Space Brothers, JAXA Astronauts Collaborate for Tokyo's 2020 Olympics

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

Chūya Koyama's Space Brothers manga is collaborating with the Japanese space agency JAXA and the organizers of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo for the "Uchū kara Tokyo 2020-nen Yell!" (Yell for Tokyo 2020 from Space!) project. The project is part of the One Team Project to support the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games.

JAXA astronaut Norishige Kanai, who is currently on board the International Space Station, will perform challenges as the first part of the project. Astronaut Sōichi Noguchi, who previously appeared in the Space Brothers anime, will also participate in the collaboration. Kanai introduces the project in a video that the official Tokyo 2020 Twitter account posted on Wednesday.

The details of the challenges and other aspects of the collaboration will be revealed beginning in February.

JAXA has previously collaborated with the manga and anime franchise. In addition to Noguchi, astronaut Akihiko Hoshide also had a cameo in the anime.

Koyama said at a Space Brothers 10th anniversary fan event on Sunday that the manga is headed towards its "last spurt." The manga had a planetarium show at the Konica Minolta Planetarium "Tenkū" in Oshiage, Tokyo last summer. The manga and its partners also launched the Serika Fund earlier this year to support amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research.

Source: Comic Natalie

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