The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Club of Japan announced on Saturday, Feb 19, 2022, that Fumi Yoshinaga‘s Ooku – The Inner Chambers has won the 42nd Japan Science Fiction Award.
According to the details revealed in the Science Fiction Awards’ Youtube channel, the work has been chosen because of its unique connection to the current pandemic world which matches the theme of the Grand prize category.
The 41st award was bagged by Hiroe Suga for her novel Kanki no uta Hakubutsukan wakusei III.
The award ceremony will be held at Science Fiction Carnival event at Daikanyama Tsutaya Books on Saturday, April 16, 2022. The same will be streamed on their official YouTube channel.
Yoshinaga will receive a certificate and trophy as a Grand prize, and 1 million yen as a supplementary prize.
The 42nd Japan Science Fiction Award is given to the best science fiction work chosen between September 1, 2020, and August 31, 2021.
Ōoku: The Inner Chambers is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Fumi Yoshinaga. It was serialized in Hakusensha’s josei magazine Melody from June 2004 to December 2020, with its chapters collected in 19 tankōbon volumes. The manga is licensed in North America by Viz Media. It was adapted into two live action films in 2010 and 2012, and a 10-episode Japanese television drama series in 2012.
The manga follows an alternate history of early modern Japan in which an unknown disease kills most of the male population, leading to a matriarchal society in which the Ōoku becomes a harem of men serving the now female shōgun.
Ōoku won an Excellence Prize at the 2006 Japan Media Arts Festival, a special prize at The Japanese Association of Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy’s fifth annual Sense of Gender Awards in 2005, and the 13th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2009.
The Nihon SF Taishō Award is a Japanese science fiction award. It has been compared to the Nebula Award as it is given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan or SFWJ. The Grand Prize is selected from not only Science Fiction novels, but also various movies, animations, and mangas of the same genres.
Source: SFWJ official website