Guests

07th Expansion

Ryukishi07 2015

Anime Central will be hosting 3 members of the 07th Expansion doujin circle, including Ryukishi07 (pictured).

Ryukishi07 is the host of the doujin circle 07th Expansion and scenario writer. He has released the novel games, “Higurashi When They Cry” (2002~), “Umineko When They Cry” (2007~), “Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni” (2010~), and “Rose Gun Days” (2012~) one after another.Read more

A New World

From AWR Music Productions, producers of the internationally acclaimed concert tour Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY, the return performance of A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY! Concert tickets are free to Anime Central attendees and, for the first time, A New World welcomes FINAL FANTASY composer Naoshi Mizuta in attendence.Read more

AKIRA

AKIRA 2015

Popular with the teen to 20s age groups in Japan, AKIRA has been the main boys style model for one of Japan’s biggest young fashion style magazines. Even though she is a woman, she has been able to transform herself into a male fashion style icon.

She is known to be called “AKIRA-sama” by her fans, and has been featured on the front cover of fashion magazines many times.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.
His first work in the industry was as an assistant to photography director for the movie “Doraemon: The Records of Nobita, SpaceblazRead more

Alexis Tipton

Alexis Tipton 2015

Alexis Tipton has been working in the dubbing industry since 2008 and has loved every minute of it. She can be heard in over 150 titles so far with more announcements on the way.Read more

Amanda Miller

Amanda Miller


From voicing Cherche and Sully, the knight nicknamed “The Woman to End All Men” in
Nintendo’s Fire Emblem: Awakening, to filling bad guys with arrows as the Marvel superhero
Kate Bishop/Hawkeye, Amanda is best known for playing spunky, badass heroines.Read more

Autograph Policy

  1. Follow the instructions of the Anime Central staff.
  2. Each person is limited to two (2) items to be autographed.
  3. Guests only autograph officially licensed products and reserve the right to sign (or decline to sign) whatever they feel is appropriate.
  4. Photographs may be taken with some guests, but only with their permission and with time permitting.
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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

Bubble Pop Burlesque

Bubble Pop Burlesque


Performer: Bubble Pop Burlesque
For the last three years, Lola Hart has worked with some wonderful Burlesque performers to bring you an amazing event. This year, she has pulled out all the stops for 2015’s Bubble Pop Burlesque! This show features local performers Eros, Poizun Apple, Harlee Syn and Kali Neko, national performers Sylvestia Stiletto, Nyxie Tempest, Glitch and Erisaka Blu, and international performer Deanna Deadly.Read more

Bubble Pop Burlesque

Bubble Pop Burlesque


Performer: Bubble Pop Burlesque
For the last three years, Lola Hart has worked with some wonderful Burlesque performers to bring you an amazing event. This year, she has pulled out all the stops for 2015’s Bubble Pop Burlesque! This show features local performers Eros, Poizun Apple, Harlee Syn and Kali Neko, national performers Sylvestia Stiletto, Nyxie Tempest, Glitch and Erisaka Blu, and international performer Deanna Deadly.Read more

Cherami Leigh

Cherami  Leigh


Cherami Leigh has been in the industry for 20 years. She has been in over 75 commercials, and has worked on over 100 anime projects including “Lucy” in Fairy Tail, “Asuna” in Sword Art Online, “Road” in D. Grayman, “Lizzie” in Black Butler, “Mai” in Ghost Hunt, and “Patty” in Soul Eater and has worked on over 20 video games- including Borderlands 2- in which she plays the popular DLC- Gaige.Read more

Cristina Vee

Cristina Vee


Cristina Vee is a voice actress from Los Angeles, CA. Since getting her first large anime roles in 2007, Cristina has voiced over 100 characters in both animation and video games.Read more

Crunchyroll Special Guest: Maridah

Maridah

Crunchyroll is bringing out a special guest to Anime Central – Maridah! She and Crunchyroll will be making appearances throughout the convention weekend.

Maridah is a cosplayer, entertainer, anime fan and blogger. She started cosplaying while in high school and has continued pursuing her passion for nearly 15 years. Her costumes have appeared in numerous print publications and books, and have been featured on blogs and television internationally. Among these include articles on Buzzfeed, Kotaku, Mashable, and LA Weekly.Read more

DJ Genki

DJ GenkiDJ Genki (SKETCH UP! Rec. / HARDCORE TANO*C)
DJ Genki started producing music in 2009, focusing primarily in club music. Early on he joined the crew at HARDCORE TANO*C where he became known for his energetic sound and stage presence at live events.
In 2012 he was approached to provide music for Konami’s beatmania IIDX franchise for the first time.Read more

GAT

GATGAT

GAT is a mystery music unit consisting of DJ Genki, aran, and Tachibana (Massive New Krew). No one knows what they’re going to do next, and their future work in the EDM space looks most promising!

Helen McCarthy

Helen McCarthy 2015

Helen McCarthy has had a busy year.

The Anime Encyclopedia, her epic work with Jonathan Clements, had its third edition in 2015. It’s now over a thousand pages long with over 1,100,000 words. For the new edition alone, she and Clements each wrote the equivalent of an average fantasy trilogy – about 300,000 words – in revisions, updates and new entries. She’s still pitching fiction but her next book is How To Draw Manga, out from Flame Tree Books in April 2015, with another Flame Tree art book coming in July 2015.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

Looking For Models

Model applications are now open for the Mika Takeuchi-AKIRA live event that will take place the Saturday of ACen. Unfortunately, we will only be looking for female models this year. We will need the following information for your application to be considered:

— Name
— Contact phone number
— Email address
— Height
— Three sizes
— Age (Must be 16 or older. Applicants under the age of 18 will require a signed letter from a parent or guardian giving permission to be a participant in the show.)
— Hair colorRead more

Micah Solusod

Micah SolusodMicah Solusod
Despite his ponytail and general inability to fly, Micah Solusod is a professional voice actor and artist. Or so they say…

The rapscallion made his debut in the anime world as Malek Werner in Blassreiter and is best known for his role as Soul Evans in Soul Eater.Read more

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

Mika Takeuchi and AKIRA Messages to Fans

Mika Takeuchi:

Translation:

Hello everyone.
I am Mika Takeuchi, the designer of Mika Takeuchi brand
This time, Anima Central has invited us to have our first show in Chicago.
Please join us!
See you

AKIRA:

Translation:

Hello to everyone in the U.S.
Hello I am Akira.
This year i am planning to have live events and fashion showRead more

New SCANDAL Video Message!


The girls prepare to visit the US as part of their Hello World tour!

Performers


The biggest events at Anime Central happen here with the performers in Main Events. From varied backgrounds and with content for many age groups we’re sure you’ll find something that peaks their interests.Read more

Richard Epcar

Richard Epcar

Richard Epcar is one of the hardest working men in show business, having voiced over 400 characters in Games, Animation and Anime.Best known as the voice of Batou in Ghost in the Shell, The Joker in several Batman games including Injustice: Gods Among Us (Fighting Game of the Year!) and Ansem in Kingdom Hearts.
Voted one of the Top 20 Video Game Voice Actors of all Time and Top 20 Anime Actors of all time by IMDBRead more

Roland Kelts

Roland Kelts

ROLAND KELTS is a half-Japanese American writer, editor, lecturer and consultant. He is a contributing writer to The New Yorker and The Japan Times and the author of the best-selling Japanamerica. His writing appears in several publications in Japan, the US and Europe, including Newsweek Japan, The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian.Read more

Sandy Fox

Sandy Fox


Sandy Fox is an American Actor, Voice Actor, Singer, Producer and Educator. She began her career in the entertainment industry working for the Walt Disney Company performing in hundreds of live stage shows as a singer, dancer and comedic talent. As a voice actor she began her career providing an array of voices for The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and Futurama.Read more

SCANDAL

SCANDAL 2015

SCANDAL is an all girl Japanese pop-rock band from Osaka, Japan. Formed in August 2006, SCANDAL consists of HARUNA (lead vocals, backup guitar), MAMI (lead guitar, backup vocals), TOMOMI (bass, backup vocals), and RINA (drums, backup vocals), who all met attending the same voice and dance school in Osaka.

Since their major debut in 2008, SCANDAL has skyrocketed to the tops of the Oricon charts and became the fastest girl band to ever perform at the Nippon Budokan since debuting.Read more

SCANDAL at Anime Central Concert Information

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Anime Central is thrilled to be hosting SCANDAL as a part of the SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2015 “HELLO WORLD”!

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SCANDAL Thank You Message

This is the video that was supposed to be played at Closing Ceremonies.

SCANDAL Video Message

As Anime Central approaches, everyone is getting ready for an incredible weekend. And that includes SCANDAL! Here’s a short video message from the band about their upcoming stop in Chicago for Anime Central!

More info about the band and concert here!

Stephanie Sheh

Stephanie Sheh


Stephanie is really excited to be attending Anime Central 2015! She is best known for her voice-acting in anime (Sailor Moon, Hinata “Naruto”, Orihime “Bleach”, Eureka “Eureka 7” Yui “K-on!” Mikuru “Melancholy of Harui Suzumiya”, to name a few). She voices Zhu Li in “Legend of Korra, Share Bear in the Hub’s “Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-lot”, Lisa in Warren Buffet’s “The Secret Millionaire’s Club,” Mrs.Read more

t+pazolite

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

Tony Oliver

Tony Oliver


TONY OLIVER, who was recently named to IMDB’s top 20 all-time Anime Voice Actors list, began his career 25 years ago as an actor on stage and camera performing in several feature films and dozens of plays. He found success as a voice over artist, lending his voice to one of the first foreign made animated features to receive wide US release (“The Sea Prince and the Fire Child”).Read more