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Interview with Trina, Voice of Mikasa (Attack on Titan) by Aisha Anime

Trina Nishimura is an American anime voice actress who used to be a bar maid and in and out of jobs till her friend at Funimation asked her to audition for a voice acting role. As a child she enjoyed performing at the community theater and continued through high school. She got her Bachelor of Arts in Radio in University of North Texas at Denton which came in handy. Her first voice acting role was in Desert Punk as Namiko. She voices Nadie in the girls with guns series El Cazador de la Bruja, and Mari Illustrious Makinami in Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance.[4] Her latest and peaked role was in the hit anime series Attack on Titan as Mikasa Ackermann.

I talk to her about her favorite roles and she gets a suprise :D 
~Aisha Anime~

Animeleague launches Bristol & Cardiff events in 2015 by Aisha Anime

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Run by fans for fans, this action packed event takes place from 10:30am – midnight this 3-4 October at the Bristol Future Inn for all ages. You can book now for just £8 for Saturday or £7 for Sunday! Lineup shall feature Cosplay, Dealers, Performers, TCGing, Anime, Gaming Tournaments, Parties and more with dozens of activities including the Cosplay Masquerade with a £100 first-prize up for grabs, Talent Show, the Otaku Quiz & more. We shall be hiring both the top & bottom floors to ensure there’s plenty of space to put on a large number of activities.

This event is run by Animeleague, one of the world’s largest anime communities, run by fans for fans, who shall also be running Cardiff Anime Con on 8-9 August, Alcon in Leicester on 3-6 September and London Anime & Gaming Con on 7-8 February. Make sure to also check these events out.

We are also pleased to announce that Animangapop shall be coming on board as an official affiliate to this shows, with their Plymouth Animangapop event becoming a sister event. 8bitplanet, SkyBot Film and GeekOut shall also be coming on board as official supporters. If you’re interested in affiliating with us then please email info@animeleague.com

HIGHLIGHTS

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COSPLAY HIGHLIGHTS

- Cosplay Chillout Area; Community will be a key part of our Cosplay Chillout & Photography Area. Whether you’re a begineer or pro or just someone who want to have fun we will have something for you.
- The Cosplay Masquerade with a £100 first-prize; Show-off your cosplay on stage. We invite all cosplayers to enter our cosplay contest on the Sunday.
- Cosplay Guests, Talks & Workshops; We will have some of the most renowned cosplayers in the UK guest-starring at this year’s event. They will provide talks and workshops throughout the day.

ANIME/MANGA HIGHLIGHTS

- Anime Bar & Chillout; The bar will be turned over to an anime viewing and chillout area during the daytime. You will be able to watch your favourite anime.
- Manga Artists; Will be present as part of our Artists Alley. This will also include an area where you can sit down, draw and learn new art-tricks.
- Anime/Geek Exhibitors; Your favourite dealers will be there where you can pick up anime, gaming and general geek merchandise. We will announce the exhibitors closer to the event.
- Live J-Pop/Anime themed Performers; There will be several live performers from J-Pop, Anime inspired singers and performers throughout the day.

VIDEO GAMING HIGHLIGHTS

8bitplanet shall be providing the gaming. This will include;
– Consoles to sit down and play games with your friends with. Will be both retro and modern.
– Tournaments with prizes including Smash, Mario Kart 8, SSIV and more.
– A full lineup of tournaments and signups will be announced closer to the event.


STAGE HIGHLIGHTS

Stage will feature events, talks and performances from 11am through to 8pm on each day. A full timetable will be released closer to the event. Events include;
- Dub That Anime; The aim of this event for those who have never seen it before is to dub a 30 second clip of our choice live on stage. The funnier the better. In fact..think Abridging! This can be done as an individual or group.
- The Talent Show; Do you have a hidden talent, be it singing, dancing, stand-up performing or pretty much anything? Come enter the Talent Show, show it off and win a £30 cash prize and the opportunity to develop your act with us and star on stage at our future events!
- Otaku Quiz; Various rounds on both anime and other more general subjects over five rounds. Get some friends together, make your own quiz team, and join in the fun. We guarantee a good time and much randomness!
- Many more events to be confirmed!


OTHER GAMING HIGHLIGHTS

- Roleplaying; There will be a number of pen and paper roleplaying games being run in the bar. More info to come.
- TCGing; There will be tournaments with prizes provided throughout the day including Vanguard, Yu Gi Oh and MTG.
- Boardgaming; Your favourite board games and some you’ve never heard of shall be provided. Come along and have fun!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS

We ARE the party convention! Your ticket includes, free of charge, access to all the parties and late-night events up until midnight on Saturday and Sunday (Same venue). The parties shall feature Free Glowsticks, Free lollipops, Dance-Off Contests with Dancers and Variety Acts through to past midnight.
Of course, if partying is not your scene, there will be a range of alternate late-night events including Karaoke and casual gaming.

http://www.bristolanimecon.com/

Alcon 2014 by Aisha Anime

anime league stage brentalfloss

After much debating I made 2014 the year of outside London conventions, following a successful Buck who’s Cosplay competition and gaming area was run by Anime League I thought it was time to see what the Leicester counterpart of London Anime Con was about. Based in the halls and De Montfort University grounds it was like occupying our own town.

Alcon fit in 1,400 people who enjoyed anime screenings, movies, panels, voice actors, merchandise and workshops for four days. 4th to 7th September, Leicester was taken over by con goers not students. Tickets were completely sold out and accommodation full to the brim.

I saw a bunch of familiar faces from the LAC and lots of returning staff rearing to get things done with a smile. Accommodation was pretty comfortable in the student halls, clean suitable big and with the few lock issues everything was fixed promptly by the in house university staff. Con goers were welcome to congregate in the hall grounds or at the convention main building where the bar was open till late and often ran out of alcohol, you would think a uni bar would be more prepared?

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The event itself was a pleasant experience the new system included VIP tickets where the ticket holders could go to exclusive meet and greets with the guests such as voice actress Trina (voice of Mikasa, Attack on Titan), the Abdridgers, Megran would be able to talk intimately to the con goers.

Alcon also arranged the Abridgers meal which again entitled people who paid extra the chance to eat a great buffet meal with voice actors from their favourite fan dubs including Little Kuriboh who came from America. The abridger guests vary from year to year on who you can meet and great way to meet fellow fans or writers/VO’s in training. It was a pleasure to have met so many talented people (not including the Abridgers), all of this was not possible without the help of Alcon, something I have not seen at other conventions.

the abridgers

It was an absolute thrill to see Beckii Cruel perform in person on an intimate stage and talk about her new fashion line in her Q&A, where people got to know what she up to since her last single. Other panels included the A-Z of idols that was an insight into what was trending, the do’s and dont’s of idols and even the hardcore fan dances which were allowed or illegal. Panels had first few rows reserved for VIP ticket holders.

beckii cruel

The highlight without a doubt was Trina Nishimura, best known as co-lead-protagonist Mikasa Ackerman from Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kojin) where she poured her heart out in the Q&A’s about how important the anime series was in showing people we don’t have real ‘titan’s destroying our towns and lives. We deal with our own person ‘titans’ everyday and beating them is a no lesser victory. Giving advice to fellow voice actor’s in the audience too and telling us her favourite character – Armin of course and being a pleasure to talk to outside in the signing or in the general building.

group attack on titan trina

A new sensation for me was watching the epic Megaran perform some raps to video game music, the guy talked of his fame spreading to Capcom the company and being contacted to work on projects. This guy had bags of enthusiasm and happily stopped for photos and laughs with fans.

Londoner Chiquitita Cosplay hosted a make your own cat ears workshop for people wanting to learn about basic Cosplay, where you leave with your own pair, this was free and part of your ticket – however workshops filled up fast so held on first come first served basis.

andy valentine workshop

They had a great range of stalls from top quality figures at Kamikaze who sell often at events and online. However it’s not all Otaku based merchandise you had Angel’s Cave where owner’s custom make dolls and clothing for all your moe needs. With great selection of plushies from Cartoon Passion including Japan only Pokemon plushies on sale.

The nightlife was never ending from themed music on each nights and famous balls where everyone got dressed fancy even wearing masks and the guests were there too mingling with the crowd and I even got stopped and complimented by Brentalfloss. It was all closely monitored by staff and security. Cosplay portraits even provided a free photo at the ball for attendees.

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Follow on Twitter: @Angels-cave

Alcon also raised a lot of money for charity being divided between Wishable and Epilepsy Action items auctioned included a huge hamper of baked anime goodies from The 3 Baker Tiers which raised over £100! An art book, Japanese plushies from Cartoon Passion, lots of merchandise from chain store Forbidden Planet.

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~Aisha Anime~