If you live in the midwest region of the US and are a fan of anime and manga, you’ve probably heard of Anime Central or ACEN. It’s the largest “Japanese culture” convention in the area and presents all kinds of fun things to keep an otaku entertained. There is, of course, nonstop anime playing with various genres to choose from, panels with topics ranging from Jpop, to Japanese clothing, games, and others. Then there’s all the kawaii cosplayers, just hope that man Faye doesn’t show up! And, my favorite part, the dealer’s room! This is where you can pick up all of Japanese anime/manga/game merchanse, both common and rare. I like to look for new artbooks while I’m here, but you can also find figurines, doujinshi, imported games, and lots more. I can’t wait ^_^
ACEN this year (as with previous years) is being held in May 16-18 in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare & the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center near O’Hare International. If you are planning to attend ACEN this year, drop a comment. I hope to see some kawaii-radio and shuushuu folks at the convention.