Empire of Corpses, Girls & Panzer, Psycho-Pass Nominated for Japan Sci-Fi Con's Seiun Awards
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The 55th Japan Science Fiction Convention (Nihon SF Taikai) revealed the list of nominees for the 47th Seiun Awards on Saturday.
The nominees of the Media and Comic categories include:
- Mad Max Fury Road film
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens film
- Chappie film
- The Congress film
- Wish Upon the Pleiades television anime
- The Empire of Corpses anime film
- Girls und Panzer anime film
- Psycho-Pass anime film
- Masaru Ohishi's Chirality (one volume)
- Hotaru Unno's Hagoromo-hime (both volumes)
- Hiroshi Tamaru's Rabu-yan (all 22 volumes)
- Tsutomu Nihei's Knights of Sidonia (all 15 volumes)
- Shinpei Ito's Marika Seven (all 8 volumes)
- Takamichi's Hyakuman-jō Labyrinth (both volumes)
- Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi's Linebarrels of Iron (all 25 volumes)
Additionally, in the Art category, Katsuya Terada (Blood: The Last Vampire character design), Noriko Nagano (Don't Leave Me Alone, Daisy), Naohiro Washio (Fafner, Heroic Age Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans mechanical design), Yasushi Suzuki (Goth's Cage, Purgatory Kabuki), redjuice (Guilty Crown, Project Itoh film designs, supercell illustrator), and the late Noriyoshi Ōrai (Godzilla series, Macross, Gundam) received nominations.
In the Japanese Long Story category, Chohei Kanbayashi's Kōshudai no Mokushiroku novel, the five volumes of Yoshiki Tanaka's Tytania Seifū-hen novels, and Toh Enjoe's Epilogue novel all received nominations. Kanbayashi wrote the novels that inspired the Teki wa Kaizoku: Neko no Kyōen and Yukikaze anime. Tanaka's Tytania novels inspired a television anime adaptation in 2008. Toh Enjoe and Project Itohco-wrote the The Empire of Corpses novel that inspired the anime film nominated in this year's Media Category. Enjoe also scripted the 11th episode of the Space Dandy anime.
Ken Liu's "Good Hunting" was nominated in the Translated Short Story category. Viz published his story "Mono no Aware," which won the Hugo Award, and "The Paper Menagerie" by Liu won last year's Seiun award in the Translated Short Story category, as well as Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards. His "The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary" novella was nominated for a Hugo in 2012 and a Nebula award in 2011.
In addition, Yasumasa Makimura and Tetsuhisa Yamada's Uchū Senkan Yamato o Tsukutta Otoko - Nishizaki Yoshinobu no Kyōki (The Man Who Made Space Battleship Yamato - The Madness of Yoshinobu Nishizaki) book received a nomination in the Nonfiction category. The Free category includes the first flight of Mitsubishi MRJ (the first Japanese-made jet passenger plane) and NASA's New Horizons probe which flew by Pluto last year.
The awards this year are separated into nine categories: Japanese Long Story, Japanese Short Story, Translated Long Story, Translated Short Story, Media, Comic, Art, Nonfiction, and a "Free" category. Each category has between 5-10 nominees. The nominees were chosen among works that were released between January 1 and December 31 2015.
The attendees of the 55th Japan Science Fiction Convention at "Iseshimacon" in Toba in Mie Prefecture will vote on the winners. The staff will announce the winners on July 9.
"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 of the Seiun Awards include The World of Narue, Bodacious Space Pirates, Range Murata, Masamune Shirow, Makoto Shinkai, Full Metal Alchemist, Gundam: The Origin, 20th Century Boys, Summer Wars, Card Captor Sakura, Madoka Magica, Pacific Rim, Space Battleship Yamato 2199, Moyashimon and more.