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.

VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
Soba (Japanese traditional noodles)
日本蕎麦
Manga cafe
マンガ喫茶
Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
牛丼
Shrine visit
参拝
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Tokyo Tower
東京タワー
Gundam 1/1
ガンダム1/1
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
Mangroves
マングローブ
Taketomi Island
竹富島
Lunch “A”
Aランチ
Taiwan
Mobile Suit Gundam
Mexico
Doraemon
Italy
Sengoku Muso
Japan
ANA
Cute community character promotes local charms.
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
Shohekiga
障壁画
Inspiration of Buddha Statues
仏像
Tea master
茶道家
Maiko documentary
舞妓
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
Candycrafts
あめ細工
Japanese knives
包丁
Japanese sake
日本酒
URUSHI
漆芸
TEMPURA
天婦羅
ODEN
おでん
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
KOHEI NAWA
TABAIMO
MANABU IKEDA
TAKU OBATA
SANJA MATSURI
MENBURYU
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
AWA ODORI
JUDO
柔道
NOH
IAI
居合
SHODO
書道
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
e-Sports
e-Sports
FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES
PLAY STATION
PlayStation
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR