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Cosplay Zone Winners

Sunday 6th November 2011

Jerome Mazandarani delivers his verdict and the prizes

And here, after a week’s wait and a week’s deliberations, are the winners of the Manga Entertainment Cosplay Zone competition from October’s London MCM Expo.

Each winner, including each of the Group winners, will each get £200 of Manga and Anchor Bay Blu-rays and DVDs, from a roster including Spartacus Season 1 and 2 box sets, Dance in the Vampire Bund, the Akira Steelbook, D Gray Man box set, Soul Eater box set, Naruto Shippuden Season 1 box set, Summer Wars, Redline and Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. Plus, they get their own prints of their photographs, courtesy of our lovely photographer, Paul Jacques.

Metal Gear Solid Cosplay

Best Male -- Liam Maddock as Old Snake from Metal Gear Solid
A great example of what cosplay should be all about. Excellent attention to detail, fantastic creativity in sourcing and piecing different materials to achieve the overall look, a sense of humour and faithfulness to the original character. Well done.

Predator Cosplay

Best Female -- Ella Roberts as She Predator
This is one of the best costumes I have ever seen in 6 years of MCM Expo. You can tell the costume has been faithfully built from the ground up entirely by hand. This is not an off the peg costume. It's amazing and shows real imagination. I love it.

CardCaptor Sakura Kero ArrowBest Group – Tanya, Carla and Steph as Card Captor Sakura et al.
A wonderful result to look at, and great poses, girls.


Death Note Complete Series And Ova Collectors Edition

was £59.99
On Blu-ray for the first time! Collected across 6 discs containing all 37 episodes of the hit anime series plus the bonus Death Note: Relight OVAs.

Light Yagami is a genius high school student who is about to learn about life through a book of death. When a bored shinigami, God of Death, named Ryuk drops a black notepad called a Death Note, Light receives power over life and death with the stroke of a pen. Determined to use this dark gift for the best, Light sets out to rid the world of evil... namely the people he believes to be evil.
Should anyone hold such power?
The consequences of Light’s actions will set the world ablaze.

Contains episodes 1-37 plus Death Note Relight OVAs on a bonus Blu-ray disc
Also features exclusive collectors edition rigid box packaging
Languages: English, Japanese and English Subtitles



Code Geass vs Death Note

If you liked that, you might like this
At heart, Death Note and Code Geass tell the same story. A teenage Tokyo schoolboy with a towering intellect, railing against the world, is given fantastic powers by a supernatural agency. He finds he can manipulate people like puppets and kill with ease. His power is bound by rules and restrictions, yet still seems godlike.


Fray pays a visit to a Japanese canned food restaurant.

Robotics Notes

Andrew Osmond tries to build his own robot…
Robotics;Notes could be called You Can Build Your Own Giant Robot! It’s about geeks engaged in a preposterous project; building the mecha they’ve seen in anime for real. The show’s aimed at viewers who might think they really could. After all, they’d probably heard of otaku who have built oversized robots for real.

Mamoru Oshii Interview

The director of Ghost in the Shell on being digital
"For the first time in my career I was dealing with something that existed only as data within a machine. In a way, I felt shocked, but at the same time I understood that it was the prelude of what my job as a filmmaker was going to be."


This Koko is no clown
Opening with a running fight down a freeway where anti-tank missiles and heavy vehicles are tossed around like party favours, the first episode never lets up, setting a standard that the show maintains throughout.

Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira then and now

Helen McCarthy examines Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark Akira, then and now
1988 in Japan: Yamaha Motors won the J-League but Nissan won the Cup. Western pop divas Bananarama, Kylie and Tiffany were on TV. Japanese real estate values climbed so high that the Imperial Palace garden was worth more than the State of California, and Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward had a higher market value than Canada. The Government signed the FIRST Basel Accord, triggering a crash that wiped out half Japan’s stock market. Katsuhiro Omoto’s movie Akira premiered on 16th July.

Naruto Music: 7!!

Tom Smith on the newest numero-enchanted musicians
It may sound odd to English ears, but 7!!’s choice of pronunciation makes sense (well, a tiny bit of sense) when put into the context of where the band grew up; Okinawa. It’s an area that’s closer to Taiwan than mainland Japan, and one that’s had a heavy US military presence since the Second World War. These factors, among plenty of others, have had an affect on the cultural evolution of the islands, and one of the most evident examples can be found in local popular music scene.
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