Guin Saga, Summer Wars, Pluto Win at Japan Sci-Fi Con
posted on by Egan Loo
"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.
Macross Frontier, Trigun Maximum, Rocket Girls' Housuke Nojiri, and Kato won Seiun Awards last year, while Library War, Dennō Coil, Urasawa's 20th Century Boys, Miku Hatsune, Nojiri, and Kato all received awards in 2008. Hosoda had previously won the Media category in the 2007 Seiun Awards for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time anime film. Kato won the first of his four awards in the Art category in 1979. Kurimoto received a special posthumous award in last year's 30th Nihon SF Taishō Awards.
It was at 1981's Daicon III and 1983's Daicon IV (the local names for those year's SF Cons) that a group of artists showcased their talents with two intricate opening animation shorts — most of those artists later became the studio Gainax.
Japanese Long Fiction
The Guin Saga
Released in North America by Vertical
Japanese Short Fiction
"Interview with the Columns of Clouds"
Kawade Shobo Shinsha
Translated Long Fiction
The Last Colony
Translated by Masayuki Uchida
Released in North America by Tor Books
Translated Short Fiction
Translated by Makoto Yamagishi
Released in North America by Far Territories
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
To be released in North America by Funimation
Naoki Urasawa & Osamu Tezuka, co-authored with Takashi Nagasaki
Surervised by Macoto Tezka with the cooperation of Tezuka Productions
Released in North America by Viz Media
The Intellectual History of Japanese SF 1857-1975
by Yasuo Nagayama
Kawade Shobo Shinsha,Publishers
Gundam 30th Anniversary Project Real G: The Statue of Gundam
Produced by Sunrise
Nomura Co., Ltd.
Translator, author, magazine editor, "science-fiction researcher"
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