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Fumi Yoshinaga's Ōoku: The Inner Chambers Manga Wins 42nd Nihon SF Taishō Awards' Grand Prize

Fumi Yoshinaga's Ōoku: The Inner Chambers Manga Wins 42nd Nihon SF Taishō Awards' Grand Prize


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Fumi Yoshinaga’s Ōoku: The Inside Chambers Manga Wins forty second Nihon SF Taishō Awards’ Grand Prize

Alternate-history story led to December 2020 after inspiring 2 live-action movies, TV collection

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of Japan (SFWJ) introduced on Saturday that Fumi Yoshinaga‘s Ōoku: The Inside Chambers manga received the Grand Prize within the forty second Nihon SF Taishō Awards. The manga was competing in opposition to Haneko Takayama’s Kurayami ni Lens (Lens within the Darkness) novel, the Godzilla Singular Level tv anime, Mikihiko Hisanaga’s Shichijūyon-byō no Senritsu to Kodoku (74-Second Melody and Solitude) quick story assortment, the Put up-Corona no SF (Put up-COVID-19 Science Fiction) anthology, and Fumio Takano’s Mazeru-na Kiken (Compound Hazard) quick story assortment.

Viz Media publishes the manga in English, and it describes the story:

In Edo interval Japan, an odd new illness known as the Purple Pox has begun to prey on the nation’s males. Inside eighty years of the primary outbreak, the male inhabitants has fallen by seventy-five p.c. Girls have taken on all of the roles historically granted to males, even that of the Shogun. The boys, treasured suppliers of life, are rigorously protected. And essentially the most stunning of the lads are despatched to serve within the Shogun’s Inside Chamber…

Writer Jin Kusakami, creator Mari Kotani, manga creator Yumiko Shirai (Tenken, Wombs), novelist Gakuto Mikumo (Asura Cryin’, Strike the Blood), and novelist Hiroyuki Morioka (Crest of the Stars) have been on this yr’s nomination committee.

Yoshinaga launched the manga in Melody in 2004, and ended it in December 2020. Hakusensha printed the manga’s nineteenth and remaining quantity on February 26, 2021, and Viz Media will publish the ultimate quantity in English on March 15. The manga received the 2009 James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and received the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2009. Its different honors embrace the first anan Manga Prize, the 56th Shogakukan Manga Prize within the shōjo division, and the fifth Sense of Gender Prize’s Particular Award.

The manga impressed a live-action movie adaptation in 2010, a live-action tv collection titled Ōoku: Arikoto・Iemitsu Hen in October 2012, and a second live-action movie titled Ōoku: Eien – Emonnosuke・Tsunayoshi Hen in December of the identical yr.

Works launched from September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021 have been eligible for this yr’s award. The SF Carnival at Tokyo’s Tsutaya Books Daikanyama will host the awards ceremony on April 16, and SFWJ will stream the ceremony on its YouTube channel.

Supply: SFWJ web site, Comedian Natalie