When I was first looking for Japanese reading material for study, I picked up a copy of the first issue because it was the 2nd highest rates comic of 2010, so you know it’s well-written, and was a story about Astronomy. The 1st rated book by the way was geared more for female audiences. ;-p
Anyway it’s a great story about two brothers who love space since they were kids and together make a vow to become astronauts. However while one grew up and achieved his dream (Hibito, 日々人) while the other brother (Mutta, 六太) ended up working unsatisfactory office jobs until one day he gives his boss a head-butt and loses his job. Now unemployed, Mutta decides to follow his younger brother’s footsteps and become an astronaut, remembering their child-hood promise the two made.
The manga covers the story of both brothers but focuses on Mutta’s efforts to pass the screening process, deal with other competitors, and his crush on Serika another candidate. The manga series explores a lot of adult themes and is by and large very positive unlike other manga in the market. It also explores a lot of science topics and how contemporary Astronauts train for outer space. No wonder it was so highly rated. As for me, it’s rekindled an interest in astronauts and all the hard work and training they put into their career. Twitter has a nice feed for NASA Astronauts as well, which I follow. This also includes astronauts from JAXA as well, which is the NASA equivalent in Japan.
Anyway, since I don’t live in Japan, and only visit a brief time each year, I won’t get to see it, but I do plan to get the DVD online when it’s sold.
If you do live in Japan, I hope you get a chance to see the movie, but hopefully after you read the manga first. I’d love to hear your review.
P.S. A shout-out to any Astronauts reading this. You guys are awesome and a credit to Humanity.