Posted by Ashley Williams
VIZ Media announces activities, special guests, official panel events, and a variety of retail exclusives for Anime Central 2018 (ACen).
Anime Central (ACen) is the mid-west’s largest anime fan convention and will take place from May 18th to 20th in Rosemont, IL, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and the adjacent Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. VIZ Media is located in Booth #IND 5 on the show floor. Complete details on Anime Central 2018 are available at: ACen.org.
This year, VIZ Media and ACen proudly welcome Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou, the creators of the DEADMAN WONDERLAND manga series, as official Guests of Honor. Join them for a variety of activities including panel discussions and autograph sessions. ACen attendees are also invited to learn the latest news during VIZ Media’s official panel and celebrate the Guardians of Love and Justice at the official SAILOR MOON panel with an autograph session to follow.
VIZ Media Anime Central Panels & Special Events Include:
Saturday, May 19th
1:30pm – 3pm SAILOR MOON Panel
(Panel Room 1)
Everyone's favorite Guardian of Love and Justice returns to the Windy City with a fabulous panel filled with sparkle and fun! Join the SAILOR MOON cast for a delightful time filled with news, updates and, more!
3:30pm – 5pm DEADMAN WONDERLAND Panel
(Panel Room 1)
Revisit Tokyo’s most macabre theme park with the creators of DEADMAN WONDERLAND, Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou, in their first US appearance! Learn about the birth of the hit series, get a chance to win some limited-edition prizes, and watch a live character drawing!
Sunday, May 20th
12pm – 1:30pm VIZ MEDIA Panel
(Panel Room 1)
Celebrate some of your favorite titles like BORUTO, SAILOR MOON, JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE and more! We'll also be revisiting the world of one of Tokyo's most insane prisons with the creators of DEADMAN WONDERLAND. We've got a full lineup of news, sneak peeks and exclusive insights from our special guests!
On-Site Autograph Sessions Include:
DEADMAN WONDERLAND Creators Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou
- Saturday, May 19th at 5:30pm (Signings 2) – limited to 80 people
- Sunday, May 20th at 3pm (Signings 1) – limited to 80 people
SAILOR MOON English Voice Cast (Cherami Leigh, Lauren Landa, and Erica Mendez)
- Saturday, May 19th at 4:30pm (Signings 3) – limited to 100 people
Signing session attendees will each receive an exclusive poster from VIZ Media for guests to autograph. Official signings are ticketed before the event. Please visit ACen’s Autograph Policy page for more information, at https://www.acen.org/guests-performers/autograph-policy/.
JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Pose Off
Located on the show floor by VIZ Media Booth #IND 5
It’s more fun than you can… STAND! Strike a pose with one of our JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE cosplayers and epic, life-sized Jotaro statue, and get a free art card set featuring favorite characters from STARDUST CRUSADERS and a JOJO’S-themed tattoo! While supplies last.
VIZ Media’s retail area in its booth will offer a variety of must-have convention exclusives. Each purchase comes with a special VIZ Media exclusive tote bag available in three distinct designs. Select from SAILOR MOON, BORUTO, and POKÉMON.
Notable VIZ Media ACen exclusives include:
- DEADMAN WONDERLAND Vols. 1-2 Manga Bundle ($15)
Includes exclusive gift with purchase pin set
- MY HERO ACADEMIA Vols. 1-3 Manga Bundle ($20)
Includes exclusive MY HERO ACADEMIA gift with purchase poster
- RWBY: Official Manga Anthology Vol. 1 ($13)
Includes exclusive RWBY gift with purchase poster
- Preorder JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: STARDUST CRUSADERS Limited Edition DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack ($65)
Includes exclusive JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE gift with purchase bandana
- Exclusive SAILOR MOON SUPERS T‐Shirt ($15)
Unisex & Ladies' sizes available!
- Premium WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Annual Digital Subscription ($30)
Includes exclusive WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP hat and two YU-GI-OH! Promo cards