This is a story about two brothers: Mutta and Hibito Nanba. Mutta seems to be kind of an unlucky guy, and Hibito could be considered much luckier. When they were kids, they started to get interested in space, and after seeing a UFO one fateful night, they make a vow to one day become astronauts......However, almost 20 years have passed since that night. And while Hibito is the one who had actually pursued part of their dream and become an astronaut for JAXA (Japan's NASA equivalent), Mutta, on the other hand, decided to work as a salaryman in a car company.After an incident (headbutting his boss after said boss talked crap about Hibito) that cost him his job, and since his younger brother is about to go on a mission to the Moon, Mutta remembers the dreams both of them had in their childhood, and being newly motivated he decided to pursue them too, now wanting to get ahead of Hibito, believing in the philosophy of ‘the older brother should always be ahead of the younger one’.Uchuu Kyoudai, also known as Space Brothers, is a seinen series made by Chuuya Koyama, and has been nominated in 2009 and 2010 for the Manga Taishou, and won as Best General Manga at the 56th Shogakukan Manga Awards and at the Kodansha Manga Award (alongside Sangatsu No Raion) in 2011.An anime adaptation started being aired in April 2012, and a live action movie also came out in May 2012, starring Shun Oguri and Masaki Okada. Sentai Filmworks has recently announced that they acquired the license to distribute the anime version and it can also be seen through Crunchyroll.
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