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.

OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
Sake(Japanese rice wine)
日本酒
Hot spring spa
温泉
Karaoke
カラオケ
Soba (Japanese traditional noodles)
日本蕎麦
Architecture Street
建築ストリート
Tokyo Station
東京駅
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Shuri Castle
首里城
Utaki
御嶽
Ryukyu Karate
琉球空手
Village of Long Life
長寿の里
Japan
VOCALOID
Japan
Lupin III
Taiwan
Mobile Suit Gundam
Japan
VOCALOID
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
Suguki pickles
すぐき漬け
I am your Yuzen
友禅の色
Unique use of Kyoto bathhouses
銭湯表現
Viewing Japanese gardens in Kyoto
日本庭園
ANREALAGE
アンリアレイジ
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
Picks
楊枝
TEMPURA
天婦羅
ODEN
おでん
WASABI
山葵
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
MANABU IKEDA
Nerhol
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
YAYOI KUSAMA
MENBURYU
SANJA MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NOH
SADO
茶道
SHODO
書道
IAI
居合
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
PLAY STATION
PlayStation
FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES
SPACE INVADERS
SPACE INVADERS
e-Sports
e-Sports