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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2019 Guest Announcement: Atsushi Nakayama

Atsushi Nakayama, born in 1974, is Assistant Director for the Winter 2019 TV Anime That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.  He was Unit Director on Knight’s & Magic and other shows, as well as Director of Photography for Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, and others. Mr. Nakayama provides storyboards, direction, photography, and other multifaceted work around the production studio. His first work as a director was Absolute Duo.

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2019 Guest Announcement: Shuzilow.HA

Shuzilow.HA (also known as Shujirou Hamakawa) was born on July 7, 1966 in Kobe, Japan. From 1982 to 1989, he served as an animator at Anime R. He was a video game designer at Konami from 1989 to 1998, and he returned to animation to work for Production I.G. from 1998 to 2000. Since 2000, he has been offering his services as a freelance designer. Shuzilow.HA is best known as the original creator of the Solty Rei TV series. He…

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2019 Guest Announcement: Marco d’Ambrosio

Marco d’Ambrosio is a composer, conductor, music producer, instrumentalist and sound designer.  He has scored many award-winning films including the anime hits Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure OVAs as well as Shadow and Fist of the Blue Sky series along with much work on live action films, documentaries, video games and albums. Come join him as he presents his work, discusses the scoring process and talks about his collaboration with Kenichi Sonoda on the upcoming Bean Bandit series.

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2019 Guest Announcement: Crispin Freeman

Crispin Freeman is a voice actor, director and script adaptor who’s been portraying characters in animation and video games since 1997.  He’s worked on a myriad of anime shows including Hellsing, Naruto, Ghost in the Shell, The Big O, Final Fantasy: Advent Children, Wolf’s Rain, Witch Hunter Robin, Chobits, Blood+, Last Exile, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Slayers, The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Durarara & Miyazaki’s “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Ponyo”.  In the world of video games he’s…

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2019 Guest Annoucement: Eric Vale

Eric Vale can eat an entire Quarter Pounder with Cheese in a single bite. He crossed the English Channel riding on the antlers of a Canadian Moose. His favorite time of the year is dinnertime. This man has voiced characters such as Trunks in Dragon Ball Z, Sanji in One Piece, Yuki in Fruits Basket, Kymblee in Fullmetal Alchemist, America and Canada in Hetalia, and most recently Nishiki in Tokyo Ghoul.  You can also hear him on radio and TV as the voice of the Dallas Stars and…

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2019 Guest Announcement: TRUE

TRUE began her career as a singer with the single “anytime, anywhere” produced by Satoshi Shimano. In 2001, her third single, “Way to Love”, was featured on the drama Love Revolution and became a smash hit, selling 300,000 copies and reaching number 10 on the Oricon chart. In 2011, she transitioned into a song lyricist. She handled writing anime openings and endings from artists such as Eir Aoi, Kis-My-Ft2, LoVendoЯ, and iDOLM@STER character songs.  Her “Beat Generation” performed by the…

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2019 Guest Announcement: Sayaka Sasaki

Sayaka Sasaki is not only a singer, but also as a voice actor and actress. She debuted in 2010 with the opening theme song for The Book of Bantorra Season 2, “Seisai no Ripieno”. She has attended many large music festivals held at venues such as Yokohama Arena and Saitama Super Arena; as well as appearances at overseas conventions in Asia, North America, South America, and the Middle East. Sasaki’s works include the opening theme for Senran Kagura “Break your…

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2019 Guest Announcement: Asaka

Asaka is a Japanese singer with 5pb. Records.  She was born in Japan but spent five years in Michigan at the age of three. She has loved singing ever since she was a child, and after winning several karaoke competitions in 2014-2015, she made her debut with her first single “Open your eyes” in October 2016, which is the ending theme of the anime Occultic;Nine. Her second single “Edelweiss” (ending theme of TV anime A Centaur’s Life) released in July…

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