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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2019 Autograph Ticket Distribution

Autograph ticket distribution sessions have been added to Guidebook to help make it easier to identify which tickets we will give out at each distribution. Please note, that distribution times for a few of our sessions have been adjusted so that they are not conflicting with their other events. For example, we will not be distributing autograph tickets for the musicians during their concerts. We encourage all attendees to review these sessions so that they can plan their schedules accordingly.…

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2019 Guest Announcement: LAM

LAM is an illustrator and the character designer for Tokyo Chronos. LAM worked in graphic design at ATLUS on projects such as Persona 5, before becoming a freelance illustrator. Working freelance, he has contributed Craft Essence illustrations for Fate/Grand Order by TYPE-MOON, worked on a commercial for the art and engineering training college HAL, as well as the arcade rhythm game WACCA by Marvelous. LAM is gathering more and more attention as an up-and-coming creator known for his signature bold…

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2019 Special Entertainer: SNACK ATTACK

A juiced-up all-mix DJ duo, W.T. Snacks and DJ HYPE☆GIRL (aka Beck Attack) spin a variety of fresh jams as SNACK ATTACK! Dropping a unique smorgasbord of cute bangers together since 2016, HYPE☆GIRL brings the kawaii, while Snacks brings the yabai, and combined they’ve sandwiched all genres in between. With previous club appearances in Los Angeles, Chicago, Orlando, Atlantic City and even as far as Kobe, Japan, along with convention appearances at Sakura-Con, Anime Expo, San Japan, MAGFest, Anime Central,…

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ACen 2019 Guidebook

The Anime Central 2019 Guidebook is here so you can download the app and begin planning all the fun you can squeeze into one weekend! To get this app you need to download Guidebook from your apple or android app store and search the guide AnimeCentral2019! Within this guidebook you have the whole schedule of events right at your finger tips. You can make custom to do lists, build your schedule for ACen and even set alarms for the events…

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2019 Special Entertainer: Moe Shop

Moe Shop is a multi-talented producer best known for their eclectic French house sounds with inspiration stemming from Japan’s massively-diverse music scene. Their debut 2015 EP “Pure Pure” would go on to thrust their name into the global eye, and since then they’ve released two more EP’s including their latest “Moe Moe” which has received attention globally for its incredible fusion of Japanese lyrical talent with Moe Shop’s signature touch. Follow Moe Shop Twitter Soundcloud

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2019 Special Entertainer: Tanuki

TANUKI is a UK based producer and DJ residing in Scotland. He has produced, arranged and remixed various genres of music, primarily for Japanese video game companies and record labels, some of which include: Square Enix, Capcom, Neowiz MUCA, UP-FRONT/T-Palette Records, Dear☆Stage, NEST HQ, Maltine Records, HARDCORE TANO*C, Hardcore Underground, Queens Label, Shot Music, S2TB Recording, etc. In recent years he has experimented with the sample-based genre Future Funk, and is also known for his track ‘BABYBABYの夢’ which became viral.…

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2019 Special Entertainer: android52

Known for coining the term “Anime Groove”, android52 has gained popularity for his sampling of video game and anime music. Despite focusing on more original production work now, android52 is still creating funk-driven sounds that are sure to keep you moving all night long. Following a slew of shows across Japan and Europe, android52’s new sound has been heard worldwide following the release of his much anticipated “ULTRA GROOVE PRODUCT” EP. Follow android52 Twitter Soundcloud

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2019 Guest Announcement: Hinata Sato

Born in 1998 in the prefecture of Niigata. Hinata Sato has been appearing in multiple acts from Anime to TV dramas. After her activities in Sakura Gakuen, she has made a debut in Revue Starlight as Junna Hoshimi, one of the main stage girls in the Student 99th Class.

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