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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.