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.

VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
NEXT GENERATION
TOYOTA x STUDIO4°C collaboration begins a new PES Project called “Next Generation”
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
Sumo wrestler
大相撲力士
Maid cafe
メイド喫茶
Iced coffee
アイス珈琲
Jinrikisha(Rickshaw)
人力車
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
Architecture Street
建築ストリート
Edomae Zushi
江戸前寿司
Roppongi Hills
六本木ヒルズ
Taketomi Island
竹富島
Awamori
泡盛
Shuri Castle
首里城
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
France
The Royal Doll Orchestra
Japan
VOCALOID
Japan
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
Germany
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
Shohekiga
障壁画
Zazen
坐禅
Kyoto Streetcar
嵐電
HOSHINOYA Kyoto
星のや 京都
Candycrafts
あめ細工
Department store basement
デパ地下
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
Nambu ironware
南部鉄器
RICE CAKES
KAISEKI
懐石
SUSHI
寿司
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
YAYOI KUSAMA
KOHEI NAWA
MANABU IKEDA
TABAIMO
SANJA MATSURI
MENBURYU
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
NOH
IAI
居合
JUDO
柔道
KENDO
剣道