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Saint Onii-san  
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Saint Oniisan is slice-of-life, or divine-life, tale of Jesus and Buddha as they try to experience the modern world: in this case, Japan. The manga places a funny twist on religion, attitudes, culture and customs in Japan through the eyes of Jesus and Buddha.

You see Jesus and Buddha experiencing Asakusa, public baths, theme parks, and the internet. Throughout the manga, we get a little history of their divine greatness only to see their apparent insignificance in modern Japanese society. Suffice to say, before people can recognize that they’re actually Jesus and Buddha, people think of them as someone who looks like Johnny Depp or a guy with a button on his forehead. For real.

Note: Won the Tezuka Osamu Short story Award in 2009 and it was nominated for the 2nd Manga Taisho Award in 2009.


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Associated Names
Saint Oniisan
Saint Young Men

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Latest Release(s)
v.7 c.49-50 by Troubadour Phat (141d ago)
v.7 c.48 by Troubadour Phat (156d ago)
v.7 c.47 by Troubadour Phat (163d ago)
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11 Volumes (Ongoing)

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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (276 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.13 / 10.0
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March 1st 2015, 12:27pm PST



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Morning Two (Kodansha)

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Pediatricia
August 15th, 2009, 10:02am
Epic. Hilarious. Clever. Witty. Well-thought. Well-researched.

I could just sit there and rattle off the adjectives I could use to describe this manga, but why don't I give a semi-in depth review?


The art is very fitting for this series. It's kind of a psuedo-realistic style that you see a lot of in seinen mangas like this. It's really suitable, I don't see it being any other way. I love the opening colour pages in the book, they are very nice and always a treat.


Saint Young Men is actually pretty good. It's about Jesus and Buddha sharing an apartment in Tokyo. Some people might immediately think this is a recipe for a sacrilegious, offensive comedy, but Nakamura Hikaru really did his homework. The subtle references to Christian symbolism are interesting and well-thought-out.

I have the first three volumes. When the forth hits bookshelves this September, you can bet I'm going to get it. smile
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A breath of fresh air   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Erazen
March 12th, 2011, 6:39am
If you are worried about religion, rest assured. Far from being sacrilegious and blasphemous, Saint Oniisan is a delightful, award-winning take on two of the world's most revered religious figures.

Nakamura Hikaru is masterful in his comedy, ensuring that punchlines entertain while being respectful to religion. Follower and non-follower alike will be entertained by the witty references to Christian and Buddhist beliefs. And there is no offence intended - only jokes and puns.

Indeed, this manga will not erode the readers' views of Jesus and Buddha, who are the two main characters of this manga. It will in fact enrich them with the best (or often trivial) of human qualities, making both more personal without the heavy philosophy (It has for me, a Catholic Christian).

The best way to read this is with an open mind. It is a breath of fresh air... at least, for Jesus and Buddha.

A must-read for the manga reader.

... Last updated on March 12th, 2011, 7:26am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Amana
August 25th, 2012, 6:55am
I am an happily reader of the french translation by KUROKAWA Edition, and since I have only good to say about Saint Young Men, I will only claim this: I want an original movie adaptation with Johnny Depp and Keanu Reeves as Jesus and Buddha. Oh boy I cannot even imagine it.
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Rating: N/A
by justimagine06
July 17th, 2009, 7:08pm
I'm a christian, but I'm not offended by this manga at all. This manga is a comedy, so it's obviously not meant to display Jesus and Buddha 100% accurately. The mangaka is not making fun of Christianity or Buddhism, so there's no need to be uptight. This is a really hilarious "alternate universe" type story, and it made me laugh out loud many times (which is pretty rare for me).

I definitely recommend it; so if you are religious, don't get hung up on whether it's sacrilegious or not (although Jesus and Buddha discussing the length of tinker bell's skirt may be borderline haha) - just read the manga and enjoy it
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tartufo
August 2nd, 2009, 8:44am
Pure genius. Also, incidentally, pure crack. Lol @ Jesus and Buddha at the amusement park; Buddha's uncontrollable radiance only put out by thoughts of underwear; Jesus getting mistaken for a yakuza ex-con; Buddha's ears being used as bus-handles lol; the two of them totally failing at comedy skits but desperately trying anyhow.

So much gold in this manga. It's practically a gold-mine. OF LAUGHS. laugh

Agree with Mierten that Mohammed as a third roommate or potential roommate would be EPIC. What a great idea! I also like how this manga in a totally light-hearted way actually encourages religious cooperation. Like the way Buddha and Jesus are best buds and make all these really sweet compromises for each other. (Well, they both are so compassionate... How could they not get along, right?) Lol.
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All the good things everyone said   
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by Hell_Clues
September 23rd, 2009, 4:53am
you have to try it. This idea is so great someone should have thought of it before. This should be a t.v show. This would be the greatest sitcom ever.

This manga is just interesting, and the humour comes so naturally.
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i wanna read more!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by otakuness
June 12th, 2012, 3:43am
this series is so funny and weird and for someone who was raised religously such as me, this series is really something! i was laughing out loud here, i mean im not buddhist but from what little i know from my history lessons, Buddha is pretty damn awesome! hahaha. and Jesus for some reason is sorta a happy-go-lucky type but thats fine as well cause he makes it all the more funnier. i just hope that the translators will update this soon. this series is for those who just want to relax and sitback and not go into arguments about everything.
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Hilarious and very original   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by amaranthine
December 19th, 2008, 2:16pm
Gawd, I was literally laughing my ass off reading this manga.

Don't know, but it might offend someone who's really into their religion? But they aren't really portrayed in a negative way at all. So I think it's safe for everyone. I mean you'll just fall in love reading about Jesus and Buddha's everyday life on Earth.
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by lifeincircuit
October 7th, 2013, 1:00pm
I adore Arakawa Under the Bridge, so I keep trying to read this and I can never get in to it. It is mildly amusing at times, but the fact that the two are supposed to be Buddha and Jesus is mostly happenstance and has little influence on what they do or the jokes which are told. There is a gold mine of jokes waiting for be made there and it just seems like a missed opportunity.
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3rd roomate?   
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by Mierten
May 21st, 2009, 7:31pm
As I read it, I was thinking: Shame they didn't have Mohammed as an absent 3rd roommate.
This does provide an ousider's view of society without being too serious. Maybe it will encourage readers to find out more to learn where the characters deviate from history.
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