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.

TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
Public bathhouse
銭湯
Mt. Fuji
富士山
Decorate anything
デコる
Iced coffee
アイス珈琲
Architecture Street
建築ストリート
Edomae Zushi
江戸前寿司
Tokyo Station
東京駅
Gundam 1/1
ガンダム1/1
Shuri Castle
首里城
Awamori
泡盛
International Avenue
国際通り
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Mexico
Street Fighter 4
Spain
Negima! Magester Negi Magi
Netherland
Odin Sphere
Japan
Suite PreCure
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
Art of brush and ink
書道家
Live music events at Machiya
京町家の音楽
Mizuura Mikuji
水占みくじ
Café from another world
純喫茶
Cosmetics
化粧品
Department store basement
デパ地下
Metal tableware
金属食器
Japanese knives
包丁
RICE CAKES
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
RAMEN
ラーメン
KAISEKI
懐石
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
TABAIMO
TAKU OBATA
Nerhol
SANJA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NOH
SADO
茶道
JUDO
柔道
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人