SSSS.GRIDMAN, Cells at Work, Beatless, Hisone & Masotan, Planet With, Penguin Highway Nominated for Seiun Sci-Fi Awards
posted on by Egan Loo
The 58th Japan Science Fiction Convention (Nihon SF Taikai) revealed the list of nominees for the 50th Seiun Awards earlier this month.
The nominees of the Media and Comic categories include:
- Satoshi Mizukami's Kyomu o Yuku
- Yukinobu Hoshino's Rainman manga (complete, seven volumes)
- Tsukumizu's Girls' Last Tour (complete, six volumes)
- Kenta Shinohara's Astra Lost in Space (complete, five volumes)
- Masaru Ohishi's Martian Dice (complete, three volumes)
- Maiko Ogawa's Hitori Bocchi no Chikyū Shinryaku (complete, 15 volumes)
- Masato Hisa's Jabberwocky 1914 (complete, four volumes)
The nominees in the "Free" category include the first-ever third printing of any SF Magazine issue (for the February 2019 issue, which had a special feature devoted to yuri), Space X's circumlunar tour announcement, the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft's rendezvous with asteroid 162173 Ryugu, the discovery of the most distant celestial object in our solar system, and Hachioji Yume Art Museum's Royal Space Force: Wings of Honneamise exhibition.
Locus magazine posted the nominees in the Best Translated Novel and Best Translated Short Story categories.
The awards this year are again separated into nine categories: Japanese Novel, Japanese Short Story, Translated Novel, 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, 2018.
The attendees of "Sci-con," the 58th Japan Science Fiction Convention in Saitama, will vote on the winners, and the staff will announce the winners at the convention on July 27.
"Seiun Shō" literally translates to "nebula awards," but the Japan SF Con's Seiun Awards are more akin to the 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 Kemono Friends, And Yet the Town Moves, Shin Godzilla, Kochikame, Girls und Panzer, Knights of Sidonia, The World of Narue, Bodacious Space Pirates, Range Murata, Masamune Shirow, Makoto Shinkai, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gundam: The Origin, 20th Century Boys, Summer Wars, Card Captor Sakura, Madoka Magica, Pacific Rim, Space Battleship Yamato 2199, Moyashimon, and more.