Attack On Titan's Ashly Burch And Trina Nishimura Coming To Anime Blast

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Anime Blast Chattanooga has announced its latest guests for 2014. Voice actresses Ashly Burch and Trina Nishimura will join attendees at the Chattanooga Convention Center, Nov. 7-9. Their most recent roles include Sasha Braus and Mikasa Ackerman from the acclaimed anime "Attack on Titan.”

The convention will also welcome cosplay guests Shinrajunkie, Vedetta Marie, and ScatterDOTFashion; comedy troupe Laugh Out Loud; voice actor Darrel Guilbeau; and game show host Greg Wicker aka “Greggo's Game Shows.” 

Pre-registration for the November 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 Ashly Burch:

Ashly Burch is a voice actor, writer and raps about representation and issues of gender and identity in the games industry. Well, she doesn't actually rap, she just speaks about it. She thought saying the word "rap" would make her culturally relevant. She realizes she's failing. Ashly is best known as the star, writer and co-creator for the web series "Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?" and as the voice of Tiny Tina in “Borderlands 2.” She is also the voice of Sasha Braus in “Attack on Titan.” You can (or will soon be able to) hear her in these other fine pieces of entertainment: “Adventure Time,” “Bee and PuppyCat,” “Awesomenauts,” “Chainsaw Richard,” “Saints Row 4,” “Aliens: Colonial Marines,” “The Guided Fate Paradox,” “Children of Liberty,” and “Seedlings.” You can see her flail about on screen in “Baked Goods,” “Board With Life,” and “School of Thrones.” 

Review for Trina Nishimura:

Brandishing her voice just as Mikasa wields her blade, Trina Nishimura has sliced her way through the anime world over the past few years, primarily working with FUNimation Entertainment. 

From meager beginnings as the little hungry girl Namiko in “Desert Punk,” to her much anticipated and lauded appearance as Mikasa Ackerman in “Attack on Titan,” Nishimura's agile voice has brought her critical acclaim, and unprecedented fan support. 

Fans will recall Trina's many dutiful portrayals in such works as “Claymore” (Flora and Sophia), “Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple” (Shigure Kosaka), “School Rumble” and “School Rumble: 2nd Semester” (Akira Takano, Yurippe), “Baccano!” (Rachel), “Sgt. Frog” (Ghost Girl), and the ever popular “Witchblade” (Shiore Tsuzuki), to name a few. 

More recent work includes Luna in “Cashern Sins,” Mizune in “Soul Eater,” Francesca Lucchini in “Strike Witches,” Lan Fan in “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood,” Sohara in “Heaven's Lost Property,” Aiko Kudo in “Baka and Test,” Mari Makinami Illustrious in “Evangelion 2.22” and “3.33,” Kurisu Makise in “Steins;Gate,” and Mamitas in “Space Dandy.”

Trina is that rare breed of performer who not only embodies her characters, but also embraces her fans, taking time to make appearances across the U.S. and Canada. 

Though her voice and talents have taken her, and her characters, to every corner of the globe...her heart will always belong to Texas, and Taco Villa.

Anime Blast Chattanooga is a three-day convention that aims to entertain, educate, and encourage a diverse group to band together and grow in their fandom. By hosting interesting guests and holding panels and events, Anime Blast Chattanooga hopes to leave its mark on the anime community, said officials. 


Pending Road/Lane Closures

There will be a lane shift at 1305 Dodson Ave. for installation of sidewalk ramps beginning Monday.   This project is scheduled to be completed on Friday.   Hours of operation each day are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.   Traffic will be shifted and lanes narrowed to allow for the work to be done; motorists are advised to use caution when approaching and negotiating the work zone. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Bookseller Billy S. Arant, Jr. To Be Featured At Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

Billy S. Arant, Jr., owner of Billy S. Arant, Jr. Bookseller in Chattanooga, will be among booksellers from all over the United States participating the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair on  March 13-15, at The Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg.  As part of the book fair’s theme of Modern Literature: the truth and beauty of fiction, Mr. Arant will feature a signed ... (click for more)

Chance Loftis Set To Be Freed From Jail After Jury Finds Him Guilty Of Only Misdemeanor Charge

Chance Loftis is set to be freed from jail on Monday after a Criminal Court jury on Friday afternoon found him guilty of only a minor charge. Instead of murder in the death of 46-year-old Donald Rogers, the jury in the courtroom of Judge Don Poole found him guilty of the lesser charge of reckless endangerment. He was found not guilty of aggravated animal cruelty in the beating ... (click for more)

1 Dies In House Fire In Rhea County

Rhea County Fire Department officials said one person died in an early-morning house fire on Saturday. The call came at about 6:30 a.m. The brick residence is on Fisher Road. S tate arson investigators were on their way. (click for more)

It's Time To Insure Tennessee - And Response

Tennessee has a problem.  What is the value of saving the lives of 1,000 Tennesseans each year? That is exactly what can be expected if 176,000 Tennesseans gain health insurance through Insure Tennessee. A New England Journal of Medicine study showed that expansion of Medicaid was associated with a 6% reduction in yearly mortality for people in the 34-65 age group. Statistically, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What About The Ashes?

I attended my fifth funeral in the month of January the other day and, while I wish a lot of my friends would hang around a little longer, I was amused by the conversation in the pew before the service began. The question was “ … then what do you do with the ashes?” More and more people are being cremated and asking their loved ones to scatter their ashes -- more properly called ... (click for more)