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Macross F, Trigun Maximum Win at Japan Sci-Fi Con

posted on by Egan Loo

The 48th Japan Science Fiction Convention (Nihon SF Taikai or Japan SF Con/T-con 2009) gave Seiun Awards to Satelight's Macross Frontier anime, Yasuhiro Nightow's Trigun Maximum manga, the "Peer Peer Douga at the South Pole" short story by author Housuke Nojiri (Rocket Girls, Usurper of the Sun), and Studio Nue illustrator Naoyuki Katō (Starship Troopers, Legend of the Galactic Heroes) on Saturday in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.

"Seiun Shō" literally translates to "nebula awards," but the Japan SF Con's Seiun Awards are more akin to Worldcon's Hugo Awards, in that the attendees of each respective convention vote on the winners. There is another set of awards, The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan's Nihon SF Taishō honors, that are the rough Japanese equivalent of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's Nebula Awards. Library War, Dennō Coil, 20th Century Boys, Miku Hatsune, Nojiri, and Kato all won last year, while The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Yokohama Shopping Trip, artist Yoshitaka Amano, and Comic Market co-founder Yoshihiro Yonezawa received awards in 2007. Viz Media is publishing Nojiri's Usurper of the Sun novel this September.

It was at 1981's Daicon III and 1983's Daicon IV (the local names for those year's SF Cons) that a local group of artists showcased their talents with two intricate opening animation shorts — most of those artists later became the studio Gainax.

Japanese Long Fiction

Project Itoh
Hayakawa Publishing

Japanese Short Fiction

"Peer Peer Douga at the South Pole"
Housuke Nojiri
Hayakawa Publishing

Translated Long Fiction

Robert Charles Wilson
Translated by Mogi Takeshi
Tokyo Sogensha

Translated Short Fiction

"The Merchant and the Alchemist's GATE"
Ted Chiang
Translated by Nozomi Ohmori
Hayakawa Publishing


Macross Frontier
Creator: Shōji Kawamori/Studio Nue
Chief Director: Shōji Kawamori
Director: Yasuhito Kikuchi
Presented by Big West, Macross F Project, MBS


Trigun Maximum
Yasuhiro Nightow
Shonen Gahousha
Young King Comics
Released in North America by Dark Horse Comics


Naoyuki Katō


Nippon Con File 2007
SFWJ (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan)
Kadokawa Haruki Corporation

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Source: animeanime.jp

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