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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
세인트 영멘

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Latest Release(s)
v.8 c.52 by Majide Scans 6 months ago
v.8 c.51 by Majide Scans 11 months ago
v.7 c.49-50 by Troubadour Phat over 3 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
16 Volumes (Ongoing)

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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (292 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.12 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 6th 2018, 3:56am PST



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Morning Two (Kodansha)

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Monthly Pos #1269 increased(+6)
3 Month Pos #1803 increased(+159)
6 Month Pos #2352 decreased(-4)
Year Pos #2413 increased(+365)

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Really funny.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by felleccha
June 16th, 2016, 10:51pm
Although I'm an agnostic, I went to private Christian schools from elementary to high school, and my family is Buddhist. So I know a lot about both religions, and that made this manga more hilarious for me.

If you're open minded, not sensitive to both religions, this manga would come harmless and amusing to you.
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by varianthart
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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by TaoPaiPai
September 18th, 2013, 11:49am
if you want to use jesus and comes with...some responsibillities

this is not jesus and buddha
this have nothing to do with religion
it is about 2 nerds living their weird life filled with wants and needs in tokyo and they just happen to have magical abbilities they dont use very often

if jesus and buddha had these sort of tendencies they would not have been remembered today

it is funny
but it tries and obviously to some degree win easy points with using jesus and buddhas name
i would have liked it better if the MCs would have been named
joe and bob
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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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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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A breath of fresh air   
Rating: 8.5 / 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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Bit of a bore   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Fronzel
January 21st, 2010, 9:14pm
While I knew this was a comedy, I was hoping for it to have something of a philosophical outlook, but it's really just a gag series. I suppose I shouldn't hold that agains it, but it feels like a missed chance.

A little more annoying is that Jesus is mostly an outlet for "a Westerner in Japan" jokes. The author doesn't seem to know anything about him other than some of the miracle stories. How can you tell good jokes about something you know next to nothing about?
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All the good things everyone said   
Rating: N/A
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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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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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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