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SAO II

Sword Art Online season 2 to premiere worldwide


Special events at AX and Japan Expo in France
May 21
To promote SAO season 2, Sword Art Online II, which is due out this summer, Aniplex of America is hosting a premiere screening of the first episode at Anime Expo on July 4th. It predates the screening on Japanese TV on July 5... read
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Let's hear it for Hiro, Yamakan and the Wake Up Girls!
Anime Central and Crunchyroll teamed up over the weekend and brought to the USA the anime-idol group Wake Up, Girls! I am more than excited to be able to cover them over the weekend and attend some of their events. Below... read feature

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ACEN '14

ACEN '14: Scenes from opening ceremony


Voice actors, DJs parade
May 20
Anime Central 2014 opened with a great list of guests. What's actually really unusual is that most of the guests on the roll call showed up at the opening ceremony, which seems like a good omen for a convention weekend given ... read
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Is that a ship daughter?
Over the weekend, midwest's cosplayers marched out en force at Anime Central 2014. Let's take a look after the jump. The trend with Titan doesn't seem to slow down, and there are a bunch of decent survey corps members roaming... read feature

ACEN '14 photo
ACEN '14

Anime Central 2014 brings Angela, WUG, host of great guests


Waking up to the third largest anime con in North America
May 15
Anime Central, the third largest anime convention in the US and Canada, serves as the big bump to get things started for this year's anime convention circuit. It kicks off Friday and runs through the weekend. And big conventi... read
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ACEN

Wake Up, Girls! to shake up Anime Central


And with Yamakan too!
Apr 14
Anime Central announced last Friday that seiyuu-idol group Wake Up, Girls! will be attending as guests, along with their producers--anime director Yutaka Yamamoto and producer Hiroaki Takeuchi. Naturally the WUGs will be pres... read
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Convention

ACEN announces angela as musical guest


If you watch anime, you've heard angela
Feb 05
If you've watched more than a few anime titles within the last decade you've likely heard the musical group angela perform a theme song or two. Known for their ridiculously fast lyrics and upbeat music, the duo that makes up ... read
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You'll never do something as awesome as this Madoka chalk


May 07
If you've never been to a major convention before, then one of the special little sights you would have missed out on are the chalk drawings. All across the country, PepperInk does most of the major ones -- from New York Ani... read
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ACEN 10: FUNi announces Eden of the East, Casshern dubs


May 16
What, you thought the only thing FUNimation was doing today at ACEN was announcing hot new licenses? Well, they also paraded out some new voice acting casts for the dubs of their upcoming titles. Casshern Sins, Corpse Princes... read
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As part of their "dominate the market" strategy, FUNimation has announced six new licenses at Anime Central this year: Chaos;HEad, Rideback, Heaven's Lost Property (Sora no Otoshimono), Rosario to Vampire (and seaso... read feature

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Check out live ACEN coverage from our buds 91.8 the Fan


May 15
As much as we'd love to be spending our bright and cheery spring weekend in Chicago, instead we're scattered to the winds. But, we've been making friends with the folks over at 91.8 the Fan, who are covering the event all wee... read
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Keep the Gundam Experience going with the Universal Century panel


May 22
Did you like the Gundam Experience panel that Len posted about? Of course you did. It's Gundam, after all. I've only recently been a convert to the franchise, after Dynasty Warriors Gundam, along with rewatching Gundam Wing,... read
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Watch the entire Gundam Experience panel now without having to go to a convention!


May 20
The Gundam Experience is perhaps my favorite panel at any convention. It’s like a walk through the gardens of Gundam, smelling each Gundam flower along the way. But let’s be honest here, not many of you have th... read
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Moribito returns to Adult Swim!


May 11
Of course, the panel that I decide not to go to, the Media Blasters’ industry panel, is the only one with an important announcement; just my luck. Anyways, otaku freedom fighter Nebs did go to the panel, and told the wo... read
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Anime Central 2009: The greatest fan panel in the world


May 11
I might be a little biased here, but I believe The Gundam Experience is the best panel inside the hallowed halls of Anime Central; and perhaps any other con out there in the world. Yes, The Gundam Experience is available at o... read
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Anime Central 2009 cosplay


May 10
Convention cosplay, is there anything better than it in the world? Well, besides porn cosplay, wedding cosplay, honeymoon cosplay, surprise God Len cosplay, pin-up cosplay, kickboxing cosplay, animal cosplay, and Thanksgiving... read
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Anime Central 2009 FUNimation industry panel


May 10
FUNimation had a completely different atmosphere than its emo predecessor. This one felt like some kind of rock concert, but instead of rock music there were trailers (that had rock music) and release dates; hell I head bange... read
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Anime Central 2009 ADV industry panel


May 10
There were two important industry panels at Anime Central this year. One of these panels was incredible optimistic and happy, while the other was depressing and sad. To no surprise, the ADV industry panel was the sad one. The... read
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Anime Central 2009 Fashion Show


May 08
Fashion shows seem to be all the rage in anime conventions of this era. Anime Central of Chicago, Illinois did not want to be behind the times so they created one as well. Called “Khaotic Kouture”, it took differe... read
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m.o.v.e. will be appearing at Anime Central 2009


Mar 25
It makes me sad that they bring all these artists to anime conventions and I can't see any of them. It seems that m.o.v.e is a popular choice to bring over to the US because they've been to other anime conventions previously.... read
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Rhea Silvan to appear at Anime Central


Mar 20
Our friends over at Yaoi Press brought up their latest guest announcement to me, a Ms. Rhea Silvan, who will be appearing at ACEN. She's an Indonesian artist (Yaoi Press' first Indonesian guest at a con) who's responsible for... read
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Podtoid-san 59: Lions, Tigers, and Cons! Oh my!


May 24
As the readers may or may not be aware of, its con season! We here at Japantor are taking such matters seriously, and have sent our agents out. Between Len's coverage of ACEN last week, Tim at Fanime right now, and next week ... read
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ACEN 08: God Len's final thoughts


May 20
Anime Central 2008 is finally over. For otaku in the Chicago area this convention is three days of pure bliss. Three days where one can throw away real world problems, throw away those nagging parents, bosses, and friends for... read
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ACEN 08: FUNimation industry panel


May 18
Hi, God Len reporting from the FUNimation industry panel. We have a large number of new announcements this time around to make up for Bandai’s old, but appreciated news; let's jump in. Here is the ones that have been li... read
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ACEN 2008: Bandai Entertainment industry panel


May 18
God Len here, reporting from Bandai Entertainment industry panel. I’m sorry to inform you that there are no new announcements coming from them at the moment, but there are promises of announcements next year. However, I... read
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ACEN 2008, Day 1


May 17
[Edit: Now With Pictures!!!] I have returned, surviving the first day at ACEN 2008. First things first, I have to thank God (well, another one) for giving me a press pass, because I almost died after seeing the line for regis... read
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Rumors from a Japanator geisha: FUNimation to annouce Romeo x Juliet?


May 15
Reporting from some internet laden cave, the reporter Gia brings her speculation that FUNimation will be dusting off Ye Olde English Dictionary. Apparently this is a blitz week for FUNimation, as they've announced several tit... read
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Japanator to invade Anime Central 2008, are you ready?


May 15
I hope Anime Central can handle the amount of epic that is about to hit its shores, because Japanator is on its way! For those of you out of the loop, Anime Central will be at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare & the Donald E... read
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Confirmed: Halcali to play Anime Central 2008


Jan 11
I'm know I'm a bit late on the uptake here (I should learn to read the comments to my posts from time to time) but, as previously mentioned, the funky, poppy, hip-hop duo of Halca and Yucali aka Halcali will be making their... read
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TOP TEN: God Len’s top ten list of best cosplay from Anime Central 2007!


May 16
Here it is folks, you knew it was coming; God Len’s top ten list of best cosplay from Anime Central 2007. There were a lot of great cosplayers this year at ACEN, and for some reason there were also a lot of cross dressers... read
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ACEN 2007: God Len’s journey, day 2 and wrap-up!


May 13
Let me tell you that cons leech away your energy until you have nothing left. I know I should of wrote this article yesterday once I returned home from Anime Central, however someone planted a sleeping-gas grenade in my roo... read
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ACEN 2007: Geneon Industry Panel


May 13
Geneon gave us depraved fans an insider look at their future lineup yesterday at the Geneon Industry Panel. They were even nice enough to pass around prototype box sets for some of their future releases. Their Rozen Maiden ... read






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