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Anime Central 2018 Convention Recap

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Anime Central 2018 Convention Recap

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Anime Central 2018 was the 21st annual celebration of Japanese animation and culture, held in Rosemont, Illinois. Team TokuNet contributor Mary Jo was there to host the tokusatsu cosplayer gathering once again.


Anime Central is the midwest’s largest anime convention, drawing over 32,000 attendees in 2018 for its 21st year. With an exhibit hall packed full of a variety of industry partners, an artist alley filled with amazing creations, an expanded video game section, the North Carolina Manga library, and plenty of fantastic panels, concerts, and dances, there was always something to do every minute of the three full days.

This year the cosplay gathering locations moved mostly indoors, into a new space created in between the Exhibit Hall and Artist Alley. One end of the hall hosted the guest autograph area, and the remainder was split between several new photo sets and open gathering location areas.

The tokusatsu gathering was slightly smaller than previous years (quite possibly due to the new location), but still drew a good variety of Kamen Rider and Super Sentai cosplayers and plenty of fans to take photos of them! After posing for group photos by series and season, some fun poses were done.

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Tokusatsu gathering photos courtesy of Edward Castro.

Anime Central 2019 will be held May 17-19, 2019, and we hope to see you there!

Mary Jo is a trained librarian currently working for an experiential marketing firm. When she's not at work, she loves to cosplay (mostly toku characters), take lots of photos, and staff conventions.

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