Join us for Anime Central on May 20-22, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare & Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Returning May 20 – 22, 2022

We’re working hard to serve up some home cooked programming and digital events to give you a taste of Anime Central. Come check out what we’re cookin’ up May 21st to May 23rd for ACen Online 2021!

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The Anime Central merchandise store is open! We’re selling an assortment of ACen merchandise for the holiday season. The store will only be open through the month of May, so get your ACen swag today!

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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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“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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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 Announcement: Lumica

Lumica Corporation is the leading manufacturer of glow light products for both fishing range and novelty range. The company was established in 1979 in Fukuoka, Japan and now we have group companies in Korea, China, UK, Spain and USA. Schedule of Events

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2019 Industry Announcement: Crunchyroll

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Crunchyroll as a 2019 Industry Partner! Crunchyroll is a leading global destination and platform for Japanese anime and Asian content. Crunchyroll delivers more than 25,000 episodes and 15,000 hours of officially-licensed content from leading Asian media producers directly to viewers translated professionally in multiple languages within minutes of TV broadcast, through applications including Crunchyroll for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, Windows Phone, Playstation®3, Playstation®4, Playstation®Vita, Xbox LIVE® on Xbox 360…

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2019 Performer Announcement: Oriana Perón

Oriana Perón has been a cosplayer since 2006, when she first attended Anime Central, and a Drag Queen since 2013! She is an Indiana University-trained costume designer and wig stylist. “The Queen of Cosplay,” she is a highly sought-after performer and judge of cosplay competitions across the U.S. She independently produces and currently hosts Rupaul’s Drag Race live stream with Oriana Perón at The Back Door in Bloomington Indiana and is the Show Director for Drag Show Brunch at Scholar’s Keep. Oriana’s current goal is to bring ‘Queer…

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2019 Industry Announcement: Eleven Arts

ELEVEN ARTS is the distributor behind some of your favorite anime films, including Penguin Highway, Maquia, Liz and the Blue Bird, A Silent Voice, and many more! Visit our booth to purchase DVD/Blu-rays of our latest films, and buy exclusive merchandise.

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2019 Industry Announcement: Japanese Culture Center

The Japanese Culture Center was established in 1977 in Chicago by Aikido Shihan (Teacher of Teachers) and Zen Master Fumio Toyoda to make some of the martial arts, crafts, and philosophical riches of Japan available to the public. Today the JCC continues this tradition, offering classes in over a dozen martial and cultural arts. The Center is not a museum where lifeless objects are displayed; it is a school where living skills are passed on person to person from generation to generation.…

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