2018 Guest Announcement: Kikuko Inoue

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Kikuko Inoue as a 2018 Guest of Honor! Kikuko Inoue is a veteran voice actress and singer from Japan.  Born in Kanagawa, she obtained a middle school teaching license before a rebroadcast of Attack No. 1 inspired her to pursue voice acting, and she landed her debut role in 1988.  Although she introduces herself as “17 years old” (Oi, oi!) this marks her 30th anniversary in voice acting!  Known within…

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2018 Guest Announcement: Shuzilow.HA

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Shuzilow.HA as a 2018 Guests of Honor!   Shuzilow.HA (also known as Shujirou Hamakawa) was born on July 7, 1966 in Kobe, Japan. From 1982 to 1989, he served as an animator at Anime R. He was a video game designer at Konami from 1989 to 1998, and he returned to animation to work for Production I.G. from 1998 to 2000. Since 2000, he has been offering his services as…

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2018 Guest Announcement: Kenichi Sonoda

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Kenichi Sonoda as a 2018 Guest of Honor!   Kenichi Sonoda was born on December 13, 1962 in Kumamoto, Japan. While attending the Nanba Designer Academy, he formed the doujinshi circle “VTOL” with highschool clubmates, and started self-publishing work. Around that time, he started a part time job at a Kinokuniya bookstore in Osaka, Japan. As word of his drawing skills spread, he created advertisements for magazines, and worked on…

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2018 Guest Announcement: Marco d’Ambrosio

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Marco d’Ambrosio as a 2018 Guest of Honor! Marco d’Ambrosio is a composer, conductor, music producer, instrumentalist and all-around noise maker. He has scored many award-winning films including the anime hits Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure OVAs, as well as the Fist of the Blue Sky TV series. Come join him as he presents his work, discusses the anime scoring process and talks about what it takes to…

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2018 Guest Announcement: A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY as a 2018 Guests of Honor! A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY performs at Anime Central in the Chicago area.  We’re back at ACen with new repertoire and a new experience.  Under the direction of conductor Eric Roth, the New World Players perform favorites and surprises by all of the FINAL FANTASY composers including Nobuo Uematsu, Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta,…

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