Anime Blast Chattanooga

Anime Blast 2017 Schedule

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Venue Map


Panel Descriptions:

AniMini-Bite Size Anime

Anime has evolved in the last 10~ years and now features minisodes, shorts that fall under 15 minutes, often 5 and under. We’ll look at the best of various genres.

BTS of Photography

We talk to photographers and cosplayers about our experiences in the cosplay photography community, the do’s and don’ts. How to stay safe, and what goes into planning the perfect shot

Chattooine – Costuming for a Cause

Learn more about Chattanooga’s biggest charity costuming group, and how you can get involved in the community while having fun doing something you love!

Cosplay Sidekicks: The Benefits of Cosplaying Supporting Characters

Want to cosplay but don’t want to be the same as 20 other Cosplayers? You can pick a character that supports the main character that nobody else does.

Crack Ship Dating Game

Imagine if there was an inter-fandom speed dating event where characters from across the universes could meet, talk and possible set some ships to sail!

Fairy Tail: the Beginning of the End of an Era

Lets talk Fairy Tail. What is the best magic? Which guild would you choose. And maybe win some swag.

Fate/Anime Blast (Type-Moon Fan panel)

If you are a fan of Type-Moon’s works such as Fate/Stay Night or Tsukihime come join us for fun discussion about their works with the head of the southeast’s Fate/ cosplay community!

Fire Emblem: History of the Emblem

Do you love Fire Emblem? ever wonder where it all started? come join us for a retrospective of the entire franchise and a fun discussion with the host southeast’s Fire Emblem Cosplay community!

Fursuiting Exposed

Have you ever been curious about those folks in the animal costumes? Join us as we reveal why they do it, how the fursuits are made, and other fascinating facts about furries and the fursuiting world.

Going Live! The Art of Streaming!

Live streaming: the equipment, skills, and tricks of being an entertainer on camera.

Greggo’s Game Shows: Anime Press Your Luck

Get ready, it’s time for the game show with lots of Whammies and lots of Big Bucks!  Three players will answer questions to earn spins on our big board which is loaded with goodies, prizes and cash to spend in our prize coffers, but be careful!  There are also some Whammies that would love to take everything away!  Only the player with the most bucks at the end of the game gets to keep it all and maybe come back next year and do it again!

Greggo’s Game Shows: Blockbusters

This is a high-speed, high-strategy trivia game where a solo player competes against a family pair to prove whether two heads are really better than one!  The winning side wins a nice prize and moves on to our Gold Run bonus game for a shot at additional prizes!  There is a tryout for this game; be sure to check the schedule!

Greggo’s Game Shows: Face Off

Five players participate in a visual quiz, answering questions based on faces seen on our giant game board.  We eliminate a contestant each round until we get to the two competitors for our Final Face Off for a chance at the grand prize!  Do you know your anime faces?  This is the game for you!

Greggo’s Game Shows: Strikeout

Four teams of three play a game similar to Family Feud.  Surveys taken before the con result in a game board with twelve possible answers.  The object of the game is to find the top seven answers among the possible ones…finding one earns the team money.  Finding one of the five “strikeout” answers costs the team a member!  The surviving team advances to the next round and has a shot to win big!

Gundam: From Turn A to Zeta

A discussion of the history and future of the Gundam franchise.

How Sci-Fi Is Influencing Popular Media

We take an in-depth look at how Science Fiction is making a statement in popular culture and influencing writing.

Into Gensokyo: A Touhou Panel

Pass through the Great Hakurei Barrier into a land of Yokai. Join us for a panel on the phenomenon known as The Touhou Project!


Do you love Kpop or would like to see what it is all about? Come join us to watch kpop videos and talk about this fantastic world!

Make Your Own Gem With Jasper!

Become a Crystal Gem! Come and learn how to make Gems from different materials and leave with a gem of your own design in this interactive panel.

The Maze of Many: Presented by WalkmanEXE

Behold a wacky and zany Dungeons and Dragons adventure stating the cast of Number One ChattCast and Log Horizon Abridged!

Most Underrated Anime You’ve Never Heard Of

The most underrated anime you’ve never heard of: There are so many good anime out there that fly under the radar that deserve your attention, we’re going to talk about about them and hopefully you’ll leave with a few new shows added to your queue.

Shooting Creatively with Amanda Swanson

My Hero Academia: Get Quirky With It

Hero Academia panel for those brand new and current. Come by to learn all about those quirks.

Nihon-Go to Japan!

Does traveling around the world to the land of the rising sun seem impossible?? Join us to walk though tips, tricks, and general knowledge of how to get to Japan, and what to do once you’re there!

Nomi Ni Ikimashou !

Sasha in Lights and Coffee Bean are laying their reputations on the line to hash out some of their most embarrassing yet delightfully nerdy moments while under the influence. Just remember- one does not simply have one drink at a Game of Thrones premiere party.

Noragami Dating Game!!

Ever wanted to date a character from Noragami? Now, you can! Compete with fellow cosplayers to win the title of Wifu or Husbando.


Coffee Bean and Sasha In Lights want to talk about a fandom that doesn’t get mentioned very often in the light- HORROR! From movies to video games to books- we’re here to discuss the history of horror, why we love it, and what makes it great!

Otaku Going on Office Job!

You thought being a nerd in high school was hard? Wait until you have to explain to your co-workers why you skipped the company picnic! Join Sasha in Lights and Coffee Bean as we discuss how to keep it classy and professional while still getting to dress up like sexy cat girls and binge watching anime!

Positive cosplay with Lunarkitty

Body positivity in the Cosplay world loving yourself

RWBY Abridged Panel

Come join us as we discuss Dust to Dust Productions RWBY Abridged series and talk with some of the writers and voice actors about their roles in the show!

Sacred Made Secular-Religion For Otaku

Christianity, Judaism and Islam, among others, appear in anime and manga in one form or another. From symbolism, censorship, references to real religious figures and institutions as well as religious topics, we’ll look at how Japan portrays the West’s “exotic” religions in pop culture.

Scanlation Hell-Manga You Can’t Read Legally (Yet)

Lots of manga get picked up by the various publishers like Viz, Vertical and the like. But some have lots of potential and yet still remain untranslated except by the fans: we’ll talk about them and even how to encourage publishers to take them on.

Simulcasts vs Netflix and Amazon

Are the big guys hurting good anime? Come learn and discuss!

Tail Meat & Best Girl: a Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid panel

Come talk about the hottest new series of 2017. What you loved, what you didn’t, and why it needs a sequel. And maybe win some swag. 1 hour

Villains Against Humanity

A party game for horrible people, with horrible people. Villains and Villain cosplayers welcome!

Welcome to Arks: Phantasy Star Online 2

Come join the ARKS and save the universe! It’s the Phantasy Star Online 2 panel!

Why we suck and need to talk about it

This is an open discussion panel aimed at getting people to learn to disagree in a a civilized fashion in order to cut down on trolling online the community.


18+ (Must show ID and be 18+ to attend)

CardBattleFightStuff… For Adults! (18+)

Come on down to witness the showdown between the crew of RWBY Abridged and NumberOneChattCast! In an epic showdown of Cards Against Humanity who will be victorious!?

Ecchi-Half Frontal Hentai (18+)

Interested in 18+ material, but not quite to the point of hentai? If you want to be teased and not get everything at once, you’ll be more than satisfied.

Inhuman Obsession: Monster Girls and You (18+)

It’s that kind of panel, the one everyone warned you about. It’s time to take a look at some inhuman characters from eastern pop culture.

Monster Girl Quest: The Panel (18+)

Ever heard on Monster Girl Quest? No? Well stop on by and get immersed in the game that started the whole modern craze!

Speed Meeting (18+)

So you made it out the door and into the con, now you just need to make friends. Easy peasy! Or is it? Reduce your anxiety about making friends by joining us for a open but quick environment with curated topics that will allow you to chat freely and meet some peeps with similar interests!



Parking Info:

Our venue the Chattanooga Choo Choo is partially under construction, in particular by the old Track 29 location in the very back of the premises. This will impact parking so if you’re staying at the hotel you can park on site, at no additional charge, but if it’s full or if you’re not staying at the host hotel then there’s a parking garage on-site that costs only $4 for all day parking.

With 543 spaces in the garage, and the hotel parking spaces on site, we’ve got you covered. 🙂

Robbie Daymond

Robbie Daymond is a Native-American Voice Artist, Actor, and Performer based in Los Angeles. He works in traditional animation, Anime, commercials, film, television, audiobooks and videogames for companies such as: Nickelodeon, Disney, Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, Discovery Kids, NBC, 20th Century Fox, Marvel, Bang Zoom!, Lucas Films, Activision, Square Enix, Volition Games, Studiopolis, VIZ, Aniplex, SyFy, Random House and many more.

After booking his first major Anime role in 2014 as Tuxedo Mask in “Sailor Moon”, he has had the opportunity to act in several other Anime series including; “One Punch Man” as Mumen Rider, “Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans” (both now airing on Toonami), “The Seven Deadly Sins”, “Naruto Shippuden”, “Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works”, “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”, “Sword Art Online 2”, “Durararax2”, “Lupin the 3rd”, “Aldnoah Zero”, “Your Lie in April”, “Glitter Force”, “Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals”, & continues to reprise his role of Mamoru in “Sailor Moon Crystal”. There are also a few others coming that he can’t mention quite yet…

Robbie currently stars as the series lead in two shows on Nickelodeon: “Breadwinners” and “Get Blake.” He has guest-starred on such shows as: “Star Wars Rebels”, “Avengers Assemble”, “Transformers: Rescue Bots”, “Ever After High”, “Little People” and “The Tom & Jerry Show”. He has also voiced characters in several feature films, including Toneri Otsutsuki in “Naruto the Last”, Porta in “Patema Inverted”, Lino is “Gundam the Origin III” and the Fairy Cronies in “Strange Magic”, among others. Robbie can also be heard in videogames such as TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan as Michelangelo, Tales of Zestiria as Sorey, Final Fantasy Type-0, Star Wars: The Old Republic, The Division, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lego Marvel’s Avengers, The Lego Movie Videogame, Technomancer, Masquerada, Aion, Stella Glow, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Grand Chase, Skyforge, Forbidden Magna, Lineage 2, Etrian Odyssey Untold II, Blade & Soul, Fairy Fencer F, Goro Akechi in Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 5,  Prompto from Final Fantasy XV, and more!

Chris Patton

Chris Patton head shot

Chris Patton has been Voice Acting for 18 years. His credits include over 250 Anime titles, including projects for ADV Films, Funimation Entertainment, Sentai Filmworks, Okratron 5000, and more.

Credits include: Fullmetal Alchemist (Greed), Soul Eater (Asura) Akame Ga Kill (Run), Diabolik Lovers (Ayato), Hamatora (Moral), Skip Beat! (Ogata), Full Metal Panic (Sousuke Sagara), Ghost Stories (Hajime), Dimension W (Haruka Seameyer), The Wallflower (Ranmaru), Cross Ange (Embryo), the recently announced Drifters (Abe No Seimi) and Aoharu X Machinegun (Toru), and many more.

In the world of video games, he can be heard as the lead character Asahi in the upcoming Akiba’s Beat, Turles in Dragonball Xenoverse 2, and as Turles in the entire Dragonball Z franchise.

Chris has also narrated over 150 Audiobooks, including the novelizations of Guardians of the Galaxy, and Tron: Legacy.

In the world of live theatre, Chris has been in over 60 shows, and now works as a theatrical director, having recently directed the regional premiere of Green Day’s American Idiot, the Houston premiere of Silence! The Musical, and the world premiere of a live workshop adaptation of The Moody Blues’ Days of Future Passed.

Allyssa Lewis

Allyssa Lewis

Animator, Recruiter and Consultant Allyssa A Lewis, although born in Brooklyn, New York, has spent the last two decades expanding her creative reach in Atlanta, Georgia, where she uses her BFA in animation from Savannah College of Art Design – Atlanta toward experimental animation and mixed media illustration. Most noted for her animation on over 75 episodes and promos of FX’s Emmy winning series “Archer”, she has also produced content for NBC’s “30 Rock”, i am OTHER, Animation Domination, ComicCon San Diego, and Captain Planet’s Planeteer Movement.

As the Founder and Executive Director of the animation resource and staffing agency, My Animation Life (MAL), she primarily focuses on the career placement and portfolio enhancement of artist within animation-related industries. Creating Georgia’s most inclusive animation map and calendar are just a couple of the popular assets MAL provides to strengthen Georgia’s animation industry. Lewis also is the Animation Director of re:imagine/ATL where she develops media projects with diverse teams to expand the boundaries of creation and encourage industry equality, and sits on the Advisory Board of ASIFA South, one of the largest animation societies in the southeastern United States.

Go Big or Go Home Cosplay

Go Big or Go Home Cosplay

Contestant on Cosplay Melee – SyFy’s new cosplay competition show. Best use of Technology and Favorite Social Media Vote at Dragon*con 2016, Professional Division. Best in Show Journeyman Momocon 2015. Member at Geekspace Gwinnett, maker space.

Emily Schmidt, also known as Go Big or Go Home Cosplay, is from Atlanta, Georgia. She likes to make costumes and props in her free time. She has been cosplaying for a little over two years and loves the cosplay community. She feels it is a great place to make friends and learn new crafting techniques. Emily enjoys making armor for strong independent female characters. When making her costumes she primarily uses thermoplastics and EVA foam. One of the things that she most enjoys includes teaching classes at her local makerspace, Geekspace Gwinnett. Emily has won awards for Craftsmanship Competitions in the Journeyman and Master levels at local conventions, including Dragon*con. Over the holiday she had the opportunity to work on a commission for Hi-Rez Studios along side Blue Whale Studios Inc. Her most recent accomplishment includes competing on Cosplay Melee, SyFy’s new cosplay competition show. As an artist, she is exploring more opportunities to work on commission builds and pursue work with others in the community.


Known as Artemis or Veloci-Rainbow in the cosplay community , a native to southern conventions and cosplay community, she has been cosplaying for 7+ years and drawing for most of her life , cosplay is a great passion for her being able bring a character to life is just scratching the surface.

Anime Blast is Dog friendly!

Our venue, the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo, is dog friendly! 😀 So if you’d like to dress your dog up and bring him by please do.

Here’s a photo of Flynn Rider at least year’s Anime Blast in his Ein (Cowboy Bebop) cosplay! Taken by one of our wonderful guests: Amanda Swanson Photography.


If you’re wanting to keep your dog in your hotel room, here’s the hotel policy.

The Chattanooga Choo Choo welcomes two pets up to 50 lbs for an additional fee of $50 per stay. Pets must be crated when left unattended in rooms.


Cosplay-Senpai (better known as Ace) has been producing cosplay commissions and touring conventions for 7 years. Stuck on a costume piece? Can’t quite figure out how that prop goes together? With a decade of personal experience and over 22,000 items created, they are here to share their love for media, fandom, and—most of all—costuming! Find them on instagram @askcosplaysenpai for tutorials, live builds and walkthroughs, and any advice you need on making your next cosplay the best it can possibly be.

Jordan Neidert – 00GundamreviewsV2

Gunpla Artist – Best small scale NYCC GBWC division 2015, Best small scale NYCC GBWC division 2016, Best small scale/ 2nd place award winner at NYCC GBWC division 2017
Small Scale Artist, YouTube creator, Team Helios member.

Jordan Neidert also known as ‘ED’ in the Gunpla community is a 23 year old, small scale modeling artist hailing from upstate NY and is currently residing in Bucks County Pennsylvania. While Jordan builds Gunpla of all types, his forte resides in the 1/144 Scale, mainly creating weathered and battle damaged pieces. Jordan has work on display in several stores in the Tri-state area including Image Anime located in New York City and Gundam Planet in New Jersey, and soon to be in a store in the Philippines. He has won awards consistently at New York Comic-Con the past three years for best small scale in the Gunpla Builders World Cup competition. While modeling and persisting to improve his skill is one of his main priorities, his main goal is to spread the love and knowledge of gunpla to as many as he can reach to continue growing the hobby he adores so much.