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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!

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2020 Guest Announcement: Justin Briner

Anime Central has announced that American Voice Actor, Justin Briner, will attend this year’s event.  Anime Central will be held May 15-17, 2020. Justin Briner is an American voice actor who has lent his voice for a number of English-language dubs of Japanese anime films and television series.  Primarily with those affiliated with the FUNimation simuldub service.  Most notably, for voicing Izuku Midoriya in My Hero Academia.  You can also hear him as Mikaela Hyakuya in Seraph of the End, Alfonso San Valiante in Garo: The Animation, Qwenthur Barbotage in Heavy Object, Kensuke Hanazaki in Trickster, Ryota Mitarai in Danganronpa 3, Nico in Nanbaka, and Alpha…

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2020 Guest Announcement: J. Michael Tatum

J Michael Tatum Anime Central has announced that American Voice Actor, J Michael Tatum, will attend their event May 15-17, 2020. Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, et al, this reclusive actor/writer 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.  Cast…

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2020 Guest Announcement: Riho Iida

Riho Iida, known as “Rippi”, is a Japanese actress, voice actress, narrator, and singer.  She is best known as the voice of Rin Hoshizora from the Love Live! group μ’s, the popular school idol multimedia franchise that is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Rippi debuted as a young actress in the year 2000, and got national attention in 2002 when she was cast in the regular NHK educational TV program Tensai Terebi-kun, which she continued to appear as a regular member for 4 years.  Thereafter she…

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2020 Guest Announcement: Itsuki Akata

Anime Central is honored to announce that Japanese Illustrator, Itsuki Akata will be joining us this year! Itsuki Akata is an illustrator from Japan, originally from Osaka, with the PC game company Freefullsoft. Active since the 1990’s, Akata established the game brand “Q-X” with Shou Matsumori. Akata’s representative works include the illustration collection Excellent Punitto and the light novels Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!and Dragon Crisis, in addition to being credited as “Original Creator (Illustrator)” for the anime…

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2020 Guest Announcement: FUNA

Anime Central is honored to announce that Japanese Novelist, FUNA will be joining us this year! FUNA is a writer originally from the Kansai region of Japan, who currently resides in the Kanto area. Debuting with Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! published by Earth Star Novel in May of 2016, FUNA has also written I Shall Survive Using Potions! as well as Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for my Retirement, and is credited as “Original Creator (Novelist)” for…

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2020 Guest Announcement: Caitlin Glass

Anime Central has announced that ADR Director and Voice Actress, Caitlin Glass, will attend this years event. Anime Central will be held May 15-17, 2020. A voice actress and ADR director, best known for the role of Winry Rockbell in the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise, Caitlin has been working in the anime industry since 2004. Caitlin was the ADR director for the English dub of the fan-favorite, Ouran High School Host Club, as well as the voice of Haruhi Fujioka. In video games, Caitlin also lends…

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2020 Guest Announcement: Rie Tanaka

Anime Central has announced that Japanese Voice Actress, Rie Tanaka, will attend this year’s event. Anime Central will be held May 15-17, 2020. Rie Tanaka is a veteran Japanese voice actress with over 25 years in the industry.  She has voiced several iconic characters new and old, including Mitsuki Sanada from Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure, Chii from Chobits, Yomi from Azumanga Daioh, Lacus Clyne from the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED series, Hikari Kujou from Pretty Cure Max Heart, Sugintou from…

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2020 Guest Announcement: Erica Mendez

Anime Central has announced that America Voice Actress, Erica Mendez, will attend this year’s event. Anime Central will be held May 15-17, 2020. Chicago native Erica Mendez is longtime anime and video game fan who put in the work and became a voice actress. She has been fortunate to play some fan-favorite characters, including: Retsuko in Aggretsuko, Ryuko in KILL la KILL, Gon in Hunter x Hunter, Aladdin in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Yuuki in Sword Art Online II, Sailor Uranus…

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ACEN 2020 Exhibitor and Artist forms are now open!

This year there is one form for both exhibitors and artists to do their sign up on. Please note filling out this form does not guarantee placement in any of our exhibits. For specific details on each type of booth option and to decide which path to choose visit Exhibitor and Artist Alley pages. Please note you may not apply for both, if you do your company will forfeit its chance to apply with us.

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