Join us for Anime Central on May 15th through May 17th, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare & Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

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2020 Guest Announcement: Itsuki Akata

Anime Central is honored to announce that Japanese Illustrator, Itsuki Akata will be joining us this year! Itsuki Akata is an illustrator from Japan, originally from Osaka, with the PC game company Freefullsoft. Active since the 1990’s, Akata established the game brand “Q-X” with Shou Matsumori. Akata’s representative works include the illustration collection Excellent Punitto and the light novels Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!and Dragon Crisis, in addition to being credited as “Original Creator (Illustrator)” for the anime…

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2020 Guest Announcement: FUNA

Anime Central is honored to announce that Japanese Novelist, FUNA will be joining us this year! FUNA is a writer originally from the Kansai region of Japan, who currently resides in the Kanto area. Debuting with Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! published by Earth Star Novel in May of 2016, FUNA has also written I Shall Survive Using Potions! as well as Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for my Retirement, and is credited as “Original Creator (Novelist)” for…

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2020 Guest Announcement: Caitlin Glass

A voice actress and ADR director, best known for the role of Winry Rockbell in the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise, Caitlin has been working in the anime industry since 2004. Caitlin was the ADR director for the English dub of the fan-favorite, Ouran High School Host Club, as well as the voice of Haruhi Fujioka. In video games, Caitlin also lends her voice to Mathilda in Fire Emblem Echoes, Rose in Tales of Zestiria, Elma in Xenoblade Chronicles X, Thorn in Battleborn, and, most notably, Cammy White &Decapre in Street…

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2020 Guest Announcement: Rie Tanaka

Rie Tanaka is a veteran Japanese voice actress with over 25 years in the industry.  She has voiced several iconic characters new and old, including Mitsuki Sanada from Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure, Chii from Chobits, Yomi from Azumanga Daioh, Lacus Clyne from the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED series, Hikari Kujou from Pretty Cure Max Heart, Sugintou from the Rozen Maiden series, Maria from the Hayate no Gotoku! series, Misaki from Hatsukoi Limited, Octavia from Tears to Tiara, Chizuru from Shinryaku!…

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2020 Guest Announcement: Erica Mendez

Chicago native Erica Mendez is longtime anime and video game fan who put in the work and became a voice actress. She has been fortunate to play some fan-favorite characters, including: Retsuko in Aggretsuko, Ryuko in KILL la KILL, Gon in Hunter x Hunter, Aladdin in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Yuuki in Sword Art Online II, Sailor Uranus in the new Viz Media dub of Sailor Moon, Megumin in Konosuba, Akko in Little Witch Academia, Diane in Seven Deadly Sins, Nico…

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ACEN 2020 Exhibitor and Artist forms are now open!

This year there is one form for both exhibitors and artists to do their sign up on. Please note filling out this form does not guarantee placement in any of our exhibits. For specific details on each type of booth option and to decide which path to choose visit Exhibitor and Artist Alley pages. Please note you may not apply for both, if you do your company will forfeit its chance to apply with us.

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Crowne Plaza O'Hare

Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare 2020 Room Block

About the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Welcome to the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center. Our full-service Rosemont, Illinois hotel delivers newly renovated upscale guest rooms and suites, attentive service and a variety of amenities. Our Hotel at a Glance: 503 luxury rooms and 32 spacious suites. 55,000 square feet+ of  VIP meeting space. Exclusive Onsite dining includes; Chicago Fire Oven Pizza or grab a quick bite from, “On The Fly”, serving STARBUCKS coffee. Complimentary  upgraded Wi-Fi in every…

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Westin O'Hare

The Westin O’Hare 2020 Room Block

About the Westin O’Hare Along with nurturing amenities to make your stay as carefree and comforting as possible, The Westin O’Hare’s professional and dedicated staff is pleased to offer AAA Four-Diamond Service, including full concierge services to meet and exceed your every need. We offer High Speed Internet Access (for a fee) throughout the hotel, a complimentary Business Center, a well-curated gift shop, and Westin Kids Club® Amenities for children ages four to twelve. You may also take advantage of…

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Chicago Marriott Suites O’Hare 2020 Room Block

About the Chicago Marriott Suites O’Hare 6155 North River RoadRosemont, IL, 60018 Check-in: 4:00pCheck-out: 12:00p (noon) Room Rates 1 Bedroom Suite $199/Night Parking $10/Day [*] Parking prices are per vehicle and subject to state and local taxes.

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