Anime Central

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This article is about the anime convention. For the British TV Channel, see AnimeCentral.
Anime Central
Anime Central (logo).png
Status Active
Venue

Hyatt Regency O'Hare

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Location(s) Rosemont, Illinois
Country United States
Inaugurated 1998
Attendance 28,692 in 2013[1]
Organized by Midwest Animation Promotion Society[2]
Filing status 501(c)(3)[2]
Website
http://www.acen.org/

Anime Central (ACen) is an annual three day anime convention held during April/May at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare & Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. The convention is the 3rd largest North American anime convention as of 2013.[3] The convention is organized by the Midwest Animation Promotion Society.

Programming[edit]

The convention typically offers anime viewing rooms, artist alley, autograph sessions, concerts, dances/rave, dealer's room, gaming (arcade, role play, table top, trading card, video) formal ball, karaoke, masquerade, panels, and Q&As.[4][5][6]

History[edit]

Anime Central was formed in 1998 due to the lack of anime gatherings in the Central United States.[7] During the 2001 convention, construction was occurring at the hotel while the event was underway.[8] Guest Robert DeJesus got married by guest Jan Scott-Frazier, an ordained Minister, during the convention.[9] At the 2003 convention, the weekend lines to register for the convention ranged from 90 minutes for pre-registered attendees to 3 hours for others.[10] In 2004 several scheduling problems occurred and opening ceremonies were delayed an hour due to audio-visual problems.[11] The convention experienced problems with its registration system in 2008 resulting in extremely long lines.[12] One[original research?] cosplay wedding was held at the convention in 2012, along with the Hyatt needing to be evacuated due to an fire alarm.[5] Anime Central will host the 2014 US Finals for the World Cosplay Summit.[13]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
April 3–5, 1998 Holiday Inn International O'Hare
Rosemont, Illinois
1,203 Juliet Cesario, Robert DeJesus, Jason Gray-Stanford, Fumio Iida, Tsukasa Kotobuki, Trish Ledoux, Steve Pearl, Jan Scott-Frazier, Scott Simpson, Kenichi Sonoda, Amanda Winn-Lee, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[14]
April 23–25, 1999 Ramada Plaza Hotel O'Hare
Rosemont, Illinois
1,640 Crispin Freeman, Rachael Lillis, Yuji Moriyama, Lisa Ortiz, and Jan Scott-Frazier.[15]
May 12–14, 2000 Sheraton Arlington Park
Arlington Heights, Illinois
2,117 Kara Dennison, Crispin Freeman, Amy Howard-Wilson, Jan Scott-Frazier, and Brett Weaver.[16]
May 11–13, 2001 Sheraton Arlington Park
Arlington Heights, Illinois
3,232 yoshitoshi ABe, Mika Akitaka, Kia Asamiya, Robert DeJesus, Kara Dennison, Scott McNeil, Range Murata, Jan Scott-Frazier, and Brett Weaver.[17]
April 19–21, 2002 Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Rosemont, Illinois
4,520 Ken Akamatsu, Tetsuya Aoki, Steve Bennett, Jessica Calvello, Robert DeJesus, Crispin Freeman, Tiffany Grant, Hilary Haag, Amy Howard-Wilson, Toshihiro Kawamoto, Bruce Lewis, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Jan Scott-Frazier, Brad Swaile, SWEK, and J. Torres.[18]
May 16–18, 2003 Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Rosemont, Illinois
6,190 Satoru Akahori, Laura Bailey, Richard Ian Cox, Robert DeJesus, Duel Jewel, Fred Gallagher, Hiroaki Gohda, Tiffany Grant, Takeshi Honda, Yasunori Ide, Yoko Ishida, Kazuyoshi Katayama, Bruce Lewis, Hidenori Matsubara, Maya Okamoto, Chris Patton, Monica Rial, Jan Scott-Frazier, SWEK, Kazuko Tadano, Kōhei Tanaka, and Brett Weaver.[19]
May 14–16, 2004 Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Rosemont, Illinois
7,406 Greg Ayres, Kelli Cousins, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Fred Gallagher, Masashi Ishihama, Satoshi Ishino, Taku Iwasaki, Noriyuki Jinguji, Yasuhisa Kato, Hideyuki Kurata, Bruce Lewis, Koji Masunari, Scott McNeil, Vic Mignogna, Yuji Moriyama, Tomonori Ochikoshi, Chris Patton, Monica Rial, Chiwa Saito, SID, SWEK, Taraku Uon, Shinichi Watanabe, and Brett Weaver.[20]
May 13–15, 2005 Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, Illinois
10,434 Greg Ayres, Chris Bevins, Beau Billingslea, Steve Blum, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Fred Gallagher, Caitlin Glass, Clarine Harp, You Higuri, Hiroaki Inoue, Kumiko Kato, Bruce Lewis, Hiromi Matsushita, Vic Mignogna, Chris Patton, The Penny Lane All Stars, The Pillows, Jan Scott-Frazier, Rosearik Rikki Simons, Doug Smith, Sally Suzuki, SWEK, Kazuko Tadano, Yusuke Wakamisho, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons, and Yutaka Yoshizawa.[21]
May 5–7, 2006 Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, Illinois
11,866 Chris Ayres, Greg Ayres, Troy Baker, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Quinton Flynn, Fred Gallagher, Brittney Karbowski, Bruce Lewis, Mike McFarland, Junko Mizuno, Jeff Nimoy, Chris Patton, Monica Rial, Jan Scott-Frazier, Rosearik Rikki Simons, Doug Smith, TsuShiMaMiRe, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[22]
May 11–13, 2007 Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, Illinois
12,769 Chris Ayres, Greg Ayres, Steve Bennett, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Patrick Drazen, David Fleming, Lisa Furukawa, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Mohammad "Hawk" Haque, Kyle Hebert, High and Mighty Color, Noriyuki Jinguji, Brittney Karbowski, Sunao Katabuchi, Hiroshi Koujina, Trish Ledoux, Bruce Lewis, Masao Maruyama, Mike McFarland, Jamie McGonnigal, Yūko Minaguchi, Jeff Moy, Philip Moy, Yasuhiro Nightow, Ananth Panagariya, Chris Patton, PLID, Xero Reynolds, Jan Scott-Frazier, Rosearik Rikki Simons, Doug Smith, Spike Spencer, Spiral Spiders, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, Kirk Thornton, Voices For, Kari Wahlgren, Shinichi Watanabe, Brett Weaver, Greg Weisman, Travis Willingham, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[23]
May 16–18, 2008 Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, Illinois
13,900 Yamila Abraham, Hannah Alcorn, Karan Ashley, DM Ashura, Robert Axelrod, Chris Ayres, Greg Ayres, Laura Bailey, Steve Cardenas, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Aaron Dismuke, Josh Elder, Quinton Flynn, Jason David Frank, Caitlin Glass, August Hahn, Halcali, DJ HeavyGrinder, Mari Iijima, Russell Lissau, Vic Mignogna, Yuji Moriyama, Carli Mosier, Jeff Moy, Philip Moy, Jeff Nimoy, Daniela Orrù, Peelander-Z, Daniela Serri, Shuzilow.HA, Kenichi Sonoda, The Spoony Bards, Hiroshi Tada, Voices For, Travis Willingham, Ono Yoichiro, Mamoru Yokota, and Steve Yun.[24]
May 8–10, 2009 Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, Illinois
17,249 Yamila Abraham, J.L. Anderson, Matt Boyd, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Josh Elder, Kerry Freedman, Caitlin Glass, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, August Hahn, Mark Hildreth, Carl Gustav Horn, Aoi Kidokoro, Bruce Lewis, Russell Lissau, Ian McConville, Vic Mignogna, Misako Rocks!, Move, Fred Perry, Rhea Silvan, The Slants, The Spoony Bards, Chiaki Takahashi, Shinichi Watanabe, and Steve Yun.[25]
May 14–16, 2010 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, Illinois
19,511 Aural Vampire, Zach Bolton, DJ Chucky, Daniel Coglan, Da/Le, Steve Downes, Josh Elder, Kerry Freedman, Fred Gallagher, Guhroovy, Todd Haberkorn, August Hahn, Yoshiki Hayashi, Steve Horton, Masazumi Kato, Yumiko Kobayashi, Russell Lissau, M-Project, Vic Mignogna, Misako Rocks!, Trevor A. Mueller, Kaori Nazuka, Dominic Nguyen, No+Chin, Brina Palencia, Wendy Powell, DJ Sharpnel, Stephanie Sheh, DJ Shimamura, The Spoony Bards, Narumi Takahira, J. Michael Tatum, Koki Uchiyama, and Steve Yun.[26]
May 20–22, 2011 Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, Illinois
23,353 DJ 100mado, Chris Cason, DJ Chucky, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, Josh Elder, Flow, Guhroovy, Darrel Guilbeau, August Hahn, Yoshiki Hayashi, Naoto Hirooka, Steve Horton, Koji Ide, Russell Lissau, M-Project, Trevor A. Mueller, No+Chin, Mika Nomura, Raveman, Kosuke Saito, Saki, Stephanie Sheh, Bob Shinohata, Mike Sinterniklaas, Sixh., Hideko Tamura Snider, Spike Spencer, SWEK, J. Michael Tatum, Ugimi Umahara, Cristina Vee, and Steve Yun.[27]
April 27–29, 2012 Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, Illinois
24,316 Asuka, John Bivens, Johnny Yong Bosch, Christine Marie Cabanos, Chris Cason, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, Eyeshine, Gashicon, Todd Haberkorn, Masashi Hamauzu, Steve Horton, Imeruat, Yasuhiro Koshi, Cassandra Lee, Russell Lissau, LM.C, Maki, Jamie Marchi, Eric Maruscak, Joel McDonald, Mike McFarland, Vic Mignogna, Trevor A. Mueller, Brina Palencia, RinRin, Iruma Rioka, Chris Sabat, Ian Sinclair, Sixh.IBI, Cristina Vee, Video Game Orchestra, Shinichi Watanabe, and Travis Willingham.[28]
May 17–19, 2013 Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, Illinois
28,692 Yuu Asakawa, Christopher Ayres, John Bivens, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, Gashicon, Clarine Harp, Steve Horton, Taliesin Jaffe, Catherine L. Jones, Kalafina, Fumiko Kawamura, Sarah Lindholm, Russell Lissau, Helen McCarthy, Mint, Trevor A. Mueller, Sonny Strait, Brad Swaile, and Yukino.[1]
May 16–18, 2014 Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, Illinois
Yoshitoshi ABe, Angela, Bryn Apprill, Christopher Ayres, Laura Bailey, Tia Ballard, Josh Elder, Crispin Freeman, Josh Grelle, Naoto Hirooka, Emily Neves Love, Helen McCarthy, Joel McDonald, Trevor A. Mueller, Arnie Roth, Sixh., Nobuo Uematsu, Travis Willingham, and Yutaka Yamamoto.[29]
May 15–17, 2015[30] Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, Illinois
May 20–22, 2016[31] Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, Illinois

Anime Central Aftershock![edit]

Anime Central Aftershock! was a programming track offered at the Chicago Comic-Con from August 6–9, 2009. Programing included anime showings, artist appearances, contests, cosplay, and panel events.[32]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Kalafina to Perform at Anime Central 2013". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  3. ^ Delahanty, Patrick (2014-01-06). "Ten Largest North American Anime Conventions of 2013". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  4. ^ Dent, Mike (2009-05-19). "Anime Central 2009 On location with Mike and Darius". Otaku USA. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  5. ^ a b Rolph, Tim (2012-05-02). "Inside Anime Central '12". Gapers Block. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  6. ^ Martinez, Jessenia (2014-05-04). "Geek freakout: Tips to prepare for Anime Central (ACen) this year". The DePaulia. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  7. ^ Orozco, Stephanie (2014-05-22). "Who’s that Cosplayer?! Anime fun at Anime Central!". The Phoenix Chronicle. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  8. ^ Phillips, George (2001-05-11). "ACen 2001: Final Thoughts". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  9. ^ Phillips, George (2001-05-11). "ACen 2001: Marriage". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  10. ^ "Anime Central 2003 General Thoughts". Anime News Network. 2003-05-26. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  11. ^ Koulikov, Mikhail (2004-05-26). "Anime Central 2004 Thoughts and Impressions". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  12. ^ Delahanty, Patrick (2009-01-23). "Looking Back on the Anime Conventions of 2008". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  13. ^ "World Cosplay Summit 2014 US National Finals to be Held at Anime Central (ACEN)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
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  15. ^ "Anime Central 1999 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  16. ^ "Anime Central 2000 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  17. ^ "Anime Central 2001 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
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  20. ^ "Anime Central 2004 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  21. ^ "Anime Central 2005 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  22. ^ "Anime Central 2006 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  23. ^ "Anime Central 2007 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  24. ^ "Anime Central 2008 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  25. ^ "Anime Central 2009 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  26. ^ "Anime Central 2010 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  27. ^ "Anime Central 2011 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  28. ^ "Anime Central 2012 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  29. ^ "Anime Central 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  30. ^ "Anime Central 2015 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  31. ^ "Anime Central 2016 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
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