Gargantia, Yamato, Arpeggio, Psycho-Pass, Patema, Girls & Panzer Earn Japan Sci-Fi Con Nods
posted on by Karen Ressler
The 53rd Japan Science Fiction Convention (Nihon SF Taikai or Japan SF Con/Koikon) has announced its nominations for the 45th Seiun Awards. The following works have been nominated for the Media category:
- Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
- Pacific Rim
- Space Battleship Yamato 2199
- Arpeggio of Blue Steel
- Patema Inverted
- Girls und Panzer
The following works have been nominated for the Comic category:
- Shinji Ohara and Tony Takezaki's Hoshi no Ponko to Tofuya Reiko
- Tomohiro Marukawa's The World of Narue
- Hiroya Oku's Gantz
- Izumi Takemoto's Akane Kono Akuma
Additionally, character designer Katsuya Terada (Blood: The Last Vampire, The Monkey King) and mechanical designer Naoyuki Katō (Legend of the Galactic Heroes) received nominations in the arts category. Moe card battle game Kantai Collection -Kan Colle- received a nomination in the Free Entry category.
This year's awards ceremony will be held at Koikon on July 19.
"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 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's Nebula Awards. Like the Hugo Awards, the Seiun Awards honor all forms of speculative fiction — including but not limited to science fiction — and related materials.
Previous winners at the Seiun Awards include Bodacious Space Pirates, Range Murata, Masamune Shirow, Makoto Shinkai, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gundam: The Origin, 20th Century Boys, Summer Wars, Cardcaptor Sakura, Madoka Magica and more.
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