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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Information for our Attendees regarding the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

3/20/2020: Cancellation of Anime Central 2020 We want to thank all of you for being patient with us while we have been monitoring the spread of the coronavirus and what that means for the event and your safety.  We have been working closely with our internal teams and external partners to fully grasp and understand all the options available to us, and most importantly, if we would be able to deliver the same quality of an event safely.   With that…

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A New World music from Final Fantasy: 2020 Performer

Anime Central is honored to announce that A New World: intimate music from Final Fantasy will be at our 2020 event. This concert event will take place on Sunday, May 17th. The producers of the live orchestra performance phenomenon Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY are proud to present an intimate FINAL FANTASY music experience. We have taken the majesty and power of the symphony orchestra and distilled it down to itsmost intimate, achingly beautiful elements. A New World: intimate music from…

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Vinland Saga: 2020 Guest Announcements

Anime Central is honored to announce that the team behind Vinland Saga will be attending our 2020 event! This will include the following 5 members of the Vinland Saga creative team. Vinland Saga Guest Announcements Shuhei Yabuta (Director) Takahiko Abiru (Character Designer) Hiroshi Seko (Script Writer) Hiroya Hasegawa (Animation Producer) Yutaka Yamada (Music Composer)

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Yutaka Yamada: 2020 Guest Announcement

Yutaka Yamada was born in 1989. He entered the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music and studied under music composers, Toshiyuki Watanabe and Yutaka Matsuo. There he learned music theory of deep and wide varieties. In 2011, he debuted as a film music composer in the Fuji television drama Marumo no Okite (Marumoʼs Rule). Later on, Yutaka Yamada started work on other visual works such as commercials and movies. His original soundtrack to the TV animation Tokyo Ghoul has been played…

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Hiroya Hasegawa: 2020 Guest Announcement

Hiroya Hasegawa was born in Asahikawa, Hokkaido in 1980. Upon majoring in Advertising Design at his local college, he engaged in animation production from 2007 and later joined Production I.G in 2009. After working at the production desk for titles such as PSYCHO-PASS first season and Ghost in The Shell ARISE, he joined WIT STUDIO in 2015. His major works at the studio are anime series The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vinland Saga, and others more. Related Links Vinland Saga Guest…

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Takahiko Abiru: 2020 Guest Announcement

Character Designer and Animation Director, Takahiko Abiru studied Japanese-style paintings at Musashino Art University. After graduation, he joined Doga Kobo as an Animator in 2004. From 2006, he started working for Madhouse and performed in-between animation for Paprika. His first first work as an Animator was Death Note (2007), and after that worked on many anime titles, centering on Madhouse titles. His first work as Animation Director was on Kaiji: Against All RUles (2010). Later, Abiru worked on HUNTER×HUNTER for…

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Hiroshi Seko: 2020 Guest Announcement

Hiroshi Seko is a veteran Japanese screenplay writer born and raised in Nagoya. In 2005, he joined Gainax. He was first in charge of the scripts for Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (2007) and continued on to Gurren Lagann Parallel Works 2 (2009). He later became a freelance writer after working on Attack on Titan (2013), and continues to contribute his writing for TV series such as Inuyashiki, Seraph of the End, BANANAFISH, Dorohedoro, and his latest hit series Vinland…

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Shuhei Yabuta: 2020 Guest Announcement

Shuhei Yabuta was born in 1980 in Yokohama, and spent his childhood in Greenwich, Connecticut. In 2004, Yabuta began his career in 3DCG and filming for video games, anime and slot machine. He started working mainly on anime with IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix (2005), and continued on to pursue his career as the 3D CG director for Iron Man (the anime series) in 2010. Yabuta began to learn storyboarding and directing from the TV series Sunday Without God (2013), and…

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Soapbubble Auditions 2020

It’s about that time where we will be opening up Soapbubble auditions for dancers and DJs for 2020! This year the Soapbubble will be our EDM event on the Friday night of our convention. Auditions for DJs Send a 10-minute demo showcasing your genre of choice and technical skill to soapbubble@acen.org. Along with your demo, you need to include a resume of the gigs you have performed at and details of your DJ experience. The best of the submissions will be…

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