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  1. Position: IRT Staff Member - Line Control

    IRT Line Control ops are responsible for managing lines for large events all around the convention such as those outside the Grand Ballroom and the Rosemont Ballroom. For many attendees, Line Control ops will be the most frequent kind of IRT ops they interact with.




    Monitor and report to dispatch via team/radio communication

    Documents and records incidents as needed

    Responds to and reacts appropriately to situations as they arise

    Directly interacts with attendees to answer questions and help.

    Patrols line areas

    Maintain orderly lines in high traffic area

    Badging and ID checks into Main Programming events

    Further duties as assigned by IRT Management




    Customer Service Skills

    Ability to walk/stand for prolonged periods of time.

    Ability to work as a team in a regimented structure.

    Active listening and monitoring skills.

    Ability to communicate via radio.

    Ability speak loudly without yelling.

    Ability to think on your feet and make quick decisions.

  2. Guest Assistant Interpreters provide support and assistance to Guests of Honor as it relates to the convention.Responsibilities include but are not limited to-

    - Coordinating communication and necessary translation tasks for Guests of Honor during the convention (Japanese to English/English to Japanese)

    Planning and assisting with guest-related events while coordinating with other departments as needed

    Assisting in managing travel arrangements

     - Going out on social outings

    - Wearing business casual attire

    - Assisting with other tasks as needed

    We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications:

    -Eligible to volunteer at ACen (See Volunteer Staff Requirements at (http://www.acen.org/about-us/volunteer/)

    -Fluent, formal (teineigo) Japanese speaking skill

    -Ability to interpret and translate English into Japanese and Japanese into English

    -Availability Thursday through Sunday (May 17th – May 20th, 2018)

    -Availability to also work Monday (May 21st) morning a plus but not required

    -Ability to work long hours and walk and stand for extended amounts of time

    -High level of professionalism

    -Customer service experience

     -Ability to stay organized while multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment

    -Excellent verbal communication skills

    -Prior convention experience and knowledge a plus but not required

    -Knowledge of anime industry-related Japanese a plus but not required


    Interested candidates, please send your resume and a cover letter to both guestassistants@acen.org and guestinterpreters@acen.org so that we can respond to your application in a timely manner.  We look forward to hearing from you!

  3. Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Cherami Leigh as a 2018 Guest of Honor!

    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 playing DLC “Gaige” in Borderlands 2, Quartermaster “Corporal Green” in Call of Duty: WW2, and “Ikrie” in Horizon Zero Dawn’s DLC. She voices “Sailor Venus” in Sailor Moon,”Tomie” in Mob Psycho 100, “Kudelia” in Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, “Claudia Peer” in Gundam: Thunderbolt, “Ilia” in RWBY, “A2” in Nier Automata and “Makoto” in the Persona 5. And was recently announced to be playing “Sarada” in Boruto: Naruto The Movie and multiple characters in Fire Emblem: Heroes, as well as playing “Cagalli” in the new release of Gundam SEED and “Tomie Katana” in French series Last Man. She has a lead role in the animated feature “Ribbit,” has guest starred on “Doc McStuffins” and plays “Peanut Big Top” in the La La Loopsy Girls. She starred in Shane Dawson’s “Not Cool” and the Starz Original Series “The Chair.” She has appeared in the Emmy Award Winning “Temple Grandin”, as well as “Friday Night Lights,” “The Deep End,” “Chase,” “Shameless,” “Bones,” “NCIS:LA” and “Longmire” to name a few. She worked on “Fast Food Nation,” with Richard Linklater, “The Hottest State,” with Ethan Hawke, “The Mist,” with Frank Darabont among others. She also stars in the recently released faith based drama “Beyond the Farthest Star.”She also starred in and produced two seasons of the award winning webseries “Throwing Stones,” as well as “CONfessionals.” She also has a daily affirmation based show “Love and Light” featured on Anime Unlocked along with other projects in various stages of production she is excited to share!

  4. We were very excited to see Children’s Programming have such an amazing reception in 2017! From the craft panels to the Children’s Costume Parade, we had a lot of new experiences and even more fun! We are very excited to continue growing our programming for the younger generation of fans that join us each year. For the 2018 convention we want to bring an even wider variety of programming for our 14 and under attendees. The Children’s Costume Parade a hit yet again and will be back again as well with Kit to lead the way! If you have an idea for something that you feel our 14 and under crowd would enjoy learning about Japan or Anime please submit your ideas through our Panel Application and make sure to indicate that it’s a Children’s Programming panel! If you would like to host a Children’s panel but are struggling to come up with an idea, please consider one of the topics listed here;

    • Japanese Children’s Games
    • Japanese Language For Kids
    • Japanese Art Project
    • History of Japan for Kids
    • Flora/Fauna of Japan
    • Children’s Stories from Japan
    • CosPlay Tutorials for Kids

  5. Our 20th anniversary saw another amazing line up of panels for attendees to enjoy. From Kit’s Birthday and Pokémon Bingo in the Children’s Programming Room to archery, cosplay and writing tips for all ages to all sorts of late night entertainment for our 18 and over crowd!

    Please submit your ideas for ACen 2018! We are always looking to increase our educational panels offerings. If you want to run a panel but are struggling to come up with an idea, please consider one of the topics listed here;

    • Japanese – Spoken
    • Japanese – Written
    • Art in Japan
    • Gaming Trends in Japan vs US
    • Flora/Fauna of Japan
    • History of Japan (overall or a specific time period, event or individual)
    • Popular Music in Japan
    • Popular Films in Japan



  6. The Hyatt Regency O’Hare room block for #ACen2018 is now open! https://resweb.passkey.com/go/acen2018



    Discover our iconic Chicago airport hotel with cutting-edge design, innovative spaces and stylish guestrooms and suites. Experience the convenience of staying at our hotel near O’Hare International Airport, downtown Chicago and shopping destinations, like the Fashion Outlets of Chicago. If you’re visiting for a convention, the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center is conveniently connected to our hotel via the covered skywalk.

    Hyatt Regency O’Hare9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue,Rosemont, Illinois, USA 60018

    ACen 2018 room rates

    Double Bed RoomSingle Occupancy: $212.00Double Occupancy: $212.00Triple Occupancy: $212.00Quadruple Occupancy: $219.00

    King Bed RoomSingle Occupancy: $197.00Double Occupancy: $197.00Triple Occupancy: $197.00Quadruple Occupancy: $197.00

    Parking: $ 18.00 per day

    Parking at the Hyatt is reserved for guests staying at the Hyatt. Parking for hotel guests is currently limited to one (1) car per guest room. If a carpool is possible, it is recommended.

  7. The Embassy 2018 Room Block- http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/C/CHIRMES-ACM-20180516/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG



    Embassy Suites O’Hare Rosemont completed an $11 million renovation, including guest suites as of April 1, 2017. Located across the street from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, our contemporary hotel is designed in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright, with stained glass windows, wooden accents and skylights.

    The hotel is 1.5 miles from O’Hare Airport with a complimentary 24-hour shuttle (contact the hotel for shuttle times). We’re located two blocks from the Rosemont Blue Line CTA station, taking you to downtown Chicago, Illinois, for numerous sightseeing, dining and shopping options.

    Embassy Suites O’Hare Rosemont5500 North River Road,Rosemont, Illinois, USA 60018

    ACen 2018 Room Rates

    Double bed room

    Single Occupancy: $257.00Double Occupancy: $257.00Triple Occupancy: $267.00Quadruple Occupancy: $277.00

    King bed room

    Single Occupancy: $218.00Double Occupancy: $218.00Triple Occupancy: $228.00Quadruple Occupancy: $238.00

    Parking: $26.00 per day

    Parking at the Embassy Suites Rosemont O’Hare is reserved for guests staying at the Embassy Suites Rosemont O’Hare .

  8. The Double Tree 2018 Room Block-  http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/C/CHIDTDT-ACM-20180516/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG



    Enjoy a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie on arrival in the inviting lobby of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago O’Hare Airport – Rosemont. This Chicago O’Hare hotel is located across from the Donald E. Stephens Convention and Conference Center and only a five minute drive from Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Enjoy complimentary shuttle service to the airport 24-hours a day. Contact the reception desk for shuttle times.

    DoubleTree Hotel O’Hare-Rosemont5460 North River Road,Rosemont, Illinois, USA 60018

    ACen 2018 room rates:

    Double rooms

    Single Occupancy: $206.00Double Occupancy: $206.00Triple Occupancy: $216.00Quadruple Occupancy: $226.00

    King rooms

    Single Occupancy: $191.00Double Occupancy: $191.00Triple Occupancy: $201.00Quadruple Occupancy: $211.00

    Parking: $26.00 per day

    Parking at the DoubleTree Hotel is reserved for guests staying at the DoubleTree Hotel.

  9. The Crowne Plaza 2018 Room Block- https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/rosemont/chiok/hoteldetail?qAdlt=1&qBrs=6c.hi.ex.rs.ic.cp.in.sb.cw.cv.ul.vn.ki.sp.nd.ct&qChld=0&qFRA=1&qGRM=0&qGrpCd=E18&qIta=99801505&qPSt=0&qRRSrt=rt&qRef=df&qRms=1&qRpn=1&qRpp=20&qSHp=1&qSmP=3&qSrt=sBR&qWch=0&srb_u=1&icdv=99801505

    or call 1-877-337-5793 with the group code “E18”.



    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 suites55,000 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 guest room and in all public spacesPremium high speed available ( fee)Great Service from our devoted staff, ” The way service should be done”.

    Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare5540 North River Road,Rosemont, Illinois, USA 60018


    ACen 2018 room rates

    King with Sofa Bed Nonsmoking Single/Double Occupancy: $197.00

    Double Queen Bed Room: $203.00

    Parking: Discounted parking rate $17.00 Overnight with in/out privileges

    Parking is on a first come first serve basis. The hotel does not guarantee parking

  10. Comfort Inn 2018 Room Block –




    Whether you’re attending a convention, flying out on vacation, in town on business, or simply visiting the area, the Comfort Inn O’Hare is your destination for a comfortable stay at a great value! The Comfort Inn® O’Hare hotel is conveniently located less than two miles from the O’Hare International Airport, Allstate Arena and the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, and a short ride away from the CTA Blue Line into beautiful Downtown Chicago, as well as only minutes away from the Rivers Casino, The Park at Rosemont, and the Fashion Outlets of Chicago.

    Comfort Inn O’Hare2175 East Touhy Ave,Des Plaines, Illinois, USA 60016

    ACen 2018 room rates:

    Single Occupancy: $139.99Double Occupancy: $139.99Triple Occupancy: $149.99Quadruple Occupancy: $159

    Parking: $10 Parking- One vehicle per room- must be registered at check in

    Parking at the Comfort Inn is reserved for guests staying at the Comfort Inn.


    *First night room and tax taken at the time of reservations

    *Cancel by March 1st, 2018 to avoid forfeiting first night deposit

    *FREE 24/7 shuttle to convention

    *FREE hot deluxe breakfast

    *FREE WiFI and Parking (1 car per room)

    *Wristbands will be issued to each guest per room. Replacement cost at nominal fee.

  11. Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Jerry Jewell as a 2018 Guest of Honor!

    With over 150 credits to his name, Jerry Jewell can be heard in a wide variety of shows.  He’s probably best known for his roles as Kyo Sohma in Fruits Basket, Jimmy Kudo in Case Closed, Barry the Chopper/Number 66 in Fullmetal Alchemist, Russia in Hetalia: Axis Powers, Lau in Black Butler and most recently, Victor Nikiforov in Yuri!! on Ice

     Other popular roles include Lyon in Fairy Tail, Claire Stanfield in Baccano!, Taira in Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, Kaworu Nagisa in the Evangelion movies: 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0, Happiness Bunny in Shin-Chan, Rin Tsuchimi in Shuffle, Aion in Show By Rock!!, Momotaro Mikoshiba in Free! Eternal Summer, Yuma Isogai in Assassination Classroomand Kusuo Saiki in (The) Disastrous Life of Saiki K

    He can also be heard in Attack on Titan, Dragon Ball, Ouran High School Host Club, One Piece, Soul Eater and a lot of other things that he may or may not remember or admit to.

    Having worked as a voice actor for FUNimation since 2001, Jerry has taken on a different role at FUNimation, that of ADR Director.  His first show was Blood C, followed by Shakugan no Shana III, Toriko, We Without Wings, Senran Kagura, Kamisama Kiss, A Certain Scientific Railgun S, episodes 313 – 324 of One Piece, Is This a Zombie?, Free! Eternal Summer and Orange, to name a few.

     Jerry is honored to have the opportunity to work with a very talented and dedicated group of people at FUNimation, that take the quality of what they do very seriously.  Well…seriously enough.


    Official Website: www.sillygingermonkey.com

     Facebook Fan Page: Jerry Jewell Fans

    Twitter: @VAJerryJewell




  12. Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Josh Grelle as a 2018 Guest of Honor!

    Josh is a life-long geek and actor with over 200 voice credits in his 10+ year career. His favorite roles include Attack on Titan (Armin), Yuri on Ice (Yuri Katsuki), Princess Jellyfish (Kuranosuke), The Devil is a Part-Timer (Sadao Maou), Drifters (Toyohisa), RWBY (Tyrian), Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple (Kenichi), and Snow White with the Red Hair (Zen). He has also lent his voice to many video game properties; Tales of Xillia 2 (Ludger), Dragonball Xenoverse (Demigra), and Freedom Planet 2 (Captain Kalaw) to name a few. When he isn’t behind the mic, Josh can usually be found writing scripts for the English adaptations of many FUNimation and BangZoom! Productions, such as Fairy Tail, Tokyo Ghoul, Overlord, and Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans.



  13. Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to J. Michael Tatum as a 2018 Guest of Honor!

    Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, et al, this reclusive fanboy-turned-voice actor/writer/ADR director/flake extraordinaire spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be called free-fall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams. To this day, some believe the small crater made by the impact remains the source of his power.

    Discovered by Funimation warhorse Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in 2005’s Samurai 7, Tatum’s inexplicable luck has held long enough to see his flag hoisted on a slew of dream roles, most notably Kyoya Otori in Ouran High School Host Club, suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, France in the Hetalia franchise, Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss, and the equal parts maniacal/vulnerable Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate. More recently, Tatum can be heard in the epic My Hero Academia as Teyna Iida.

    Other characters the man still can’t believe he’s had the crazy good fortune to play include: Doumeki in XXXHolic, Jiro Mochizuki in Black Blood Brothers, Isaac Dian in Baccano!, both God Eneru and Dalton in One Piece, Komui Lee in D-Gray Man, Dororo in Sgt. Frog, the titular loveable savage of Heroic Age, Ryosuke Takahashi in Initial D, Lawrence Kraft in Spice and Wolf, Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z Kai, and Scar in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. His vocal “stylings,” much to the chagrin of drama teachers everywhere, he’s sure, have also been featured in Romeo X Juliet, Speed Grapher, Trinity Blood, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Black Cat, Nabari no Ou, Ghost Hunt, School Rumble, The Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, Shuffle, Shigurui, Glass Fleet, Mushishi, Soul Eater, along with feature- length films such as Vexille, Summer Wars, Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, and Empire of Corpses, among many others. His videogame credits include Sir Hammerlock from the Borderlands franchise, Julius Kresnik from Tales of Xillia 2, Mr. Foster from Killing Floor 2, various playable characters from SMITE, and Kelvin from Battleborn.

    And as if being involved with so many awesome shows wasn’t enough, in late 2007 the fluky so-and-so tempted fate by officially branching out into ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting for Funimation as well. His ADR directing credits to date include Aquarion, Jyu-oh-Sei, Romeo X Juliet, Big Windup, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne and Shikabane Hime (Corpse Princess), while his writing credits include substantial work on Ouran High School Host Club, Heroic Age, Initial D, Blassreiter, Ga Rei: Zero, Hero Tales, Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Fractale, Deadman Wonderland, Steins;Gate, Assassination Classroom and Dragon Ball Z Kai. In early 2010 he teamed up with Terri Doty and Stephen Hoff to launch That Anime Show, a web-based chat show centered on colorful, often diabolically unhinged interviews with friends and colleagues within the dubbing industry, all episodes of which can be downloaded for free at http://thatanimeshow.com/

    Ever the workaholic, Tatum is currently burning the midnight oil on a number of exciting projects due for release later this year. And before you ask, the “J” stands for… Well, it stands for whatever you’d like it to.



  14. The Anime Central 2018 AMV contest is open and we cant wait to see what you will splice together!


    Contest Categories available:

    Action– Anything that gets your engine roaring and your pulse pounding!

    Comedy– Clever, silly, or just plain wrong- if it makes you laugh it goes here!

    Drama– ALL the feels!

    Horror– From mysteries to ghosts to gore to existential dread, all things spooky belong in this category!

    Parody– Anime/ movie preview mashups, Clever animation alterations, mini-abridges (nothing longer than 5 minutes), and spoofs on popular video formats go here!

    Freestyle– Got a great idea that doesn’t seem to fit another category? Go Freestyle!


    For the full list of rules visit:


  15. Reservations are open now! RESERVE HERE


    Experience Chicago without the city price tag. Located near the O’Hare International Airport and 15 miles from downtown, this renowned hotel in the Chicago O’Hare airport area combines the distinguished atmosphere of a Marriott Hotel with modern accommodations and innovative amenities. Visitors to downtown Chicago have ‘L’-train access located just one block from this Chicago hotel near the airport, and travelers in search of a Donald E. Stephens Convention Center hotel are only two miles from the facility. A departure from ordinary Chicago Airport hotels, the recently renovated Chicago Marriott O’Hare Airport hotel represents a first-class landing offering convenience, an established reputation and state-of-the-art technology. Each of the Chicago Airport hotel’s 470 guest rooms and 10 suites feature high-speed Internet and plush bedding for a restful night’s sleep. Discover the renowned Marriott Chicago O’Hare Airport hotel that has been setting the standard in sophisticated performance for over 50 years.

    Chicago Marriott O’Hare8535 West Higgins Road,Chicago, Illinois, USA 60631

    ACen 2018 room rates:

    Standard Room:$1792 Double Beds: $179

    Self-Overnight Parking* :  $32

    *Overnight parking rates includes “in and out” privileges for registered Hotel guests. Parking at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare is reserved for guests staying at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare.

  16. Reservations are open now: Reserve Here


    Enrich business and leisure travel at the Chicago Marriott Suites O’Hare. Featuring an exceptional hotel location in Rosemont, just a five-minute drive from Chicago O’Hare International Airport, our all-suite hotel offers a contemporary backdrop for a refreshing stay. Each one of our recently renovated hotel suites boasts intelligent design and stellar amenities, including flat-screen TVs, separate areas for working and relaxing, a marble bathroom, and more. We offer a range of additional perks to make you feel at home; guests can take advantage of a fully stocked gym, a business center, a heated indoor pool, delicious on-site dining at our hotel restaurant, and over 5,000 square feet of versatile event space. Our hotel is well-located in Rosemont, close to the airport, as well as many of the Chicago area’s top attractions. For added convenience, we even offer a free shuttle to and from Chicago O’Hare Airport. Make the Chicago Marriott Suites O’Hare your home base during your next visit to the Rosemont area.

    Chicago Marriott Suites O’Hare6155 North River Road,Rosemont, Illinois, USA 60018

    ACen 2018 room rates:

    Suite-King: $199

    Parking: Overnight parking is $15/per car

    Complimentary Shuttle to and from the Convention Center*Overnight parking rates includes “in and out” privileges for registered Hotel guests.

    Parking at the Chicago Marriott Suites O’Hare is reserved for guests staying at the Chicago Marriott Suites O’Hare.