Join us for Anime Central on May 15th through May 17th, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare & Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

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Anime Central is currently collecting Guest requests for the 2020 convention! Want to see someone at ACen this year? Fill out the form so we can get a idea of who you want to see. We may not be able to invite every request each year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make arrangements down the road! Thank you for your input!

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2019 Guest Announcement: Sandy Fox

Sandy Fox is a voice actor, singer and producer. She is currently voicing Patty Fleur in “Tales of Vesperia”, and Chibiusa and Black Lady in VIZ Media’s “Sailor Moon” and “Sailor Moon Crystal” series. Her introduction into the world of voicing Anime was portraying Kyoko in the well known classic film “AKIRA”. She also voiced Tachikomas in “Ghost in the Shell” and “Ghost in the Shell: Innocence”, Sumomo in “Chobits”, Lynne in the original “Fist of the NorthStar”, Flonne in…

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VIZ Originals Portfolio Reviews at ACEN 2019

A very special announcement and opportunity for all of our artist fans! Our friends at VIZ Media will be holding portfolio reviews for VIZ Originals at ACen 2019! If you are a creator interested in publishing with VIZ, the portfolio review is a great opportunity for you to meet the editors and get feedback on your creative work. Imagining amazing stories and honing your artistic skills can take time and we want to encourage you to get to the next…

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2019 Guest Announcement: Lex Lang

Lex Lang is a voice actor, voice director, and songwriter. He’s most well-known in the anime realm for voicing a multitude of characters including: Yuri the Champ, in the current VIZ Media Release of “Megalobox” , as well as Jagged Stone on Nickelodeon’s “Miraculous Lady Bug”, Wargreymon in “Digimon”, Firelord Sozin in “Avatar the Last Airbender”, Hayate Gekko in “Naruto”, Sanosuke Sagara in “Rurouni Kenshin”, Kenshiro in “Fist of the North Star”, Omeada in “Bleach”, Angelo in “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures Diamond is…

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2019 Industry Guest Announcement: Kaiji Tang

An avid lover of gaming and all things food related, Kaiji Tang has been working as a voice actor in Los Angeles CA since 2007. In the world of video games, he has voiced such roles as Detective Pikachu (Detective Pikachu), Odin (Fire Emblem Fates), Faust (Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-), Munehisa Iwai (Persona 5), Gaius Worzel (The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel), Dr. Qada (Bravely Default), Owain (Fire Emblem: Awakening), Wingul (Tales of Xillia), Jann Lee (Dead or…

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“MADE IN ABYSS: Wandering Twilight” to Premiere at Anime Central with Red-Carpet Event

“MADE IN ABYSS: Wandering Twilight” to Premiere at Anime Central with Red-Carpet Event MADE IN ABYSS: Wandering Twilight will premiere at Anime Central in Rosemont, IL, on Friday, May 17 at 8:30 p.m. Sentai Filmworks and Anime Central have teamed up to host a red-carpet event for this final film in the MADE IN ABYSS two-part compendium series. Picking up where MADE IN ABYSS: Journey’s Dawn left off, Wandering Twilight continues the adventures of plucky cave raiders, Riko and Reg, as they confront the mysterious Abyss where…

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2019 Guest Announcement: Stephanie Sheh

Stephanie Sheh is a voice actress, voice director, ADR writer, and casting director.  She’s most well-known in the anime realm for voicing Sailor Moon in the current VIZ Media Release of “Sailor Moon” and “Sailor Moon Crystal,” as well as Mitsuha in “Your Name,” Hinata in “Naruto,” and “Boruto,” Orhime in “Bleach,” Eureka in “Eureka 7,” Yui in “Sword Art Online,” and Mineva in “Gundam Unicorn.” In additional to anime, Stephanie has many voice credits in video games, most recently…

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Membership Badge Mailing

Attendee memberships that were fully paid by April 1, 2019 were eligible for badge shipping at an additional $2 per membership badge. Thanks to the hard work of our staff, we are happy to announce that we mailed out all eligible membership badges on Saturday, April 6! Answers to frequently asked questions about badge mailing can be here. All other membership purchases will be available for pickup with a photo ID during the convention at a Will Call station in the Registration Hall.

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2019 Performer Announcement: Samurai Dan and Jillian

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Samurai Dan and Jillian as a 2019 Performers! He’s the merc with the mouth and his swordplay always comes with maximum effort…wait; it’s not who you think it is! However, there ARE similarities: both fight with swords for pay, both run their mouths, both have beautiful love-of-their-lives, and sadly, both look the same beneath their masks/headwraps! Samurai Dan and his lovely lady Jillian teach sword and self defense classes, give…

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2019 Industry Guest Announcement: Darius Hambleton

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Darius Hambleton proudly sponsored by our friends at Japanime Games! Darius Hambleton has always been a lifelong fan of comics, anime, video games and board games. While Strange Machine Games was founded by co-owner Jeff Mechlinski in 2015, in late 2017 Darius joined forces to take Strange Machine Games to the next level. SMG aims to make the most dynamic and interesting Board Game and RPG products on the…

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