Seiun Translation Nominations

The nominations for the Seiun Awards have been announced. The translation categories are presented below. The Seiun Awards are the Japanese fan-voted awards and winners will be announced at Varicon, the Japanese National Convention. The translation awards will be presented at Chicon 7, this year’s Worldcon.


  • The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi, translated by Kazue Tanaka & Hiroshi Kaneko
  • The City & the City, by China Tom Mieville, translated by Masamichi Higurashi
  • The Chronoliths, by Robert Charles Wilson, translated by Takeshi Mogi
  • Dhalgren, by Samuel Delany, translated by Yuzuru Okubo
  • Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow, translated by Hiroshi Kaneko
  • Millennium People, by J. G. Ballard, translated by Mamoru Masuda


  • “The Pelican Bar,” by Karen Joy Fowler, translated by Wataru Ishigame
  • “The Lifecycle of Software Objects,” by Ted Chiang, translated by Nozomi Ohmori
  • “The Gambler,” by Paolo Bacigalupi, translated by Yoshimichi Furusawa
  • “The People of Sand and Slag,” by Paolo Bacigalupi, translated by Naoya Nakahara
  • “Troika,” by Alastair Reynolds, translated by Naoya Nakahara
  • “The Little Goddess,” by Ian McDonald, translated by Hitomi Nakamura

Obituary: Takeshi Aono

Japanese voice actor Takeshi Aono (b.1936) died on April 9. Aono provided voice work for Space Battleship Yamato, Dragon Ball, Tekken 5 and numerous other anime. In addition to voicing anime roles, Aono also worked dubbing dialogue for English language films imported into Japan, including Predator, the Harry Potter series, and Space Jam.

Obituary: Noboru Ishiguro

Japanese anime director Noboru Ishiguro (b.1938) died on March 20 from a lung infection. Ishiguro directed Space Battleship Yamato, The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, The Super Dimension Century Orguss, and Legend of the Galactic Heroes, among others.

Obituary: Eiko Ishioka

Costume designer Eiko Ishioka (b.1939) died on January 21 from pancreatic cancer. Ishioka won an Academy Award for her work on Bram Stoker’s Dracula and also designed costumes for The Cell, The Fall, Immortals, and the upcoming Mirror, Mirror. She recently helped design costumes for teh Broadway show Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Ishioka also won a Grammy Award for the cover design of the Miles Davis album, Tutu.

Seiun Awards

The winners of the Japanese Seiun Awards, voted on by attendees of Donbura Con L, the 50th Japanese Science Fiction Convention, we announced on September 3.

  • Japanese Novel: Kyonen wa Ii Toshi ni Narudarou (Last Year Was Probably a Good Year), by Yamamoto Hiroshi
  • Japanese Short Story: “Arisuma-oo no Aishita Mamono” (“King Arisuma’s Beloved Demon”), by Ogawa Issui
  • Foreign Novel: Eifelheim, by Michael Flynn
  • Foreign Short Story: “Carry the Moon in My Pocket,” by James Lovegrove
  • Media: District 9
  • Comics: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (Fullmetal Alchemist), by Arakawa Hiromu
  • Art: Naoyuki Katou
  • Non-fiction: Sa wa saiensu no sa (Sa is for Science), by Tsukasa Shikano
  • Open category: Hayabusa (MUSES-C) space probe

Obituary: Osamu Dezaki

Japanese animator Osamu Dezaki (b.1943) died on April 17. Dezaki was the director of Space Adventure Cobra, The Mighty Orbots, and Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light. Dezaki was known for his signature “Postcard Memory,” in which the animation would freeze and be replaced by a stylized illustration of the same image. Dezaki also worked under the pseudonym “Makura Saki.”

Obituary: Takeshi Watabe

Japanese voice actor Takeshi Watabe (b.1936) died on December 13 of pneumonia. Watabe provided voice work for several anime series, including Doraemon, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, and Legend of the Galactic Heroes. He also wrote a book on voice acting.

Manga Restrictions in Japan

Tokyo has banned the sale of manga that depicts rape, incest, and other sexual crimes to anyone under the age of 18. Anyone caught violating this rule faces a fine of ¥300,000 ($3,570). A group of publishers has threatened to boycott the Tokyo International Anime Fair in March 2011 over what they see as an attempt at censorhip.

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Obituary: Yoshinobu Nishizaki

Producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki (b. Hirofumi Nishizaki, 1934) died on November 7 after falling overboard off the coast of Chichijima Island. Nishizaki wrote and produced the anime series Space Cruiser Yamato, Star Blazers, and Space Battleship Yamato among others. He was wearing a wetsuit and was believed to be planning on going for a swim at the time of his accident.

Obituary: Satoshi Kon

Animator Satoshi Kon (b. 1963) died on August 24. Kon began drawing manga for Young magazine and eventually became an animator, working on films including Rojin Z and Memories. In 1998, he directed Perfect Blue. He was currently working on The Dream Machine.