What is ACen?

Anime Central (ACen) is Chicago’s and the Midwest’s largest anime, manga and Japanese popular culture convention. The convention is currently held in Rosemont, IL, less than 30 minutes from downtown Chicago.

As part of its mission, ACen brings fans together with guests from the Japanese and US sectors of the anime and manga industry, as well as gaming, cinema, and Asian culture personalities. The event includes a huge exhibit hall, a massive video game room, concerts, dances, educational panels and workshops, premiere screenings, autograph sessions, 24-hour video rooms, tabletop gaming and much, much more!

For more details see the About the Show page.

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Bryn Apprill

Bryn Apprill 2015

Bryn Apprill is a relatively new member of the voice acting community, having started her work with FUNimation Entertainment beginning after her junior year in high school in the summer of 2013. Though she has only been recording for a short while, she has completely fallen in love with voice work and the people she has been lucky enough to work with. Some of her favorite credits include Date a Live – Kotori, Attack on Titan – Christa Lenz, Unbreakable Machine Doll – Yaya, D-Frag!Read more

Lisle Wilkerson

Lisle Wilkerson 2015

Lisle Wilkerson grew up in Tokyo, Japan. She is the powerhouse behind some of the gaming industry’s most popular female fighting characters, such as Nina Williams and Christie Monteiro, Sarah Bryant from Virtual Fighter, Shenmue II, just to name a few. Lisle was also in the Academy Award winning Sofia Coppola film “Lost In Translation”, as well as the award winning indie film “Kamataki”. Lisle speaks fluent Japanese, and her voice work is done in both English and Japanese.Read more

Akitaro Daichi

Akitaro Daichi

Akitaro Daichi is a veteran anime director and photography director.
He is a native of Gunma Prefecture and a graduate of Tokyo Polytechnic University.
He originally aspired to be a stage photographer, but entered the employ of Tokyo Animation Film, an anime photography company.
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Roland Kelts

Roland Kelts

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Taku Takahashi☆TAKU TAKAHASHI (block.fm,Tachytelic, m-flo)
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