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Yumiko Kawahara, Madoka Magica Win 'Sense of Gender' Awards

posted on by Egan Loo
Chise Kasuya also honored for expanding, exploring our understanding of gender

The Japanese Association for Gender, Fantasy, & Science Fiction awarded the Naname no Ongaku (Schräge Musik) manga by Yumiko Kawahara (Dolls) with the top prize in the Sense of Gender Awards on Saturday. The association also gave the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica one of the two Sisterhood Prizes.

Similar to the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in the United States, the Sense of Gender Awards honor science fiction or fantasy that expanded or explored our understanding of gender in the preceding calendar year. The first of the awards were given out for works published in 2001. This year, the association began awarding two Sisterhood Prizes in addition to the top prize.

The association announced the winners of the Sense of Gender Awards at the 51st Japan Science Fiction Convention (Nihon SF Taikai or Japan SF Con/Varicon). The same convention awarded Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's manga Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin with Seiun Awards.

Grand Prix

Naname no Ongaku (Schräge Musik)
Yumiko Kawahara (Dolls)
Asahi Shimbun Publications

Sisterhood Prizes

Owari Tsuzukeru Sekai no Naka de
Chise Kasuya

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Directed by Akiyuki Shinbo
Released in North America by Aniplex

[Via Crunchyroll]

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