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!

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Tia Ballard: 2020 Guest Announcement

Tia Ballard is a Texas gal born in the briar patch of Paris, Texas. She began her career in the industry while still in college, and has worked professionally as an actor, writer, and director. She graduated with a double Bachelors in Speech & Communication and Theatre Arts from Texas A&M, and also has both an Associates and a teaching degree. Currently she is directing the dub of the anime adaptions of A3! and starring as Nene in Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun.…

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Monica Rial: 2020 Guest Announcement

Monica Rial has been working in the anime industry for over 20 years and is currently listed as the most prolific anime voice actor in the US. She has lent her voice to hundreds of anime including: Assassination Classroom (Kayano), Black Butler (Mey Rin), Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card (Sakura), Certain Magical Index (Index), Deadman Wonderland (Shiro), Fairy Tail (Mirajane), Food Wars (Jun), Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (May Chang), Golden Kamuy (Asirpa), ID: Invaded (Hondomachi), Maid-sama (Misaki), My Hero Academia (Tsuyu),…

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Tony Oliver: 2020 Guest Announcement

TONY OLIVER, who was named to IMDB’s top 20 all time Anime Voice Actors list, began his career as an actor on stage and camera performing in several feature films and dozens of plays. He found success as a voice over artist, lending his voice to one of the first foreign made animated features to receive wide US release The Sea Prince and the Fire Child. His first foray into television was as the voice of Rick Hunter in the…

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Eric Maruscak: 2020 Special Entertainer

Eric Maruscak is an artist who has been appearing at conventions across the United States, making giant chalk murals as performance art since 2006. He has appeared at Anime Central for our 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 convention’s creating such works as the a Madoka Magika mural, as well as appearing at a number of New York Comic Cons, the San Diego Comic Con, the New York Anime Festival, the Baltimore Otakon, the Penny Arcade Expo, Star…

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2020 Guest Announcement: OLDCODEX

OLDCODEX is a Japanese band formed in 2009.  With a unique combination of vocalist Ta_2 and painter YORKE., OLDCODEX performs songs of rock and dance music elements while creating artistic visuals to please the eyes as well. OLDCODEX has provided their songs to several hit anime titles including Free!, Free!: Eternal Summer, Free!: Dive to the Future, all 3 seasons and movies of Kuroko’s Basketball, God Eater, Servamp, and more. Their band name OLDCODEX was created by combining the words…

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2020 Guest Announcement: Luci Christian

Luci Christian is a voice actress and ADR script writer at Funimation and Seraphim Digital/Sentai Filmworks. In 2007, the American Anime Awards nominated her for Best Actress for her work in Princess Tutu as the lead role of Ahiru, and Best Actress in a Comedy for her work in Desert Punk, Negima and Nerima Daikon Brothers. Luci has provided many voices for English versions of Japanese anime series and films. Most recently she can be heard as Yurin in Dragon Ball…

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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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