It's that time of the year again! In just a few days MCM London Comic Con returns to Excel London and in case you hadn't figured it out already, we'll be there too! This post is very much to serve as a handy guide of the things you need to know relating to our activity there. Be it from the Anime Guest of Honour, panels, our AllTheAnime shop and even our good friends at Crunchyroll!
Read on below for the details.
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This weekend Yuichiro Hayashi, director of the hit series Kakegurui is making the journey all the way from Japan to London and can't wait to meet you! Across the weekend he will be having a special panel where he'll be making a special presentation he has created especially for this event on Saturday, and will also be taking part in two free signing sessions!
Sunday 27th May -
Yuichiro Hayashi has been involved in numerous major productions as a storyboard artist, episode director as well as series director. Some of his most well-known works are 009 RE:CYBORG (2012; Storyboard Artist), GARO: The Animation (2014; Series Director), and GARO: Divine Flame (2016; Movie Director, Storyboard Artist, Episode Director). On Kakegurui (2017), he not only served as Series Director, but also played major roles as Storyboard Artist and Episode Director. Most recently, he directed Kakegurui xx (2019) in collaboration with Kiyoshi Matsuda.
Everyone who attends the signing session will have the option of getting a free signing card signed by Mr. Hayashi, but if you're wanting something a little bit extra, so to speak, something that has become quite popular with attendees during past MCM events is getting framed prints we have on sale at our AllTheAnime booth signed by the Guest of Honour!
Following a lot of demand to make this possible for future events as well, as usual we have herd you and are delighted to announce that we will have not one, but three officially licensed framed Kakegurui prints available for you to purchase [while stock lasts] from the AllTheAnime stand (Block S2, Stall S600, South Hall), which if you want to you can open up and get signed by Mr.Hayashi, the director of the series!
Here's a quick peek at the three designs for you -
(The portrait framed posters being 40cm x 30cm, and the horizontal ones being 30cm x 40cm)
Once again, these framed prints will only be available to purchase from the AllTheAnime stand (while stock lasts.)
But to summarise, there are Premium Member giveaways, a special That Time I Was Reincarnated As A Slime photo op (where there'll even be a plushie of Rimuru you can hold while getting your photo taken!!!!!), your chance to purchase Blu-rays and DVDs of Crunchyroll titles and even official Hime themed Crunchyroll merchandise that's exclusive MCM London Comic Con! Plus there's an Instagram photo competition and even the UK Premiere of Saga of Tanya The Evil: The Movie!
Click on the link below to read about Crunchyroll's plans in detail.
The All The Anime Shop will be back in full force to give you the chance to stock up on anime to add to your collection. This time around we've got a nice mixture of new releases combined with some titles that haven't even been released yet?! And if that wasn't enough, as mentioned earlier in this post above we've got some fantastic Kakegurui framed prints available too!
As we mentioned earlier, to celebrate the director of the series Kakegurui being the Anime Guest of Honour at MCM London Comic Con this week, we've got three officially licensed framed prints based on the series available to purchase from our AllTheAnime shop stand.
All three of these will be available to purchase strictly while stock lasts.
And if you were looking for a bit more inspiration, as I mentioned earliest in this post some attendees at previous events have actually purchased a framed print to be signed by the Anime Guest of Honour! So you can do the same as well if you want! You're going to have to decide which one you'll want to get to be signed; decisions, decisions!
If you've got the hankering to add a bunch of anime to your collection, we've got you covered this MCM London Comic Con. As well as the Crunchyroll titles mentioned above we'll have a whole load of extra titles available! The list (at time of writing) being -
As was mentioned in the blog post about Crunchyroll's activity over the MCM weekend, regarding Re:ZERO Part 2 -
"we've just had confirmation through at time of writing that there will be a VERY LIMITED amount of stock of the Re:ZERO Part 2 Blu-ray Ltd Collector's Edition set that comes with the AllTheAnime Exclusive BONUS Limited Edition storage box! This will pretty much be all remaining stock of this product so if you missed out on the pre-order opportunity for this, this will likely be your last chance to get it."
Quick side note from Jeremy - Now, I wouldn't normally say this but I will add the following: the list above is a list of confirmed titles we will have available to purchase. We're trying our hardest to cast the best smokey mountain magic spell we can muster to see if we might, and I really do mean might be able to get any additional pre-release titles available to buy at the event. (It's entirely possible there might be some things delivered to direct to the show from the production house; wouldn't be the first time where that's happened, but the only way we'll know if we have them available is if they turn up during the event itself.)
We'll post updates over the weekend on our social media channels if anything else does arrive, but right now that's the confirmed list. But to say any additional titles being on sale will be coming in hot if they are, is an understatement.
Speaking of Blu-ray and DVDs being available, we need to tell you about a cool offer we'll have at our AllTheAnime booth! We're doing a bit of a warehouse clearance at AllTheAnime HQ, so we've decided at MCM this weekend we'll be giving attendees the chance to purchase a mystery bundle of Blu-ray titles that works our over £300 in value, for only £39.99. Yep, not even joking!
Now an important note, this is NOT a staff curated mystery bundle, like we've offered in the past during our Christmas sales, as an example. The titles included in this bundle are set in stone and have been determined based purely on stock levels in our warehouse. There will be 200 bundles available total and will be available to purchase from our stall during MCM London Comic Con opening hours (or while stock lasts).
A personal opinion from Jeremy, the one writing this post, here: you'll be getting a nice variety of titles in this bundle! I would wager a guess that for most people some titles included may be ones you may not have even considering checking out. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be having laughs, emotional rides or action either; because you will! Plus, it’s only £39.99 for 9 titles! That’s a great bargain in itself!
T&Cs of this MCM exclusive bundle –
If the Anime Guest of Honour panel isn't enough to whet your appetite when it comes to panels focusing on anime, then (as is almost tradition at this point) you can catch our All The Anime panels hosted by our towering tag team of terror (because they're both tall) of Andy Hanley and Jeremy Graves for two bouts of anime talk on upcoming releases, new announcements and who knows else as they embark on always ready to throw a curveball at a moments notice "anything goes Q&A sessions".
The panels will be on -
And I think *deep breath* that concludes our preview of what to expect from us this weekend at MCM London Comic Con.
No sleep till London!
By Shelley Pallis.
What if you could stop the world? What if you had the ability to freeze time for everyone else, but had the power to stay in motion yourself? You could catch that bus. Actually, come to think of it, you could ignore the bus altogether and just walk to work, knowing that you could still reach your destination with plenty of time to spare. Actually, wait a moment – why are you going to work? That nine o’clock clock-in doesn’t have to happen until you feel like it. You could vote yourself a day off. A week off. A month? How long could you take being alone in a frozen world.
But... what if... you found out you were not alone after all...? Continue Reading
By Shelley Pallis.
Grotesque monsters known as Impurities reside in Magano, a realm parallel to the present day. Exorcists purify these evil apparitions to protect the people. Rokuro Enmadou is opposed to becoming an exorcist, even though he has the talent to be one, but an oracle gives him the title of "Twin Star Exorcist," the name bestowed upon married exorcists.
Benio Adashino, the girl who receives the title along with Rokuro, is determined to exorcise all the Impurities in the world. The two find themselves wrapped up in more and more battles together as the Twin Star Exorcists, and as Rokuro watches Benio fight with the wish to become stronger, he's forced to face the weakness he's lived with ever since the Hiinatsuki Tragedy. Now that his eyes are turned toward the battle again, thanks to Benio, Rokuro makes up his mind to fight as an exorcist once more, and the Twin Star Exorcists take on the most powerful of Impurities together! Continue Reading
Guess what? Our great friends are returning to MCM London Comic Con at the end of May and will lots going on your sure to be excited about!
When: 24th-26th May 2019
Where: MCM London Comic Con @ Excel London, Block S2, Stand #S600, South Hall
If you’re a Crunchyroll premium membership subscriber be sure to stop by located at Block S2, stand S600 in the south hall of Excel London as you will be rewarded for your patronage with some free swag! All you need to do to get your free items is prove to the team at the stand you’re a premium subscriber, and you get a free poster! (These will up for grabs on a first come first served basis.)
But that's not all, as if you're a premium member you'll also be able to take part in the first ever Crunchyroll Premium Member Prize Giveaway! It's pretty simple to take part: show a member fo the team at the stand you're a current premium member - be it in the form of loading the app on your mobile device or an email confirmation. Then you'll be able to spin the wheel and see if you win a prize! We've a variety of cool things up for grabs, so why not come on by and give it a try!
One of the big hits of recent anime seasons is the series That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime. If you're familiar with the show you're really missing out!
Given how much fans in the UK & Ireland had a great time watching, Crunchyroll want celebrate this by having a special photo opportunity themed around the series! There's even going to be something a little extra to do with this photo op that you won't have had the chance to engage with anywhere else!
It's absolutely free to have a photo with this, and will be located at BLOCK S2, STAND #S600.
If you haven't watched the the series of That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime yet, what are you waiting for? Head on over to Crunchyroll and watch it HERE. (And it would also be the perfect opportunity to sign up for premium membership free trial so you can try the service, but also be involved in the premium member giveaways during MCM London Comic Con. Just saying...)
Check out the trailer for the series below
You read that right! There's another chance to potentially get some free swag, but this one is a little different and a bit special. Around the stand, #S600, there will be some standees of Hime, Crunchyroll's official mascot.
If you want to be in with a chance of winning something, you simply need to do the following -
There will be a few standees around the stall #S600 for you to choose which one you want to post your photo with, but keep in mind it's one entry per person and open to UK & Ireland residents only.
Exciting news! There's going to be the UK Premiere of the new Saga of Tanya The Evil: The Movie, which was only screened for the first time in the USA last week (at time of writing), at MCM London Comic Con!
Crunchyroll will be presenting this exclusive screening on Sunday 26th May @ 1pm. The screening will be at the MCM Cinema Truck in the North Hall. And entry is free!
Click the link below to read more about this!
If you've got a craving for some official Crunchyroll merchandise, then we have got some exclusive items you'll want to check out and add to your collection!
From MCM London Comic Con Exclusive items like a special Hime t-shirt (available in unisex Small to XXL, while stock lasts), to a mug and a notebook. And there'll even be the Kotobukiya produced statue of Hime available too!
So come on by to the Crunchyroll stand and look like royalty with your very own Hime merchandise.
And if that wasn't enough you'll also have the opportunity to stock up on your Crunchyroll anime collection on Blu-ray and DVD! We're happy to confirm that both Part 2 of both Re:ZERO -Starting Life In Another World- and Twin Star Exorcists will be available to purchase!
In addition to that, we've just had confirmation through at time of writing that there will be a VERY LIMITED amount of stock of the Re:ZERO Part 2 Blu-ray Ltd Collector's Edition set that comes with the AllTheAnime Exclusive BONUS Limited Edition storage box! This will pretty much be all remaining stock of this product so if you missed out on the pre-order opportunity for this, this will likely be your last chance to get it.
The full list of titles being
And that about wraps up this preview for Crunchyroll activity at MCM London Comic Con!
Stay tuned for more updates~!
Jeremy & Andy
Some big news for anime fans planning to attend MCM London Comic Con! During the event the Cinema Truck will be making it's return; you may recall it's previously screened anime films during MCM events.
This time the cinema truck makes its return and it's got something pretty special as we're delighted to announce that Crunchyroll will be presenting the UK Premiere screening of Saga of Tanya The Evil: The Movie, the follow-up to the popular series that aired in early 2017 (that was screened in the USA for the first time just last week), in the cinema truck at MCM London Comic Con!
Tickets for this screening are completely free to MCM London Comic Con attendees, but it is on a first come first served basis. (The cinema truck has a maximum capacity of 100 people.)
NOTE: Saga of Tanya the Evil: The Movie is the sequel/follow up to the original television series that aired in early 2017. If you haven't seen it before make sure you're caught up ahead of seeing the film! Watch the series it at Crunchyroll HERE.
This being said, if you're not able to watch the series ahead of MCM London Comic Con, we're sure you'll still have a great time watching it!
Synopsis: "The time is UC 1926. The Imperial Army's 203rd Air Mage Battalion led by Major Tanya Degurechaff has won the battle to the south against the Republic's stragglers. They expected to be given a vacation after returning victorious, but instead receive special orders from Staff HQ as soon as they get home. They are told that there were signs of a large-scale deployment near the Empire-Federation border.
Faced with the prospect of a new major enemy, the desperate Empire fans the flame of war.
Meanwhile, an international volunteer army spearheaded by the Commonwealth set foot in Federation territory. As they say, the enemy of an enemy is your friend. They suffer through misfortune purely out of national interest, and among them is a young girl.
She is Warrant Officer Mary Sue, and she takes up arms hoping to bring the Empire, who killed her father, to justice."
You can watch an official preview of the film (published to promote the recent screenings in the U.S.) below
So there you have it folks! A UK Premiere screening taking place at MCM London Comic Con!
Stay tuned for updates.