Book Review: Saint Young Men (聖☆おにいさん #1) by Hikaru Nakamura

About the Book:

Title: Saint Young Men

Author: Hikaru Nakamura

Publication Date: April 23rd, 2019 by Kodansha Comics (first published January 23rd, 2008)

Genres: Manga

Pages: 150

Rating: 4/5

ISBN: 9781642126693


 


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At last, it’s here, Hikaru’s Nakamura’s 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. Long rumored for an official English-language release, the wait is now over: Saint Young Men is finally here in English.

There are saints living in Tokyo, Japan: Buddha the Enlightened One and Jesus, Son of God. After successfully bringing the previous century to a close, the two share an apartment in Tachikawa while enjoying some well-earned time off down on Earth. Buddha pinches pennies like a typical neighborhood housewife, while Jesus is prone to making impulse buys. Read all about the saintliest duo’s carefree days in Tachikawa …

Volume 1 features a specially-penned afterword by British Museum curator Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere, who helped acquire pages from Saint Young Men for the British Museum genga collection.


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I received an advanced copy of this book from Kodansha Comics and NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


 

What could go wrong when the two major religious figures decided to take a vacation in Japan and became roommates?

Saint Young Men is a slice-of-life manga which centers the misadventures of Jesus and Buddha who are both having a vacation in Japan. Living with humans, they have to hide their divine selves to enjoy the things that ordinary men do for entertainment. Filled with good-natured jokes and distinct art style, each chapter narrates the everyday-life of the duo in the 21st century. Here, Jesus, known as Hippie Man, is an impulsive spender, while Buddha, known as Man Perm, is frugal in every penny that he has.

The whole concept is truly unique and interesting. It also has a lot of information about Japanese culture as well as religion. Mostly, the jokes refer to Buddha’s lifestyle and Jesus’s miracles such as the time when Buddha did fasting and when Jesus walked on the river. However, these jokes are not mean or offensive in any kind, and everyone who has an open mind and a sense of humor will enjoy it. Also, one doesn’t have to be very familiar with both two figures. Basic knowledge will suffice to get the jokes. Seeing the two in different, strange situations, which even some of us can relate, is lightheartedly hilarious.

Overall, Saint Young Men is a light, laugh-out-loud manga which can be read in a very short time.

4/5 stars!

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Name (in native language) : 中村 光

Zodiac : Taurus

Blood type : O

Married to seiyuu Kamiya Hiroshi

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