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.

FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
Massage chair
マッサージチェア
Sake(Japanese rice wine)
日本酒
Karaoke
カラオケ
Iced coffee
アイス珈琲
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Asakusa
浅草
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Yakatabune
屋形船
Shiisaa
シーサー
Taketomi Island
竹富島
Umi-budoh
海ぶどう
Shuri Castle
首里城
Malaysia
Final Fantasy VII Advent Children
Korea
Hakuohki / Adekan
Taiwan
Mobile Suit Gundam
United Kingdom
Eternal Sonata
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
Manga Museum
マンガミュージアム
Art of brush and ink
書道家
HOSHINOYA Kyoto
星のや 京都
Nurturing the arts
京都ギャラリー
Candycrafts
あめ細工
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
Nambu ironware
南部鉄器
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
WHISKY
ウイスキー
WASABI
山葵
SOBA
蕎麦
YAYOI KUSAMA
TAKU OBATA
KOHEI NAWA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
MENBURYU
AWA ODORI
SANJA MATSURI
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
NOH
IAI
居合
KENDO
剣道
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工