From cosplay weddings to the World Cosplay Summit, Anime Central has earned the reputation as one of the finest anime conventions in the United States. Founded by the Midwest Animation Promotion Society in 1998, the convention was originally created in response to the small amount of meetups for anime lovers. Last year’s Anime Central brought 31,469 fans to the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, which makes it the third largest anime convention in the U.S. For their 20 year anniversary this weekend, they’re making it one to remember for years to come.
The 2017 installment of Anime Central features a massive Guests of Honor list that showcases some of the biggest names in the field, including Death Note animation director Mamoru Yokota, anime singer May’n, voice actress Alexis Tipton, and Japanese rock band Gacharic Spin. The Main Events area will be packed with astonishing events throughout the weekend, including Ninja Olympics, the K-Pop Dance Competition, and live performances from IMERUAT and May’n.
For cosplayers, a handful of cosplay meetups are slated to take place, including Ace Attorney, Love Live School Idol Project, and Sonic the Hedgehog. As expected, plenty of cosplayers will be getting ready for the annual Masquerade, which is set to take place on Saturday. This three-hour event will feature amazing skits from talented individuals. If you’re in the mood to discover your favorite new anime, the Hyatt Regency O’Hare will have screenings of shows such as My Hero Academia, Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works, Ghost in the Shell, and Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? The full listing of events can be viewed over on their Guidebook.
If you didn’t get tickets online, you can purchase them at the door. Three-day passes for those ages 13 and over are $70, and passes for kids ages six through 12 are $15. Kids ages five and under will have free admission with an accompanying adult. Single day passes are only $45 per day. You can follow the convention on Facebook and Twitter for any updates during the weekend.