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
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
Sumo wrestler
大相撲力士
Character bento
キャラ弁
Ultramodern vending machine
次世代型自販機
Sushi-go-round
回転寿司
Yakatabune
屋形船
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
Tokyo Station
東京駅
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Umi-budoh
海ぶどう
International Avenue
国際通り
Lunch “A”
Aランチ
Shiisaa
シーサー
Russia
Magic Knight Rayearth
Italy
Sengoku Muso
Mexico
Doraemon
United Kingdom
Eternal Sonata
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
Kyoto confectionary
京菓子
Zazen
坐禅
Kyoto Proverbs
Moon watching
観月の夕べ
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Japanese knives
包丁
Cosmetics
化粧品
Candycrafts
あめ細工
RICE CAKES
ODEN
おでん
URUSHI
漆芸
TEMPURA
天婦羅
Nerhol
YAYOI KUSAMA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
TABAIMO
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
MENBURYU
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
JUDO
柔道
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
SADO
茶道
NOH
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR
FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES
SPACE INVADERS
SPACE INVADERS
SHOGI
SHOGI