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 Industry Announcement: Sentai Filmworks

Sentai Filmworks is a global leader in anime and genre entertainment and manages one of the world’s largest anime libraries with thousands of hours of content in release across traditional and digital media platforms. As a premier strategic partner, the company offers industry-leading expertise in all facets of production, development, localization, licensing, marketing and distribution. The studio stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television, Blu-ray/DVD and digital distribution as well as international…

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2019 Industry Announcement: VIZ MEDIA

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media) is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland,…

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2019 Industry Announcement: Kinokuniya Book Store

Kinokuniya USA offers a wide variety of books, magazines, and stationery from Japan. We are proud to bring you our extensive collection of manga, graphic novels, art and design books, cookbooks, travel books, children’s books, and more, both in English and Japanese. We also offer Chinese books at our Seattle store.

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2019 Industry Announcement: Japanime Games

Japanime Games is dedicated to bringing you the finest games from Japan and beyond! It’s Japanime Games’ goal to import and translate the best games from Asia and bring them to a wider audience. Our games feature some of the finest art that can be found along with engaging gameplay and quality components.

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2019 Industry Announcement: Aniplex

Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite Blu-ray and DVD releases including Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works], Fate/Zero, the Sword Art Online series, Your lie in April, KILL la KILL, Bakemonogatari, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Blue Exorcist, anohana -The Flower We Saw…

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2019 Industry Announcement: Bluefin

Bluefin is a leading North American master distributor of toys, collectibles, novelty and hobby products. Bluefin’s extensive catalog is highlighted by a diverse range of high quality, officially licensed products from leading brands and manufacturers from Japan, Hong Kong and the U.S. Bluefin’s expertise on pop culture as well as consumer trends reinforces close relationships with manufacturers and client brands to help shape and drive consumer tastes across the world’s largest retail market. These relationships allow Bluefin to meet market…

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2019 Guest Announcement: Aya Suzaki

Aya Suzaki is a Japanese voice actress, singer, and narrator from Ishikawa prefecture. While a student at Tokyo Gakugei University, she entered the Japanese Narration Acting Institute, and debuted as a voice actress in 2010 with the anime Bakuman. She joined the agency I’m Enterprise in 2011. Affectionately known by her fans as “Ayappe”, she has voiced several fan-favorite characters such as Minami Nitta from The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, Mako Mankanshoku from Kill la Kill, Tamako Kitashirakawa from Tamako Market,…

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2019 Guest Announcement: Takushi Koide

Takushi Koide is a highly anticipated and talented animator from Kinema Citrus. He has participated in the animations of Under the Dog, Norn9 and was known for his wondrous action animation design of Scorching Ping Pong Girls. In Revue Starlight, Mr. Koide served as assistant director in charge of weapon and revue costume design, but also highly active as the director’s right hand for the storyboard, animation direction and animation supervision.

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2019 Guest Announcement: Hiromitsu Iijima (IRMA LA DOUCE)

Hiromitsu Iijima is a music producer and director of music production company, IRMA LA DOUCE.  He is responsible for a wide range of music produced for anime, commercials, TV dramas, artists and more. IRMA LA DOUCE started under the music production of Italian record label IRMA records SRL in 2014. He worked on Crunchyroll Anime Award 2017 Best Score winner Made in Abyss alongside Kevin Penkin.  Furthermore, Iijima has been the music producer for other reputed works including Yuyushiki, Under…

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