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.

ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
Shrine visit
参拝
Paper fortune
おみくじ
Food model
食品模型
Capsule hotel
カプセルホテル
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
Traditional Japanese guest house
古民家ゲストハウス
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Shiisaa
シーサー
Utaki
御嶽
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Sanshin
三線
Malaysia
Final Fantasy VII Advent Children
Japan
Saint Seiya
United Kingdom
Sailor Moon
Indonesia
Kamen Rider The Next
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
Jidai Matsuri
時代祭
New Kyoto-style umbrellas
新しい京和傘
Kyoto confectionary
京菓子
Yokai Costume Parade
百鬼夜行
Daruma
達磨
Candycrafts
あめ細工
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
Tenugui (Japanese towels)
手拭
KAISEKI
懐石
ODEN
おでん
RICE CAKES
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
YAYOI KUSAMA
TABAIMO
TAKU OBATA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
NEBUTA MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
MENBURYU
SADO
茶道
KENDO
剣道
NOH
KYUDO
弓道
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人