Author: 'Last Spurt' of Space Brothers Manga is Coming

posted on by Karen Ressler
Manga may still continue for a long time

Manga creator Chūya Koyama said at a Space Brothers 10th anniversary fan event on Sunday that the manga is headed towards its "last spurt."

"I don't know how many years [the manga] will continue," he said, "but the last spurt is coming." He added, "It might be a pretty long last spurt, but I appreciate the support from here on."

The Space Brothers 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 Morning magazine in 2007, and Kodansha published the manga's 32nd volume on November 22. The manga won the General categories in both the 56th Shogakukan Manga Awards and the 35th Kodansha Manga Awards in 2011.

The manga not only inspired a 2012-2014 television anime series, but also a 2012 live-action film starring Shun Oguri and Masaki Okada. The 29th manga volume bundled a special edition DVD of the Uchū Kyōdai #0 anime film.

Crunchyroll streamed the television anime as it aired in Japan, and is also publishing new manga chapters as Kodansha publishes them in Japan. Kodansha Comics is releasing the compiled volumes digitally in English. Sentai Filmworks released the television anime in North America.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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