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.

SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
Iced coffee
アイス珈琲
Decorate anything
デコる
Ultramodern vending machine
次世代型自販機
Sake(Japanese rice wine)
日本酒
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Monja
もんじゃ
Roppongi Hills
六本木ヒルズ
Gundam 1/1
ガンダム1/1
Shuri Castle
首里城
Awamori
泡盛
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
Lunch “A”
Aランチ
Germany
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Taiwan
Mobile Suit Gundam
United Kingdom
Sailor Moon
Mexico
Doraemon
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
Ippon udon
一本饂飩
Manga Museum
マンガミュージアム
I am your Yuzen
友禅の色
Art of brush and ink
書道家
Picks
楊枝
Cosmetics
化粧品
Daruma
達磨
Kimono
着物
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
TEMPURA
天婦羅
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
SUSHI
寿司
YAYOI KUSAMA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
KOHEI NAWA
TAKU OBATA
AWA ODORI
NEBUTA MATSURI
MENBURYU
SANJA MATSURI
KYUDO
弓道
JUDO
柔道
KARATEDO
空手
SADO
茶道
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES
SPACE INVADERS
SPACE INVADERS
GAME CENTER
GAME CENTER
e-Sports
e-Sports