Comedic, laid-back and light-hearted.
The award-winning Saint Young Men is finally getting an official English-language release! A slice-of-life comedy about two not so ordinary young men sharing an apartment in modern-day Tokyo, Jesus and Buddha.
The unlikely pair live together in a small apartment in Tachikawa, Tokyo, taking some well-earned time off after seeing the previous century to a successful close. Portrayed as a typical comedy couple, Buddha watches each penny they spend whilst Jesus makes impulse buys (and does his best Johnny Depp impressions).
Filled with comradery and humour, some of the references feel a little dated (unsurprisingly, as the series was originally serialised back in 2006), but is still enjoyable and engaging. Each new chapter gives us a glimpse into their everyday antics (from shopping at the convenience store and going to temples) and not so everyday misunderstandings.
A light-hearted glimpse into life in the suburbs (with the most unlikely of characters), Jesus and Buddha feel a little like an old married couple. A fun, easy-going read packed with small in-jokes about various things (from manga characters to religious references).
If you’re unfamiliar with either Christian or teachings or history, the translation notes that accompany the main story provide a little extra context you may otherwise have missed whilst reading. If you’re a fan of slow-paced, episodic manga, with a light-hearted undertone, this is the series for you.
Saint Young Men Volume 1 by Hikaru Nakamura
Available digitally from 23 April 2019