This weekend like many of you will be we’ll be making our biannual pilgrimage to London for the MCM London Comic Con event taking place at Excel London!
Today this post will inform you about our activity across the weekend, along with our good friends at Crunchyroll and of course MCM’s Anime Guests of Honour!
This post is divided into four sections
- MCM’s Anime Guests of Honour
- Crunchyroll @ MCM
- All The Anime @ MCM
- MCM’s KyoAni Tribute
Before we go any proceed with any other details, here’s a handy map image to help you gauge the locations of certain elements highlighted in this post
MCM’s Anime Guests of Honour
In case you missed it last week, MCM announced not one, but TWO Anime Guests of Honour for the event this weekend!
To celebrate the recent release of the Netflix anime, Carole & Tuesday director Motnobou Hori and legendary director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Terror in Resonance), who served as Chief Director on the series, will be at the event taking part in the traditional Anime Guest of Honour Panel on Saturday, along with two free signing sessions across the weekend!
The first of our two guests is the renowned Shinichiro Watanabe, director of the timeless classic Cowboy Bebop (which currently has a live-action Netflix series in development). Born in Kyoto, Japan in 1965, Mr. Watanabe was formerly an employee at Sunrise, where he supervised the episode direction and storyboards of many anime produced at the studio. He made his directorial debut as co-director of Macross Plus.
Mr. Watanabe’s other directorial credits include Samurai Champloo, Space Dandy and Terror in Resonance, before also recently directing an animated short set in the Blade Runner universe, Blade Runner: Black Out 2022. Mr. Watanabe is also the chief director of currently streaming Netflix series Carole & Tuesday.
Also joining us at the event is Motonobu Hori, who serves as the director of Studio BONES’ Carole & Tuesday, where he makes his full directorial debut. His previous roles include working on key animation, animation direction and storyboards for a wealth of anime, including Napping Princess, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc, and episodes of Psycho-Pass.
ANIME GUEST OF HONOUR SCHEDULE
— 11:30am @ Centre Stage (North Hall)
The Anime Guests of Honour Panel: Shinichiro Watanabe & Motonobu Hori
— 2:30pm – 3:30pm @ MCM Autograph Area (South Hall), Free Signing Session #1
Sunday 27th October 2019
— 2:30pm – 3:30pm @ MCM Autograph Area (South Hall), Free Signing Session #2
FREE SIGNING SESSION GUIDELINES / RULES
We’re anticipating there to be quite the demand to be able to get an item signed by the two Anime Guests of Honour, so the following rules/guidelines will be enforced to ensure as many people as possible can get a signature from the guests!
- These free signing sessions will not be ticketed events. This will be on a first come first served basis.
- There will be a signing card (at no extra charge) that everyone can get signed by the guests personalised to you! (Please note the guests will not sign any card unpersonalised)
Alternatively, you can bring 1 suitable item with you only to be signed by the guests.
- NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHS. We know a lot of people would like to have a photo with the guests, but due to the limited time available each day this will ultimately be dependant on the amount of people queuing for a signature / at the discretion of the guests themselves.
- NO SHIKISHI BOARD / CUSTOM DRAWINGS REQUESTS. Again we know people would like to be able to ask for this but due to the limited time available our goal is to make sure as many people as possible can get a signature, rather than not getting one at all. If you wish to bring a Shikishi board to only be signed by each guest however, that is fine.
SPECIAL COWBOY BEBOP FRAMED PRINTS available at all the anime stand
Following on from previous MCM London Comic Con events, we’re happy to say that to celebrate the fact one of MCM’s Anime Guests of Honour is the Shinchiro Watanabe, we’re going to be have a selection of framed prints (each being 40cm x 30cm) on sale (while stock lasts) at the All The Anime stand (booth #S610) using artwork that’s sure to look great on your wall!
What a lot of people have done in the past is purchase a print to then get signed by a guest, which is why we’re making this known here first (as it will be mentioned further below in this post as well.)
They’ll be available for £15 each, and you can see a preview visual of each below –
Additionally, we’ll also have extremely limited quantities of a special 2-print set featuring both Spike & Faye! They won’t be available separately and are only available strictly while stocks last for £25 a set. You can see a preview visual of each print below –
We know both Anime Guests of Honour are very excited to meet attendees of the event and we hope you’re excited to meet them too!
CRUNCHYROLL AT MCM
Crunchyroll return to MCM in a big way with a special event taking place on Friday evening, as well as their own booth space with some cool things you’ll want to make sure to experience and take in!
First of all, where do you find Crunchyroll at the event?
Crunchyroll will be situated at stand #S610 in the South Hall, not to far from the Block S3 entrance along the main concourse of the venue. (See the map image above for reference.) At their stand they’ll have a selection of brand new Crunchyroll merchandise for the first time anywhere that you can get your hands on!
At the event you’ll be able to purchase the first ever Crunchyroll Hime themed water bottle, mug and tea towel! Plus, there’ll also be a Crunchyroll Hime themed mugs and there’ll also t-shirts relating Dr. Stone, The Rising of the Shield Hero and That Time I got Reincarnated As a Slime available too!
But that’s not all that’s going on, as there will be the first Crunchyroll Carnival that will bring a variety of activities where you can win some Crunchyroll branded goodies! So come along and test your skills to see if you can win some prizes!
But wait, there’s more! We’ve got free posters to giveaway if you’re a subscriber to Crunchyroll’s service, and if you can show our the friendly folks there you’re a premium subscriber you can get a free tote bag! (Just open up the Crunchyroll app on your mobile device and show us you’re subscriber status.)
SPECIAL CRUNCHYROLL UK PREMIERE EVENT, FRIDAY EVENING
In case you missed the announcement, on Friday (25th October) at 5pm at the Centre Stage (North Hall), Crunchyroll are bringing the UK Premiere of not one, but TWO new anime that will be coming to their streaming service next year in an event that will be introduced by the one and only Jonathan Ross, a man who has well know for being an anime fan himself!
The two shows that will be getting premiered are In/Spectre from the studio Brain’s Base (Durarara!!, Princess Jellyfish) and Somali and the Forest Spirit from Statelight (Cannon Busters, Symphogear XV).
It’s a very exciting event that is not to be missed if you’re going to be at MCM London Friday! You can read more about this exciting event and the two shows being premiered in the link below
ALL THE ANIME @ MCM
And finally we come to our AllTheAnime shop! This will also be be situated as part of stand #S610 and our shop is back in full force!
We’ll have a large selection of our catalogue on hand to add to your collection as well as selection of upcoming and new releases available in limited quantities (while stock lasts) including
- Jin-Roh (Blu-ray/DVD Collector’s Edition, standard DVD)
- Mobile suit Gundam 00: Part 1 Blu-ray Collector’s Edition
- FLCL Official Soundtrack Vinyl*
- (and if the stars align and everything goes according to plan we might even have very limited quantities of) Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Part 2 Blu-ray Collector’s Edition**
A couple notes about the above mentioned products –
The units on offer will literally be some of the very first units that will be completed from the production line! There will only be a very limited quantity available. But obviously if you’re not able to get yours at the show, you can order yours from our AllTheAnime online shop and will be shipped as soon as stock is available. (Obviously, if you’ve already pre-ordered yours, shipping on these will begin as soon as all stock has been produced and has been delivered to our fulfilment house.)
**Gundam Wing: Part 2
The reason I highlighted is all goes well, and to peek behind the curtain of planning here, is that assuming all goes as intended they’ll be getting delivered to the show straight from our production house pretty only hours after they’ve been produced! It’ll only be a small quantity too, and we literally won’t know until the actual day of the show if we’re definitely going to have any available or not. It’s the closest example of coming in hot off the production line as it can be! We’ll have to wait and see if the hard work of our production is rewarded!
SPECIAL COWBOY BEBOP FRAMED PRINTS
As mentioned earlier, to celebrate the fact one of MCM’s Anime Guests of Honour is the Shinchiro Watanabe, we’re going to be have a selection of framed prints (each being 40cm x 30cm) on sale (while stock lasts) using some great artwork that’s sure to look great wherever you display them.
Additionally, we’ll also have extremely limited quantities of a special 2-print set featuring Spike & Faye! They won’t be available separately and strictly while stocks last.
All The Anime Panels
Over the weekend we’ll of course be having not one but two panels with our own Andy Hanley and Jeremy Graves to bring your some news, fun times and maybe even a surprise two! Plus there’ll be the traditional anything goes Q&A, which always brings up some things you can’t expect, so be sure to come along to see what happens this time…
The two panels will be at the following times and locations –
Friday 25th October
~ AllTheAnime Panel #1 — 2:30pm @ Centre Stage, North Hall
Sunday 27th October
~ AllTheAnime Panel #2 — 11:30am @ Live Stage, South Hall
MCM’s Kyoto ANImation TRIBUTE
We also want to bring to everyone’s attention that MCM will be having a tribute to Kyoto Animation, following the tragedy earlier this year. We are going to be involved with this too in the form a special panel taking place at the Pop Asia area (North Hall) of the event on Sunday afternoon. Our own Andy Hanley along with authors Helen McCarthy and Andrew Osmond will be reflecting on what makes the studio so special and more.
MCM will also have an exhibition space charting the studio’s timeline and we’re delighted to say there will also be a chance to experience their critically acclaimed film A Silent Voice in the form of a free screening inside the MCM Cinema Truck at midday on Saturday.
We hope you’ll be able to take in some of this tribute over the course of the weekend. Stay tuned to MCM’s website and channels for more information. But here are the times and locations for the screening and panel –
~ 12pm – A Silent Voice Free Screening @ MCM Cinema Truck (North Hall)
~ 1:30pm – Kyoto Animation Tribute Panel @ Pop Asia (North Hall)
And that is what you need to know about our and Crunchyroll’s activity at MCM London Comic Con this weekend! We look forward to seeing you there. Stay tuned to all our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) over the weekend for updates!