Guests and Performers List

Anime Central is rolling out our 2017 Guest and Performer List for our amazing 20th Anniversary event! Stay tuned for more news!

  • Lisle Wilkerson
    Lisle Wilkerson
  • Gacharic Spin
    Gacharic Spin
  • IMERUAT
    IMERUAT
  • Emily Neves
    Emily Neves
  • Alexis Tipton
    Alexis Tipton
  • May’n
    May’n
  • Crispin Freeman
    Crispin Freeman
  • TeddyLoid
    TeddyLoid
  • ☆Taku Takahashi
    ☆Taku Takahashi
  • DJ WILDPARTY
    DJ WILDPARTY
  • Kors K
    Kors K
  • Lapix
    Lapix
  • murAta Yuzi
    murAta Yuzi
  • C-Show
    C-Show
  • Putumayo
    Putumayo
  • Toru Furuya
    Toru Furuya
  • Shinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe
    Shinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe
  • GOUK
    GOUK
  • Helen McCarthy
    Helen McCarthy
  • A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY
    A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY
  • Tony Oliver
    Tony Oliver
  • Micah Solusod
    Micah Solusod
  • Samurai Dan and Jillian
    Samurai Dan and Jillian
  • Eric Maruscak
    Eric Maruscak
  • John Swasey
    John Swasey

 

2017 Guests of Honor

2017 Performers

2017 Special Entertainers

AUTOGRAPHS 2017

Below is the list of all 2017 autograph sessions. All events are organized alphabetically by title. The guidebook app is coming soon where you can download our schedule and create your to-do plan for the weekend.

Alexis Tipton: Autographs

05/20/17; 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Guest Signings 3; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Autographs are located near the main entrance to the exhibit hall. Please keep the lines moving. Be considerate of other attendees and their wish to get autographs too.

 

Crispin Freeman: Autographs

05/20/17; 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Guest Signings 1; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Autographs are located near the main entrance to the exhibit hall. Please keep the lines moving. Be considerate of other attendees and their wish to get autographs too.

 

Emily Neves: Autographs

05/19/17; 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Guest Signings 1; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Autographs are located near the main entrance to the exhibit hall. Please keep the lines moving. Be considerate of other attendees and their wish to get autographs too.

 

gouk: Autographs

05/19/17; 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Guest Signings 1; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Autographs are located near the main entrance to the exhibit hall. Please keep the lines moving. Be considerate of other attendees and their wish to get autographs too.

 

Helen McCarthy: Autographs

05/20/17; 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Guest Signings 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Autographs are located near the main entrance to the exhibit hall. Please keep the lines moving. Be considerate of other attendees and their wish to get autographs too.

 

IMERUAT: Autographs

05/21/17; 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Guest Signings 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Autographs are located near the main entrance to the exhibit hall. Please keep the lines moving. Be considerate of other attendees and their wish to get autographs too.

 

John Swasey: Autographs

05/19/17; 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Guest Signings 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Autographs are located near the main entrance to the exhibit hall. Please keep the lines moving. Be considerate of other attendees and their wish to get autographs too.

 

May’n: Autographs

05/20/17; 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Panel Room 1; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Post-concert autographs! Merchandise will also be available for purchase.

 

Micah Solusod: Autographs

05/19/17; 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Guest Signings 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Autographs are located near the main entrance to the exhibit hall. Please keep the lines moving. Be considerate of other attendees and their wish to get autographs too.

 

Tony Oliver: Autographs

05/20/17; 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Guest Signings 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Autographs are located near the main entrance to the exhibit hall. Please keep the lines moving. Be considerate of other attendees and their wish to get autographs too.

 

Toru Furuya: Autographs

05/20/17; 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Guest Signings 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Autographs are located near the main entrance to the exhibit hall. Please keep the lines moving. Be considerate of other attendees and their wish to get autographs too.

 

Guest Panels

Below is the list of all 2017 guest panel sessions. All events are organized alphabetically by title. The guidebook app is coming soon where you can download our schedule and create your to-do plan for the weekend.

A New World Q&A with Masashi Hamauzu and Eric Roth

05/21/17; 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Rosemont Ballroom; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

Stick around after the A New World concert for the Q&A session with FINAL FANTASY composer Masashi Hamauzu and conductor Eric Roth!

 

An Encounter with Alexis Tipton

05/19/17; 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel Room 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

An encounter with Alexis Tipton – Sit back and learn more about what makes Alexis the special performer she is. Discuss her latest accomplishments and more!

 

An Encounter with Nabeshin

05/19/17; 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Panel Room 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

An encounter with Nabeshin – We all know him from Excel Saga, but the icon with the afro is so much more. Spend some time with one of ACen’s fan favorites!

 

Cosplay History with Helen McCarthy

05/20/17; 8:30 PM – 9:30 AM

Panel Room 3; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Don’t miss this talk, as there is quite some interesting information on how Cosplay began and on various things surrounding Cosplay. The talk will be about the early days of Cosplay in the Yayoi era of Japan and conclude with present day Cosplay.
At the end, there will be a possibility to ask questions of Helen about Cosplay or anything else.

 

Fashion Showcase: GOUK

05/19/17; 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Panel Room 1; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Join us for a Fashion Showcase featuring the designs of GOUK!

 

Fashion Showcase: Putumayo

05/20/17; 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Panel Room 1; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Known for their uniquely illustrated Lolita and punk-themed outfits, that no other brand can offer, Putumayo, has also expanded and evolved their brand to include “School Style” and “Gothic Style” themed fashion lines which add to the uniqueness of Harajuku trends.

 

From TV to Stage To Video Game

05/20/17; 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Panel Room 3; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Let’s talk the difference between stage, film, TV and voice acting from anime to games & more with Emily Neves, Alexis Tipton and Tony Oliver. You got questions about how to make different aspects of this industry rock, these are the people to listen to!

 

Fun with Micah Solusod

05/19/17; 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Panel Room 3; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Fun with Micah Solusod – Micah is an amazing artist in all ways. He draws beautiful manga and is the American voice of so many of our favorites. He is happy to discuss most any anime that he has voiced and will amaze you with the wonders of his career.

 

Get to Know Crispin Freeman

05/20/17; 11:30 AM – 12:30 AM

Panel Room 3; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Get to know Crispin Freeman – Crispin is an accomplished voice actor, director, coach and scholar.

 

Get to know Tony Oliver

05/19/17; 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Panel Room 3; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Get to know Tony Oliver – Back again is Tony Oliver. He has lent his voice in many things including anime, video games and movie titles. We are always happy to sit and listen to Tony and his describes his work in the industry.

 

IMERUAT Meet & Greet

05/20/17; 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Grand Foyer; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

After the IMERUAT concert, head out to the foyer area to purchase merchandise, chat with composer Masashi Hamauzu and vocalist Mina, and get autographs!

 

John & Micah Dragonball-A-Ganza

05/21/17; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Panel Room 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

John Swasey & Micah Solusod; This Dragonball Z panel is not to be missed, just Saiyan!

 

Join John Swasey

05/19/17; 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Panel Room 3; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Join John Swasey – From Gendo Ikari through Gundurua, John has been a premiere voice actor with so much to offer. Come join him and discuss his extraordinary and exciting career.

 

Late Night with Nabeshin (18+)

05/20/17; 8:45 PM – 9:45 PM

Panel Room 1; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Join Shinichi Watanabe, better known as Nabeshin, in this Late night Q&A on his direction career or, well, anything else you want it to be about!

 

Learn About Helen McCarthy

05/19/17; 4:00 PM – 6:40 PM

Panel Room 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Learn about Helen McCarthy – As the author of numerous anime reference books, Helen is wonder to have a conversation with. She is so much more! Her Haiku are a daily ritual for many of social media followers & friends. Come and enjoy!

 

Mad Libs with Emily Neves (18+)

05/19/07; 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Panel Room 3; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Playing Mad Libs, a word game where you fill in the blanks with Emily Neves. Enjoy this 18+ panel and make suggestions for filling in the blanks and she will read the final products as one of the characters which you will vote for.

 

Meet Emily Neves

05/20/17; 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Panel Room 3; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Meet Emily Neves – Come and meet the diverse and exhilarating Emily Neves.

 

Meet the Synergy DJs!

05/19/17; 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Panel Room 9; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

What?! Taku Takahashi? TeddyLoid? Kors K? DJ WILDPARTY? lapix? C-Show? YUC’e? murAta Yuzi? And maybe DJ Domo, too?! It’s just too much! Anyway, come have a chat with the Synergy DJs before the party!

 

Meet Toru Furuya

05/20/17; 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Panel Room 9; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Meet the man behind the mask and so much more! Come celebrate Furuya’s 50 year anniversary in the anime industry with him in person!

 

Open Q&A with IMERUAT

05/21/17; 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Panel Room 9; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

You saw their concert on Friday, now come ask composer Masashi Hamauzu and vocalist Mina about everything from FINAL FANTASY to Ainu culture!

 

Q&A with May’n

05/19/17; 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Panel Room 9; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Open Q&A with May’n! Don’t miss your chance to interact with May’n before her Saturday concert!

 

Stump the experts with Helen McCarthy and Crispin Freeman

05/20/17; 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Panel Room 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Pose your questions to see if you can stump the experts Crispin Freeman and Helen McCarthy!

 

The Mythology of Anime with Crispin Freeman

05/21/17; 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Panel Room 3; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Mystics, Priestesses and Warrior Women is about the hero journey from a woman’s perspective. Specifically, it looks at the different types of female hero journeys in American and Japanese animation and how there are avenues for exploring the female hero journey in the East that are unavailable in the West. These different types of female hero journeys have their basis in the different mystical religious traditions of each country. These different concepts of mysticism East and West give rise either to Magical Girl or the Princess archetypes in animation. To wrap it all up, he will explore how these different archetypes manifest and are subverted in the anime, “Revolutionary Girl Utena”.

 

The New Rurouni Kenshin Part 1: Origins

05/20/17; 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Panel Room 2; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

The new Rurouni Kenshin Part 1: Origins
Come and discuss the fun facts and interesting new story of Rurouni Kenshin in Part 1: The Origins … A new take on one of anime’s fan favorites with Alexis Tipton, John Swasey & Micah Solusod.

 

Toru Furuya: TBD

05/21/17; 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Panel Room 9; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Toru Furuya panel to be determined.