Saint☆Young Men
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English: Saint☆Young Men
Japanese: 聖☆おにいさん


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Aug 10, 2006 to ?
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Morning Two
Authors: Nakamura, Hikaru (Story & Art)


Score: 7.911 (scored by 51095,109 users)
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Ranked: #8782
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Popularity: #565
Members: 22,377
Favorites: 429

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Saint Young Men
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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.


In 2009, Saint☆Oniisan won the Tezuka Osamu Award for Short Work Manga and was nominated for the 2nd Manga Taisho Award.

Although Vertical requested for the series to be published in English, it was refused by Kodansha due to the belief that Americans would take offense to it.

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Nov 22, 2008
Archaeon (All reviews)

a) Easily offended
b) Studiously religious in either Christianity or Bhuddism
c) Consider any humour about religion or religiousicons to be blasphemous
d) An idiot who won't get the joke

Moving on swiftly......

WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. That's what this manga is. Very, very, wrong, but in such a deliciously divisive, amazingly anarchic, furiously funny, and exceptionally entertaining way.

Saint Young Men is a manga by Nakamura Hikaru that was serialised in Kodansha's Morning 2 manga magazine in 2007.

Okay, the basic concept is that after the turn of the millenium, Jesus and Buddha decide to take a break from the heavenly lifestyle (and read more
Jun 16, 2009
Sethward (All reviews)
Actually, as someone who considers himself a Christian theist, I thoroughly enjoy[ed] this series. 'Suspension of belief' is required, but this is the way for most books/movies regardless.

Do I find this manga offensive?
Not in the slightest.

Perhaps quite the contrary, this is a very enjoyable, and rather lightweight .. story [used loosely] about Jesus and Buddha sharing a apartment. Other than the obvious religious themed jokes [i.e Buddha winning a giant statue of Buddah at Disneyland, Jesus being afraid to swim (hence walking on water)], it manages to develop a interesting relationship between the two.

It's religious deity buddy comedy manga at it's finest.
Aug 18, 2010
Hyoukami (All reviews)
I'm not a religious person, but I had learned Buddhism and Christianity. I think I can really enjoy the gag because I can see from both point of view.
This series use gag by secretly use "miracle" that comes from both religion that maybe unnoticed by another one, and in unpredictable way(like when the cat comes to them when Jesus unintentionally say that they're lack of food---taken from Jataka tales, but it should be rabbit though).
I think this story flow naturally and ridiculously funny, but it can be offend some fanatic believer.
Aug 7, 2020
iHitokage (All reviews)
This spoilerless review comes from someone who in most cases prefers anime and doesn't enjoy manga in general. I have watched the short anime of Saint Oniisan and few years later decided to give the manga a chance. This is the only manga that I really love and enjoy reading!

I don't agree with opinions that this manga is not for religious people. I was raised as a Catholic and I am also interested in Buddhism and other religions. To me this manga almost belongs to spiritual literature. You can really appreciate and enjoy all the jokes in there when you are familiar with the biographies read more

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