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Anime 'Bodacious Space Pirates' and Manga 'Hoshi wo Tsugu Mono' Win Seiun Award 2013

by symbv
Jul 20, 2013 5:05 AM | 73 Comments
The 52nd Japan Science Fiction Convention was held on July 20th and the winners of this year's 44th Seiun Award were announced. Bodacious Space Pirates and Hoshi wo Tsugu Mono won the best media and the best comic of the year, respectively.

Seiun Award is one of the most authoritative science fiction awards in Japan. The candidates are selected from the sci-fi works completed in the previous year and the winners are chosen by the votes of the attendees of the Japan Science Fiction Convention.

The full results, which include domestic and foreign science fiction and short story, can be found in the official website of Seiun Award:
http://www.sf-fan.gr.jp/awards/2013result.html

Ref. The Nomination List of Seiun Award 2013

Best Media
Bodacious Space Pirates
Iron Sky
Marvel's The Avengers
009 Re:Cyborg
Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo
Rinne no Lagrange
Eureka Seven AO

Best Comic
Tetsuwan Birdy Evolution
Hoshi wo Tsugu Mono
The Next Sheet of MAPS
Himitsu: Top Secret
Otomo Katsuhiro Artwork Kaba 2
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Mahou Sensei Negima

Last year, the best media and the best comic awards were won by Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica and Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin respectively.

Source: Official website of Seiun Award

20 of 73 Comments Recent Comments

CrisGer_San_AA said:
It has zero quality in any department,
This kind of horrible use of absolutist hyperbole language means your comment is purely just a rant and has zero value in the discussion of how good or bad Space Pirates is.

Jul 25, 2013 12:25 AM by symbv

CrisGer_San_AA said:
And the title itself ..as translated was ridiculous, and another example of very poor translation quality control.

That's not a translation error, it was the title that was pushed for the foreign markets. It's on all the Japanese promotional material if you look hard enough.

Jul 25, 2013 12:09 AM by Undim

CrisGer_San_AA said:
Please do not waste your time on this series.

Considering you gave Divergence Eve a 10, I'll just assume that the tits just weren't big enough for you, hahaha.

Jul 24, 2013 11:48 PM by Meddigo

wait.. how the heck eureka seven ao in there...

Jul 24, 2013 11:16 PM by evilcyber

For anime like Bodacious Space Pirates and Eureka Seven AO, as well as manga like Negima, to be nominated and win, it just means it must have been one hell of a slow 2012/2013 period for sci-fi in Japan.

Jul 24, 2013 11:09 PM by no-thanks

To each his own. Some don't like it and some(like me) loved it.

Jul 24, 2013 11:04 PM by zenjamibu

Bodacious Space Pirates was simply terrible. It was one of the worst anime series I have ever had the sad task of reviewing and I frankly am shocked that it even got nominated. It has zero quality in any department, story was a hackneyed retelling of a mash of other stories, the characters were unappealing and frankly without interest and the main girl who becomes the captain of a looney crew of her classmates and others was trite, boring and frankly unbelievable in all ways. Eureka 7 2 was far better and indeed DID cover a lot of Sci Fi content and was much much better. I reviewed the nonimees and there wasn't much to choose from, but frankly this is not that much of a standard as there is a lot of fan input and that is hardly the best place to get a standard of quality. Sad day for any kind of anime award ..this one. And the title itself ..as translated was ridiculous, and another example of very poor translation quality control.

Please do not waste your time on this series.

Jul 24, 2013 10:43 PM by CrisGer_San_AA

Tony777 said:
truth

You might want to rethink your understanding of that word.

Jul 24, 2013 8:52 AM by jmal

Tony777 said:
icantfeelmyarms said:
Why? Space Pirates sucked ass.


This. Thank you for telling the truth. I don't know why people are saying this is even close to being average or good.

Anyways, I tried my damn best to get through Mouretsu Pirates but it was so horrible I just couldn't take it anymore. How it won award is beyond me. Though, I do admit the 1st episode was good. xD


Opinion doesn't equal to fact. The world would be a very boring place if everyone liked exactly the same things... so I don't see why you are surprised that other people found Mouretsu Pirates something worth watching.

Jul 24, 2013 6:19 AM by Ejc

icantfeelmyarms said:
Why? Space Pirates sucked ass.


This. Thank you for telling the truth. I don't know why people are saying this is even close to being average or good.

Anyways, I tried my damn best to get through Mouretsu Pirates but it was so horrible I just couldn't take it anymore. How it won award is beyond me. Though, I do admit the 1st episode was good. xD

Jul 24, 2013 5:58 AM by MAL-Tony

Glad to see they liked Rinne no Lagrange.

At the same time it is sad to see no mention of AKB0048.



Kerozinn said:
Cashdaxxx said:
jugann said:
Damn, i've had Bodacious space pirates on hold for quite some time now, should get around to watching it.
Congrats for them winning though!!
I dropped it though. Was it really worth the watch?
also had to drop it ..it was painful
Dropped it as well, was too boring for me.

Jul 23, 2013 4:13 AM by Progeusz

Kaioshin_Sama said:
icantfeelmyarms said:
Kaioshin_Sama said:

icantfeelmyarms said:
Why? Space Pirates sucked ass.


Nobody cares what an obvious troll thinks trust me. You're not adding anything to the conversation.



I'd question how a picture meme response requires an edit but ultimately I rest my case.


Jul 23, 2013 2:43 AM by icantfeelmyarms

icantfeelmyarms said:
Kaioshin_Sama said:

icantfeelmyarms said:
Why? Space Pirates sucked ass.


Nobody cares what an obvious troll thinks trust me. You're not adding anything to the conversation.



I'd question how a picture meme response requires an edit but ultimately I rest my case.

Jul 22, 2013 7:55 PM by PeacingOut

Cashdaxxx said:
jugann said:
Damn, i've had Bodacious space pirates on hold for quite some time now, should get around to watching it.
Congrats for them winning though!!
I dropped it though. Was it really worth the watch?


also had to drop it ..it was painful

Jul 22, 2013 12:45 AM by Kerozinn

Kaioshin_Sama said:

icantfeelmyarms said:
Why? Space Pirates sucked ass.


Nobody cares what an obvious troll thinks trust me. You're not adding anything to the conversation.

Jul 22, 2013 12:33 AM by icantfeelmyarms

wakka9ca said:
symbv said:
To be honest, I find Pirates to hook more of my attention and interest than LOGH - no, seriously I mean that. That said, LOGH does have the space to pan out the details which would be impossible to do for a midnight TV series like Pirates. That much I would agree.
Well, ironically, LOGH novels were also a Seiun Awards winner. I personally think that they both well deserve it.
I do not doubt LOGH is something worthy and great, and it is certain award deserving stuff. My point is that Pirates has me hooked more and sustained my interest longer and more consistently. To me, LOGH demands a lot of patience and commitment, and I am sure to some the effort taken to complete the journey is greatly rewarding. It is just that I cannot say that unequivocally for myself. That said, my comments are about the anime -- the novels might have been a different experience.

Detective said:
Bodacious Space Pirates is garbage lololololol, then again that whole anime list is
Perhaps you can suggest your own list of Science Fiction anime made in 2012 that is not garbage?

Jul 21, 2013 8:28 PM by symbv

Kaioshin_Sama said:
just the portrayals of the bridge scenes like in the episodes I watched where they were dealing with hacking were so dispassionate and boringly read for by the VA's that it was hard to even be remotely interested in what they were discussing unlike a lot of other good sci-fi drama and bridge sequences. No real attempt at chemistry, no sense of duty or that they had to prove something to themselves despite what they say, no sense that they were dealing with a threat that needed to be taken seriously, it just didn't work for me at all because if the characters feel detached from the situation then so am I. If a shows not engaging at all it usual means I end up dropping it.


I don't disagree that these things are handled with a different tone or sense of tension than a lot of similar shows but I do disagree that it isn't engaging. I believe the show just has a slightly different priority than what's come before it. The exciting moments aren't where you expect them to be and I think that ties into the whole thing where the show is nothing like what it appears on the surface. If your list is accurate then I think you dropped it at bad point and you should consider giving it another go IF you're ever running low on shows.

Regardless, I appreciate your ability to be articulate in what you think about the show despite not liking it.

Jul 21, 2013 1:03 PM by Undim

negima is in there? Reaaaally...

Jul 21, 2013 11:01 AM by GodlyKyon

Bodacious Space Pirates is garbage lololololol, then again that whole anime list is

Jul 21, 2013 10:02 AM by Detective

zensunni said:
zenjamibu said:
Congratulations, Bodacious Space Pirates! ^_^

I appreciated the story for what it is and not what other people expected it to be.

Exactly. What the story actually was, was good SF. That is why it won the award.

And for those that are doubting the legitimacy of the award for whatever reason, this is the Japanese Nebula Awards. The Nebula awards are one of the two top science fiction awards in the US, and this is the Japanese equivalent. If you go to the website posted by the OP, you will find that google translates the page as the Nebula award page. Any award voted on by members of a country's Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers organization is legit!


Wait a second, this is more like the Hugo award and not the Nebula. Regardless it's one of the most legitimate prizes. Many of my favorite series are Seiun winners (Crest of the Stars, LOGH, Guin Saga, etc.)

Kaioshin_Sama said:

Anyway if that was really and truly the best that 2012 had to offer for Sci-Fi in Japan according to the audience then the genre is in more trouble than I thought.


I think it's a matter of personal taste. For instance, I think about Madoka the same way you think about Mouretsu. However, I am not claiming the SF genre is dying.

Jul 21, 2013 10:00 AM by wakka9ca

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