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. 


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