation Boys Republic.
Rebecca Moriarty talks with two cosplayers taking to Twitch, Katharine Byrne interviews Italian cosplayer Jocurryrice about creating a Fairy Tail costume from scraps, and we present posters of four more stunning cosplays from this year’s EuroCosplay Finals.
A recent trip to the Big Apple sees Fashion Watch’s Saoirse Clohessy meet up with Kitsy and Karen, two of NYC’s thriving lolita community.
Katie Carter – AKA Capsule Bunny – visits Japan’s Design Festa to snap up one-of-a-kind hand-made goodies.
COMICS & MANGA REVIEWS
French steampunk yarns, feuding Brazilian brothers and Alan Moore’s post-apocalypse future fall under Andy Shaw’s eagle eye this issue, while Ian Wolf investigates a new manga by the creators of Death Note, befriends beasties in Yo-Kai Watch and is too cheerful to survive in School-Live!
FILM & TV REVIEWS
Reviewed this month, in alphabetical order, are Aaaaaaaah!, Attack on Titan, The Good Dinosaur, Halo: Fall of Reach, Heist, Krampus, Sinister 2, Victor Frankenstein and The Wolfpack. But which got the thumbs up?
GAMES PREVIEWS & REVIEWS
As 2015 draws to a close, we take a look at the last few releases of the year, including Just Cause 3, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Sword Art Online: Lost Song and Star Wars Battlefront, while getting our first look at some of 2016’s promising titles, like Far Cry Primal, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Arslan: The Warriors of Legend.
This month we rate the cyber-enhanced finale of Ghost in the Shell Arise, check out returning classic Full Metal Panic!, run a Geiger counter over Coppelion, get ecchi with So, I Can’t Play H! and go Beyond The Boundary in search of a Samurai Harem. Also covered are Blade & Soul, Black Bullet, Danganronpa and the latest installment of virtual reality anime Sword Art Online II.
Including enough Star Wars-inspired clothing to fill a wardrobe and a special edition of Streetfighter V.