Space Brothers (Uchū Kyōdai 宇宙兄弟) is a Japanese manga series by Chūya Koyama serialized in Kodansha'sWeekly Morning. The series follows the story of two brothers, Nanba Mutta and Nanba Hibito who witnessed a UFO on a fateful night and decided to become astronauts. While Hibito fulfilled his dreams and became an astronaut who is set to leave on a mission to the moon, Mutta who recently lost his job enters the JAXA astronaut selection program and takes a step closer towards joining his brother.
It has been nominated twice for the Manga Taishō, in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, it won the award for best general manga at the 56th Shogakukan Manga Awards and at the Kodansha Manga Award (shared with Chica Umino's March Comes in Like a Lion).
An anime adaption by A-1 Pictures, directed by Doraemon veteran Ayumu Watanabe began airing in Japan from April 1, 2012 and is being simulcast by Crunchyroll.
It was adapted a live action film that premiered on May 5, 2012, produced by Toho, the adaptation was written by Chuya Koyama and directed by Yoshitaka Mori. The film won the 'Best of Puchon' and 'NH Nonghyup Citizen's Choice' awards at the 16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.
Nanba Mutta (also known as Mu-Chan) is one of the protagonist in the series and the elder Nanba brother who was born on October 28, 2013, when Japan lost the Football (Soccer) World Cup preliminaries. Mutta was fired from his job after assaulting his supervisor who insulted his younger brother Nanba Hibito, after some encouragement from his brother, and his mother sending his resume to JAXA, he decides to follow his dreams and become an astronaut.
"Little Brother Hibito and Big Brother Mutta" is the 1st episode of the Space Brothers Anime.In the summer of 2006, brothers Hibito and Mutta spot a strange UFO which flies off to the moon, after witnessing the spectacle Hibito expresses the desire to go to the moon, and Mutta sets his goal one step further, to go to Mars...
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