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.

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ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
mega-size robot who saves the peace in Kobe city
Food model
食品模型
Paper fortune
おみくじ
Character bento
キャラ弁
Public bathhouse
銭湯
Asakusa
浅草
Tokyo Station
東京駅
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Architecture Street
建築ストリート
Utaki
御嶽
Taketomi Island
竹富島
Umi-budoh
海ぶどう
International Avenue
国際通り
France
The Royal Doll Orchestra
Japan
VOCALOID
Finland
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Hakuohki
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Cool terrace in Kyoto summer
納涼床
Kyoto confectionary
京菓子
Art of brush and ink
書道家
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Kimono
着物
WHISKY
ウイスキー
SOBA
蕎麦
WASABI
山葵
SUSHI
寿司
TABAIMO
YAYOI KUSAMA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
Nerhol
MENBURYU
AWA ODORI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
NOH
KENDO
剣道
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
JUDO
柔道
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工