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.

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VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
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KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
mega-size robot who saves the peace in Kobe city
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
牛丼
Hot spring spa
温泉
Shrine visit
参拝
Ramen (Japanese soup noodles)
ラーメン
Asakusa
浅草
Tokyo Station
東京駅
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
Yakatabune
屋形船
Umi-budoh
海ぶどう
Steakhouse
ステーキハウス
Taketomi Island
竹富島
Sanshin
三線
Japan
Kiki's Delivery Service
Japan
Saint Seiya
Japan
VOCALOID
France
The Royal Doll Orchestra
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
Moon watching
観月の夕べ
Uchimizu
打ち水
Modern jikatabi
モダン地下足袋
Cool terrace in Kyoto summer
納涼床
Department store basement
デパ地下
Daruma
達磨
Kimono
着物
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
TEMPURA
天婦羅
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
RICE CAKES
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
TAKU OBATA
YAYOI KUSAMA
TABAIMO
SANJA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
SHODO
書道
NOH
KENDO
剣道
IAI
居合
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR
SHOGI
SHOGI
GAME CENTER
GAME CENTER
e-Sports
e-Sports