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.

KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
mega-size robot who saves the peace in Kobe city
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
Sake(Japanese rice wine)
日本酒
Ramen (Japanese soup noodles)
ラーメン
Sumo wrestler
大相撲力士
Decorate anything
デコる
Monja
もんじゃ
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Traditional Japanese guest house
古民家ゲストハウス
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Village of Long Life
長寿の里
Mangroves
マングローブ
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Public market
公設市場
Mexico
Doraemon
Italy
Sengoku Muso
Germany
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Thailand
Summer Wars
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
Ikkyu-ji Natto
一休寺納豆
Antique fair
東寺弘法市
Kyoto Streetcar
嵐電
Small Torii
小さな鳥居
Cosmetics
化粧品
Candycrafts
あめ細工
ANREALAGE
アンリアレイジ
Department store basement
デパ地下
KAISEKI
懐石
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
WASABI
山葵
RICE CAKES
Nerhol
TABAIMO
KOHEI NAWA
TAKU OBATA
NEBUTA MATSURI
MENBURYU
AWA ODORI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
KARATEDO
空手
SADO
茶道
KYUDO
弓道
KENDO
剣道
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR
GAME CENTER
GAME CENTER
e-Sports
e-Sports
SHOGI
SHOGI