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Sword Art Online season 2 to premiere worldwide

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 5th by a few hou...

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ACEN '14: 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 the jump conta...

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ACEN '14: Scenes from opening ceremony

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 it's very often...

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ACEN '14: The Cosplays

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 the con. But i...

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

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 conventions tend to dra...

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Wake Up, Girls! to shake up Anime Central

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 presenting the anim...

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ACEN announces angela as musical guest

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 angela have bee...


You'll never do something as awesome as this Madoka chalk

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 Anime Fest to San ...


ACEN 10: FUNi announces Eden of the East, Casshern dubs

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 Princess and Eden of t...


ACEN 10: FUNi nabs Sora No Otoshimono, Rosario to Vampire

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 season 2), Chrome Sh...


Check out live ACEN coverage from our buds 91.8 the Fan

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 weekend long. So i...


Moribito returns to Adult Swim!

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 world that Media ...


Anime Central 2009: The greatest fan panel in the world

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 other cons as we...


Anime Central 2009 cosplay

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 day cosplay, n...


Anime Central 2009 FUNimation industry panel

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 banged like a drunk ...


Anime Central 2009 ADV industry panel

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. There were no new ...


Anime Central 2009 Fashion Show

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 different styles of Ja...


m.o.v.e. will be appearing at Anime Central 2009

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. As of yesterda...


Rhea Silvan to appear at Anime Central

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 the series Win...


Podtoid-san 59: Lions, Tigers, and Cons! Oh my!

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 the Dale/John/A...

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ACEN 08: God Len's final thoughts

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 pure anime-rel...


ACEN 08: FUNimation industry panel

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 licensed througho...


ACEN 2008: Bandai Entertainment industry panel

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 do bring you n...

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ACEN 2008, Day 1

[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 registration. Not on...

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Japanator to invade Anime Central 2008, are you ready?

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. Stephens Conv...


Confirmed: Halcali to play Anime Central 2008

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 very first US ...


ACEN 2007: God Len’s journey, day 2 and wrap-up!

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 room, so here I am...


ACEN 2007: Geneon Industry Panel

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 box was covered...


ACEN 2007: Funimation Industry Panel

Funimation had a lot to show us yesterday at their industry panel. We were graced with the first images of their School Rumble box set, which just so happens to be a yellow locker. This locker can be decorated with magnets that come with ...


ACEN 2007: God Len’s journey, day 1

I just kacak iddaa returned from my tiring day at Anime Central, even though sleep is demanding kacak bahis attention, I shall ignore it and recant my tails of glory and moe. So far ACEN has illegal bahis provided me with a mildly-entert...


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