Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell 2 and Dennou Coil Won Prize in Previous Years
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan announced magical girl deconstruction anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica was among five works nominated for the 32nd Nihon SF Taisho Award. This is the first time in three years that an anime title has been nominated for the award. Neon Genesis Evangelion, Innocence: Ghost in the Shell 2 and Dennou Coil won the prize in previous years.
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.