Space Brothers - Recommendations

Alt title: Uchuu Kyoudai

If you're looking for anime similar to Space Brothers, you might like these titles.

Planetes

Planetes

In the year 2075, humanity has spread to the stars, along with their technology, colonies, and... waste? At such great speeds in orbit, even a tiny bolt can cause a tragic disaster. Enter the team of the half division. Their job? To gather the garbage and debris that circles the Earth, in order to keep space safe. From broken-down satellites to bolts and nails, there's nothing that the underpaid and underappreciated staff can't salvage. Join Hachimaki, Tanabe, Fee, and the rest of the gang as they risk their lives to keep space clean, and keep their wallets... empty.

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chii chii says...

Both shows are a lovely realistic look at space. Both give you the feeling that anything is possible in the future as well (at least they did in my case). Fun characters (I like the Space Brother characters slightly more than the Planetes ones) and great drama! These two shows are sure to please fans of either.

kargarus kargarus says...

Though tackled from different angles, a main focus of these series is Space. Candidates in Uchuu Kyoudai are applying to become astronauts while the cast of Planetes are already in orbit...gathering garbage.

While Planetes has a much stronger (and very enjoyable) focus on sci-fi, both sport slice of life aspects. This gives us a chance to get to know and support a lovable bunch of characters in both series. Arguably, Planetes is an all round superior show - but I'm sure fans of this will find something to like in Uchuu Kyoudai. On the flip side, if you've watched Uchuu Kyoudai and are craving something with a harder sci-fi edge, then Planetes is just the show for you!

sothis sothis says...

There's very few hard sci fi titles out there about astronauts - Planetes and Space Brothers are two of them. SB focuses more so on the act of training to go into space, while Planetes in its more futuristic setting, takes place in space. But both are a mix of slice of life and comedy, with good stories. They aren't the best match, but fans of one would appreciate the other.

Kyatto Kyatto says...

Real-world, character driven stories with lots of attention to detail; about space, the technology involved with it; the relationships between those in space, those separated by it; and with space itself.

Shukami Shukami says...

Both anime is quite similar that the main character trying to achieve his dreams that going to other planet

Bakuman.

Bakuman.

Moritaka Mashiro feels as if life is passing him by; with no dreams or motivation, he trudges through day-to-day life. One day, after leaving his notebook behind, he returns to school and finds the smartest guy in class, Takagi, waiting for him. Takagi is happy to return the book, but on the condition that Mashiro agrees to become a mangaka with him. Though Mashiro initially declines, he soon reconsiders when he discovers that the girl he likes, Azuki, dreams of becoming a voice actress. And after promising that she can have the lead role if their manga is ever adapted into an anime, he suggests that they get married once they are both successful! Shockingly, she agrees to the proposal and Mashiro and Takagi embark on their quest to become manga artists.

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WataraseShodai WataraseShodai says...

Bakuman is a series, which goes for a different goal, but does it on a similar way as Uchuu Kyoudai. The atmosphere, the humor, some of the characters are pretty much alike.

Bakuman and Uchuu Kyoudai have their epic moments with a typical BGM, which follows you through the series. Both have a big goal ahead of them, and they work hard for it. Bakuman and Uchuu Kyoudai are "feel good" series, and I believe, that if you like one, you'll also like the other.

kio3459 kio3459 says...

If you like getting that warm fuzzy feeling inside or if you're the type of person that loves to root for the underdogs to reach for the stars/achieve the impossible dreams then these two animes are just for you!  Both these animes have:

1.  Main Characters that dare to dream/ won’t settle for anything less then their ultimate goals.

2. Very cinematic storylines and memorable OSTs/Scores that are very beautiful. 

3. Lots of lovable characters (there were times where the secondary characters actually stole the show)

4. Lots of drama, sprinkled with comedy and a bit of romance to spice it up.

If you happen to have come across these before but decided not to watch because chances are you may not know or be interested in the subject matter you'll still care, trust me!

With both of these animes you can't help but get sucked in and perhaps "shed a tear" or two while watching the characters overcome their hardships just for the chance to reach for their dreams and goals.  If you liked one you'll definitely love the other!

Karasune Karasune says...

Despite being about two different things, these shows have a lot in common. The characters are extremely passionate and give their all into their one true goal in life; becoming an astronaut in Uchuu Kyoudai and becoming a popular manga artist in Bakuman. As the story progresses, you'll begin to cheer the characters on and watch in eagerness as they try to overcome trial after trial. You may even shed tears along with them. If you enjoy watching characters grow and work towards their dreams, and you enjoyed one of these shows, you'll more than likely enjoy the other. 

Chihayafuru

Chihayafuru

Chihaya Ayase is a famous beauty at her school, but she’s far from a conventional girl. Three years ago in her final year of elementary school, Chihaya and her friend Taichi became infatuated with the card game, Karuta, after connecting with a lonely boy named Arata Wataya. But when the trio graduated from elementary school, they each went their separate ways but shared one common goal: to excel in the game and meet each other at the national championships. Now, Chihaya is attempting to share her passion for the game by creating a competitive Karuta club at school, but when she reunites with Taichi it seems that maybe she’s the only one with the intention of fulfilling their childhood promise...

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kio3459 kio3459 says...

If you like getting that warm fuzzy feeling inside or if you're the type of person that loves to root for the underdogs to reach for the stars/achieve the impossible then these two animes are just for you!  Both these animes have:

1.  Main Characters that dare to dream/ won’t settle for anything less then their ultimate goals.

2. Very cinematic storylines and memorable OSTs/Scores that are very beautiful. 

3. Lots of lovable characters (there were times where the secondary characters actually stole the show)

4. Lots of drama, sprinkled with comedy and a bit of romance to spice it up.

If you happen to have come across these before but decided not to watch because chances are you may not know or be interested in the subject matter you'll still care, trust me! 

With both of these animes you can't help but get sucked in and perhaps "shed a tear" or two while watching the characters overcome their hardships just for the chance to reach for their dreams and goals.  If you liked one you'll definitely love the other!

Karasune Karasune says...

Despite being about two different things, these shows have a lot in common. The characters are extremely passionate and give their all into their one true goal in life; becoming great players of karuta in Chihayafuru and becoming an astronaut in Uchuu Kyoudai. As the story progresses, you'll begin to cheer the characters on and watch in eagerness as they try to overcome trial after trial. You may even shed tears along with them. If you enjoy watching characters grow and work towards their dreams, and you enjoyed one of these shows, you'll more than likely enjoy the other. 

jugemxjugem jugemxjugem says...

Both shows create characters that are really out of flesh and blood. Everyone is just a full person, with issues, dreams, etc, and u can't help but to care and be invested in their lifes, hopes and dreams

Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter

Drawn to the mystique of the unknown, Hunters travel the world in search of terrifying creatures, incredible riches, and unexplored lands. Gon Freecss is a naive-yet-determined young boy who aspires to join the ranks of these individuals, in order to find his missing father Ging - a master of the profession himself. To reach his goal, he partakes in the formidable Hunter Exam, a series of tests that push the participants to their physical and mental limits, with a Hunter License as the prize. During the exam Gon befriends vengeful Kurapika, doctor-to-be Leorio, and skilled assassin Killua, who have entered for their own reasons. But with the sinister Hisoka standing in their way, will Gon and his friends be able to succeed in obtaining their reward, or even escaping with their lives?

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lauryl lauryl says...

While they seem different on the surface, these two anime have some similar themes...especially at the beginning of Hunter x Hunter, the main characters must undergo several exams, forming bonds in the process; the same thing happens with in Space Brothers, though the exam of course is much more realistic.  I highly suggest you check the other out if you liked one.

cakeorrdeath cakeorrdeath says...

lauryl is totally right and I watched space brothers on the back of his reccomendation and want to thank him for it. As he says both anime (at least for 50+ episodes) focus on the trials and tests of someone trying to follow in the footsteps of someone they admire. One following their brother to become an astronught and the other their father to bedome a hunter.

Monster

Monster

Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter, the beautiful Eva Heinemann. One day, when two patients in desperate need of emergency surgery are wheeled into his hospital, Tenma faces a terrible choice of saving the orphaned boy who came first or the mayor of Düsseldorf, whose recovery would raise the hospital's profile and boost his own career. Against the demands of his superior, Tenma does what he believes is right and saves the child. However, his decision not only damages his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmares. Laden with guilt, Tenma begins a journey across Germany in search of a formidable young man who will challenge his morals, his love for life, and his very sanity.

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Reyna Reyna says...

While the two may have completely different genres, they certainly are both seinen shows. Both series are long character-driven series that give side-characters backstories which will usually change your view on them. Space Brothers has comedy and sci-fi while Monster has thriller and mystery. Still, if you like one of these series I'd highly recommend you to try the other.

Hutai Hutai says...

Even though both anime are very different in their genre and story telling, they have some similarities too.First would the be the very realistic animation - no rainbow color hair or any fantasy.  Everything sown in both anime seem very realistic - being a detective involved in a murderer case or being an astronaut, training and going to space. Even the side stories and secondary characters have a big role to play and gives the realism feeling to it. People in the story, no matter how small their role can be, have their own lives and problems, but they just let you connect with the story more. Good and detailed animation, some of the places in both anime are real and you can visit them and see the actual view. 

Twin Spica

Twin Spica

When Asumi was just a baby, a space shuttle accident changed her life, and the lives of the townspeople of Yuigahama, forever. As a young woman, the spirited Asumi has only one desire: to someday travel to the stars in a rocket, with her father and ghostly friend Lion-san along for the ride. With heartache, happiness, and plenty of determination, Asumi and dozens of talented teenagers now face the greatest challenge of their lives: the test to enter a prestigious space academy, so that they may one day reach out and touch the stars...

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sothis sothis says...

Twin Spica and Space Brothers follow a group of would-be astronauts as they train to go to space. Beyond that, there's not a huge amount in common - SB is somewhat comedic, TS has a younger feel. The Twin Spica manga (which is MUCH better than the anime) is a better rec than the anime, but the anime works too. If you liked watching astronauts train in one, try the other.

Moonlight Mile

Moonlight Mile

After discovering an element on the moon that, when used to create a nuclear reaction, would power the Earth for the next 1,000 years, the leaders of sixteen countries declared that their space programs would be combined into the International Space Agency (ISA) – and fifteen nuclear reactors would be built on the moon by the year 2023. Lostman and Goro are two young climbers who have conquered the highest point on Earth – Mt. Everest – and now look to the skies for their next challenge: to become astronauts and explore the stars. While Goro becomes a construction specialist, Lostman joins the air force; both will work their hardest to make their way into space, by whatever means necessary.

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sothis sothis says...

The tone and plot of these aren't too similar, but both involve a pair of men who make a promise to each other to become astronauts, and approach the goal in a different way. It's not a super common theme in anime, so if you liked one, you could try the other.

Nodame Cantabile

Nodame Cantabile

The studious and uptight Chiaki is well-known as the top pianist of his school, and dreams of becoming a world-class conductor like his idol, Viera; but his fear of flying (which makes studying abroad impossible) combined with a recent break-up and dismissal from his piano instructor causes that future to seem both bleak and unlikely. After collapsing outside of his apartment, drunk, Chiaki inadvertently meets a young woman named Nodame who, while quite talented at the piano, is unclean, clumsy, and haphazard. Despite being almost polar opposites, the two begin to grow closer and work, together, to overcome the obstacles in their careers.

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ofall ofall says...

I know this rec might seem like a stretch, please bear with me. Both are fairly realistic slices of life despite the situations not being the most relatable things ever (most people watching are not going to be aspiring astronauts or famous composers). They just feel real. The other reason the i would recommend these is the characters. It really seems like even the most normal characters in both are a little weird. They both sport a cast of quirky, loveable characters. Another thing is that both are about people achieving their dreams.

Great Teacher Onizuka

Great Teacher Onizuka

With a history of leading a motorcycle gang and getting bad grades in school, why would 22 year old Onizuka ever want to become a teacher? Is it to educate young minds or spread the joy of education? Sure, if it involves being able to look up high school girls' skirts! Watch as this would-be educator uses his own life lessons and unconstituted methods as a means to control a delinquent class of students -- students who certainly aren't as happy to have him as a teacher as he is happy to be teaching...

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XMrNiceguyX XMrNiceguyX says...

Instead of recommending these shows for their similarities in plot and settings, the main reason for this recommendation is the similar style of storytelling. We have an eccentric main character who is trying to become something he is not. In the case of GTO, it is gang leader Onizuka deciding to become a High School Teacher; in the case of Space Brothers, it is a car engineer trying to become an austronaut.

Furthermore, the comedy and artstyle in both shows is quite similar in that it is more realistic, even though the humor can be over the top. The main difference is that the humor in GTO is much more plentiful and extreme and the drama is deeper and more heartfelt. In Space Brothers, there is humor and drama, but it is portrayed more realistically without extreme swings either way.

If you can get around the difference in date, I believe you can enjoy both these series if you are looking for a comedic drama where an eccentric individual pursues a role which goes against what society expects.

Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon

When Yuugo Hachiken enrolled at Ezonoo, an agricultural high school, he had no idea what he was getting himself into. While his classmates revel in the barnyard chores and hard labor, eager to gain skills for their careers, Yuugo is challenged and sometimes downright horrified by the things he’s having to learn, whether he’s corralling stray cows, learning the shocking truth of where chicken eggs come from, or even getting comfortable with riding a horse! Alongside peers such as the lovely Aki, Yuugo will learn all he can about agriculture, making close friends in the process.

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Hutai Hutai says...

Both anime are quite realistic - real jobs like being an astronaut or working in agriculture. Learning the basics and getting good at it.Characters are simple and easy to relate to.