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 Guest Announcement: ZAQ

ZAQ is a singer, songwriter and composer.  She began playing piano from the age of 3, and graduated from a music college majoring in piano.  Aside from studying classical, she is experienced with several genres including rock, pop, R&B, & Hip-hop.  She self-taught composition, and began writing songs for other artists in 2012. In October 2012, she made her major debut as a singer with “Sparkling Daydream”, the opening theme song of TV anime Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions.  Since…

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2019 Industry Announcement: Bang Zoom! Entertainment

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Bang Zoom! Entertainment as a 2019 Industry and Entertainment Partner! We are pleased and excited to bring an amazing attendee experience to ACen 2019 in conjunction with our friends at Bang Zoom! Entertainment! With Bang Zoom! Entertainment you can try your hand at voice acting and see what it really feels like to be a voice actor! Bang Zoom! Entertainment will also be holding open casting calls so you may…

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2019 Industry Announcement: Cygames

CyStore will be selling Cygames merchandise at Anime Central 2019 as part of the CyStore USA Pop-Up Tour. Cygames, Inc. is an acclaimed developer of popular mobile and computer games. Formed in May 2011, Cygames has risen rapidly to become one of the biggest names in Japanese video games. The company started out making smartphone games, including Rage of Bahamut, which was one of the first Japanese card battle games to make inroads into international markets; Granblue Fantasy, which remains…

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2019 Guest Announcement: Justin Cook

Justin Cook is an American voice actor, producer, line producer, ADR Director and Engineer who works for anime series at Funimation/OkraTron 5000 and is most noted for his English dub role as Yusuke Urameshi in YuYu Hakusho. Other notable credits include, Raditz and Dende in Dragonball (all the series, original funimation voice), Hatsuharu in Fruits Basket and Kirishima in My Hero Academia. 

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2019 Industry Announcement: Bushiroad

Bushiroad Inc. is an entertainment company known for developing Cardfight!! Vanguard, Future Card Buddyfight, Weiss Schwarz, Luck & Logic and other card games, promotional items, smartphone applications around the world. Bushiroad will be exhibiting at Anime Central! They will be featuring contents from various titles of Bushiroad!

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2019 Industry Announcement: Funimation

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Funimation as a 2019 Industry Partner! FUNimation® Entertainment is the leading anime company in North America. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands. FUNimation manages a full spectrum of rights for brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution.

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2019 Industry Announcement: Right Stuf, Inc.

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Right Stuf, Inc. as a 2019 Industry Partner! Founded in 1987, Right Stuf, Inc. is amongst North America’s largest publishers, distributors and retailers in the anime and manga marketplace. One of the industry’s original pioneers, Right Stuf operates a multinational mail-order catalog and one of the trade’s most recognized Internet storefronts, rightstufanime.com. Right Stuf also works in a variety of media vehicles that include video streaming, podcasts and special…

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2019 Guest Announcement: Jerry Jewell

With almost 200 credits to his name, Jerry can be heard in a wide variety of shows.  He’s probably best known for his roles as Kyo Sohma in Fruits Basket, (a role he will be reprising in the 2019 reboot beginning in April), Jimmy Kudo in Case Closed, Barry the Chopper/Number 66 in Fullmetal Alchemist, Russia in Hetalia: Axis Powers, Lau in Black Butler and Victor Nikiforov in Yuri!! on Ice. He can currently be heard as Principal Nezu in My Hero: Academia…

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