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.

ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
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
TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
Sake(Japanese rice wine)
日本酒
Paper fortune
おみくじ
Manga cafe
マンガ喫茶
Capsule hotel
カプセルホテル
Edomae Zushi
江戸前寿司
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Tokyo Tower
東京タワー
Tokyo Sky Tree
東京スカイツリー
Shuri Castle
首里城
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Mango
マンゴー
Lunch “A”
Aランチ
Japan
VOCALOID
Japan
ANA
Japan
Inu x Boku SS
China
Kuroko's Basketball/ Magi
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Café from another world
純喫茶
Kyoto confectionary
京菓子
Antique fair
東寺弘法市
Suguki pickles
すぐき漬け
Department store basement
デパ地下
Daruma
達磨
Japanese sake
日本酒
Kimono
着物
URUSHI
漆芸
WHISKY
ウイスキー
SOBA
蕎麦
RAMEN
ラーメン
YAYOI KUSAMA
KOHEI NAWA
MANABU IKEDA
TAKU OBATA
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
MENBURYU
AWA ODORI
SANJA MATSURI
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
JUDO
柔道
KENDO
剣道
SHODO
書道