‘Madoka Magica’ nominated for SF award

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan announced Oct. 31 that the anime TV series “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” was among five works nominated for the 32th Nihon SF Taisho Award.

The awards cover a wide range of genres, including novels, criticism, manga, visual works, illustrations, music and nonfiction, and are restricted to works released over the year to Aug. 31.

The other four nominees are Koji Mishima’s “Dynamic Figure” from Hayakawa Publishing Corp.; Sayuri Ueda’s “The Ocean Chronicles” from Hayakawa; Hideaki Sena’s “Kibo” (hope) from Hayakawa; and Junya Yokota’s “Kindai Nihon Kiso Shosetsu-shi: Meiji-hen” (A history of Japanese modern fantasy novels: Meiji Period) from Pilar Press Corp.

The first three are novels. The last is a work of nonfiction.

“Puella Magi Madoka Magica” was directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, who has worked on many popular anime titles. Gen Urobuchi, who works for Nitroplus Co. and has created many hit anime, wrote the script.

It is in the “magical girl” genre, featuring cute female characters in a dark fantasy environment and has a complicated, multi-layered storyline.

This is the first time in three years that an anime title has been nominated for the award. “Coil a Circle of Children” won the grand prize in 2008, while the “Neon Genesis Evangelion” anime series and “Innocence: Ghost in the Shell 2” film also won in previous years.

For more information, visit the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan official website at (http://www.sfwj.or.jp/list.html).

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