The sixtieth Japan Science Fiction Conference (Nihon SF Taikai) revealed the checklist of nominees for the 52nd Seiun Awards on April 24.
The nominees of the Japanese novel class embrace:
Moreover, Aritsune Toyota‘s Nihon Anime Tanjõ (The Start of Japanese Anime) guide and Yukiko Tomiyama’s Shōjo Manga no Busaiku Joshikō (The Stories of a Plain Lady on Shōjo Manga) guide had been each nominated for the Nonfiction class.
The “Free” class additionally nominated the Gundam Manufacturing unit Yokohama advanced with the shifting Gundam statue, in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic. Different entries within the Free class embrace the SpaceX Crew Dragon launch, the return of the Hayabusa 2 asteroid probe pattern capsule, and the legendary Amabie creature whose picture wards off sickness, which went viral in 2020 as a result of pandemic.
The awards this 12 months are once more separated into 9 classes: Japanese Novel, Japanese Quick Story, Translated Novel, Translated Quick Story, Media, Comedian, Artwork, Nonfiction, and a “Free” class. Every class has between 6-10 nominees. The nominees had been chosen amongst works that had been launched between January 1 and December 31, 2020.
Those that registered for the sixtieth Japan Science Fiction Conference can vote on-line for the winners between April 24 and June 15. The winners can be introduced on the occasion in Takamatsu on August 21-22.
“Seiun Shō” actually interprets to “nebula awards,” however the Japan SF Con’s Seiun Awards are extra akin to the Hugo Awards, in that the attendees of every respective conference vote on the winners. There’s one other set of awards, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan’s Nihon SF Taishō honors, which can be the tough Japanese equal of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s Nebula Awards. Just like the Hugo Awards, the Seiun Awards honor all types of speculative fiction — together with however not restricted to science fiction — and associated supplies.
Earlier winners of the Seiun Awards embrace Kemono Buddies, And But the City Strikes, Shin Godzilla, Kochikame, Ladies und Panzer, Knights of Sidonia, The World of Narue, Bodacious House Pirates, Vary Murata, Masamune Shirow, Makoto Shinkai, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gundam: The Origin, twentieth Century Boys, Summer time Wars, Card Captor Sakura, Madoka Magica, Pacific Rim, House Battleship Yamato 2199, Moyashimon, and extra.
Final 12 months, the Astra Misplaced in House anime received the Media class, and Dowman Sayman‘s How Many Mild-Years to Babylon? manga and Masato Hisa‘s Batman Ninja manga each received the “Greatest Comedian” award.