Samurai Chef

GamePad! Spring Edition by Aisha Anime

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mayamada is teaming up with Ubisoft in 2016 for another round of social gaming 

Japanese inspired character brand mayamada who have featured in the pages of anime and lifestyle giants NEO Magazine, Vogue and GQ. Today the company have announced their latest video game event will take place on Saturday 26th of March, 2016. 

GamePad! is London’s newest social gaming event. With the clamour for online play, mayamada are championing social gaming by bringing people together for real world fun. Join them for a fun­packed afternoon of video games, prizes, shopping and cakes this Easter season. 

The Petit Miracle Hub, West 12 Shopping Centre in Shepherd's Bush is the destination for a free experience made for gamer guys and girls, cosplayers and all who enjoy events served with a healthy helping of J­Culture.  

Since launching GamePad! in 2015, mayamada have seen their event featured in Time Out, LastMinute.Com and The Evening Standard. They have built a passionate community over five events and are now partnering with Ubisoft! 

The international video game publisher will be making an appearance at GamePad! to hold a fastest time competition on the new TrackMania Turbo. The gamer with the fastest time and the end of the day will take home copies of Far Cry® Primal, the next exciting chapter in the critically acclaimed Far Cry franchise, and the highly anticipated Tom Clancy’s The Division, an immersive online, open­world action RPG! 

That’s not all as you’ll also be greeted to an expanded lineup of games courtesy of gaming event specialists NthGen Interactive and MonHun Offline. A great list of games will be playable including Mario Kart, Mario Maker, Street Fighter V and fan favorite Super Smash Bros.  All that plus an area reserved just for Nintendo DS gaming means you won’t be without a controller for long. But it’s not all fun and games as GamePad! will have serious competitions and cold hard prizes up for grabs.  

The competitive spirit will continue with the Super Smash Bros Wii U tournament that will see up to 16 players battle for the chance to win a brand new Nintendo Amiibo and a mayamada prize bundle of clothing and comics. 

Easter Treats At GamePad!

GamePad! is (cookie) sandwiched in the Easter festivities, and after a mouth­watering showing at last year’s events, cake­makers Kupsbakery will be back with a selection of delicious cakes, brownies and cookies for the season.  

Spring Shopping At GamePad!

In between rounds of gaming you can also take a break for some retails therapy. At mayamada’s pop up shop you can buy products from their range of comics, casual clothing and even uniquely flavoured chocolate bars (green tea chocolate anyone?). 

The mayamada brand has captivated fans at the biggest conventions in the UK and Europe, and now you can be a part of the mayamada experience at the spring edition of GamePad!. 

So get ready for this amazing day out in London and celebrate social gaming movement this spring! For your free tickets, head to 

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Samurai Chef Volume 2 Kickstarter by Aisha Anime

samurai chef vol 2 kickstarter

Mayamada's new Kickstarter is up and doing really well. It reached its funding goal and also became a staff pick within 3 days!

Samurai Chef Volume 1 was released in 2013. 

A tasty mix of action, comedy and amazing culinary creations, the story follows a cooking show set in a fantasy television network with an all-animal cast. 

It all begins as a simple cooking competition, but becomes something else when the food is turned into food monsters.

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In Samurai Chef Volume 2 more elite chefs have joined the battle with their own food monsters cooked to perfection. Is the Samurai Chef ready for the fight to come?

Our goal is to raise funds to cover printing costs for the combined edition of Samurai Chef containing volumes 1 and 2. This will be released in November 2014.

The book will be a 150-page graphic novel printed on high quality paper with a beautiful 300GSM silk stock cover and a perfect bound spine.

The book will be released in November 

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Fancy yourself as a budding artist?  Would you like to put your twist on some mayamada characters?  How about winning free prizes from mayamada including t-shirts and comics? 

For anyone who doesn't know Mayamada. they are a bunch of people who made this brand at uni and even a comic book. Since their manga sold well they branched out and made a clothing range. The lovely Mayamada team have been turning up at all the recent conventions such as LFCC, London Anime Con MCM Expo and Hyper Japan selling their new range of merchandise, the stylish slap back caps, tee shirt designs and also organising their own events.

Colour me happy 

For the latest project they're calling on you to submit your own coloured page from the Samurai Chef Origins comic.  Enter the Samurai Chef artwork competition and you will be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes. 

How to enter 

To get involved, just download and print any of the black and white pages from the Samurai Chef Origins comic and add some flavour with your own colours.  The pages can be downloaded from the mayamada website -  

All valid coloured page entries will be added to mayamada’s online gallery and tweeted with the hashtag #AddSomeFlavour.   

The mayamada team will shortlist entries from each age category to put to a public vote.  The top voted entrants from each age category will be crowned winners. 

Winners will be announced on the mayamada blog on 31st May 2014 and contacted directly by email. 


 The winning entries will receive a mayamada prize bag containing a Samurai Chef t-shirt, comic and more.  

 Plus, the winner in each age category will receive a framed copy of their coloured page signed by the team at mayamada. 

 A few rules….  

Comic artwork can be coloured in whatever medium you wish; whether it’s inked by hand, painted or photoshopped. You can send as many attempts as you like, but only one entry person can make it to the shortlist so get creative and make sure to give your best work. 

 Please send your artwork in JPEG, PNG, TIFF or PDF formats in A4 size at 300dpi to by 31st May 2014. 

The competition is open to two age categories: 6-12 years and 12+ years.Parental consent will need to be provided for children under 16 years.  

For more detail about the rules and parental consent, see 

We can’t wait to see what you create! 


mayamada is a Japanese anime inspired brand based in London.  Set in a fantasy television world with an all animal cast, the brand was created by Nigel Twumasi and Lao K, two Londoners with a love of t-shirts and creating stories, fusing both into a world filled with character. 

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