Join us for Anime Central on May 21st through May 23rd, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare & Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Returning May 21st – 23rd, 2021

We are currently putting on a series of digital events throughout ACen weekend so we can all still come together and celebrate our community! These events will take place May 14th through May 17th, 2020.  We will be posting the schedule of events soon on our website and social media accounts.

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Many of our Retailers and Artists make their living by exhibiting at shows like ours across the country. Attendees have asked us how they can support them through these times. We encourage the community, if they can, to support these groups by purchasing their merchandise. Let’s all do what we can to support them digitally since we can not join together in person this year!

Join us for our Online Exhibitor Hall and Artist Alley!

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2019 Guest Announcement: Natsumi Takamori

Natsumi Takamori is a Japanese voice actress, singer and narrator affiliated with Pro-Fit. You may best know her as the voice of Miku Maekawa from The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, Mei Misaki from Another, Nikka Edvardine Katajainen from Brave Witches, Misaki Kamiigusa from The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, and Hio-Tan from Denki-Gai. Furthermore she played Souna Sitri in High School DxD, Azusa Murasaka in Orange, Subaru in Houkago no Pleiades, and Ellery Himeyuri in the Milky Holmes series, among many others. She…

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2019 Guest Announcement: Christopher Wehkamp

Christopher Wehkamp brings characters to life in anime and video games for studios like FUNimation Entertainment, Sentai Filmworks, Big Fish Games and more. His popular roles include Shouta ‘Eraserhead’ Aizawa (My Hero Academia), Susumu Kodai (Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199), Miles Edgeworth (Ace Attorney), Phil (Attack on Titan), Alexis Leskinen (Steins;Gate 0), Solid Silva (Black Clover), Master (Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits), Kiri Putin (Chronos Ruler), Prince Bruno Glanzreich (The Royal Tutor), Sekizan (ALL OUT!!), Tenka Kumo (Laughing Under The Clouds), Zed O’Brien (Blood Blockade Battlefront…

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2019 Guest Announcement: OPENWORLD

AWR Music Productions is proud to present a new video game music concert experience: OPENWORLD. Featuring exciting new arrangements of video game music for a chamber ensemble of world-class musicians.  OPENWORLD performs music from series and titles such as Halo, Super Mario 64, Metal Gear Solid, DuckTales, The Legend of Zelda, and many others. Selections range from ‘90s classics to your favorite recent releases.  Under the direction of Eric Roth – music director and producer of A New World: intimate music…

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2019 Guest Announcement: Brittney Karbowski

Brittney Karbowski began voice acting right out of high school at ADV Films. She had so many great roles there it’s hard to know where to start! She played Fuko in Gilgamesh, Mone in Yumeria, Himeko in Pani Poni Dash, Aoba in Jinki Extend ,and Ayu in Kanon. In 2007, she began working for Funimation playing Mai in My Santa. Shortly after she played Apis in One Piece , Anri in Sasami: Magical Girls Club, Ku in Shattered Angels, Sia…

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2019 Industry Announcement: Sentai Filmworks

Sentai Filmworks is a global leader in anime and genre entertainment and manages one of the world’s largest anime libraries with thousands of hours of content in release across traditional and digital media platforms. As a premier strategic partner, the company offers industry-leading expertise in all facets of production, development, localization, licensing, marketing and distribution. The studio stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television, Blu-ray/DVD and digital distribution as well as international…

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2019 Industry Announcement: VIZ MEDIA

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media) is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland,…

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2019 Industry Announcement: Kinokuniya Book Store

Kinokuniya USA offers a wide variety of books, magazines, and stationery from Japan. We are proud to bring you our extensive collection of manga, graphic novels, art and design books, cookbooks, travel books, children’s books, and more, both in English and Japanese. We also offer Chinese books at our Seattle store.

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2019 Industry Announcement: Japanime Games

Japanime Games is dedicated to bringing you the finest games from Japan and beyond! It’s Japanime Games’ goal to import and translate the best games from Asia and bring them to a wider audience. Our games feature some of the finest art that can be found along with engaging gameplay and quality components.

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2019 Industry Announcement: Aniplex

Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite Blu-ray and DVD releases including Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works], Fate/Zero, the Sword Art Online series, Your lie in April, KILL la KILL, Bakemonogatari, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Blue Exorcist, anohana -The Flower We Saw…

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