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Manga depicts Jesus and Buddha as roommates in present-day Tokyo

November 19, 2010


I was just clued into a manga series called 聖☆おにいさん, or Saint Young Men. It’s about two young men, Jesus and Buddha — yes, as in the two very famous spiritual leaders from the Western and Eastern traditions. They’ve just returned from a vacation in the underworld and are living together as roommates in the Tachikawa suburb of Tokyo. The stories are penned by 28-year old Hikaru Nakamura, and chronicle the duo’s adventures as they navigate their way through the modern world. Buddha is thrifty and very detail-oriented; Jesus is a lavish spender. Despite their differences, the two are best friends. Amazing.

November 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm

This seems awesome, I’d love to read it! I’ll have to consider ordering a copy online.

November 22, 2010 at 7:02 am

Saint Young Men is hysterically funny. I can only hope that one of the indie comics publishers will license it in English so I can get footnotes explaining the two-thirds of the jokes I’m not getting.
“He’s the Christ, he’s the Buddha — together they fight crime are roommates in Tokyo.”

August 12, 2011 at 1:02 pm

jesus is wearing a jaunty cap!!! that is awesome!!!

December 13, 2011 at 1:05 am

Mira Wright

Appreciate you sharing, great blog post. Fantastic.

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