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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~

Hyper Japan Summer 2014 by Aisha Anime

I'm just too kawaii for Tomb Raider

I'm just too kawaii for Tomb Raider

Welcome to Hyper Japan a convention dedicated to all things Japanese! The line ups were bigger and better with so much to pack into the timetables I wish I could split into two to watch everything. Here are some of the highlights I was lucky to catch at Earl's Court:

Vocaloid Opera Aoi with Bunraku Puppets premiered their film on screen at Hyper Japan and I caught up with the team at the weekend. The director explained they finished putting it all together on the friday the day before the screening! It was all a team effort from Chihiro (voice actress of the Vocaloid database) for months of recording her voice to the puppeteers which were three per ;puppet to the composer creating the original music. One of the important questions was:

Why is this debuting as pre recorded film rather than a live show?

“Advantage of the film is that we can look close up to the puppets themselves. If we preformed on stage, you can’t see the face and the small, subtle movements of the puppets and  the face since it’s far away... Also, video is portable, easy to display & distribute to many people and we want many people to watch.” 

Vocaloid Opera Aoi team, Mr Director loved my Lolita outfit ^_^

Vocaloid Opera Aoi team, Mr Director loved my Lolita outfit ^_^

For more information on Vocaloid Opera Aoi with Bunraku Puppets go to their website.

I caught up with the ASOBISYTEM models in colaboration with Moshi Moshi Nippon including twin sensations and Yura to find out there favourite fashion styles. Surprisingly the twins absolutely love British vintage fashion and love to base their outfits around that theme. On the other-hand Yura preferred to base her outfit around her shoes. There are significant differences between Japanese and British fashion when I asked what did the ladies wear they look puzzled and explained they could wear what they wanted from a certain designer for themed shoots and there was never a restriction on what they did with their hair ie. cutting it short or doing pig tails they could also choose to wear natural or over the top makeup at their own desecration.

Asobisystem models

It was amazing to see the ladies strut their stuff on stage and alongside some British hopefuls, one of which chosen was our very own Himezawa the aspiring German model and cosplayer. She was very exciting to be walking alongside the pros and wore some exclusive items she'd seen in magazines - my personal favourite was the Sailor Moon themed outfits ! The catwalk occurred three-four times each day with lots of different outfit themes.

The models are wearing Sailor Moon themed outfits for this particular show

The models are wearing Sailor Moon themed outfits for this particular show

One had to drop by the Broken Doll stall after they started talking to the public on facebook, the friendliest band ever. Ken from Broken Doll even made all the merchandise to sell, super kawaii jewelry alongside their CD's. Ken told me that their gig the previous night at Namco Funscape courtesy of Japan Underground was a roaring success.  I then proceeded to fire kami hami's at the other band members who fan boyed over my Dragon Ball Z cosplay of Femme Gohan. 

Broken doll hype

Sadly I missed YanaKiku's performance on stage but they waved me down at the fringe area as they recognised the Japanese character on my cosplay saying 'Grandson' they proceeded to make a calligraphy gift for me. It was an absolute honour to meet the friendly duo and they were more than happy to talk to me about anime ! Seriously they sing, draw, have great personalities I wonder what else they can suprise their fans with next !

Yanakiku

Karaoke was a serious thing at Hyper Japan especially when tickets to Japan were at stake - enthusiasts to youtubers battled to get picked and win the glorious tickets. NHK World certainly got a huge buzz at their stall with that alone without having Mr Domo Kun prancing around having his digital self captured on cameras or the just the good old fashioned the massive mascot.

Karaoke: Kelsey gives it her all to win the tickets to Japan

Karaoke: Kelsey gives it her all to win the tickets to Japan

After grabbing some delicious salmon curry from Sushi & Friends which you can order online  I declared myself king of the feylines and poogies on the Monster Hunter chair (which Capcom kindly brought with props for people to pose at) and on my way to leave caught the last performance of the electric Shiro-A. 

Shiro A demonstrating their music based performances, touring around London in Novemebr

Shiro A demonstrating their music based performances, touring around London in Novemebr

This year's Hyper Japan had such a wide variety of entertainment I spent most of my time on my feet admiring the fashion, listening attentively to the new and familar music. HJ also introduced a few new things too with their massive stalls sections separated into fringe and normal.  Looking forward to the Christmas Market edition of

For more photos go to my page ~ Aisha Anime
Hyper Japan Friday Album 

Lagc Summer edition 2014 by Aisha Anime

Coplay guest do a panel on stage updates at the Rocket Complx

Coplay guest do a panel on stage updates at the Rocket Complx

July has become the con month with back to back events and with people saving up to come down to London for the weekend, often a choice has to be made between which to attend out of a few. If you missed out on LAGC let me fill you in on all the fun opportunities you missed out on !

The biggest highlight was having Maggie Blue O' Hara join the event from Singapore. Anime fans would know her as the voice of Bulma from Dragon Ball, Maddision for Cardcaptors of Kitty Pride from X-men Evolution. Maggie joined LAGC everyday with her Q&A, signing and walking around the convention. Fancy doing some Kareoke with your favourite childhood character? Thi9s was Maggie's first even convention and she was not shying away from people, this all happenened, attendees got to talk and get even dancing tips with Maggie. 

me and maggie lagc 14

If gaming is your thing then going to the 16 Bit King's area to check out Indie Dev games or the tourneys was a must have experience. I was suprised to see my very owbn friends win prizes from Turtle Beach headsets to cash prizes in League of Legend, Smash, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Yu Gi Oh.

cosplay gaming

Cosplay is one of my favourite past times and apart from casual cosplay and photoshoots from aspiring photographers to experienced cosplay videographers a new addition tot he schedule was Celebrity photoshoot. Any characters from Maggie's anime rooster were invited to take professiona; photos with her for promotional use and even for Maggie to keep. A great souvenir for all the hardcore fans, I think Chiquitita Cosplay dressed as Bunny girl Bulma (her favourite character) would agree!

Dragon Ball z Cosplay

Dragon Ball z Cosplay

Some great additions to the merchandise stalls was cartoonpassion.com selling pa vast array of plushies from promotional Chappa Chupps Choopers to a rare Toadsworth dolls. They also had a range of jewelry and game/anime mercehndise. The staff were selling the items at bargain prices on sunday night. 

Crafty Fox sold handmade retro pillow covers including soot ball from My Neighbour Totoro and retro My Little Pony! Why not make your house decor as kawaii as your clothing? Check out her stuff on etsy:

www.craftyfoxstore.etsy.com

The Kawaii Kollective was there repping the Alpaca love and some even wore Vivi hats from league of Legends. The lady running it knows how to mesh the cute and geeky together. get your mini alpacas online:

www.thekawaiikollective.com

Canime returned with some more amazing canvases, they also came prepared with some Dragon Ball designs with lots of customers bought to be signed by Maggie O Hara, even Maggie had a look at the stall. Feel free to send your own photos or designs for a custom canvas at competitive prices.

http://www.canime.co.uk
 

This has been the best LAGC I have attended so far, the stall had great merch, the stage was always busy and there was a great atmosphere. I wish i didn't have work on Monday so i could've stayed longer !

For more photos go to Aisha Anime's page.
For more details on the next LAGC or Al-con in September go here: 

http://www.animeleague.net/forum/forum.php

http://www.alcon.org.uk/

canime canvases