SPACE BROTHERS

Uchuu Kyoudai drawn by Chuya Koyama is one of Japan’s most popular ongoing manga serials. In the story, two brothers vow to become fellow astronauts someday in the future. As promised, the younger brother Hibito becomes an astronaut, but in the meantime, the elder brother Mutta is fired by a company and left unemployed. The manga is about Mutta, who struggles to become the astronaut he once dreamed of being. Uchuu Kyoudai stirred public sympathy and became popular for the resounding truths often expressed by its unique manga characters. In a real-world incident, the fictional tale inspired a reader to actually pass the entrance exams for JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. In Japan, this manga not only became an anime series but also a live-action movie. Uchuu Kyoudai is a serialized manga still in progress, continuing to inspire dreams.

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This drawing was used as a cover illustration for an issue of Weekly Morning magazine, in which the first installment of Uchuu Kyoudai appeared. The younger brother Hibito wears a full spacesuit while the elder brother Mutta wears a half-suit, symbolizing one brother who realizes his dream while the other cannot yet fulfill his destiny.

“I believe that I have to love the character whenever I create one, even if the character is sort of a villain. Unless you like the personality or appearance of a character, you can’t enjoy drawing that character.”

“When I drew Mutta and Hibito, I felt stronger love than ever before. That feeling seemed to be shared by many readers.”

First installment of Uchuu Kyoudai (English)

Other than in Japan, Uchuu Kyoudai is available in Taiwan, South Korea, Italy, and Thailand.
Electronic book copies of English and French translations are scheduled for publication in July and October 2013 respectively.
Here we can show the first installment of the English translation, courtesy of the author.

FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
NEXT GENERATION
TOYOTA x STUDIO4°C collaboration begins a new PES Project called “Next Generation”
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
Hot spring spa
温泉
Idol
アイドル
Decorate anything
デコる
Ultramodern vending machine
次世代型自販機
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
Gundam 1/1
ガンダム1/1
Monja
もんじゃ
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Utaki
御嶽
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
Lunch “A”
Aランチ
Japan
VOCALOID
Japan
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
Denmark
Super Mario Bros.
Japan
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
Unique use of Kyoto bathhouses
銭湯表現
Nurturing the arts
京都ギャラリー
Kyoto Proverbs
Modern jikatabi
モダン地下足袋
Japanese knives
包丁
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
Tenugui (Japanese towels)
手拭
Metal tableware
金属食器
WHISKY
ウイスキー
SOBA
蕎麦
ODEN
おでん
RAMEN
ラーメン
YAYOI KUSAMA
MANABU IKEDA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
TAKU OBATA
NEBUTA MATSURI
MENBURYU
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
KYUDO
弓道
NOH
JUDO
柔道
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES
SPACE INVADERS
SPACE INVADERS
GAME CENTER
GAME CENTER
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR