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.

299
5

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.

OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
Itsukushima Shrine
厳島神社
Decorate anything
デコる
Shrine visit
参拝
Sake(Japanese rice wine)
日本酒
Edomae Zushi
江戸前寿司
Roppongi Hills
六本木ヒルズ
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Tokyo Tower
東京タワー
Mango
マンゴー
Utaki
御嶽
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Haarii
ハーリー
Mexico
Doraemon
Indonesia
Kamen Rider The Next
Italy
Sengoku Muso
Russia
Magic Knight Rayearth
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Inspiration of Buddha Statues
仏像
Antique fair
東寺弘法市
Uchimizu
打ち水
Yokai Costume Parade
百鬼夜行
Daruma
達磨
Nambu ironware
南部鉄器
Wrapping
ラッピング
Tenugui (Japanese towels)
手拭
ODEN
おでん
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
WASABI
山葵
TEMPURA
天婦羅
TAKU OBATA
YAYOI KUSAMA
MANABU IKEDA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
MENBURYU
AWA ODORI
NEBUTA MATSURI
JUDO
柔道
KARATEDO
空手
KENDO
剣道
SHODO
書道