Anime Central 2012
Apr 27-29, 2012
Hyatt Regency O'Hare / Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
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Anime Central 2012 brought anime fans together with Japan in Chicago, with a guest list overflowing with Japanese names. Events at ACEN, including the rave dances, were fast-paced, organized, and fun, and people rave about the Soapbubble and Hardcore Synergy long after the weekend ends. Parking, hotels, and food can be expensive here, and a gutting of the Masquerade after a fire alarm significantly drops the convention's score in 2012. If the masquerade was not half-cancelled, ACEN would have likely got above an 8.5. It is still one of the greatest conventions to be found, and 2013 is extremely likely to impress.
About Anime Central 2012
Anime Central (ACen) is the largest anime convention in the Midwest, taking place annually in Chicago. It features anime, manga, and even Japanese popular culture. The three day convention has been held in Rosemont, IL, less than 30 minutes from downtown Chicago for the past several years. As part of its mission, ACen brings fans together with guests from the Japanese and US sectors of the anime and manga industry, as well as gaming, cinema, and Asian culture personalities. The event includes a huge exhibit hall, a massive video game room, concerts, dances, educational panels and workshops, premiere screenings, autograph sessions, 24-hour video rooms, tabletop gaming and much, much more!