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.

BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
Jinrikisha(Rickshaw)
人力車
Hot spring spa
温泉
Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
牛丼
Sushi-go-round
回転寿司
Monja
もんじゃ
Traditional Japanese guest house
古民家ゲストハウス
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
Shuri Castle
首里城
Public market
公設市場
Ryukyu Karate
琉球空手
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Korea
Hakuohki / Adekan
Netherland
Odin Sphere
Indonesia
Kamen Rider The Next
Japan
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
Zazen
坐禅
Machiya bars
京町家の夜
Nurturing the arts
京都ギャラリー
Kyoto Streetcar
嵐電
Department store basement
デパ地下
Candycrafts
あめ細工
Japanese sake
日本酒
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
SUSHI
寿司
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
KAISEKI
懐石
TEMPURA
天婦羅
KOHEI NAWA
MANABU IKEDA
Nerhol
TAKU OBATA
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
MENBURYU
AWA ODORI
JUDO
柔道
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
KARATEDO
空手
IAI
居合