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.

SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
Sumo wrestler
大相撲力士
Public bathhouse
銭湯
Japanese hospitality
おもてなし
Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
牛丼
Tokyo Station
東京駅
Meiji Shrine
明治神宮
Traditional Japanese guest house
古民家ゲストハウス
Asakusa
浅草
Village of Long Life
長寿の里
Taketomi Island
竹富島
Ryukyu Karate
琉球空手
Mango
マンゴー
Spain
Negima! Magester Negi Magi
Italy
One Piece
Finland
Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing
Japan
Kinnikuman
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Stay at Machiya
京町家ステイ
Modern jikatabi
モダン地下足袋
Ippon udon
一本饂飩
HOSHINOYA Kyoto
星のや 京都
Kimono
着物
ANREALAGE
アンリアレイジ
Cosmetics
化粧品
Daruma
達磨
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
RICE CAKES
TEMPURA
天婦羅
SUSHI
寿司
TAKU OBATA
Nerhol
KOHEI NAWA
MANABU IKEDA
NEBUTA MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
MENBURYU
AWA ODORI
KYUDO
弓道
IAI
居合
NOH
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
SHOGI
SHOGI
GAME CENTER
GAME CENTER
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR
SPACE INVADERS
SPACE INVADERS