Anime Blast Chattanooga has announced three more guests for 2014. Comedy troupe Laugh Out Loud will return for their second year, and the convention will welcome two newcomers: Louisiana-based cosplayer Shinrajunkie and actor Darrel Guilbeau.
Attendees will also be joined this year by ScatterDOTFashion, Vedetta Marie, and Greg Wicker aka “Greggo's Game Shows.”
Anime Blast Chattanooga will be held at the Chattanooga Convention Center Nov. 7-9. Pre-registration for the weekend is $30 for individuals and $25 per person for groups of six or more. VIP packages are also available for $50. Details on the VIP package, as well as the registration form, can be found at www.animeblastchattanooga.com.
Review for Shinrajunkie:
A relative newcomer, Shinrajunkie stormed onto the Louisiana cosplay scene in 2012 with an ambitious 12 costume lineup and placed in intermediate and master brackets at several conventions. Since then, this hunky cosplay star with his thousand watt smile has continued to accumulate accolades, attracting national attention. Spend a couple minutes talking to him (go ahead, he's friendly) and it's obvious why he's Louisiana's most popular cosplayer.
Review for Laugh Out Loud:
Laugh Out Loud is a modern improvisational comedy troupe that hails from the University of Georgia. The group was founded in 2007, and has been working on their craft ever since. The group typically performs shows similar to the style most popularized by the television program Whose Line Is It Anyway?
In 2012 the group expanded to other comedic avenues, adding a RiffTrax style event called Smackdown! lampooning adaptations of anime, cartoons, comic books and video games live and without a script.
If you’ve seen the group before, or not at all, each show is different and made up on the spot with input and situations from the audience. Be ready to have a side splitting time.
Review for Darrel Guilbeau:
Darrel Guilbeau is a Los Angeles based actor who’s most recent roles include Hakuryu in Magi-The Labyrinth of Magic, Amaimon in Blue Exorcist, Rikuo in Nura:Rise of the Yokai Clan and Mikado in Durarara! He has voiced the lead roles of Gainer Sanga in Overman King Gainer and Ichitaka Seto in I"s and I"s Pure. Other popular roles include Souske Kawara in Samurai Champloo, Osamu in Paranoia Agent, Satoshi Hojo in Higurashi - When they Cry, Hikari in The Melody of Oblivion, Kouji in Buso Renkin, Tandor in Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit, Shinya Yanagasawa in The Prince of Tennis, and Sejuro in Zoids Genesis. He has also lent his voice to such anime as Bleach, Boys Be..., Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion & R2, Cyborg 009, DearS, Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd Gig, GunxSword, Kamichu!, Kekkashi, Koi Kaze, Rumiko Takahasi Anthology, Space Pirate Captain Herlock, and Stellvia.
In the video game world he recently voiced Yue Jin & Xu Shu in Dynasty Warriors 8. He has also voiced Viewtiful Joe in Marvel vs Capcom 3 and UMVC3, Layle in Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles:The Crystal Bearers, Wylfred in Valkyrie Profile:Covenant of the Plume, the Main Ceptor in Culdcept Saga, Taishi Ci in Dynasty Warriors 6, Nagamasa Azai/Mitsuhide Akechi in Warriors Orochi 1 & 2, Lekius in Dawn of Mana, Werman/Duran in Avalon Code, Shu in Blue Dragon Awakened Shadow as well as various voices in Radiata Stories, Legendary, Fantasy Earth Zero and Turning Point:Fall of Liberty.
He has also done voiceovers for live action and animated films, most recently as the golden retriever puppy Snoozer in the film Golden Winter with Hayley Duff, The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale and in the Scifi film The Gunrunner Billy Kane. Other films include Red Water with Lou Diamond Phillips, Witless Protection with Larry the Cable Guy, Bam Bam & Celeste with Margaret Cho, and the Korean comedy Attack the Gas Station.
As an actor, he has had roles on stage, screen, TV, the Web and in commercials. Recently playing Dr. Coleman opposite other anime notables such as Vic Mignona, Todd Haberkorn and Mythbusters' Grant Imahara in Star Trek Continues now online. Darrel has also had roles in Windtalkers directed by John Woo, Alias with Jennifer Garner, The Comeback with Lisa Kudrow, Nickelodeon's Victorious, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, You Snooze You Lose with Jamie Farr, Saved By the Bell, Lauderdale, Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2, and Murder in Law among others.