Guidebook 2016

Guidebook for ACen 2016 is now available! We’re excited to announce we have a brand new mobile guide for you to use on Guidebook! Get the guide to access the most up-to-date information about our event, including schedules, maps, and much more. Get our guide here: https://guidebook.com/g/animecentral2016 Android and iOS users: Tap the “Download” button to […]

Membership Badge Mailing 2016

Thanks to the hard work of our staff, we are happy to announce that we mailed out all eligible membership badges on Monday, April 11! Answers to frequently asked questions about badge mailing can be found below. What do you mean by eligible? “Eligible” means that mailing was purchased and paid, the mailing address was […]

Pachinko Fever

Back in 2009, we bought our first pachinko machine for engaging fans at our convention table. The rest is history, as we now own 19 machines, in various stages of restoration. Pachinko is Japanese pinball, Japan’s favorite pastime. It’s been one of their most popular leisure activities for nearly a hundred years. We set up […]

Gunpla Builders World Cup 2016

“Set your GP Base, it’s time for GunPla battle! Anime Central is hosting one of the North American qualifiers for the 2016 Gunpla Builders World Cup (GBWC). The entry awarded Best in Show in Anime Central’s competition will move on to compete against other winners from the national qualifiers for the opportunity to represent North […]

New Event: Kpop Battle!

Are you a big fan of Kpop? Do you feature a Kpop dance routine in your masquerade skits? Do you love to dance, period? The Kpop Battles event is right up your alley. Join us as we crown our first Midwest Kpop Battles Champion as a participant or spectator at Anime Central 2016. The event is […]

Guest Announcement: Eir Aoi

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Eir Aoi as a 2016 Guest of Honor! Eir Aoi (born November 30) is a vocalist from Sapporo, Hokkaido in northern Japan.  Since her major label debut in October 2011 with single “Memoria,” the hits know no end, with “Innocence,” “Sirius,” “Ignite,” and “Lapis […]

Bibliobattle March 12th!

Our friends at Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago are hosting a Bibliobattle on March 12th at the Japan Information Center.  Bibliobattle is an intellectual entertainment competition, founded at Kyoto University, that is growing in popularity in Japan.  Though the event itself is quite simple and easy to host, Bibliobattle’s popularity has grown in Japan to a point […]