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.

Latest News

Mika Takeuchi

Mika Takeuchi 2015

Mika Takeuchi made her debut in the Gothic/ Punk world as a designer in S-inc as part of the h.NAOTO group. She had been the chief designer of Jelly and Honey.

Mika Takeuchi has since joined Antigone’s in 2014.
The new MIKA TAKEUCHI brand derives from modern Japanese culture, consisting of a mixture of Gothic, Lolita and her own signature style.

The first MIKA TAKEUCHI U.S.A fashion show occurred in 2014 in Washington D.C. That year also saw the debut of the MR and “Tranquil & Muse” brands in Japan.Read more


Dark Horse’s recent manga include titles like Satoshi Kon’s OPUS, Unofficial Hatsune Mix, New Lone Wolf and Cub, Tony Takezaki’s Neon Genesis Evangelion, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Seraphim 266613336 Wings and Oreimo: Kuroneko. We’re proud to be attending Anime Central, and look forward to meeting you at our panel, listening to your questions, and talking about what’s next for Dark Horse, North America’s second-oldest publisher of Japanese manga, novels, and art books!Read more


t+pazolitet+pazolite (C.H.S. / HARDCORE TANO*C)
t+pazolite started producing in 2004. His initial works were incredibly unique and caused him to stand out almost immediately. Over the years he has branched out into a wide variety of genres, always applying his own personal touches in anything he’s done.Read more

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