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The official website for the first Space Brothers anime film began streaming the teaser trailer on Saturday. The 30-second trailer reveals the film's title, teaser visual, story premise, and opening date.
The trailer begins with a quote by original manga creator Chūya Koyama, who wrote the film's all-new script and drew the teaser visual (pictured below):
In order to draw where the dream is going, I wrote the origin of the dream.
The teaser visual shows the brothers Mutta and and Hibito during childhood. The trailer then proclaims that "the previously unwritten true beginning of that manga, which embodies Japan in dreams and emotions, is being made into an animation film. This is the origin story. This is chapter 0."
The Uchū Kyōdai #0 (Space Brothers #0) film will open on August 9. The original manga has been on hiatus since December 26 because Koyama was writing the film's script. However, he will resume the manga in this year's 12th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine on February 20.
The manga's story follows two brothers, Mutta and Hibito, who made a vow as kids to travel to space. The younger brother Hibito did become an astronaut, but not Mutta. However, Mutta's life changes one fateful day.
Koyama launched the manga in Kodansha's Morning magazine in 2007, and the manga's 22 volumes and spinoff books have 14 million copies in print. It won the General categories in both the 56th Shogakukan Manga Awards and the 35th Kodansha Manga Awards in 2011.
The manga not only inspired the ongoing television anime series, but also a live-action film starring Shun Oguri and Masaki Okada. The live-action film earned 1.5 billion yen (about US$15 million). Crunchyroll is posting both the manga and the television anime online, and Sentai Filmworks licensed the television anime for North America.
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