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
NEXT GENERATION
TOYOTA x STUDIO4°C collaboration begins a new PES Project called “Next Generation”
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
Japanese pub
居酒屋
Ramen (Japanese soup noodles)
ラーメン
Capsule hotel
カプセルホテル
High-tech toilet
ハイテクトイレ
Tsukiji Market
築地市場
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Yakatabune
屋形船
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
Mango
マンゴー
Mangroves
マングローブ
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Ryukyu Karate
琉球空手
Japan
Final Fantasy VI
Italy
One Piece
Japan
VOCALOID
Spain
Negima! Magester Negi Magi
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
Stay at Machiya
京町家ステイ
Zazen
坐禅
Modern jikatabi
モダン地下足袋
Suguki pickles
すぐき漬け
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
Japanese sake
日本酒
Picks
楊枝
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
RAMEN
ラーメン
RICE CAKES
URUSHI
漆芸
SUSHI
寿司
Nerhol
MANABU IKEDA
KOHEI NAWA
YAYOI KUSAMA
SANJA MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
IAI
居合
KENDO
剣道
KYUDO
弓道
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶