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.

KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
mega-size robot who saves the peace in Kobe city
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
Public bathhouse
銭湯
Ramen (Japanese soup noodles)
ラーメン
Character bento
キャラ弁
Decorate anything
デコる
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
Traditional Japanese guest house
古民家ゲストハウス
Monja
もんじゃ
Gundam 1/1
ガンダム1/1
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
Haarii
ハーリー
Utaki
御嶽
Village of Long Life
長寿の里
Germany
STEINS;GATE
USA
Gunbuster
Italy
Sengoku Muso
Japan
Suite PreCure
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Ikkyu-ji Natto
一休寺納豆
Fushimi Inari Taisha
伏見稲荷大社
Stay at a Buddhist temple
宿坊
Viewing Japanese gardens in Kyoto
日本庭園
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
Candycrafts
あめ細工
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
Japanese knives
包丁
KAISEKI
懐石
SUSHI
寿司
TEMPURA
天婦羅
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
KOHEI NAWA
Nerhol
YAYOI KUSAMA
TAKU OBATA
NEBUTA MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
JUDO
柔道
KARATEDO
空手
KYUDO
弓道
SADO
茶道
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家