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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Laura Bailey

Laura Bailey 2014

Laura Bailey got her start playing Kid Trunks in the hit series Dragonball Z. Since then, she’s gone on to provide voices in countless animated series.Read more

Helen McCarthy

Helen McCarthy 2014

Helen McCarthy loves conventions; this year she celebrates four decades of congoing since the first British Star Trek Convention in 1974. Her first American convention was Boskone in 1977, where she looked her most ladylike in long gloves and pearls at the Regency tea dance. Her first anime convention was ANIME DAY, the first British anime convention, in 1991, and her first U.S. anime conventions were Anime America and Anime Expo in 1994.

She first encountered Japanese popular culture in Europe in 1981. There was no book on anime in English, so she set out to write one.Read more

Crispin Freeman

Crispin Freeman 2014

Crispin Freeman is a voice actor, director and script adaptor who’s been portraying characters in animation and video games since 1997.

He’s worked on a myriad of anime shows including Hellsing, Naruto, Ghost in the Shell, The Big O, Final Fantasy: Advent Children, Wolf’s Rain, Witch Hunter Robin, Chobits, Blood+, Last Exile, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Slayers, The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Durarara & Miyazaki’s “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Ponyo”.

In the world of video games he’s played Superman, Iron Man, Dr.Read more


angela 2014

Well known for their musical contributions to many anime shows, angela made their major debut in 2003 with opening and closing themes for the sci-fi anime “Stellvia.” Perpetually charting on the Japanese Oricon, angela’s music can be heard in anime titles such as “Fafner in the Azure,” “Heroic Age,” “Corpse Princess,” “Asura Cryin,’” “K,” “Valvrave the Liberator,” “Coppelion,” among others. Their most recent full album, “ZERO,” was released in April of 2013, celebrating their 10th anniversary.Read more

Guest Assistant Interpreter Position Openings

The Guest Relations department is currently looking for Guest Assistant Japanese Interpreters for the ACen 2014 convention year, click here for more details and how to apply.