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  1. Reminder Gatherings Submissions are due Feb 1! http://www.acen.org/programming/costume-events/cosplay-meet-ups/ We are no longer accepting submissions for these Gatherings as they are full for requests: .Hack Boku No Hero Disney/Dreamworks Fairy Tails League of Legends Love Live Marvel Naruto Overwatch Pokemon Rick & Morty RWBY Sailor Moon Studio Ghibli The Adventure Zone
  2. The Embassy 2018 Room Block- http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/C/CHIRMES-ACM-20180516/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG About 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 .
  3. Registration for ACen 2018 is open!

    Pre-reg is only for people purchasing a full weekend membership to our event. We do turn on the ability to do single days during the week of the event to help move people through lines, but that is the extent for online ordering time.
  4. Registrations https://www.acen.org/registrations/ Registration Info https://www.acen.org/registrations/registration-info/ Registration Policies https://www.acen.org/registrations/registration-policies/ Registration FAQ https://www.acen.org/registrations/registration-faq/
  5. 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!
  6. Final Fantasy Gathering 2018

    make sure you register for the gathering if you have not already https://www.acen.org/programming/costume-events/cosplay-meet-ups/
  7. Owari no Seraph

    make sure you register for it if you have not already https://www.acen.org/programming/costume-events/cosplay-meet-ups/
  8. Anime Central 2018 is coming your way May 18th-20th, 2018! We hope to see you there!
  9. 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
  10. Panels are open for 2018

    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 https://www.acen.org/programming/panel-programming/
  11. Guest Requests for 2018

    Anime Central is currently collecting requests for the ACen 2018 convention! Want to see someone at ACen this year? Make sure you fill out the form: https://www.acen.org/now-accepting-guest-requests-for-2018/
  12. The Hyatt Regency O’Hare room block for #ACen2018 is now open! https://resweb.passkey.com/go/acen2018 About 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.
  13. The Double Tree 2018 Room Block- http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/C/CHIDTDT-ACM-20180516/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG About 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.
  14. 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”. About 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
  15. Comfort Inn 2018 Room Block – https://www.choicehotels.com/illinois/des-plaines/comfort-inn-hotels/il411/rates?ratePlanCode=LANI18 About 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.
  16. 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 https://www.acen.org/2018-guest-announcement-jerry-jewell/
  17. 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. https://www.acen.org/2018-guest-announcement-josh-grelle/
  18. 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. https://www.acen.org/2018-guest-announcement-j-michael-tatum/
  19. The Anime Central 2018 AMV contest is open and we cant wait to see what you will splice together! http://www.acen.org/programming/video-programming/amv-contests/ 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: http://www.acen.org/programming/video-programming/amv-contests/
  20. Pre-Registration for the 2018 Anime Central Masquerade is now open! This is your chance to showcase your cosplay mastery on the main stage of the Midwest’s largest anime convention! We can’t wait to see what you’ll bring to the show! https://www.acen.org/pre-registration-for-the-2018-anime-central-masquerade-is-now-open/
  21. Reservations are open now! RESERVE HERE About 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.
  22. Reservations are open now: Reserve Here About 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.
  23. Reservations are available online through this link: RESERVE NOW About Aloft Chicago O’Hare is located just minutes from O’Hare International Airport via our free airport shuttle. You’ll find great shopping, dining and more right outside our front door in the MB Financial Park at Rosemont. Aloft Chicago O’Hare9700 Balmoral Avenue,Rosemont, Illinois, USA 60018 ACen 2018 room rates: Standard King: $215.00Two Queens: $215.00 Parking: $17 for self-garage parking.
  24. Reservations are available online through this link: RESERVE NOW or call 866.792.9221 About Providing easy access to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Courtyard Chicago O’Hare is the perfect place to stay during your business trip or vacation. Our hotel’s well-appointed rooms are conveniently located near many popular sights and attractions including Rosemont Theatre, Rivers Casino and the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Before exploring the city, get a good night’s sleep inspired by our plush bedding with pillow top mattresses and custom duvets. If you need to stay productive during your Des Plaines vacation, use your room’s ergonomic workstation and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, or visit our business center. In the morning, grab a delicious American breakfast dish from our on-site restaurant, The Bistro, then return in the evening for a savory cocktail. After fueling up, take a trip to our fitness center with cardio equipment and free weights. Whether you’re conducting business or simply exploring the Chicago area, make your stay a memorable one at Courtyard Chicago O’Hare. Courtyard by Marriott Chicago O’Hare2950 South River Road,Des Plaines, Illinois, USA 60018 ACen 2018 room rates: King Room w/ sleeper sofa: $134.00Queen/Queen or Double/Double Room: $154.00 Parking:There is a $18.00 daily parking fee
  25. Reservations are available online through this link: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1711216774&key=2BD1F8CA About 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 convenient Service Express®—personal service at the touch of a button—as well as complimentary luggage storage. During your stay, we invite you to take a deep breath and enjoy the clean, smoke-free air at Westin. By eliminating secondhand smoke and keeping pollutants from the air, we help our guests and employees stay healthy and feel their best. The Westin O’Hare6100 N.River Rd.Rosemont, Illinois, USA 60018 ACen 2018 room rates: Single Occupancy: $199Double Occupancy: $199Triple Occupancy: $219Quadruple Occupancy: $239 Parking: Overnight self-parking for one vehicle is included in the guest room rate. Day parking is at standard posted pricing.
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