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.

3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
mega-size robot who saves the peace in Kobe city
FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
Manga cafe
マンガ喫茶
Karaoke
カラオケ
Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
牛丼
Capsule hotel
カプセルホテル
Architecture Street
建築ストリート
Tokyo Sky Tree
東京スカイツリー
Tsukiji Market
築地市場
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Sanshin
三線
Taketomi Island
竹富島
Ryukyu Karate
琉球空手
Awamori
泡盛
Brazil
Final Fantasy VI
Germany
STEINS;GATE
Austraria
Final Fantasy X
Japan
Dekirukana
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
Moon watching
観月の夕べ
Yokai Costume Parade
百鬼夜行
Viewing Japanese gardens in Kyoto
日本庭園
I am your Yuzen
友禅の色
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
Kimono
着物
Japanese sake
日本酒
WHISKY
ウイスキー
WASABI
山葵
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
RAMEN
ラーメン
KOHEI NAWA
TABAIMO
YAYOI KUSAMA
MANABU IKEDA
NEBUTA MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
AWA ODORI
MENBURYU
KYUDO
弓道
SADO
茶道
KENDO
剣道
NOH
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工