Issue 52 of MyM, the official magazine of MCM Comic Con, is out now – and we’ve set the bar pretty high this month. Featuring an explosion of animation, it includes Ice Age: Collision Course, Disney’s Moana, Anomalisa, Finding Dory, Cannon Busters, Cardcaptor Sakura, The Case of Hana & Alice, Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters and all the other highlights from Annecy 2016!
We blame our trip to Annecy, because it’s all got a little bit animated here at MyM! Our yearly pilgrimage to the animation industry’s biggest showcase saw us wigging out to new Disney clips and lapping up word of Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters (see page 68). From there things got a little crazy…
First, we travel back to the Ice Age to chat with director Mike Thurmeier and producer Lori Forte (page 20), as their film franchise makes a bid to be the most successful animated movie series of all time. Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton (page 14) has some way to go to catch up, as the sequel to Finding Nemo lands 13 years after the first film.
When it comes to anime, strap yourself in for a major treat. We chat to director Shunji Iwai about The Case of Hana & Alice, his oddball movie about two mystery-solving schoolgirls (page 47). One of the magical girl genre’s most iconic franchises celebrates its 20th anniversary, allowing us to take an in-depth look at Cardcaptor Sakura (page 28). Cannon Busters creator LeSean Thomas also shares his favourite anime (page 82), as his own Kickstarter toon prepares for launch.
All of which is before we shower you with 10 pages of anime reviews (starting on page 50), which this month are bolstered by three pages of animation movie reviews (page 72). ‘Animation Special’ you say? We couldn’t agree more.
Matt Chapman, Editor
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ISSUE 52 FULL CONTENTS
ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE
MyM chats with co-director Mike Thurmeier and series producer Lori Forte about the franchise’s history, as it bids to become the most successful animated series of all time.
From turtles to Trollhunters, MyM’s Tom Arden shares the highlights from this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
MyM celebrates the 20th anniversary of one of the most iconic magical girl franchises, as a new anime series waits in the wings.
HANA & ALICE’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE
Director Shunji Iwai on the challenges of making The Case of Hana & Alice, his oddball movie about two mystery-solving schoolgirls.
SUMMER IN THE CITY
YouTube festival founders Dave Bullas and Tom Burns look back to where it all started and preview the 2016 event.
Including a trip to Glastonbury and an interview with Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton.
Roll them bones! Dave Axbey and Matt Chapman search the cardboard catacombs for horror-themed board games that’ll give you goosebumps!
Capsulebunny’s Sailor Moon obsession gets the better of her.
Including Call Of Cthulhu: The Card Game and some super-cute ’n’ cuddly Kaiju Kitties!
MY MUSIC: PERTURBATOR
MyM met the man behind Hotline Miami’s menacing sci-fi and anime-inspired electro.
MY MEDIA: LESEAN THOMAS
The Cannon Busters creator reveals his favourite anime.
COSPLAY & FASHION
Katharine Byrne talks to US cosplayer Catching Keys about unleashing her Jedi cosplay powers, Emily Faulder checks out kawaii cakes at a Hello Kitty café, and our poster section sees The Witcher 3, Batman, Evangelion and Zootropolis living together in glorious harmony.
FILM & TV REVIEWS
Animation rules the roost, as we take a gander at Finding Dory, Only Yesterday, The Secret Life of Pets, Anomalisa and Belladonna of Sadness. Meanwhile, our live-action treats this month include Neon Demon, Strangerland, River, The Mermaid, Daemos Rising and Gods of Egypt.
COMIC & MANGA REVIEWS
Andy Shaw encounters Judge Dredd at his titanic best, meddles with magic and discovers that the devil doesn’t always have the best tunes. Meanwhile, Ian Wolf hits the road with Toppu GP, does things by the book in Black Clover and wonders whether marriage is all it’s cracked up to be.
VIDEO GAME PREVIEWS & REVIEWS
This year’s truly bumper and surprising E3 led to an exciting amount of game announcements, including the reveal of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Resident Evil 7, Dead Rising 4, God of War, Prey, Death Stranding and tons more. We also find the time to review the long awaited Mighty No. 9, Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force, Monster Hunter Generations and Odin Sphere Leifthrasir.
This month the review crew chow down on new releases Ping Pong, Expelled From Paradise, Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East and The Heroic Legend Of Arslan, before tucking into second helpings of Haikyu!!, Mirai Nikki, Parasyte The Maxim and Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works. The latest instalments of Sword Art Online and Naruto Shippuden round off our anime feast.
TOP 10: J-DRAMAS
From light romances to psychological thrillers, Ruth Edmundson counts down Japan’s greatest TV dramas.