C2E2, the first ever Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo from the creators of Comic-Con & the New York Anime Festival, is only one week away! Lots of amazing things will be going on during Chicago's first Comic-Con, including some anime events as well. There really isn't much in the way of anime or Japanese guests, but considering ACen is just a month off that isn't too surprising. There's still a lot of anime stuff to look forward too, though.
For one, FUNimation will be on hand to hold an industry panel on Saturday the 17th. Funi will also be holding their traditional Sneak Peak event on Sunday afternoon, where they show a bunch of clips & episodes of their upcoming titles. Viz Media will be holding a similar screening event earlier in the day. But FUNimation wont be the only anime company holding a panel at C2E2, as the Japanese company Aniplex will also be on hand to talk about their properties. Rounding out the anime-related panels is one called Anime Central 101, which discusses the 13 year history of Chicago's local anime convention. You can bet I'll be there to cover it all!
A bunch of other anime screening events are scheduled for the convention as well. The biggest of which is Aniplex's Gurren Lagann Double Feature, where BOTH Gurren Lagann movies will be screened back-to-back on Saturday night. Other movie screenings include Rebuild of Evangelion 1.0 on Friday night & the Eureka Seven film on Saturday afternoon. Rounding out the screenings are episodes of Soul Eater, Slayers Revolution, FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Astro Boy, Rental Magica, ARIA, Gundam 00 Second Season, Irresponsible Captain Tylor, & Initial D. A complete listing of all the C2E2 events & time schedule can be found here:
Bonus video of C2E2 "commercials" done by YouTube's hilarious ItsJustSomeRandomGuy, who will also be on hand at the con: