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What's on at the MCM Expo

Thursday 24th May 2012


What’s in store at the MCM Expo

Welcome to the Space ShowCome one, come all to the MCM Expo at London's Excel Centre on the weekend of the 25th-27th May, where we are having a full-on, no-holds-barred anime sale, with DVDs from just a pound, and Blu-rays from a fiver. The Manga booth is also the place to take part in the first SFX/Manga Cosplay Zone at our booth with the finalists published on SFX.co.uk where you can vote for your fave. Early birds will get an exclusive, limited edition copy of the Manga Entertainment, Know Your Anime comic book as well as a free DVD. Numbers are strictly limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

On Saturday 26th May, Manga/MCM Expo Special guests: Michael Sinterniklaas (One Piece, Naruto Shippuden) and Stephanie Sheh (Voice of Hinata Hyuga in Naruto Shippuden) will be attending the event to promote the worldwide exclusive of the feature length anime movie from A1 studio, Welcome To The Space Show (released by Manga Entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray on July 2nd). Join Michael and Steph as they introduce the first 10 minutes of the movie’s English dub to the audience in Theatre B on Saturday 25th May (time TBC).  This is a worldwide exclusive followed by a Q&A with Michael and Steph.

To celebrate the 2nd July release of Welcome To The Space Show, they will be exclusively signing a limited edition free Space Show poster on the Manga booth. Also bring your One Piece and Naruto covers to get signed too. Signing items are limited to two pieces per person. Get in line early to avoid disappointment.

Berserk

And on Sunday, Kaze/MCM Expo/Manga Entertainment are proud to present Berserk: The Golden Age Arc – Egg of the King, the first movie in the highly anticipated Berserk movie trilogy. Joining Kaze UK’s Andrew Partridge on stage for this special panel presentation of one the most exciting new anime features to hit UK shores in a long time will be English dub cast member -  Michael Sinterniklaas of dubbing studio, NYAV Post (Summer Wars, Welcome To The Space Show). The audience will get an exclusive sneak peek of the film as well as enjoy a Q&A. This will be followed by a free signing of Berserk movie posters on the Manga Entertainment booth. Bring your Naruto and One Piece stuff to get signed by Stephanie and Michael, too. Limited to two items per person. As ever, get in line early to avoid disappointment.

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Dragon Ball Z The Movie: Resurrection Of F

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The exciting follow up to the Dragon Ball battle of the Gods!
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ is the second film personally supervised by the series creator himself, Akira Toriyama. The new movie showcases the return of Frieza – one of the most iconic villains of all time.
Even the complete obliteration of his physical form can’t stop the galaxy’s most evil overlord. After years in spiritual purgatory, Frieza has been resurrected and plans to take his revenge on the Z-Fighters of Earth. Facing off against Frieza’s powerful new form, and his army of 1,000 soldiers, Goku and Vegeta must reach new levels of strength in order to protect Earth from their vengeful nemesis.

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