Hey Cats and Kittens-
We had a break after Anime Detour, so we are SO READY for a weekend of premieres, events and panels at Anime Central, May 17th-19th in Rosemont, Illinois.

If you can pull yourself way from the live feed ofScott watching ALL THE ONE PIECE before it gets started on Toonami Saturday night, head on out to the Chicago area for some anime fun times with us. Check out the awesome panelage we got going on:

Town Hall, Friday 3:30pm, Con Center A
Check out the past, present and future of FUNimation as we take an in-depth look at the anime industry from our perspective and answer your questions. Audience participation is strongly encouraged!

Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, 5:00-7:30pm, Rosemont Ballroom
Come join Sonny Strait for the premiere of one of the hottest titles coming to you this July.

Funimation Industry Panel, Saturday 1:00-2:30pm, Rosemont Ballroom
Catch all the latest and greatest from Funimation, including some very special announcements.

Funimation Sneak Peek, Saturday 5:00pm, Con Center C
Extended looks and exclusive peeks at some of the hottest titles out now, and some cool new stuff coming your way soon!

Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail, Saturday 9:00-11:00pm, Rosemont Ballroom
Join us for the MUCH ANTICIPATED continuation of the Black Lagoon series, as we follow Roberta on her revenge-filled murderous rampage! Special guest Brad Swaile, the voice of Rock.

FUNimation.com, Sunday 1:00pm, Con Center A
Come see the great new content and get all the updates from our very own home on the Internet!

Hellsing Focus Panel, Sunday 2:15pm, Con Center C
An in-depth conversation with Taliesin Jaffe, ADR director of Hellsing Ultimate, the vampire and gore-filled ground-breaking series.

But that’s not all! We will be joined this year by our very own Clarine Harp, Director of DVD and Blu-ray Production, in addition to the voice of China in Hetalia among many others, and Sarah Alys Lindholm, translator extraordinare and Quality Assurance Translator at Funimation. Take a peek at the programming schedule to find out what awesome content these ladies have in store for you all.

Come by and check out the Funimation booth for some awesome events all weekend long. Eric Maruscak, Pepper Ink illustrator, will be spending the weekend next to us creating one of his amazing pieces of chalk art, this year from Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. Come by and check out his progress over the course of the weekend, and stop by and pick up the latest and greatest in Funimation titles, and some great swag too!

If you can’t join us here, hopefully we will see you next week for Anime Boston, or north of the border for Anime North in Toronto!