ICv2 once again returned to Anime Central, which was held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare and the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL on May 19-21, 2023. This was ACEN's second year back after the COVID-19 pandemic; the 2022 show boasted over 33,000 unique attendees (see "Anime Central 2022 Photos"). The 2023 show was absolutely packed with attendees, seeking to have some fun and show off their new costumes. This first article offers up a look at the anime industry booths that were at the show as well as pictures of some of the best cosplay outfits.

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