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
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
Chopsticks
Manga cafe
マンガ喫茶
Japanese pub
居酒屋
Japanese hospitality
おもてなし
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Shuri Castle
首里城
Shiisaa
シーサー
Taketomi Island
竹富島
Steakhouse
ステーキハウス
Japan
VOCALOID
Brazil
Final Fantasy VI
Denmark
Super Mario Bros.
China
Kuroko's Basketball/ Magi
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
Cool terrace in Kyoto summer
納涼床
Nurturing the arts
京都ギャラリー
Small Torii
小さな鳥居
Yokai Costume Parade
百鬼夜行
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Candycrafts
あめ細工
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
ANREALAGE
アンリアレイジ
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
TEMPURA
天婦羅
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
ODEN
おでん
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
MANABU IKEDA
TABAIMO
Nerhol
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
KYUDO
弓道
IAI
居合
JUDO
柔道
NOH
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR
GAME CENTER
GAME CENTER
SPACE INVADERS
SPACE INVADERS
e-Sports
e-Sports