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
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
Public bathhouse
銭湯
High-tech toilet
ハイテクトイレ
Mt. Fuji
富士山
Karaoke
カラオケ
Traditional Japanese guest house
古民家ゲストハウス
Asakusa
浅草
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Roppongi Hills
六本木ヒルズ
Awamori
泡盛
Shuri Castle
首里城
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
美ら海水族館
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Spain
Negima! Magester Negi Magi
Japan
Final Fantasy VI
Japan
Kiki's Delivery Service
Mexico
Street Fighter 4
Cute community character promotes local charms.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
I am your Yuzen
友禅の色
Art of brush and ink
書道家
Antique fair
東寺弘法市
Ippon udon
一本饂飩
Daruma
達磨
Metal tableware
金属食器
Cosmetics
化粧品
Tenugui (Japanese towels)
手拭
KAISEKI
懐石
TEMPURA
天婦羅
ODEN
おでん
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
TABAIMO
MANABU IKEDA
Nerhol
KOHEI NAWA
SANJA MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
JUDO
柔道
KARATEDO
空手
KENDO
剣道
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家