At the 61st Japan Science Fiction Convention (Nihon SF Taikai), the 54th Seiun Awards winners were unveiled, with Uoto’s Chi: On the Movements of the Earth (Chi -Chikyū no Undō ni Tsuite-) manga taking home the Best Comic award.
It faced stiff competition from other renowned manga, including Satoru Noda’s Golden Kamuy, Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi’s Dr. Stone, Taizan 5’s Takopi’s Original Sin, Satoshi Mizukami’s Planet With, and Gaku Miyao’s Nidome no Jinsei: Animator.
Debuting in September 2020 in Big Comic Spirits, Uoto’s manga reached its conclusion in April 2022, and the final compiled book volume, the eighth in the series, was published by Shogakukan in June 2022.
This remarkable work also earned the Grand Prize at the 26th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, making Uoto the youngest ever recipient at just 24 years old. Furthermore, the manga was nominated for the 68th Shogakukan Manga Awards in 2022 and achieved a notable ranking of #22 in Da Vinci’s “Book of the Year” manga list.
Seven Seas is set to release the first omnibus volume physically and digitally in November, catering to the growing anticipation among fans. The manga’s captivating storyline follows the life of Rafal, a gifted child from the fifteenth century, who faces persecution when he learns that the Earth revolves around the sun, a belief considered heretical at the time. Guided only by a mysterious pendant, Rafal embarks on a journey to uncover his mentor’s groundbreaking research, while joining forces with other believers to challenge the oppressive forces of the Inquisition.
The manga’s success has paved the way for an exciting new development – an anime adaptation by the acclaimed studio Madhouse, promising to bring this extraordinary tale to life on the screen.
With its compelling narrative and rich historical backdrop, Chi: On the Movements of the Earth continues to captivate audiences and leave an indelible mark on the world of manga and science fiction alike.