Whew! What a Convention! It’s almost hard to believe that we packed that much fun into a whole weekend! What’s that? How much fun did we pack into last weekend? How about some numbers?

We had 80 fascinating panels!

We had 127 amazing vendors!

We had 173 wonderful artists!

We had 28,692 attendees this year!

The Kalafina concert on Friday was awesome! They put on a mind-blowing show! Keiko, Wakana, and Hikaru’s vocals were magnificent!

Eric Maruscak spent hours creating one of his massive chalk murals. We’ll post a time lapse video of this year’s mural down the road!

Wow. That’s a lot of fun in one weekend, and we’re crazy enough to do it again next year and the year after that too! We’ve had lots of fun last weekend, but we should never lose sight of what Anime Central is about. It’s not just about anime, manga, or cosplay. When it comes down to it, Anime Central is about the fans: otaku who happen to have a shared love of all things anime. The Convention couldn’t have happened without a lot of people, and we’ve got a lot of folks to thank.

A big thanks goes to all our wonderful guests. The Convention would be a lot more boring without your unique industry insider perspectives! We hope the adoration of your fans will encourage you to come visit us again next year!

Thanks to all the artists and vendors who brought such wonderful items our Exhibit Hall. We hope that you had a fun (and profitable) time at your booth last weekend, enough to come back and do it again next year!

To all of our staff members and generous attendees who volunteered as Gophers at the Convention, thanks for taking the time out of your busy lives to help make a fun weekend happen for everyone! This year’s Convention may be over, but we’ve still got a lot of work ahead of us to make sure that next year’s Convention is even bigger and better than this year’s!

And to each and every one of our 28,692 attendees, thank you. If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t even have a reason to have the Convention. May your love of all things anime bring you back to see us again next year and the many years after that.

The Exhibit Hall is empty, already swept clean. The hotel lobbies are quiet and tranquil once more. Guest, staff, and attendee alike have gone home with memories from last weekend that will last a lifetime.

 

But wait! Just because the Convention is over, doesn’t mean that the fun is over!

Anime Central isn’t just about anime and manga. We encourage everyone to explore the many cultural aspects of Japan and Asia. Keep an eye on this blog and we’ll continue to post on this blog about cultural topics and events, focusing on the Chicagoland area but with a broad eye for the rest of the world too! You’ll need to stay informed about next year’s Convention, so we’ll continually post news about next year’s Convention on the blog as well!

For news about next year’s Convention, you don’t have to follow just the website. Come find out in person! The ACen Road Show makes appearances at other fan conventions. We run games and contests, recruit staff, answer questions, and have a great time doing our very best to get the word out about our show. You can even get badges for next year’s Convention at the special Road Show pre-registration rate of $38.00! That’s the best rate you’ll find anywhere, lower than the earliest early-bird price! The Road Show rate is only available to attendees registered at the convention or event that the Road Show attends; we give this rate to show appreciation and support to other conventions. For our Road Show appearance schedule, visit http://www.acen.org/road_show.

Now that the Convention is over, feel free tell us what you did and didn’t like. The best way to make Anime Central a better convention is with your feedback. After all, the whole point of this Convention is for you, the fans!  We don’t improve unless you tell us what needs improving. To give your feedback directly, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iapmP4RdHvppdg0AManRWvCQMoLmGTsZaDIyKTBDdEU/viewform

And so, with the deepest bow, and from the bottoms of our hearts, to everyone involved: Domo arigato gozaimasu! See you next year, Space Cowboy!

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