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2019 Guest Announcement: Tomohiro Furukawa

Tomohiro Furukawa is an animation director and staff member from Kinema Citrus. Born in 1981, Mr. Furukawa began his career at Studio Graffiti, working on key animation. Leaving that studio to become freelance, he worked on key animation, storyboards, and opening animation for Penguindrum under Director Kunihiko Ikuhara, and had been involved in the many of that director’s subsequent projects, including as assistant director for Yurikuma Arashi. He assisted in animation direction for One Piece Film: Z. Revue Starlight is…

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2019 Guest Announcement: Mai Nakahara

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Mai Nakahara as a 2019 Guest of Honor! Mai Nakahara is a Japanese voice actress and singer.  Born in Hyogo prefecture, she moved around Japan and spent a lot of her childhood in Fukuoka and Ehime.  She wanted to be a voice actress from the 5th grade, after watching Tico of the Seven Seas.  After her school years, she studied narration while working full time, and debuted with I’m Enterprise…

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Volunteer Fair for ACen 2019: Join the ACen Team!

Ever thought of joining the ACen team? Want to be in the heart of all the planning, action, and behind the scenes excitement? Please join us for our Volunteer Drive on October 13th from 3:00 PM-5:00 PM at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Come learn about what it takes to be a part of the team and the cool perks volunteering has to offer. Team managers will be interviewing and on-boarding candidates on the spot for a variety of positions! You…

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2019 Guest Announcement: Kenichi Sonoda

Please give a warm welcome to Kenichi Sonoda as he returns to Chicago for the World Premiere of Episode 0 of BEAN BANDIT to be unveiled for the very first time at #ACen2019! More news and guests to follow! 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…

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Panel and Gatherings applications open September 1st, 2018

Applications to host a Panel or a Cosplay Gathering open on September 1st, 2018! Applicants will be able to access the form through our registration portal. Applications will be open until February 1st, 2019 or until all spaces are full. For rules and Details visit Panel Programming: http://www.acen.org/programming/panel-programming/  Cosplay Gatherings: http://www.acen.org/programming/costume-events/cosplay-meet-ups/    

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Thank you for joining us at Anime Central 2018!

Thank you for joining us at Anime Central 2018! We had an amazing year and are so excited to have shared it with you! We want to thank each and every one of you for being a part of our community and creating the welcoming, exciting, and friendly vibes at Anime Central! We hope to see you next year May 17-19th, 2019!   Our event feedback form is now open as well if you would like to share some of…

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New Item Check at Anime Central!

New this year we will have an item check available in the convention center lobby (from 10a – 11p) and during the Friday night and Saturday night dances in the Hyatt. There will be a service fee of 3$ per item checked in each location. #ACen2018 This post has been updated as the item check in the convention center has moved since the original posting.

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2018 Industry Announcement: HIDIVE

HIDIVE is a streaming service that launched in 2017 and offers subscribers hit titles and a catalog spanning six decades, from the latest simulcasts imported directly from Japan to hidden gems from the golden age of anime. HIDIVE has expanded from its browser-based platform to include mobile devices and set-top boxes to allow members convenient access to new simulcasts, an ever-growing collection of dubs, and exclusives. HIDIVE is proud to announce DUBCAST editions of select simulcasts. These early access local-language…

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2018 Performer Announcement: kors K

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to kors K as a 2018 Synergy Performer! kors K is a Music Producer, artist, and DJ. Although he primarily focuses on hard dance music, he has no limit to what he can create. Fans are attracted to his unique and innovative sound creation. He has rose to fame through his participation in the hit music game ‘beatmania’. Since then, he has contributed to multiple anime-related songs, J-Pop remixes, and has…

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