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. 


PHOTOS: Ketner's Mill Country Fair

Northside Neighborhood House’s Christmas Program Provides Toys And Food To Neighbors In Need

The Northside Neighborhood House is busy gearing up for its Christmas Program. An extension of the Direct Assistance Program, the Christmas Program provides food boxes with a week’s supply of food to families living north of the river. The NNH also hosts a "Santa's Workshop", where parents can "shop" for their children, ages birth-15. Last year, 434 children received toys from ... (click for more)

Erlanger Refinancing To Provide Cash For New Children's/Women's Hospital, $50 Million Erlanger East Expansion, $8.5 Million Surgical Improvements

Erlanger Health System officials said an overhaul of the hospital's debt will include $70 million in new loans for several major hospital projects - including $11.5 million toward a new $30 million Children's/Women's Hospital. The overall cost of the latter facility is $30 million, but the hospital is seeking significant outside gifts and support. It will also pay for a $50 million ... (click for more)

Legendary Radio Broadcaster Luther Dies At 92 After Record 74 Years On The Air; Funeral Will Be Thursday At 2 PM At Engel Stadium

Legendary radio broadcaster Luther Masingill died early Monday morning at Memorial Hospital surrounded by family and friends. He was 92 and had been on the air for a record 74 years. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at Historic Engel Stadium, 1130 E 3rd St., at 2 p.m. with Pastor Todd McElyea officiating.   Honorary pallbearers will be the staff at ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Has Lost Its Most Popular Citizen - Luther Masingill

Chattanooga has lost its most popular citizen – Luther Masingill. Although we are saddened we cherish the memories.  All of us have a Luther story.  Mine is the first time I met Luther.  This was before TV and all of Chattanooga listened to Luther on the radio.  I was 12-years-old.  Some of my buddies and I had gone to the State Theater in downtown ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: An Election Day Fable

Every day I am peppered with emails that friends send to me from across the country so I am unsure of where the fable you are about to read originated. But with early voting for the November general election now in full swing, I think everyone who will -- or will not -- take part in freedom’s greatest privilege should read this story because I believe there is a great lesson contained ... (click for more)