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London MCM Expo Oct 2014: Highlights by Aisha Anime

Lolliepop Bunnie travelled from Brazil to sign at the NEO stand at London MCM expo

Lolliepop Bunnie travelled from Brazil to sign at the NEO stand at London MCM expo

Europe's biggest comic convention held twice a year specialising in sci-fi, comic book, video games, merchendise, kawaii fashion, live entertainment, celebrity panels and anime at the ExCel is reported to continue to shatter attendance records, with more than 110,000 in October.

The figures are a whooping 110,197 people came through the doors (24-26 October) compared to 101,600 at the last show in May and 88,000 in October 2013. This is possibly due to the heart throb Harry Potter hero actor Daniel Radcliffe attending in promotion of his latest horror movie 'Horns'. With his his arch nemesis Tom Felton attending Birmingham Expo later this year.

On Friday many teenagers, adults (mostly female) queued up enthusiastically in the Platinum suite (away from the general crowd which was a good idea) to see if they picked one of 200 winning raffle tickets to get to meet and receive a signed posted from Daniel himself. I was one of those lucky folks and armed with foam baseball bat and dressed in cosplay I was shocked and suprised to be able to meet the star at 5pm that day.  ll us 200 fans queued up anxiously with a few overcome in joy crying in anticipation to meet Mr Potter, now adorned with a rugged beard. A quick handshake and a quick hello and it was over. Whoever were not lucky enough to meet Daniel got the opportunity to sit through his panel before the signing.

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Among the stars we had Shane West doing Q&A, Vic Mignonia (anime voice actor), Laura Bailey, Travis Willingham (anime voice actor), DC Douglas (anime voice actor), Dave Lewelyn(Red Dwarf), Hideo Baba (creator of Tales of game series), Jessica Nigri (cosplay star) and many more!

If you weren't queuing for the boy wonder then your sights would be averted to the female cosplay sensation - Jessica Nigri  whose queue never wavered in length. Most people queued to get selfies with the sexy Pikachu and buy personalised signed prints on both days as she dressed as Mad Moxxi and in a Poro Bikini both days with bestie and fellow cosplayer Kelly Jean.

jessica nigri

MYM stand looked after voice actors Laura Bailey, Travis Willingham, DC Douglas who you received a free autograph from if you presented the latest edition of MYM magazine. Later all free presented panels and Q&A's with their fans. DC Douglas also did a late night improv session with left people in stitches with his great saucy comments.

Shinichiro Watanabe caused a stir at the Bandai Namco booth doing free signings and even brought his own Meow mascot. Shinichirô Watanabe is known for his work on The Animatrix (2003), Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001), Samurai Champloo (2004) and his newest Space Dandy (2014). I managed to get an interview with him and he was more than happy to talk about his mish mash of genres and the importance of socialising, which will be up on Ukanifest soon.

It was also great to catch up again with Hideo Baba about Tales of Zestrina and the characters which my video interview will follow shortly. Also I got to meet part of Dimps behind Dragonball Zenoverse - Masahiro Kashino who talked about his team improving the movement of the characters in the new game and the new customization mode. As they are still testing you may unknowingly meet part of DImps playing in the game !

Find more photos here.

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The Kawaii side of MCM London Expo by Aisha Anime

Scarlett young got people from the audience dancing

Scarlett young got people from the audience dancing

MCM Expo London is one of the largest Comic Con's in the country. Here you can indulge in comics, anime,  sci fi, plushies, card games,  signed memorabilia,  celebrity signings, cosplay meetups and more. 

This year see's the biggest influx of kawaii  influence. The Pop Asia stage featured lots of youTube  sensations including: Kelsey Kimono time, Scarlett Young  (Hyper Japan's Kawaii Star ambassador), HIMEZAWA, Cinnomom Purin, Harajuku Fashion show and a large number of kawaii stalls.

Galaxy themed Harajuku fashion show - photo by  Anarchy Photography - info@  AnarchyPhotography.co.uk

Galaxy themed Harajuku fashion show - photo by Anarchy Photography - info@AnarchyPhotography.co.uk

One of the highlights is seeing YouTube performer sing her new song released on iTune 'Pom Pom' which endorsements and a cameo from Becki Cruel in the music video, this young lady will be hitting it big soon.

Also  the Harajuku x Fashion show with the galaxy theme was quite a hit. All the ladies involved (including myself  stood onstage in a lineup grouped in various style. 

After many updates online for MCM expo Midlands in February featuring voice actor Vic Mignogna (voice of Edward Elrich from Full Metal Alchemist), Hannah Spearritt (S CLub 7) and Danny John Jules (Kat from Red Dwarf, we were revved up for MCM Expo London. Mcm Expo Ireland did not disappoint either with voice actor Byrce Pepenbrook (VO for Eren from Attack on Titan, Maile Flanagan (VO for Naruto) and Danny John Jules again. Still we were awaiting for the guest line up for London.

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The turnout has broken the record of over 10,000 attendees, the organisers planned a head for this and split the event into two rooms accommodating everyone and giving enough space for chill out and eating areas.

We also had Honda smack bang in the middle showcasing their newest model of motorcycle. This was not a dummy model, this was real. You could even use the oculus rift to get the full experience. The best part was this model was based on the bike from the anime Akira so we had a lot of fans talking to the engineer and designer about it.

I interview the Honda representative

I interview the Honda representative

True to tradition, we we started getting tricles of information of guests. One of the real exciting last minute editions were the Director and producer of the anime Blue Excorcist. The anime was a roaring success in the Uk and recently releasing in the Uk.


We had the infamous photo challenges at various stalls including a new adidtion of the CEX tentacle toilet throne where you sit or stand and add an entertaining caption and the top three photos with the most likes get CEX vouchers.


There was also the packed out Bandai Namco panel with Hideo Baba (creator of Tales of Series) alongside Interview with Kazutoki Kono director of Ace Combat infinity,. Baba San revealed information on the new dark Takes of Xillia 2 and Tales of Hearts R while Kono san explained Ace Combat was free to download and great to enjoy online with friends. They even had quizes with exclusive Japan only prizes for people who answered questions correctly. Also a twitter based Q&A.

Me and Hideo Babab XD

Me and Hideo Babab XD

I also participated in the Harajuku Fashion show on the Pop Asia stage, this years theme was 'galaxies' so we had some added sparkle to our outfits be it related to clouds, stars, space, planets, metalic colours etc. The tournout was massive and was nice to be part of the showcase.

Other energetic performances on the Pop Asia stage included Himezawa, Scarlet Young, Cinnomon Purin, Milk Tea cafe and Kelsey Kimono Time all involving choreographed dances and kawaii outfits.

To rival the guest of Kat from Red Dwarf we had Kryten actor Robert Llewellyn, who was almost unrecognisable without his squarish makeup. It was great to see a lot of soap actors as part of memorabilia like Alfie Moon, Nina Wadia, Nasty Nick from Eastenders.

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For the voice actors section which i adore, MCM brought us a great selection of Wendee Lee (VO of Faye from Cowboy Bebop, Lucky Star and countless more character), Phil Lemar (Vo of Hermes from Futurama, Samurai Jack and more characters) and Greg Cipes (VO of Beast Boy from Teen Titans and more. All you had to do was purchase a copy of the latest MYM beforehand or at the MYM stall to get a signature from each Voice Actor. Sadly Ms. Lee had a family emergency the night before which cut her appearance short but she kindly came to the Q&A and a signing slot as to not dissapoint the fans, Thank you Wendee! Phil Lemar took great joy in signing rare Samurai Jack figures and Phil Lemar did lots of impressions before singing on stage for his panel.

Amongst that we had lots of great stalls here are my random three:



wickedwigsshop.com

Wikedwigs

My savours of MCM, when my wig cap ripped and I went running there and begged them to borrow a wig cap, these guys not only gave me it with a smile but it was quite a high quality cap too, not one of those itchy ones. They are a wig company based actually travelled from the Netherlands, formerly known as Hairs4u2.


They sell kanekalon wigs, the best synthetic wigs on the market. If you want a private fitting, you are more than welcome to pop into the shop. They also sell wigcare, wigstands, wigcaps, funlenses, scarecrow fangs, custom made wigs, custom made items.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wickedwig
Website: www.wickedwigsshop.com

Email: info@wickedwigsshop.com

Beastly Beverages

dr who tea

Beastly Beverages is a small business based in sunny Brighton. Where they combine a love of tea with fandom and a generous dash of geekery, to bring you unique blends. Their tea is homemade and takes roughly a week to make custom blends. All have a unique art per lavour whether it be Harry Potter themed or My Little Pony. Without a doubt the most unique stall I found at MCM May 2014.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BeastlyBeverages