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

Anime Central Guidebook


Once again, ACen is bringing back the Guidebook app! Improve your experience by taking the schedule, maps, Twitter updates and more with you on your phone or mobile device. Available for iOS, Android, Blackberry and web-enabled devices, completely free.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

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

New SCANDAL Video Message!


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

Bandai Gunpla Builders World Cup (GBWC)

Bandai Gunpla Builders World Cup (GBWC)

Set your GP Base, it’s time for GunPla battle! Anime Central is hosting one of the North American qualifiers for the 2015 Gunpla Builders World Cup (GBWC). The entry awarded Best in Show in Anime Central’s competition will move on to compete against other winners from the national qualifiers for the opportunity to represent North America in the finals in Japan.Read more