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.

OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
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
Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
牛丼
Maid cafe
メイド喫茶
Jinrikisha(Rickshaw)
人力車
High-tech toilet
ハイテクトイレ
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
Gundam 1/1
ガンダム1/1
Tokyo Sky Tree
東京スカイツリー
Asakusa
浅草
Utaki
御嶽
Awamori
泡盛
Haarii
ハーリー
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
Denmark
Super Mario Bros.
United Kingdom
Sailor Moon
Japan
ANA
Taiwan
Mobile Suit Gundam
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
Shohekiga
障壁画
Live music events at Machiya
京町家の音楽
Jidai Matsuri
時代祭
Fushimi Inari Taisha
伏見稲荷大社
Tenugui (Japanese towels)
手拭
Picks
楊枝
Japanese sake
日本酒
ANREALAGE
アンリアレイジ
URUSHI
漆芸
SOBA
蕎麦
WASABI
山葵
ODEN
おでん
MANABU IKEDA
KOHEI NAWA
TAKU OBATA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
AWA ODORI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
MENBURYU
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
IAI
居合
SHODO
書道
NOH
KENDO
剣道
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
PLAY STATION
PlayStation
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR
e-Sports
e-Sports
SPACE INVADERS
SPACE INVADERS