Issue 70 of MyM magazine is out now, featuring Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ming-na Wen, Studio Ghibli-inspired video game Forgotten Anne, director Takashi Miike and an indispensable guide to Dalek creator Terry Nation!
There’s a distinctly Asian flavour to this month’s MyM magazine, as we delve deep into the worlds of video games, anime and film. Our gorgeous cover betrays the love of Studio Ghibli that Forgotten Anne’s video game designers harbour (see page 32), so no doubt they’ll be as glad as we are to see Hayao Miyazaki’s Boro the Caterpillar (page eight) finally popping up in March.
We also discuss all things Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in an exclusive chat with Asian American Ming-na Wen (see page 74). The self-professed nerd loved our idea for a quirky, clumsy, scaredy-cat version of her character, so you have us to thank should ‘Belinda’ May eventually appear in Marvel’s TV series!
Elsewhere, Korean director Kang Yoon-sung discusses his electrifying action debut The Outlaws (page 60), as cult Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike talks about Blade of the Immortal – his hundredth movie (count ’em, 100! Miike didn’t, someone had to tell him!).
Meanwhile, serial studio founder and legendary anime producer Masao Maruyama (Death Note, In This Corner of the World) talks about the host of top directors he’s worked with (page 48). We also delve into Studio Trigger’s fan favourite series Little Witch Academia with Yoh Yoshinari (page 58), to uncover the British influences on the Netflix show about a trio of wannabe witches.
Even with all those Asian influences, we still manage to fly the flag for the Brits this issue. Scottish actor and voice over artist Graham McTavish (page 82), currently playing the Saint of Killers in AMC’s Preacher, picks his favourite media. The 40th anniversary of Blake’s 7’s is also the perfect excuse to look at the work of Terry Nation (page 62), who invented the Daleks and Survivors, and wrote for numerous shows including – believe it or not – MacGyver!
Until next issue, zài jiàn.
Matt Chapman, Editor-in-chief
ISSUE 70 FULL CONTENTS
Catch a glimpse of Forgotton Anne in motion and its Ghibli-like aura will leave you stunned. MyM spoke to creative director Alfred Nguyen to discover how ThroughLine Games combined its fondness for classic anime and cinematic video games.
MyM caught up with the legendary anime producer and Madhouse co-founder, whose distinguished career has seen him work with a host of top directors.
LITTLE WITCH ACADEMIA
Magic’s in the air as MyM meets director Yoh Yoshinari, to discuss Studio Trigger’s fan favourite series starring a trio of wannabe witches.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s resident butt-kicker lays her geek cards on the table as she discusses her role as no-nonsense agent Melinda May.
Roxy Simons sits down with Korean director Kang Yoon-sung to discuss his electrifying action debut.
BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO TERRY NATION
Primarily known as the man who invented Doctor Who’s Daleks, Brian J Robb proves there’s more than just ‘Exterminate!’ to Terry Nation, including Survivors, Blake’s 7 and… MacGyver?
The cult director on manga, violence and why Takuya Kimura is the perfect immortal swordsman.
Including Astro Boy stage play Pluto and a chat with The Orville’s Scott Grimes.
FILM & TV REVIEWS
It’s an eclectic mix this January, as we review A Ghost Story, Black Mirror, Top Knot Detective, Darkest Hour and Early Man, while also getting our action fix courtesy of The Commuter, Jumanji, The Dark Tower and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
COMIC & MANGA REVIEWS
Blood Bowl, interstellar immigrants and the Fab Four are in the mix as Andy Shaw checks out the latest comic releases, while Ian Wolf’s manga journey takes him to planet camp, sand-surfing cities and a not-at-all-terrifying orphanage.
Ain’t nuthin’ but a ‘G’ thang this month as Gangsta, Gate and Gundam ZZ all get the third degree. Our review crew also tackle Ronja The Robber’s Daughter, Hello!! Kinmoza! and a double dose of Dragon Ball, while Tom Arden checks out what’s hot (and not) in the world of anime streaming.
VIDEO GAME PREVIEWS
This month’s digital haul includes CCG and RTS hybrid Golem Gates, Roman open-world RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance, the souped-up Monster Hunter World, turn-based conspiracy thriller Phantom Doctrine, Viking-themed tactical battler Wartile and super-slick cyberpunk yarn Red Strings Club.
Send out your colony ships, oil the robot army and hassle the builders about getting that Death Star finished – it’s time to carve out an interstellar empire! Dave Axbey selects five sci-fi board games to satisfy your space-faring soul.
Fashion icon Capsule Bunny visits a pop-up café honouring kawaii superstar Gudetama.
TOP 10 FELINE FILM STARS
Jayne Nelson counts down the best kitties ever committed to celluloid.
COSPLAY & FASHION
Louise Saul chats with GingerSnap Cosplay about creating Aloy, the robot-hunting heroine of Horizon Zero Dawn; Emily Valentine sits down with Kevin House, whose Butikku pop-up shops are showcasing Japanese indie designers in the UK; and we present four more ultra-cool costumes from the EuroCosplay Championships.
MY MEDIA: GRAHAM MCTAVISH
The Saint of Killers on his love for Wind in the Willows.