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Welcome to Main Programming! The place that hosts the big events that you love from Soap Bubble to Midnight Madness,  and Anime Hell to Concerts on the Main Stage. We’ve got the main events that you do not want to miss!

Main Events 2017 Events and Descriptions

Below is the list of all 2016 events and descriptions.The 2017 schedule is underway and  so you’re sure to have a great time!

 

Anime Hell/Midnight Madness

5/20/2016; 10:00 PM – 3:00 AM

Rosemont Ballroom; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

Anime Hell celebrates the universe of weird, funny, and disturbing video.  Since long before YouTube, Anime Hell and Midnight Madness has entertained (and confused immensely) anime convention attendees with its quick-paced, free flowing showcase of short clips of Japanese cartoons, commercials, movie trailers, education films, short animated films, pop culture detritus and brain-rending bizareness.  The audience experience of Anime Hell and Midnight Madness cannot be recreated online or duplicated.  There is…only one.

 

Japanese Cultural Center: Aikido Seminar

5/20/2016; 1:00 PM – 2:30 AM

Grand Ballroom; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

The Japanese martial art of Aikido founded by Morihei Ueshiba in teh 20th century is a comprehensive system of throwing, joint-locking, striking and pinning techniques, coupled with training in traditional Japanese weapons such as the sword, staff and knife.  Come and view a demonstration of this martial art.

 

Japanese Cultural Center: Aikido Seminar

5/21/2016; 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Grand Ballroom; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

The Japanese martial art of Aikido founded by Morihei Ueshiba in teh 20th century is a comprehensive system of throwing, joint-locking, striking and pinning techniques, coupled with training in traditional Japanese weapons such as the sword, staff and knife.  If you missed the first demonstration, you won’t want to miss this one!

 

Japanese Cultural Center: Iaido Seminar

5/21/2016; 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Rosemont Ballroom; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

Mugai Shinden Mugai Ryu Iai Hyodo is a traditional, feudal-era style of swordsmanship founded by Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi in the year 1675.  This demonstration will show the practical, combative sword techniques with an emphasis on zen and teh attainment of enlightenment through swordsmanship.

 

Japanese Cultural Center: Taiko Drum Performance

5/20/2016; 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Grand Ballroom; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

The Japanese Cultural Center is proud to bring their traditional Taiko Drum performance to Anime Central 2016.  Aoki Sensei has received recognition as a “Chicagoan of the Year”, as well as, Japan America Society of Chicago’s “Cultural Achievement Award”.  Come watch this fantastic display of Japanese performance artistry!

 

Japanese Cultural Center: Zen Meditation

5/20/2016; 3:00 PM – 3:30 AM

Grand Ballroom; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

“Zen is to transcend life and death (all dualism), to truly realize that the entire universe is the “true human body,” through the discipline of “min and body in oneness.”  Come take a moment to find your inner peace with the Japanese Cultural Center’s Zen Meditation.

 

Japanese Cultural Center: Zen Meditation

5/21/2016; 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Rosemont Ballroom; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

Start your day with a time of Zen Meditation with the Japanese Cultural Center where the Mind and the Body become one.

 

K-POP Battles

5/21/2016; 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Rosemont Ballroom; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

Are you a big fan of Kpop? Do you feature a Kpop dance routine in your masquerade skits? Do you love to dance, period?  The Kpop Battles event is right up your alley.  Join us as we crown our first Midwest Kpop Battles Champion as a participant or spectator at Anime Central 2016.

 

Ninja Olympics 2.0 with Samurai Dan

5/21/2016; 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Rosemont Ballroom; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

The Ninja Clans want you! Come take part in the contest of the ages, where two teams of congoers compete for prizes, risking life and limb to show their ninja skills.  Samurai Dan and Jillian show off the dark side of their training and teach you the ways of the ninja!

 

Opening Ceremonies: Welcome to Anime Central

5/20/2016; 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Rosemont Ballroom; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

Welcome back to Anime Central for our 19th year!  Come start the convention off right with a preview of some of the amazing guests of honor, special entertainers, performers and musical guests that have joined with us to make this convention year the best yet!

 

Samurai Dan: History of Sharp, Shiny, Pointy Things

5/20/2016; 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Rosemont Ballroom; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

Samurai battlefield weaponry displayed, explained and demonstrated by Samurai Dan, an expert in 16th century Japanese combat. Lecture features stunning visual aids(blades from 1400-1800) and a question and answer session for attendees.

 

Samurai Dan: No Means No! Self Defense for Anime Fans

5/22/2016; 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Rosemont Ballroom; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

NO means NO!  Children are capable of protecting themselves, even small ones. The Samurai warriors of feudal Japan developed effective moves for their kids to use when words weren’t enough. Samurai Dan and Jillian teach these moves in a fun, safe environment to otaku children in the 21 st century. Come twist your friends into pretzel shapes!

 

Samurai Dan: Tameshigiri Exhibition

5/20/2016; 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Rosemont Ballroom; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

Traditional Samurai test cutting exhibition, with professional swordsman explaining and showing various stages of cutting techniques with a razor sharp 700 year old katana. Skills and techniques range from simple and basic to advanced and complicated to flat out crazy, much like Samurai Dan himself!

 

Soap Bubble

5/21/2016; 10:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Grand Ballroom; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

The Soap Bubble is the oldest, longest running and most highly anticipated anime convention party in the United States with some of the best DJs from around the world coming to spin for all the fans that pack the Hyatt Regency’s Grand Ballroom on Saturday night!  So crack open some fresh glow sticks and come party like there’s no tomorrow!

 

Synergy

5/20/2016; 10:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Grand Ballroom; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

Looking for a party this Friday night?  Fear not, Anime Central has got you covered in the Grand Ballroom.  Come dance to the best DJs Japan has to offer. Whatever your musical tastes, you’re going to find something that makes you dance and glow like a super star!