The Seiun, or “Nebula” Awards have come around for their 47th year, and at the 55th Japan Science Fiction Convention (Nihon SF Taikai), a list of nominees out of nine total categories – Media, Comic, Art, Japanese Long Story, Japanese Short Story, Translated Long Story, Translated Short Story, Nonfiction, and the Free category – was revealed. First up, the Media and Comic nominees were:
Mad Max Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Wish Upon the Pleiades
The Empire of Corpses
Girls und Panzer der Film
Psycho-Pass: The Movie
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-jo Labyrinth (both volumes)
Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi’s Linebarrels of Iron (all 25 volumes)
As for the Art category, Katsuya Terada who was responsible for Blood: The Last Vampire’s character design, Noriko Nagano of Don’t Leave Me Alone, Daisy, Naohiro Washio of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans’ mechanical design, Yasushi Suzuki of Goth’s Cage, redjuice of Guilty Crown, and finally the late Noriyoshi Orai of Macross and Gundam all received nominations.
Nominated in the Japanese Long Story category, there was the Koshudai no Mokushiroku novel by Chohei Kanbayashi, who wrote the novels that inspired the Teki wa Kaizoku: Neko no Kyoen and Yukikaze anime. All five volumes of Yoshiki Tanaka’s Tytania Seifu-hen novels, which inspired the 2008 anime of the same name, were also nominated beside Toh Enjoe’s Epilogue novel. Enjoe and Project Itoh collaborated on The Empire of Corpses novel, whose movie adaptation, as you saw above, earned a Media nomination for this year.
Ken Liu’s ‘Good Hunting’ was the nominee announced in the Translated Short Story category. Liu’s well-known story ‘Mono no Aware’, which won the Hugo Award, was published by Viz, and his ‘The Paper Menagerie’ won last year’s Seiun Award in the Translated Short Story category. On top of that, this story also won Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy awards.
Yasumasa Makimura and Tetsuhisa Yamada’s Uchu Senkan Yamato o Tsukutta Otoko – Nishizaki Yoshinobu no Kyoki (The Man Who Made Space Battleship Yamato – The Madness of Yoshinobu Nishizaki) was the announced nominee for the Nonfiction category. And in the Free category, the inaugural flight of the first Japanese-made passenger jet plane, Mitsubishi MRJ, was nominated alongside NASA’s New Horizons probe, now famed for its Pluto fly-by last year.
The attendees at the 55th Japan Science Fiction Convention, which took place at Iseshimacon in Toba, Mie, will cast their votes for the nominees chosen from works released throughout 2015. These will be counted by the convention’s staff, and announced on July 9th.