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Tuesday 24th May 2016

MCM London Comic Con will be taking place on the 27th, 28th and 29th May at the ExCeL and, as usual, we’ll be running our customary Manga UK Booth for all of your anime purchasing needs… In addition to this, we’re very excited to announce we’ll have our own Manga UK stage hosting a number of exciting events and competitions!

Our main attraction for the weekend will be Anime Karaoke - we’ve got 150+ anime theme songs from shows such as Naruto, Attack on Titan, DBZ and more for you to come around and have a sing-a-long to. Bring your friends, let’s make it an anime sing and dance party! See here for our full list of available songs.

On the Saturday, we’ll be selling raffle tickets throughout the day in preparation for our Kumamoto Earthquake Relief Raffle. Buy a ticket for £2 and gather ‘round the stage at 1pm for the draw - prizes up for grabs include Manga & Animatsu mugs, an Attack on Titan prize pack and all nine seasons of DBZ on DVD! All money raised will be donated to GlobalGiving’s Kumamoto Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. Full prize list and terms & conditions can be found here.

On the Saturday @ 3pm, we will be on the Bronze Stage with unmissable news and announcements regarding our upcoming releases, so make sure you swing by! On Friday the 27th, we will also be hosting a Meet Manga Q&A, so be sure to drop in, say hi and ask any burning questions.

Manga Team
On social media, we’ll be running #FindManga - our social team Darcy and Fray will be tweeting and Snapchatting their location over the weekend: find them and say that day’s codeword to win some exclusive stickers/badges and become an honorary Manga team member!

Make sure to stop by for our #NarutoSelfie - we’ll be handing out Naruto and Boruto head gear for our daily giant selfie - and our #Kamehamehaaa competition where you can come up on stage and do your best Dragon Ball poses for prizes! Who’s got the best power pose?! There will also be plenty of opportunities to meet the Manga Team and ask any burning questions!

Our booth will also be home to our daily anime poll - receive plastic tokens when you make a purchase from the shop (or just a ask a Manga Team member nicely!) and drop them in our special ballot boxes to vote on such pressing questions as Action or Moe? and Akira or Ghost in the Shell?

For those who can’t make it to the con, we’ll be giving away some of our Comic Con Exclusive Manga & Animatsu Goody Bags and other prizes, so even if you can’t be there with us make sure to keep an eye out on Twitter and Snapchat! (UK entrants only).

Manga Bag
See below for a full schedule of what we’re doing over the weekend!

Manga MCM Schedule


Digimon: Digital Monsters Season 2

was £39.99
By popular demand, the anime fan-favourite released for the first time on DVD!

Four years after Tai, Mimi and the rest of the Digidestined brought peace to the digital world and found their way back home, the Digimon Emperor - a new villain - threatens the world and its Digital Monsters. With some the original kids off to junior high, a new generation is chosen to defend and save the world from evil.

Davis, Yolei, Cody, and Ken join T.K and Kari to form the new Digidestined team. Together they journey back to the Digital World to battle the Digimon Emperor and free all the Digital Monsters from his control.



Schoolgirls, Money and Rebellion in Japan

Sharon Kinsella's new book reviewed
It’s a truism widely acknowledged in the anime world that so many Japanese cartoons are obsessed with fantasy figures of 15-year-old schoolgirls because they are aimed at audience of desperate teenage boys. But Sharon Kinsella’s latest book, Schoolgirls, Money and Rebellion in Japan, points to a wider media malaise...


Come on Academy, give Takahata his due
Kaguya has plenty to please Oscar voters. Unlike some of Takahata’s films, it’s extremely accessible to Western viewers. As MyM magazine put it, “You watch Takahata’s film and you can hear the underlying millennium-old tale as if it’s being read to you aloud, at bedtime surely, to your childhood self.”

Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero

Andrew Osmond calls it like he sees it…
Actually, Aesthetica should be called The New Boobfest where Girls Fight Monsters and Lose Panties, From The People Who Brought You Master of Martial Hearts, Queen’s Blade and the Ikki Tousen Franchise. That tells us where we are!

Hayao Miyazaki versus Alan Moore

Seconds out for the battle of the beards
They’re world-famous practitioners of pictorial media. They started out labouring in despised sub-cultures, then rose to become full-blown artists with establishment respect. Oh, and they both have really impressive facial hair. Miyazaki prefers to keep his beard neatly trimmed, but Moore’s magnificent bristle evokes a shaggy primeval forest, housing a Paleolithic shaman from Northampton or a bouncing bellowing Totoro. Or possibly both.


Who watches the watchmen watching your thoughts...?
Psycho-Pass; the first half of the name should warn you. This is a blend of SF and horror by the studio which brought you Ghost in the Shell, now splicing cyberpunk, police procedural and splatter. There will be blood, and dismembered body parts, and if no-one’s actually eaten a human liver on the show yet, there’s still Psycho-Pass 2 to come.

2014 at the Japanese box office

Jasper Sharp runs the numbers on newly-released statistics
The incendiary claims put forward last October by Takeshi Kitano that “the Japanese film industry is going to ruins” seemed to hit a raw nerve with many in the industry and were widely reported in the international press.
Check out this exclusive clip from Takeshi Miike's hilarious action-horror, Yakuza Apocalypse!


Tom Smith on the band behind Be As One
Unlike a number of the bands featured on the Manga UK blog, W-inds haven’t had much of a history with anime tie-ins despite their massive success. In fact, in 14 years they’ve only ever done two anime themes; their first in Akira Amano’s Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, and more recently with Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail, where their 29th single Be as One became its sixth ending.
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