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目覚めた人ブッダ、神の子イエス。世紀末を無事に越えた二人は、東京・立川でアパートをシェアし、下界でバカンスを過ごしていた。近所のおばあちゃんのように、細かいお金を気にするブッダ。衝動買いが多いイエス。そんな”最聖”コンビの立川デイズ。 ブッダとイエスのぬくぬくコメディ。“笑い”でも世界を救う!聖人in立川。目覚めた人ブッダ、神の子・イエス。世紀末を無事に越えた2人は、東京・立川でアパートをシェアし、下界でバカンスを過ごしていた。近所のおばちゃんのように細かいお金を気にするブッダ。衝動買いが多いイエス。そんな“最聖”コンビの立川デイズ。


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目覚めた人ブッダ、神の子イエス。世紀末を無事に越えた二人は、東京・立川でアパートをシェアし、下界でバカンスを過ごしていた。近所のおばあちゃんのように、細かいお金を気にするブッダ。衝動買いが多いイエス。そんな”最聖”コンビの立川デイズ。 ブッダとイエスのぬくぬくコメディ。“笑い”でも世界を救う!聖人in立川。目覚めた人ブッダ、神の子・イエス。世紀末を無事に越えた2人は、東京・立川でアパートをシェアし、下界でバカンスを過ごしていた。近所のおばちゃんのように細かいお金を気にするブッダ。衝動買いが多いイエス。そんな“最聖”コンビの立川デイズ。

30 review for 聖☆おにいさん 1 [Saint Onii-san 1]

  1. 5 out of 5

    Théo M. (bookswiththeo)

    I don't usually gravitate to Manga, but the concept of Jesus and Buddha being flatmates in Tokyo was too interesting to pass-up. The story is both funny and in some ways educational. I was thoroughly entertained, but I also find religion to be fascinating. I would recommend this Manga to people interested in religion and Japanese culture. I don't usually gravitate to Manga, but the concept of Jesus and Buddha being flatmates in Tokyo was too interesting to pass-up. The story is both funny and in some ways educational. I was thoroughly entertained, but I also find religion to be fascinating. I would recommend this Manga to people interested in religion and Japanese culture.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Grand Admiral Tofu King

    Saint ☆ Young Men (聖☆おにいさん) by Hikaru Nakamura is a seinen, comedy, slice-of-life manga series published by Kodansha (Kodansha USA in North America) about Jesus Christ and Siddhārtha Gautama, or Gautama Buddha, as they go on vacation from their divinely duties to travel among humans in the lovely country of Japan. They acquire a small apartment together and promptly begin their holy-hilarity trek to theme parks, Asakusa, festivals, and the beauty of blogging. This review shall centre on the firs Saint ☆ Young Men (聖☆おにいさん) by Hikaru Nakamura is a seinen, comedy, slice-of-life manga series published by Kodansha (Kodansha USA in North America) about Jesus Christ and Siddhārtha Gautama, or Gautama Buddha, as they go on vacation from their divinely duties to travel among humans in the lovely country of Japan. They acquire a small apartment together and promptly begin their holy-hilarity trek to theme parks, Asakusa, festivals, and the beauty of blogging. This review shall centre on the first volume. Saint ☆ Young Men is gloriously hilarious. The last time that I laughed this much (imagine Mount Fuji) while reading a manga was the very first time that I sat down and read through the Skip Beat! manga, approximately six to seven years ago. There have been some titles that were funny, but nothing that had me revelling in amusement consistently from page-to-page. It was brilliantly fantastic. A huge chunk of my enjoyment comes from the knowledge that I have about who these individuals are in their respective religions, especially Gautama Buddha, being a Buddhist myself. My housemate is a Christian Pastor, so I’ve been learning a lot about Christianity and the Bible. The manga is jam-packed with tiny references to their individual histories that is then used to create this delightfully immersive aura of cheer and mirth. For example, when Jesus drags Buddha onto a roller coaster and explains that the scariness is part of the ride’s charm, and the best way to experience it is to scream loudly, Buddha begins to recite Sutras (equivalent to praying, essentially) due to his discomfort. While this probably doesn’t sound all that great in this review, trust me, in context it was fabulous. There is another scene in the manga where Buddha and Jesus are trying to decide who has better luck at winning a raffle competition, and they briefly compare how they died. It may seem morbid, but it was done tastefully and expressed in a vague enough manner to be a sanguine source of satire. Saint ☆ Young Men also doesn’t degrade the characters of Jesus and Buddha by having them participate in anything that would be construed as blasphemous in their relative faiths. There’re no sexual encounters. They don’t leer at women (or other gendered people) with wanton desire. Jesus drinks beer and wine, which usually happens when he’s so happy he begins to perform miracles causing his water to turn to wine, or his crown to blossom with roses. There is no cursing or vulgarity of any type. Yes, the manga does use religious bits to create a bouquet of laughter and wholesome, light-hearted anecdotes, but nothing is judged or used in a negative and accusatory manner. It’s radiantly respectful in its ludicrous mischief. The illustrations further contribute to the manga’s overarching feeling of joviality. It’s simple and akin to four-panel manga that utilises a minimalistic approach with caricature-type drawings and very limited use of dark and heavy details. That doesn’t mean that the drawings aren’t thorough because they very much are. Yet, most of the work consists of soft grey or white spaces that are aesthetically pleasing, as well as a superb balance to the comedy that’s taking shape. On the whole, Saint ☆ Young Men is a frolicking good-time through faith and culture told via the lens of Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha as they make the most of their much-needed vacation from omnipresent obligations. There is so much fun and vigour to the series that I cannot wait to add it to my personal collection. If you’re a reader of slice-of-life manga and you don’t mind satirical works, particularly ones where you can have a spot of honest and warm-hearted entertainment with religious figures, then I highly recommend that you read Saint ☆ Young Men 5 snow cones outta 5! I received a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Kodansha USA & NetGalley.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth A

    The premise of this manga is what made me pick it up. It's the story of Jesus and Buddha taking a much deserved break. They rent an apartment in present day Tokyo. Shenanigans ensue. I was expecting this to be funnier and more insightful than I found it. Yes, there are parts that made me smile, and the antics of these two is an interesting reflection of their philosophies. There are notes at the end of each section explaining both the religious and current Japanese concepts that the story referen The premise of this manga is what made me pick it up. It's the story of Jesus and Buddha taking a much deserved break. They rent an apartment in present day Tokyo. Shenanigans ensue. I was expecting this to be funnier and more insightful than I found it. Yes, there are parts that made me smile, and the antics of these two is an interesting reflection of their philosophies. There are notes at the end of each section explaining both the religious and current Japanese concepts that the story references. I liked it, and have the second volume checked out of my library. If this type of read is in your wheelhouse, I'd highly recommend Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sol González

    Grandma will kill me if she knows what I'm reading and that amuses me. XD This manga has a few volumes yet, but I read them with unparalleled sympathy because everything was plagued with a white white white humor, and this is logical if the two protagonists are Buddha and Jesus whom after the end of this millennium have decided to take vacations in Japan and return to the mortal world. The funny thing is the different situations that occur, as the Buddha shines every time he thinks of anything vir Grandma will kill me if she knows what I'm reading and that amuses me. XD This manga has a few volumes yet, but I read them with unparalleled sympathy because everything was plagued with a white white white humor, and this is logical if the two protagonists are Buddha and Jesus whom after the end of this millennium have decided to take vacations in Japan and return to the mortal world. The funny thing is the different situations that occur, as the Buddha shines every time he thinks of anything virtuous, that Jesus is afraid of water and that is why he walks on it or which separates the waters of a sauna. That animals are willing to sacrifice for Buddha to eat them, but Buddha wants to lose weight, that Jesus is mistaken for a gangster because of his wounds on the cross ... and countless more. It's an entertaining story without being addictive. An all-white humor although for some of the jokes you need to know general aspects of the history of these two saints, but you can still enjoy it a lot (I like the most when I find these pieces). ...*...*...*... Mi abuela me va a matar si se entera de lo que estoy leyendo y de que me causa gracia. XD Este manga consta aún de pocos tomos, pero los leí con sin igual simpatía porque todo en general estaba plagado de un humor blanco blanco blanco, y cómo no si los dos protagonistas son Buda y Jesús que después del fin del milenio han decidido tomar unas vacaciones en Japón y regresar al mundo mortal. Lo divertido son las distintas situaciones que ocurren, como que Buda brilla cada que piensa en algo virtuoso, que Jesús le tiene miedo al agua y es por ello que camina sobre ella o que separa las aguas de un sauna. Que los animales están dispuestos a sacrificarse para que Buda coma, pero Buda quiere bajar de peso, que Jesus es confundido con un mafioso a causa de las heridas en la cruz... y un sin fin mas. Es una historia entretenida sin llegar a ser adictiva. Un humor totalmente blanco y para algunas de las bromas deberás conocer aspectos generales de la historia de estos dos santos, sin embargo puedes disfrutarla bastante (aunque a mí en lo particular me gusta cuando encuentro esos trozos).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meepelous

    Originally this manga ran for 17 from 2006 to 2019 by Kodansha, it's been published slowly but steadily in English since December 2019 still by Kodansha. There's also a two episode animated series and an anime movie that came out in 2013. Creator Hikaru Nakamura is apparently also known for "Arakawa Under the Bridge" and in 2011 she was listed as the ninth of fifty manga creators ranked by sales since 2010. Exciting! A slice of life comedy series, the premise is what if young Jesus and Buddha came Originally this manga ran for 17 from 2006 to 2019 by Kodansha, it's been published slowly but steadily in English since December 2019 still by Kodansha. There's also a two episode animated series and an anime movie that came out in 2013. Creator Hikaru Nakamura is apparently also known for "Arakawa Under the Bridge" and in 2011 she was listed as the ninth of fifty manga creators ranked by sales since 2010. Exciting! A slice of life comedy series, the premise is what if young Jesus and Buddha came back to earth and were poor roommates in Tokyo. While the introduction discussed some trepidation about translating such a pun centred comedy series, I think the result was still pretty gosh darn funny. There are extensive explanatory notes, but I didn't really dig into them myself. They might have increased my enjoyment just a smidgen, but I like to hurdle through books with recklessness although not particular great speed. And as I've previously discussed, I continue to be in a somewhat intense lifelong relationship with Christianity and I know a bit about Buddhism. Certainly not enough, but some. This book is adorable. They keep performing accidentally miracles and/or start glowing or floating randomly. Jesus' crown of thorns starts blooming. Jesus dresses up as Jack Sparrow. They both go to an amusement park together and there's a door to door salesman who is a turkey? The one short coming I felt was that the volume itself was a bit too long. If it was broken down a bit further I feel like I would have gotten a more perfect dose of cuteness. As it stands, I don't think I'll be searching out volume two anytime soon. It's more the kind of thing I absorb over a couple of years. It's not like I'll have to remember anything. Sexuality comes up in one particular short where somehow both of them manage to get through an entire game of life without getting married or having children. I might be completely missing it, but I don't think there's any intention to pair off Jesus and Buddha. These characters appear to be happy with their deeply meaningful platonic friendship and that is awesome! Gender isn't really discussed, although Jesus can come across as slightly girly at times and it's again, super cute. I feel like there might have been a brief reference to Jesus' place of birth, but that was the closest thing to race that came up. And nothing for disability vs ability. And while I'm not breaking down any doors to read more, I did really enjoy this book and it's existance appears to be a very NET positive. Plus it's a pretty creative premise. So four out of five stars it is.

  6. 4 out of 5

    DB (DB's Guide to the Galaxy)

    If my mother knew I was reading this…😂 luckily I’m like half-sure she doesn’t read my posts. But, if you are reading this, mamma, uhm, I love you and be sure to give my cat a kiss from me. This was my first manga, compared to just comics and graphic novels previously, so I did have to keep reminding myself of the rules of reading manga. But I would quickly remember the rules before I read much of the page. I enjoyed it being in black and white, though! I thought I wouldn’t as I’m so used to colou If my mother knew I was reading this…😂 luckily I’m like half-sure she doesn’t read my posts. But, if you are reading this, mamma, uhm, I love you and be sure to give my cat a kiss from me. This was my first manga, compared to just comics and graphic novels previously, so I did have to keep reminding myself of the rules of reading manga. But I would quickly remember the rules before I read much of the page. I enjoyed it being in black and white, though! I thought I wouldn’t as I’m so used to colour on the pages and thought: “Maybe the story wouldn’t be good in b&w as it would be in colour” – but that was not the case with Saint Young Men! So, this doesn’t have much of a plot, okay? It’s mostly Buddha and Jesus walking around Japan and being friends and roommates – which I really liked, as you know what? It would be really cool for the deities/gods of different religions to be chilling with each other. The conversation and banter between the two main characters was great! I could tell they were friends and were comfortable with each other. It’s so humourous, all their experiences and adventures. I can’t speak for how accurate Buddha was portrayed but Jesus was pretty accurately portrayed. Like He’s meant to be, not the person most ‘Christians’ make Him out to be. I didn’t want to read this in the first place, because I thought that He wouldn’t be shown correctly. But then He was! And I loved it! Aside from how accurate their portrayals were, I really enjoyed how their characters were written. And how they managed to fit in with the modern crowd and at the same time, struggled to not show their immortality and their giftings, or anything that’ll draw unneeded/unwanted attention to them. Which ended up in some hilarious experiences (I’m looking at you, Jesus). All in all, great characters. Little actual plot but to be honest, I actually liked that. Do I recommend this: Yes! If you’re wanting a light-hearted chuckle of a manga.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ngọc ♡

    (B) Saint Young Men is a hilarious manga about Buddha and Jesus sharing an apartment in Japan. I had some very good laughs, especially whenever Buddha got mad and started glowing because of Jesus’ impulsive purchases. I felt very called out, not going to lie. I think I would’ve enjoyed the manga more if I knew more about the relationship between Buddhism and Christianity in Japan. It’s not 100% necessary, but it would provide some cultural contexts. Also, Saint Young Men isn’t exactly my type (B) Saint Young Men is a hilarious manga about Buddha and Jesus sharing an apartment in Japan. I had some very good laughs, especially whenever Buddha got mad and started glowing because of Jesus’ impulsive purchases. I felt very called out, not going to lie. I think I would’ve enjoyed the manga more if I knew more about the relationship between Buddhism and Christianity in Japan. It’s not 100% necessary, but it would provide some cultural contexts. Also, Saint Young Men isn’t exactly my type of humor. It’s just me, though! If you’re looking for a quality comedy manga, this is an excellent choice! I really admire the effort put into translating this manga. The translation notes are very detailed and informative, I learned a lot of new things through them. A lot of jokes are better explained in the notes, as well. If you’re confused—like I was—make sure to check them out! eARC provided by Kodansha Comics via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! BLOG | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK

  8. 5 out of 5

    Devann

    I received an ARC copy of this from NetGalley I've been hearing about this manga for ages so it's nice that there's finally an official English translation. Overall I thought it was pretty interesting and funny, but it's definitely a bit more cutesy than most stuff I read. Definitely a cool concept and I think there is a lot good information here about religion and also Japanese culture, although I think some of it went over my head. There are translation notes at the back that help give cultural I received an ARC copy of this from NetGalley I've been hearing about this manga for ages so it's nice that there's finally an official English translation. Overall I thought it was pretty interesting and funny, but it's definitely a bit more cutesy than most stuff I read. Definitely a cool concept and I think there is a lot good information here about religion and also Japanese culture, although I think some of it went over my head. There are translation notes at the back that help give cultural context for some of the duo's adventures, but I'm just not really a person who likes reading footnotes in general. I'm not religious myself, but I don't think the author had Jesus or Buddha do anything that was really 'offensive' so I think that Christians an Buddhists would probably enjoy this if they have an open mind and a sense of humor. I probably won't continue with the series because it seems a bit too aimless for me personally but it's definitely a unique idea.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Nicola

    Great read! I did notice that Jesus seems like the immature deity but in terms of age when you look at Buddhism vs. Christianity, Christianity is the younger religion. It was not in any way offensive, just something I noticed. Make sure to read the notes after each episode, it will definitely add to your understanding.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ruthsic

    A slice-of-life manga with a unique premise, Saint Young Men delivers a laugh-out-loud comedy that is good-natured and secular, despite centering two major religious figures. Jesus and Buddha are both taking a well-deserved vacation in Tokyo, living as roommates, hiding their divine selves behind the personas of Hippie and Man Perm respectively. With a clean artwork, and numerous gags on each of their presences, this one had some excellent jokes on Buddha's ascetic lifestyle or Jesus's miracles, A slice-of-life manga with a unique premise, Saint Young Men delivers a laugh-out-loud comedy that is good-natured and secular, despite centering two major religious figures. Jesus and Buddha are both taking a well-deserved vacation in Tokyo, living as roommates, hiding their divine selves behind the personas of Hippie and Man Perm respectively. With a clean artwork, and numerous gags on each of their presences, this one had some excellent jokes on Buddha's ascetic lifestyle or Jesus's miracles, while placing them in the 21st century. With Jesus being a impulsive spendthrift and Buddha being a cautious spender, their duo makes for an interesting living situation. Then there are also gags on mythological canon, like why Jesus walked on water instead of swimming, or how Buddha feels about roller coasters, or a yakuza member confusing Jesus for the scion of some major crime family, or just simple jokes about them being more than two millenia old. Their duo even does a comedy act, takes part in a shrine festival and engages in some new hobbies. And the best part is, you don't even need to be fully familiar with the religious references as there is a glossary at the end. Readers might even spot pop culture references like the one to Death Note, or about Jesus looking similar Johnny Depp. Overall, it is entertaining, refreshing and just adorable. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Kodansha Comics, via Netgalley.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sionna

    *I voluntarily read and reviewed and ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* I've been waiting to read this one since I heard there was an anime of it-- because of course I still haven't gotten around to watching the show. Anyhow, it follows Jesus and Buddha as they vacation in Japan. Like... this is comedy gold. I want to mention how and give examples, but I'm worried I'd be ruining it. I will say there is some need to know background on the religious figures, but there are expl *I voluntarily read and reviewed and ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* I've been waiting to read this one since I heard there was an anime of it-- because of course I still haven't gotten around to watching the show. Anyhow, it follows Jesus and Buddha as they vacation in Japan. Like... this is comedy gold. I want to mention how and give examples, but I'm worried I'd be ruining it. I will say there is some need to know background on the religious figures, but there are explanations to some of the words, situations, punchlines in the back of the book. For the most part, just basic knowledge is needed to understand the jokes and even then I don't think it is always truly needed-- just knowing these are religious figures getting into strange situations is great. I don't think any of the jokes are mean-spirited or snubbing either or any religion, so no need to worry there. I'm going to leave my review there before I start trying to repeat jokes. I recommend this to people wanting to laugh and not looking for a plot.

  12. 5 out of 5

    M

    I read 4 chapters and it felt a bit too gimmicky. Maybe it gets better? But at this time I will DNF it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Josue Rodriguez

    SOOO much fun. Each chapter is a charming, good time.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah ('s Book Life)

    Rating: 2.25 🌟🌟 A sly comedy about the everyday life of two not-so-ordinary young men sharing an apartment in modern-day Tokyo: Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha. Two saints taking a well earned break after successfully bringing the past century to a close. Sharing an apartment in Tachikawa the two spend much of there time relaxing, acting like tourists and getting caught in some weird situations while trying to (sometimes unsuccessfully) remain under the radar. I received a copy of this book throug Rating: 2.25 🌟🌟 A sly comedy about the everyday life of two not-so-ordinary young men sharing an apartment in modern-day Tokyo: Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha. Two saints taking a well earned break after successfully bringing the past century to a close. Sharing an apartment in Tachikawa the two spend much of there time relaxing, acting like tourists and getting caught in some weird situations while trying to (sometimes unsuccessfully) remain under the radar. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. ______________________________________ Firstly, I am so glad that there is now an official English translation of this manga. I’ve been waiting for a long time for there to be one and I’m glad that there now is one because I have been intrigued by the premise ever since a friend of mine told me about this manga. I thought that this was a very easy read and pretty fun but I did find that sometimes the jokes were a little to religious for my liking. Simply because I didn’t always get them, or I didn’t find them that funny, and I think that there is probably a number of people out there that will feel the same. It was very light hearted and an easy read, but I don’t think that I would be that interested in carrying on with this series. It’s not the usual kind of manga that I tend to read but I did enjoy it but not enough to want to really carry on reading this series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    My uncle gave it to my brother at Christmas as he was raised a Christian and is now a Buddhist. He thought it would be some kind of philosophical manga. Instead, I read it and it was HILARIOUS! Basically, Jesus and Buddha take some holidays on earth and discover the human life (which they seriously understand nothing about). It is incredibly funny but never offensive (I am a christian and usually don't have a lot of humor about subjects such as religion but in this case it is honestly never disr My uncle gave it to my brother at Christmas as he was raised a Christian and is now a Buddhist. He thought it would be some kind of philosophical manga. Instead, I read it and it was HILARIOUS! Basically, Jesus and Buddha take some holidays on earth and discover the human life (which they seriously understand nothing about). It is incredibly funny but never offensive (I am a christian and usually don't have a lot of humor about subjects such as religion but in this case it is honestly never disrespectful) and you can even learn a bit about religion if you know really nothing about it! I really recommend it if you want to relax and laugh easily and quickly :) However keep in mind it is more like a succession of funny scenes that are not really related than like a full story developing little by little, it is really like a comedic act manga. PS: I read it in French and sometimes translation make some jokes disappear s I can not vouch for the funniness of the English version.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elaine White

    ** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE ** Copy received through Netgalley ~ Saint Young Men, by Hikaru Nakamura ★★☆☆☆ 150 Pages DNF Really intriguing concept. Some mistakes in the dialogue (such as repeated words). Nice, simple illustrations/sketches. While I found the idea really interesting and unique, there wasn't much purpose to the 'story'. It was all little short stories about what Jesus and Buddha got up to in the human world. Parts of it were kind of funny, other parts were more inter ** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE ** Copy received through Netgalley ~ Saint Young Men, by Hikaru Nakamura ★★☆☆☆ 150 Pages DNF Really intriguing concept. Some mistakes in the dialogue (such as repeated words). Nice, simple illustrations/sketches. While I found the idea really interesting and unique, there wasn't much purpose to the 'story'. It was all little short stories about what Jesus and Buddha got up to in the human world. Parts of it were kind of funny, other parts were more interesting than entertaining, and overall I just felt that it was lacking some kind of overall plot. Maybe if they had a 'mission' to go with their adventures, but it's basically a 'day in the life of' story and it didn't grab me. Sadly, just not my cup of tea.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I feel so guilty for reading this, but it's just SO funny. An amazing comedy manga with no ecchi or fan service?! It's exotic. XD I feel so guilty for reading this, but it's just SO funny. An amazing comedy manga with no ecchi or fan service?! It's exotic. XD

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brian 9 ¾ ⚡

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Exceed Expectations)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Paul Spence

    I remember a few years ago when I first heard about an anime where Jesus Christ and the Siddhartha Gautama Buddha were living as roommates on Earth. The premise was definitely attention-grabbing, but I was sceptical about how creative and enjoyable the humour would actually be. I never got around to watching the show, but I recently got the opportunity to read the manga which inspired it: Hikaru Nakamura’s Saint Young Men. Vol. 1, published by Kodansha Comics, introduces the series’ premise and I remember a few years ago when I first heard about an anime where Jesus Christ and the Siddhartha Gautama Buddha were living as roommates on Earth. The premise was definitely attention-grabbing, but I was sceptical about how creative and enjoyable the humour would actually be. I never got around to watching the show, but I recently got the opportunity to read the manga which inspired it: Hikaru Nakamura’s Saint Young Men. Vol. 1, published by Kodansha Comics, introduces the series’ premise and follows Jesus and Buddha as they go on all manner of adventures around Japan. Were my doubts well-founded, or does the manga prove me wrong? Is Saint Young Men Vol. 1 good? The series does a good job establishing its premise and tone right off the bat. No more exposition is given beyond the minimum necessary: that Jesus and Buddha are living together on Earth to get a taste of modern human life. They’re in search of the everyday, and that’s what we get. The pair visit different cities and festivals, experience the awkwardness of subways and social interactions, and find all manner of things to delight in. Basically the whole point is to have fun, and the reader gets to as well. The religious subject matter isn’t revered as too serious to joke about, but it’s also not handled in overly obvious or try-hard “edgy” ways. With that said, the religious references still contribute a lot to the manga. Well-known iconography such as Jesus’s crown of thorns and Buddha’s elongated earlobes become sources of comedy when regular people notice them. Buddha must contend with others pulling on his ears, while passersby who come too close to Jesus end up getting cut by his crown. Not only that, but Jesus’s crown even starts to bloom in moments when he’s feeling serene. There are references to specific stories from both figures’ lives sprinkled throughout the volume, and they often come up at unexpected times or get utilised in creative ways. On the plus side, one doesn’t need to have a textbook knowledge of Christianity or Buddhism to enjoy the humour. The sharp comedic timing and context provided make most of the jokes enjoyable regardless. If you’re curious to learn more though, there are several glossary pages in the back with great background info told via short and easily understandable language. Nakamura’s art throughout is also well-done. His takes on Jesus and Buddha look great. They’re rendered simply enough to match the tone and convey gags well, but they still have identifying features that make them instantly recognisable. Jesus pretty much has the exact face one instantly thinks of (historically inaccurate though it may be) and the previously mentioned crown of thorns. Buddha also looks more or less like you would expect provided you were thinking of Siddhartha. (The popular overweight, laughing Buddha statues are actually depictions of Hotei, a figure from later in the religion’s history.) The main duo usually just wear t-shirts and jeans throughout the volume, further adding to the laid-back, casual atmosphere. The backgrounds throughout are also notable for how well they’re detailed and shaded, giving the manga’s world a sense of depth. Overall, Saint Young Men Vol. 1 is a very enjoyable read. The art throughout is pleasing to look at, fits the tone well, and renders the main duo recognisably. The writing is also solid with strong comedic timing and smart, creative usage of the religious source material. There’s very little to criticise here. Some segments are less funny than others, but given how short the chapters are one never gets stuck in a weak spot for too long. As far as both religious and gag comics go, you won’t find many better than this.

  20. 5 out of 5

    H. Bentham

    I've seen images of Jesus and Buddha as modern people all over Tumblr a few years back but didn't really think much about it. When I saw that they were available for review on NetGalley, however, I immediately took the opportunity to read it and I'm so glad I did. This was really funny and I really enjoyed the multi-cultural aspects put into this, without taking itself seriously. The premise is that these two gods, founders of Christianity and Buddhism, take a break from godly duties and spends s I've seen images of Jesus and Buddha as modern people all over Tumblr a few years back but didn't really think much about it. When I saw that they were available for review on NetGalley, however, I immediately took the opportunity to read it and I'm so glad I did. This was really funny and I really enjoyed the multi-cultural aspects put into this, without taking itself seriously. The premise is that these two gods, founders of Christianity and Buddhism, take a break from godly duties and spends some time as somewhat regular people on Earth, in modern day Japan, no less. I'm thinking of saying it pokes fun at certain depictions of these gods in modern day religion, but really, it's light-heartedness adds to the charm of this manga. I admittedly don't know much about irl Buddha but I found the characterization here really endearing. And Jesus as this clueless, easily-confused guy was so funny to me! The dynamic of their friendship was so cool and genuine. There's a part where he splurges on an unnecessary hobby and Buddha lights up in passive-aggressive anger bec they should be saving up for rent. SO. RELATABLE! My other favorite parts are when they took a commuter express train and Buddha wasn't able to get off so he spends the night at a manga bar and ends up collecting a manga series about himself; the part where Jesus tells the "real" story of his baptism (he's got aquaphobia! XD); Jesus' blog! and when he kept making miracles bec of a funny comic strip Buddha made; and well, whenever circumstances subtly reveal their godliness to the unsuspecting public and they do hilarious things to not be found out. I did find some parts that are somewhat fatphobic and representative of fragile masculinity but I'm giving it a pass since those weren't really cruel and I have to consider that originally came out over a year ago. But I do think they're unnecessary so maybe just ignore. Still, I liked this comics and highly recommend getting a copy of it for its light-humor and sarcasm.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Evie Gifford

    Comedic, laid-back and light-hearted. The award-winning Saint Young Men is finally getting an official English-language release! A slice-of-life comedy about two not so ordinary young men sharing an apartment in modern-day Tokyo, Jesus and Buddha. The unlikely pair live together in a small apartment in Tachikawa, Tokyo, taking some well-earned time off after seeing the previous century to a successful close. Portrayed as a typical comedy couple, Buddha watches each penny they spend whilst Jesus m Comedic, laid-back and light-hearted. The award-winning Saint Young Men is finally getting an official English-language release! A slice-of-life comedy about two not so ordinary young men sharing an apartment in modern-day Tokyo, Jesus and Buddha. The unlikely pair live together in a small apartment in Tachikawa, Tokyo, taking some well-earned time off after seeing the previous century to a successful close. Portrayed as a typical comedy couple, Buddha watches each penny they spend whilst Jesus makes impulse buys (and does his best Johnny Depp impressions). Filled with comradery and humour, some of the references feel a little dated (unsurprisingly, as the series was originally serialised back in 2006), but is still enjoyable and engaging. Each new chapter gives us a glimpse into their everyday antics (from shopping at the convenience store and going to temples) and not so everyday misunderstandings. A light-hearted glimpse into life in the suburbs (with the most unlikely of characters), Jesus and Buddha feel a little like an old married couple. A fun, easy-going read packed with small in-jokes about various things (from manga characters to religious references). If you’re unfamiliar with either Christian or teachings or history, the translation notes that accompany the main story provide a little extra context you may otherwise have missed whilst reading. If you’re a fan of slow-paced, episodic manga, with a light-hearted undertone, this is the series for you.

  22. 4 out of 5

    MrRenzol

    First off, let me preface this review by saying that this manga was a bit dated by the time it came to the US, so some of the jokes and comedy might not be as relatable for people in the current day. Also, this is not a series that many will understand without a bit more knowledge of Judeo-Christian and Buddhist beliefs along with a relatively strong understanding of the Japanese culture. The good news is, if you have ever asked yourself “What Would Jesus Do?” in Japan while living with Buddha, w First off, let me preface this review by saying that this manga was a bit dated by the time it came to the US, so some of the jokes and comedy might not be as relatable for people in the current day. Also, this is not a series that many will understand without a bit more knowledge of Judeo-Christian and Buddhist beliefs along with a relatively strong understanding of the Japanese culture. The good news is, if you have ever asked yourself “What Would Jesus Do?” in Japan while living with Buddha, well this is the manga for you! This slice of life series follows the two aforementioned deities living a (somewhat) normal life in a small apartment in Japan. It goes through a whole range of scenarios that would occur if said people came down to earth and were unknown by the people around them. They interact with their neighbors, they have money issues, they get hobbies, and they have to figure out what groceries to buy so they can eat. This gets mixed in with an older style of comedy that references a lot of beliefs in both religions to often hilarious effect. I enjoyed this manga series a lot, first when I read it many years ago in Japanese, and today translated into English. Unfortunately I don’t think this series will resonate well for a lot of younger readers for a number of reasons. Still, if you get a chance and you enjoy a more slowly paced manga about every day life with a few...holy bits mixed in, this series could be right down your alley. 5/5 for me, but ymmv.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chris Benny Paul

    I’ve seen snippets of this manga everywhere, but I’ve never been able to read the whole thing. So thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy in return for a review. This manga explores the daily lives of Jesus and Buddha while they vacation in Japan. While they maybe two of the most important figures in religioin, theses two roommates still have to deal with paying the rent and catching the next bus. Many of the jokes are easily understandable if you have a decent understanding Catholis I’ve seen snippets of this manga everywhere, but I’ve never been able to read the whole thing. So thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy in return for a review. This manga explores the daily lives of Jesus and Buddha while they vacation in Japan. While they maybe two of the most important figures in religioin, theses two roommates still have to deal with paying the rent and catching the next bus. Many of the jokes are easily understandable if you have a decent understanding Catholism and Buddhism. Even if you don’t know anything about religion this manga is worth a read. The jokes are light-hearted and easy understandable. However, some jokes may be lost in translation, but a glossary is provided in the back so it’s not a big worry. Like any classic story of roommates, one is more relaxed, Jesus while the other is a bit more conservative, Buddha. I hope to see more adventures of these two exploring Japan. Overall, this I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a light-hearted slice-of-life manga.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    This is more than a funny, goofy manga, though it is that. Buddha and Jesus are both portrayed humorously, though not (very) sacreligiously (note: I'm a liberal Christian who knows the basics of Buddhism). They're taking a sabbatical year from Heaven and their duties aiding humans who pray to them, living on a modest income in Tokyo and exploring the city. Adventures include visiting a bathhouse, attending a festival, celebrating Jesus' birthday, and negotiating with their no-nonsense landlady. This is more than a funny, goofy manga, though it is that. Buddha and Jesus are both portrayed humorously, though not (very) sacreligiously (note: I'm a liberal Christian who knows the basics of Buddhism). They're taking a sabbatical year from Heaven and their duties aiding humans who pray to them, living on a modest income in Tokyo and exploring the city. Adventures include visiting a bathhouse, attending a festival, celebrating Jesus' birthday, and negotiating with their no-nonsense landlady. No one recognizes them--teen girls think Jesus looks just like Johnny Depp--but animals flock around Buddha while Jesus inadvertently turns water into (very good) wine. Both deities are good-hearted, naturally, with likeable flaws such as Jesus' desire for new tech that threatens their modest monthly income. Their t-shirts (silk-screened by Buddha) and references to both deities' lives on earth are footnoted with translations and data from their respective sacred texts. I'm eager for future volumes in this newly-released-in-English manga series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    ARC via Netgalley. I've been waiting so long for an official translation of Saint Young Men, and I'm really excited to share it with the patrons of my library! (Print volume soon, please, Kodansha?) It's a very sweet, gentle (but maybe not quite all-ages) comedy about Buddha and Jesus Christ taking a gap year on earth together. If you're worried that the jokes will be meanspirited about religion, please don't! Both Jesus and Buddha are very human figures, but they're portrayed with love. A lot o ARC via Netgalley. I've been waiting so long for an official translation of Saint Young Men, and I'm really excited to share it with the patrons of my library! (Print volume soon, please, Kodansha?) It's a very sweet, gentle (but maybe not quite all-ages) comedy about Buddha and Jesus Christ taking a gap year on earth together. If you're worried that the jokes will be meanspirited about religion, please don't! Both Jesus and Buddha are very human figures, but they're portrayed with love. A lot of the jokes do make references I didn't get immediately, but the translation notes at the end of the volume are extensive and I enjoyed learning from them. There's not much in the way of overarching plot, so if you're mainly into action/adventure or romance you might not find what you're looking for here, but if you like slice of life stories, give Saint Young Men a try! They're different genres but I think it would actually pair very well with What Did You Eat Yesterday? by Fumi Yoshinaga.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I got my copy from NetGalley. This is wacky: Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha are roomies and besties. They dress up and go to festivals together, ride the trains, etc. in modern day Japan. And silliness happens. Reading the first chapter, I was thinking, "Well, at least this isn't very long. It's not bad, but I'm not into it." But by the end, I was in fact into it, which surprised me. If you're religious, it might offend you. I don't know; a lot of things seem to offend religious and it's nearly im I got my copy from NetGalley. This is wacky: Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha are roomies and besties. They dress up and go to festivals together, ride the trains, etc. in modern day Japan. And silliness happens. Reading the first chapter, I was thinking, "Well, at least this isn't very long. It's not bad, but I'm not into it." But by the end, I was in fact into it, which surprised me. If you're religious, it might offend you. I don't know; a lot of things seem to offend religious and it's nearly impossible to forecast what those things might be. If you're expecting Jesus to bleed while wearing the crown of thorns, you'll be disappointed. I thought that was a little weird, but maybe not as weird as the premise of the series. It's fine though. You'll probably like it, so you should read it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah ('s Book Life)

    2.25 stars Firstly, I am so glad that there is now an official English translation of this manga. I've been waiting for a long time for there to be one and I'm glad that there now is one because I have been intrigued by the premise ever since a friend of mine told me about this manga. I thought that this was a very easy read and pretty fun but I did find that sometimes the jokes were a little to religious for my liking. Simply because I didn't always get them, or I didn't find them that funny, and 2.25 stars Firstly, I am so glad that there is now an official English translation of this manga. I've been waiting for a long time for there to be one and I'm glad that there now is one because I have been intrigued by the premise ever since a friend of mine told me about this manga. I thought that this was a very easy read and pretty fun but I did find that sometimes the jokes were a little to religious for my liking. Simply because I didn't always get them, or I didn't find them that funny, and I think that there is probably a number of people out there that will feel the same. It was very light hearted and an easy read, but I don't think that I would be that interested in carrying on with this series. It's not the usual kind of manga that I tend to read but I did enjoy it but not enough to want to really carry on reading this series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    This was given to me as a Christmas gift with the assurance I would love it, and oh boy did I ever! Saint Young Men is a bunch of slice-of-life portraits of two men living in Tokyo and struggling to pay rent--Oh yeah, and the men are Jesus and Buddha while on sabbatical from heaven. Saint Young Men is mostly just a gentle buddy comedy. One of my favorite bits was when Jesus and Buddha started a stand-up comedy duo and it was revealed that Jesus had been writing bad puns for their routine in heav This was given to me as a Christmas gift with the assurance I would love it, and oh boy did I ever! Saint Young Men is a bunch of slice-of-life portraits of two men living in Tokyo and struggling to pay rent--Oh yeah, and the men are Jesus and Buddha while on sabbatical from heaven. Saint Young Men is mostly just a gentle buddy comedy. One of my favorite bits was when Jesus and Buddha started a stand-up comedy duo and it was revealed that Jesus had been writing bad puns for their routine in heaven before they came down to earth. The dynamic between Jesus and Buddha is very sweet. Buddha is the more practical, cautious one, and Jesus is the carefree and wild one. They both bring out the best in each other and each comic tends to end with a warm sense of care they have for one another. Five stars!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    Saint Young Men by Hikaru Nakamura is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in late April. A black & white manga-style comic of Jesus and Buddha living together while on vacation in a basic, unfurnished apartment flat in Japan. Their witty, quick, familiar banter with one another turns into nervous, stilted murmurs when they’re outside among other people in our relatively advanced society, as they try to blend in; even Buddha is emburdened by a third eye that people seem to treat like a button Saint Young Men by Hikaru Nakamura is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in late April. A black & white manga-style comic of Jesus and Buddha living together while on vacation in a basic, unfurnished apartment flat in Japan. Their witty, quick, familiar banter with one another turns into nervous, stilted murmurs when they’re outside among other people in our relatively advanced society, as they try to blend in; even Buddha is emburdened by a third eye that people seem to treat like a button and Jesus sports a crown of thorns. They're just like us when they go out often to tourist destinations, pick out souvenirs, keep themselves updated on social media, Buddha teaches Jesus how to swim, and creating and discussing the nature of art.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Doc

    And then at the end of the millennium, did Jesus and Buddha take a vacation in Japan. To be honest I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy a book about two prominent religious figures hanging out together as roommates in Japan but I was fortunate to discover I could get a free copy from a deal on Amazon so decided to give it a chance. I am glad I did. Both educational (if you are interested in learning things about Jesus and Buddha) and humorous as we see their misguided day to day adventures I have f And then at the end of the millennium, did Jesus and Buddha take a vacation in Japan. To be honest I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy a book about two prominent religious figures hanging out together as roommates in Japan but I was fortunate to discover I could get a free copy from a deal on Amazon so decided to give it a chance. I am glad I did. Both educational (if you are interested in learning things about Jesus and Buddha) and humorous as we see their misguided day to day adventures I have found this book turned out to be a delight. If you are not easily offended by parody about this subject matter then by all means pick up a copy of this Divine Slice of Life comedy for yourself. I am sure you will find your own favorite moments just as I have. :)

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