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Space Brothers Manga Continues Past 43rd Volume (Updated)

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Manga entered final arc last year

Update on January 25, 2024: This article previously stated that an email sent to the official fan club for manga creator Chūya Koyama stated the 43rd compiled book volume of Koyama's Space Brothers (Uchū Kyōdai) manga would contain the manga's "final chapter." This was a mistranslation. The newsletter instead stated that Koyama was at the time drawing the "final chapter that would appear in volume 43." ANN regrets the error.

The 43rd compiled book volume of Koyama's Space Brothers (Uchū Kyōdai) manga will ship on September 22. The manga entered its final arc last year.

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 Morning magazine in 2007, and Kodansha published the manga's 42nd volume in December 2022. 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 Space Brothers #0 (Uchū Kyōdai #0) anime film. Koyama wrote the original scripts for the "origin story" film.

Crunchyroll streamed the television anime as it aired in Japan, and also published new manga chapters as Kodansha published them in Japan, until Crunchyroll pulled its Kodansha titles in January. Kodansha Comics is releasing the compiled volumes digitally in English. Sentai Filmworks released the television anime in North America. Sentai Filmworks also licensed the Space Brothers #0 film.

Source: Koyachūbu fan club email

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