Issue 61 of MyM magazine is out now, featuring Dragon Quest Heroes II, Voltron, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s Chris Pratt and Neil Gaiman and Bryan Fuller on American Gods.
As we’ve been busy crafting this issue for your enjoyment, we’ve had some major earworms invade our heads – largely thanks to the return of Guardians of the Galaxy, as Vol. 2 heads to cinemas. Amazingly, Chris Pratt (see page 28) admits that he listened to the soundtrack from the first movie for months every time he worked out. So, by the time the film hit the big screen, he practically hated it!
Don’t worry, he promises that his mom had even better taste when it came to that Vol. 2 tape and that “the songs are primo”. They’ll be reaching our ears too late for them to make an impact on our Top 10 Movie Soundtracks, though (see page 30). Is your fave in there? Feel free to hit us up on Facebook.com/MyMmag to debate our choices.
Elsewhere, we take a look at the work of two amazing authors. First up is Philip K Dick, AKA “the most brilliant sci-fi mind on any planet” (see page 62). Even if you’ve never read a single page of his work (and if you haven’t, we highly recommend seeking it out) chances are he’s touched your life, with Blade Runner and The Man in the High Castle being just two examples of the many works based on his writings. Then we chat to author Neil Gaiman and showrunner Bryan Fuller (see page 68) about how they’ve turned Gaiman’s novel American Gods into your new favourite TV show.
Our well-rounded (and calorie free!) diet of entertainment continues with an in-depth look at the video game Dragon Quest Heroes II (see page 16), while we also dig deep into the story of Voltron (see page 57), charting this anime giant’s boom and bust life. It’s enough to make us forget all about Star-Lord’s Awesome Mix Vol. 1 – oh no, it’s popped in there again! All together now, “Ooga chaka, ooga ooga…”
Matt Chapman, Editor
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ISSUE 61 FULL CONTENTS
DRAGON QUEST HEROES II
MyM talks exclusively to producer Ryota Aomi about the video game sequel and goes hands-on with the action-RPG spin-off.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
Chris Pratt reveals his love (and hate!) for the soundtrack to his Marvel movie franchise.
From its accidental origins in the ’80s to its recent revival on Netflix, MyM takes a look at the lion-hearted king of the cartoon jungle.
Author Neil Gaiman and showrunner Bryan Fuller introduce us to the unknown underbelly of the United States of America: one filled with ancient, squabbling deities and their newer, bolder counterparts.
The documentary director discusses his fiction debut, Pieta in the Toilet.
A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO PHILIP K DICK
Paranoid; a drug-user; obsessed with cosmic deities (!) and, most of all, a gifted storyteller: Philip K Dick was many things. MyM profiles a man whose mantra was: “Things are seldom what they seem.”
MyM travelled to the Osaka Asian Film Festival to chat with director Daisuke Miyazaki and stars Nina Endo and Haruka Uchimura about their latest film.
Including Billie Piper on what happened next in Penny Dreadful and an exclusive peek at footage from Transformers: The Last Knight.
COSPLAY & FASHION
Emily Valentine gets J-fashion fan Danny to show us his kawaii side, Katharine Byrne talks leather with Witcher cosplayer Pipa Wolf and we have four posters featuring a lesser-known Disney princess, a kickass Korean mecha pilot, a post-apocalypse android and a whole helping of Suicide Squad!
Including a figure of Ghost in the Shell’s Major crafted by Weta Workshop and a graphic novel based on the iTunes Terms and Conditions!
FILM & TV REVIEWS
Saucering our eyeballs this month were, in alphabetical order, Beauty And The Beast, The Belko Experiment, Doctor Who: The Pertwee Years, Ghost in the Shell, Lady Macbeth, My Father Die, Realm of the Damned: Tenebris Deos, Swiss Army Man, Sword Master, Unlocked and Whisky Galore!
Andy Hanley checks out Little Witch Academia, while our review crew rates prescient political fable Gatchaman Crowds Insight, feature-length fantasy Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale, fresh fairy tale Snow White with the Red Hair and the frankly bonkers Daimidaler: Prince vs. Penguin Empire. We also cover Busou Shinki: Armored War Goddess, Nisekoi False Love Season 2 and the mechacentric Heavy Object and Mobile Suit Gundam Movie Trilogy.
MANGA & COMIC REVIEWS
This month Ian Wolf gets sporty with soccer story Giant Killing and baseball series Ace of Diamond, and checks out the manga inspirations for recent anime shows Anonymous Noise and Flying Witch. Meanwhile, Andy Shaw takes in a bumper crop of new comics, with reviews of My Favorite Thing is Monsters, The Assignment, The Last American, Savage Highway and the must-read Spill Zone.
This month we finally get our hands on Kickstarter success Yooka-Laylee and Persona 5 – two highly anticipated games with very different levels of success – and preview a selection of indie titles, including Get Even and Redeemer.
Saddle up, pardners: Dave Axbey hits the trail in search of board games with a rootin’, tootin’ Wild West theme.
Capsule Bunny shuns Tokyo’s big-name fashion areas to look at hidden gem Koenji.
TOP 10 MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS
Counting down the movie hit parade.
MY MEDIA: FISH LIEW AND JEN YU
The two rising stars of Hong Kong cinema journey to Hacksaw Ridge and Manchester By The Sea.