Issue 65 of MyM magazine is out now, featuring Death Note, The Ghoul, MCM Manchester Comic Con and a massive six pages of Japan’s hottest music acts!
We’re all for equal opportunities here at MyM. And we’re not going to judge you based on your background or upbringing, because we know it takes grit to get where you’re going no matter what your start in life was. Honestly, if we described some of the jobs we had before this, you’d be amazed (although that day we had to ferry boxes of pottery to a skip and break every piece so it wouldn’t be stolen, was more cathartic than the most vigorous backrub or longest session of therapy could ever be. TMI? We’ll move on).
It never fails to amaze us how people make it in the world, though, and the tenaciousness of those we meet each issue is truly inspiring. You could be born as the granddaughter of Bing Crosby (see page eight) and feel that entertainment runs through your veins. Or you could be a musician looking to bypass the usual channels of success, who dreams of going it alone with your band and having total control, so you decide to set up your own label (see page 26). You could be tired of sending out film scripts that never get commissioned and decide to fund your own low-budget chiller (see page 76) to get yourself noticed. Or you could be an actor finally stepping behind the camera, who calls in favours from the people you’ve been good to over the years (see page 82).
Everyone in our pages is an extraordinary individual, in the same way that everyone reading this right now is. That’s right, we mean you. We’ve see your enthusiasm for the things we love go to incredible lengths, and the cosplay photos on page eight are the smallest ice cube broken off the tallest iceberg when it comes to that.
So don’t stop doing what you’re doing. Because that’s how the people who make it into the pages of our magazine get there, including the awesome readers we papped at MCM Manchester.
Matt Chapman, Editor-in-chief
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ISSUE 65 FULL CONTENTS
Director Adam Wingard chats exclusively with MyM to reveal why his Netflix anime adaptation has a life of its own. And lots of blood.
MY MUSIC: JAPAN SPECIAL
MyM’s Roxy Simons met the hottest Japanese acts appearing in the UK to talk promising new careers, successful comebacks and sell-out albums.
Is it the Apocalypse Now of video games? HyperPlay RPG editor Peter King makes the case for an epic video game full of philosophical wonders and discussions on the nature of God.
THE ORIGINS OF MAGICAL GIRL ANIME
Megan Scussel traces the birth of mahou shoujo, one of anime’s most popular genres.
Writer/director Gareth Tunley speaks exclusively to MYM about his psychological thriller, where nothing is quite what it seems.
ANYONE FOR TENCHI?
A quarter of a century on, Alex Jones looks back at the classic ‘harem comedy’, including surprising spin-offs, alternate realities and an eyebrow-raising family tree.
Including the best cosplay from MCM Manchester Comic Con and all the highlights from San Diego Comic Con.
TOP 10 SPOOF MOVIES
Counting down the best movie parodies ever made.
MANGA & COMIC REVIEWS
Manga man Ian Wolf hangs out with cute sea critters in Wadanohara, superpowered schoolkids in Alice & Zoroku, musical medics in Kounodori and boobtastic bruisers in Sekirei. Meanwhile, Andy Shaw’s reading list includes Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons’ Martha Washington collection, French fantasy classic Armies and seedy thriller Peepland.
FILM & TV REVIEWS
This month we mainlined Asian movies (Takeshi Miike’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Bluebeard, Blade of the Immortal, New Battles Without Honor and Humanity, The Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio and Before We Vanish), while our Western diet consisted of Eat Locals, The Ghoul, Inconceivable, Ghost in the Shell, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Voice from the Stone, Origin Wars and Death Note.
Andy Hanley leads things off with his guide to anime’s new summer season, before our regular review crew checks out the latest releases, from Barakamon, Food Wars! and Girls Beyond The Wasteland to Attack on Titan: Junior High, ’90s classic Tenchi Muyo! and Heavy Object.
The best Japanese-inspired board games.
VIDEO GAME PREVIEWS
Upcoming titles include Ace Combat 7, Destiny 2, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Fable Fortune, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Milanoir and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.
COSPLAY & FASHION
Star Wars, Mortal Kombat, Green Lantern and Supergirl grace our cosplay poster pages this issue, while Emily Valentine interviews Harajuku fashion icon Haruka Kurebayashi and Katharine Byrne chats with French cosplayer David Chan.
Capsule Bunny becomes a Barbie girl at the Pink Holiday cafe in Yokohama.
MY MEDIA: JASON FLEMYNG
The actor and debut director shares his faves.