Issue 56 of MyM magazine is out now, featuring Disney’s Moana, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and our massive Christmas gift guide!
Welcome to issue 56! And happy Christmas! OK, so we’re just a teensy bit ahead of our time – Halloween is barely behind us! – but when you’ve spent as much time as we have hunting down amazing Christmas gift ideas, you can’t help but feel a little festive.
We’ve had our geek dreams shattered just one too many times on Christmas day (that box last year was so the right shape to be a remote-control BB-8 droid, but hey, thanks for the spiralizer…) and we’re determined not to let the same happen to you. So if you want to score big this festive season, we suggest you leave this magazine open on pages 26-27 or 28-29 and give your loved ones a bit of a present-buying nudge.
But hold on. As we face the prospect of bidding sayonara to 2016 before our feet have barely trodden its paths, there’s still plenty of good stuff to enjoy. For starters, we sniff another Disney classic in the making with Moana (see page 19), thanks to a charismatic fella they call The Rock. Not to be outdone, the Harry Potter franchise makes a welcome return to our screens, as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits cinemas (see page 76).
It’s also a bumper month for anime fans. Scotland proved once again that it really does love anime (see page 56), as we report back on one of the most eclectic line-ups at the Scotland Loves Anime festival. We also pick out the excellent, intriguing and just plain out-there shows you should be watching from anime’s new autumn season (page 47), before getting to the genre’s main event…
Your Name has been toppling Japanese box office records like a DC-hero super-scrap topples buildings, and it’s finally arrived on our shores. Is it as good as you’ve heard? Why not check out our review on page 71 and find out. And once you’ve done that, hear from the man himself, Makoto Shinkai, on the huge personal effort that goes into making his films as good as possible.
With that, we’re off for a cuppa and to hunt out some chocolate. That 2017 feature on Easter eggs isn’t going to write itself…
Matt Chapman, Editor
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MyM ISSUE 56 FULL CONTENTS
How do you top your work on Disney classics Aladdin and The Little Mermaid? Directors John Musker and Ron Clements unveil their secret weapon: the comic timing and lovely singing voice of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
MY GOODIES: XMAS GIFT GUIDE
Stumped over what to leave under the tree to treat the geek in your life? Follow our indispensable guide…
Your Name may currently be breaking box office records in Japan, but that hasn’t helped Makoto Shinkai’s comfort levels, he tells MyM’s Roxy Simons.
A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO JOSS WHEDON
He’s the comic geek who turned his feelings of being a social outcast into a generation-defining television show – and finally gave us the Avengers movie we’d all been waiting for. Jayne Nelson explores all things Whedon-verse.
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
The cast, creator and production team discuss the next beastly step for the Harry Potter franchise.
SCOTLAND LOVES ANIME
Tom Arden makes his annual pilgrimage north of the border for the seventh Scotland Loves Anime festival, which this year played host to a truly eclectic line-up.
Up-and-coming director Hirokazu Kai reveals the autobiographical nature of his latest love story Innocent15.
Including a major announcement for MCM London Comic Con 2017 and a trip to PonyCon.
Ready for some JRPG-style duelling? James Pickard looks at two new games bringing the Final Fantasy franchise to your tabletop.
COSPLAY & FASHION
This month, we feature four epic cosplay posters from the EuroCosplay finals, Katharine Byrne talks leather woes and robot dinosaurs with Raven Star Cosplay and Emily Faulder sits down with Tania Piccolo and Madeleine Allcock, two fashion illustrators drawn to lolita style.
TOP 10: MOVIES FROM TV SHOWS
Jayne Nelson counts down the 10 best small-screen series ported into cinemas.
FILM & TV REVIEWS
Saucering our eyes this month, in alphabetical order, were Better Call Saul Season 2, Creepy, Doctor Strange, A Double Life, Ghostbusters, I Am Not A Serial Killer, Innocent15, Interiors, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Now You See Me 2, Rupture, Seto and Utsumi, We Are The Flesh, We Are X and the wonderful Your Name.
VIDEO GAME REVIEWS
In a bumper pre-Christmas month for video games, we review epic mech shooter Titanfall 2, incredible world-builder Civilization VI, cutesy RPG World of Final Fantasy, slime-covered creation tool Dragon Quest Builders, Gears of War 4, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II and a bevvy of PlayStation VR titles, while still finding time to preview Berserk and the Band of the Hawk, Pokémon Sun & Moon and more!
There’s a lorry load of retro in this issue’s anime section, with Fullmetal Alchemist, Akira, Digimon, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and the first three Pokémon movies all seeing new releases. Not that it’s utterly old school around these parts – we also check out Project Itoh adaptation Harmony, The Perfect Insider, Photo Kano, High School DxD and lesbian bear oddity Yurikuma Arashi, plus second helpings of Rock Lee and Nobunaga the Fool. Meanwhile, Andy Hanley gets to grips with anime’s new autumn season.
COMIC & MANGA REVIEWS
Vintage horror, an Eric Haven anthology and a sumptuous slice of Charles Burns weirdness fall under Andy Shaw’s critical gaze, while manga man Ian Wolf goes gun crazy with Aoharu X Machinegun, tries to survive high school with Tohyo Game and learns how to set up a magical sex dungeon. Cripes.
MY MEDIA: JON BAILEY
The ‘Epic Voice’ from Honest Trailers shares his love of robots in disguise.