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A SLICE OF SAINTLY LIFE Jesus, the Son of God. Buddha, the Enlightened One. Two of history's most important figures whose sagely deeds have been told and retold. After a few millennia of helping humanity, they have decided to take some time off and rent an apartment together in modern-day Tokyo. But even their saintly status hasn't fully prepared them to navigate the ups an A SLICE OF SAINTLY LIFE Jesus, the Son of God. Buddha, the Enlightened One. Two of history's most important figures whose sagely deeds have been told and retold. After a few millennia of helping humanity, they have decided to take some time off and rent an apartment together in modern-day Tokyo. But even their saintly status hasn't fully prepared them to navigate the ups and downs of life in 21st century Japan, from theme parks, to shopping for rice cookers, to the wonderful world of manga. Follow this pair on a goofy, light-hearted, and pun-filled adventure in friendship.


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A SLICE OF SAINTLY LIFE Jesus, the Son of God. Buddha, the Enlightened One. Two of history's most important figures whose sagely deeds have been told and retold. After a few millennia of helping humanity, they have decided to take some time off and rent an apartment together in modern-day Tokyo. But even their saintly status hasn't fully prepared them to navigate the ups an A SLICE OF SAINTLY LIFE Jesus, the Son of God. Buddha, the Enlightened One. Two of history's most important figures whose sagely deeds have been told and retold. After a few millennia of helping humanity, they have decided to take some time off and rent an apartment together in modern-day Tokyo. But even their saintly status hasn't fully prepared them to navigate the ups and downs of life in 21st century Japan, from theme parks, to shopping for rice cookers, to the wonderful world of manga. Follow this pair on a goofy, light-hearted, and pun-filled adventure in friendship.

30 review for Saint Young Men Omnibus, Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lois Bujold

    From a description, I'd been expecting something more satirical, but I was pleased to find this rather gentle and kind. Jesus and Buddha, incarnated for the purpose at an apparent age of about 24, take a year's, so to speak, sabbatical in the material world as somewhat collegial roommates and friends in a Tokyo apartment. Small-scale adventures in modern (as of 2008, when it was originally written) Japanese culture ensue. (This English translation is dated 2019.) With its focus on friendship and From a description, I'd been expecting something more satirical, but I was pleased to find this rather gentle and kind. Jesus and Buddha, incarnated for the purpose at an apparent age of about 24, take a year's, so to speak, sabbatical in the material world as somewhat collegial roommates and friends in a Tokyo apartment. Small-scale adventures in modern (as of 2008, when it was originally written) Japanese culture ensue. (This English translation is dated 2019.) With its focus on friendship and scenes of daily life, it reminded me of parts of the equally odd anime Namuamidabutsu! - Utena -, but with a much smaller cast and without the assorted fight scenes with earthly-vice-monsters. (Also not as bishonen. I don't think you could get more bishonen than Namuamidabutsu! - Utena -.) Ta, L.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    I’ve known of this title’s existence for a few years now, and was overjoyed to learn that it was getting an English translation. The concept is simple: Jesus and Buddha are roommates, living as young adults in modern day Tokyo. They play video games, go shopping, visit tourist destinations ... The first chapter sets the tone nicely with Jesus tickled to have overheard a couple of teenage girls saying that he looks like Johnny Depp, and Buddha’s excited and incredulous reaction, “For real?! Teena I’ve known of this title’s existence for a few years now, and was overjoyed to learn that it was getting an English translation. The concept is simple: Jesus and Buddha are roommates, living as young adults in modern day Tokyo. They play video games, go shopping, visit tourist destinations ... The first chapter sets the tone nicely with Jesus tickled to have overheard a couple of teenage girls saying that he looks like Johnny Depp, and Buddha’s excited and incredulous reaction, “For real?! Teenage girls said that?!” It’s a very warm and very human sort of comedy. Yes, there are gags of the supernatural variety. Too many virtuous thoughts cause Buddha to glow, which attracts unwanted attention from their landlady. Jesus takes up pottery as a hobby, but inadvertently turns the resulting stone into bread. There are so many fun moments in this book. Jesus’ delight in cosplay. Buddha trying to surprise Jesus on his birthday. Jesus’ ignorance of caring for the sick when Buddha has a fever (“Do you mean to tell me you’ve never taken care of a sick person?” “Actually, no. Sick people generally get better as soon as I get close to them, so …") Humor involving religious figures can be a touchy subject, but I think this book gets the tone exactly right. It's decently respectful of both Christianity and Buddhism. Assuming that you don't find the very concept offensive, you’ll hopefully find this book as entertaining as I did. Definitely looking forward to volume 2 and beyond! Highly recommended!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Skye Kilaen

    The concept of this manga is that Jesus and Buddha share an apartment in Tokyo while they both take an extended vacation from their heavenly duties. It’s the quirkiest slice-of-life absurdity and I am so in love with it. I have read multiple omnibuses so far and ordered another. If you want something lighthearted that’s easy to pick up and put down as you fancy, this is a great pick.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kenny

    I don’t this series translates well into English. Glad I finally finished it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    The humor here just does not translate, so much so that the publisher felt obliged to include notes after every chapter to explain it. Because explained jokes are the best kind, y'know? I was hoping for a little blasphemy or iconoclasm, but the best the author can do in this unfunny buddy comedy is to portray Buddha as a penny pincher and Jesus as a spendthrift. The running gags about Buddha's large earlobes and Jesus' stigmata are just feeble. No more for me, thank you. The humor here just does not translate, so much so that the publisher felt obliged to include notes after every chapter to explain it. Because explained jokes are the best kind, y'know? I was hoping for a little blasphemy or iconoclasm, but the best the author can do in this unfunny buddy comedy is to portray Buddha as a penny pincher and Jesus as a spendthrift. The running gags about Buddha's large earlobes and Jesus' stigmata are just feeble. No more for me, thank you.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Remxo

    The premise sounded hysterical to me, but this was really a lot of good wholesome fun. This is a slice of life buddy comedy packed with cultural and religious references as you might expect, but it's done respectfully and it is genuinely very, very funny. Like Jesus performing accidental miracles that get them into trouble, and the constant jokes about Buddha's man perm. I honestly don't remember the last time I had so many lol moments reading a manga. Looks like a ton of research went into this The premise sounded hysterical to me, but this was really a lot of good wholesome fun. This is a slice of life buddy comedy packed with cultural and religious references as you might expect, but it's done respectfully and it is genuinely very, very funny. Like Jesus performing accidental miracles that get them into trouble, and the constant jokes about Buddha's man perm. I honestly don't remember the last time I had so many lol moments reading a manga. Looks like a ton of research went into this just to get the characters just right and to make sure not to step on anyone's toes, I'm sure. But it works. The translation notes at the end of each chapter are great. And if Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere says it's good, it's good.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hannan C

    While swan diving into the depths of youtube, I stumbled across a clip. It was an anime clip of course, and while the art style wasn’t my favorite, I clicked on it anyone. Well let me tell you I laughed my a*& off. The anime was called “Saint Young Men” (written by: Hikaru Nakamura) and while I have no time to watch a complete anime series, I do have time to read manga. (Thank god) The plot is simple, Jesus and Buddha are best buds up in heaven and at the turn of the century, they decide they nee While swan diving into the depths of youtube, I stumbled across a clip. It was an anime clip of course, and while the art style wasn’t my favorite, I clicked on it anyone. Well let me tell you I laughed my a*& off. The anime was called “Saint Young Men” (written by: Hikaru Nakamura) and while I have no time to watch a complete anime series, I do have time to read manga. (Thank god) The plot is simple, Jesus and Buddha are best buds up in heaven and at the turn of the century, they decide they need a paid vacation. Brimming with excitement the two holy men drop down into contemporary Japan (it begins in 2007) and by a one room apartment from an intimidating old woman. The rest of the manga is filled with all the wonderful hijinks that the dynamic duo go through. Read and witness Jesus being compared to as Johnny Depp, Buddha admitting holy light whenever he does a good deed, and various animals offering themselves as food to the (apparently poorly paid) gods. Oh and lets not forget all the obscure joes that only a buddhist monk or a priest would get (or someone who used to be really into Christainity and is now really into Buddhism). Luckily, at the end of each chapter the author explains all the obscure jokes so even people not in the know can laugh. I really loved this manga. Jesus and Buddha had great personalities and an even better friendship dynamic. You could feel the love between the pair even when Buddha was pissed off at Jesus for buying useless junk. Did I mention Jesus is adorable and kind of a man-child at times? He’s so pure and I love him to pieces. Another thing is how subtle and well thought out all the jokes are. Like I said, a lot of the jokes are rooted in Buddhist and Christian mythos and while it could be somewhat confusing at times, you could tell the author was dedicated and put a lot of thought into the jokes. And even if you didn’t get the layers of the joke, the author was such a gifted comedian that you laughed anyway. Similarly, another great aspect of “Saint Young Men” was that if you didn’t get the jokes, you could just go to the end of the chapter and locate the joke and then laugh even harder because now you get the joke even more. How thoughtful of the author (the publisher?). Finally, back to character development because I can’t stop talking about all the characters. Jesus and Biddha are just so realistic! I love how Nakamura-sensei made these gods into actually people who have both positive and negative qualities. But every good manga has its flaws. Like I mentioned previously, the art style wasn’t my favorite. The art certainly wasn’t bad by any means, but because Nakamura-sensei was going for a more down to earth comedy, she drew everything in a more realistic way. Personally, I don’t like very realistic manga art in general but because I understood what she was going for, I can’t be too mad, In fact, I might have been madder if she had drawn everything too cutesy. Many people might also find flaws in the jokes themselves. I really like how in depth the jokes are and how deeply rooted they are in religion; I think it’s clever. But I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea and I know some people might get annoyed that they have to flip to the back of each chapter whenever they get confused. So while I’m not annoyed by it, I at least have to offer a warning. The final problem has nothing to do with the manga itself but rather its availability to the western audience. Currently, there have been 17 volumes released in Japan, however only two volumes have been translated 9professionally) and published in English with six more planned to be released in March, June, and September of 2020. For people who like to binge, this is very annoying. Regardless of these (extremely) minor flaws I still highly recommend “Saint Young Men” By: Hikaru Nakamura to all manga enthusiasts.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tib

    From the synopsis, this manga sounded absurdly funny and boy this did not disappoint. I saw a lot of complaints about the notes at the end of every chapter to explain some things that happened. I didn't read any of them and was still laughing at something every other page. Was I missing something? Maybe, but it was still such a great, fun time for me so I'm not worried about it. This was an absolute yes for me and I can't wait to get my hands on volume 2! From the synopsis, this manga sounded absurdly funny and boy this did not disappoint. I saw a lot of complaints about the notes at the end of every chapter to explain some things that happened. I didn't read any of them and was still laughing at something every other page. Was I missing something? Maybe, but it was still such a great, fun time for me so I'm not worried about it. This was an absolute yes for me and I can't wait to get my hands on volume 2!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Meli

    A hilarious manga about Buddah and Jesus taking a break from Sainthood to hang out as normal people on earth in Tokyo Japan. It's about their shenanigans experiencing life on earth but also navigating the difficulties of being roommates with 2 very different personalities. Highly recommend for readers looking for a quick read that is lighthearted and funny. A hilarious manga about Buddah and Jesus taking a break from Sainthood to hang out as normal people on earth in Tokyo Japan. It's about their shenanigans experiencing life on earth but also navigating the difficulties of being roommates with 2 very different personalities. Highly recommend for readers looking for a quick read that is lighthearted and funny.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    I think I actually liked the anime better for this one, but I am gonna continue on with the series. I still liked it but not as much as I remember loving the anime series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ehlana

    Still my all time favorite! I'm happy that I have the manga now to start collecting~ Honestly, Nakamura-sensei has a way of making two religions come together so wholesomely without controversy. Jesus is wholesome and so is buddha I dont know what else to say. I am always laughing and my heart swells with this manga and anime~ highly recommend Still my all time favorite! I'm happy that I have the manga now to start collecting~ Honestly, Nakamura-sensei has a way of making two religions come together so wholesomely without controversy. Jesus is wholesome and so is buddha I dont know what else to say. I am always laughing and my heart swells with this manga and anime~ highly recommend

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emma Paulet

    A goddamn delight.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Des Fox

    This was different from what I expected. It was a lot less satire and a lot more world religion nerd humor. Except a lot of the jokes are cultural and don't translate great for the average reader. I really enjoyed the characterizations of Buddha and Jesus though, and the novelty of their odd couple chemistry never wore off. I don't think I'm going to read any more of this one, just because it was fairly slow going for me, wordy with a lot of editorial notes. The warm humor of the duo's intimate This was different from what I expected. It was a lot less satire and a lot more world religion nerd humor. Except a lot of the jokes are cultural and don't translate great for the average reader. I really enjoyed the characterizations of Buddha and Jesus though, and the novelty of their odd couple chemistry never wore off. I don't think I'm going to read any more of this one, just because it was fairly slow going for me, wordy with a lot of editorial notes. The warm humor of the duo's intimate living situation always made me smile though.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    What a silly idea for a manga. I revisited this after being hit with nostalgia for the anime/OVA, and it was as light-hearted and strange as I remembered. It's really a manga that doesn't exactly...hit right if you don't know a fair bit about these religions & Japanese culture (dang, did the localisation team have a challenge ahead of them with this one), but I still got enough to get some smiles out of it. What a silly idea for a manga. I revisited this after being hit with nostalgia for the anime/OVA, and it was as light-hearted and strange as I remembered. It's really a manga that doesn't exactly...hit right if you don't know a fair bit about these religions & Japanese culture (dang, did the localisation team have a challenge ahead of them with this one), but I still got enough to get some smiles out of it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Britt

    A gag manga about Jesus and Buddha living as roommates in early 2000s Tokyo. I read a small amount of this back in the day fan translations but never expected it to get an official translation so many years later. As many others have pointed out, quite a bit of the humor can be lost in translation but if you're a fan of gag manga I recommend checking out at least the first few chapters and deciding for yourself! A gag manga about Jesus and Buddha living as roommates in early 2000s Tokyo. I read a small amount of this back in the day fan translations but never expected it to get an official translation so many years later. As many others have pointed out, quite a bit of the humor can be lost in translation but if you're a fan of gag manga I recommend checking out at least the first few chapters and deciding for yourself!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    This is hilarious and a great read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bridgette

    Super hilarious and punny. I loved how they made fun of each other and all the little jokes about the respective religions. Looking forward to volume two.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I giggled all the way through this.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla JoAnn

    This was a very light hearted manga and funny to read through. I’d recommend it to anyone wanting something simple yet intriguing to read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chia

    Although it is necessary to read the translation notes to understand some puns, the manga is still brilliantly funny. I had some good loughs while reading it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Louderback

    Whimsical, highly original, hilarious, and touching story of what it means to bond, and how we can oftentimes the best parts of ourselves in the people we think we have little in common with. *Not just for Manga fans*

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    This one combines the first two volumes of the manga. It was a bit of difficulty reading it, because my German is a bit rusty, but I had a lot of fun reading it and will be buying the next 2 in 1 volume. :) Not going to write a review due to the material of this manga and possibilities of offending someone.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    Jesus and Buddha decide to vacation together on Earth, and hijinks ensue. I haven’t laughed this hard at a manga in so long — it’s delightfully funny and good-hearted. I suppose some might find it sacrilegious, but it did my culturally Christian, functionally atheist heart good.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ghada Reda Youssef

    very light-hearted, I don't think anyone can get offended by it. very light-hearted, I don't think anyone can get offended by it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Riggs

    This book made me laugh the whole time I had it. I was a little wary about reading it simply because I don't like reading anything with religious tones in it. HOWEVER, every hint towards the Christian and Buddhist faiths (the stories, the people, etc) were taken in jest or helped portray Jesus and Buddha as normal people. Obviously they are both saints who have descended from heaven to spend some time on earth again, but they are living their lives as if they weren't saints. They just want to be This book made me laugh the whole time I had it. I was a little wary about reading it simply because I don't like reading anything with religious tones in it. HOWEVER, every hint towards the Christian and Buddhist faiths (the stories, the people, etc) were taken in jest or helped portray Jesus and Buddha as normal people. Obviously they are both saints who have descended from heaven to spend some time on earth again, but they are living their lives as if they weren't saints. They just want to be normal guys for a bit- well, as normal as possible for people catered to by animals and can turn to water to wine just by being too happy. If i passed these men on the street today, I don't know if i would have looked twice unless they were having what i am dubbing a 'saint episode'. This feeling is exactly what i think the author was aiming for. Saint Young Men is a great read for anyone. Did I mention that all of the references are also explained after each chapter?! Yeah. Even if you miss some of them, Nakamura points them out so you can go back and read the chapter again or continue on with a bit more insight into Christianity and Buddhism.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michael (Mai)

    This isn't the first time I've read this BUT it is the first time I've read it in English. As someone who read it in its first language, I have to say a lot of the jokes were lost in translation which was unfortunate. But I tried to think about how I would translate it and I don't know that I could have done a better job other than better translation notes at the end. I thought they were confusing and didn't really explain anything very well. I tried looking at this as a first-time reader and I t This isn't the first time I've read this BUT it is the first time I've read it in English. As someone who read it in its first language, I have to say a lot of the jokes were lost in translation which was unfortunate. But I tried to think about how I would translate it and I don't know that I could have done a better job other than better translation notes at the end. I thought they were confusing and didn't really explain anything very well. I tried looking at this as a first-time reader and I think it's more than ok. I think it's a fun read. But maybe not for someone who was deeply connected to either religion. I think that's just an American thing. We're kind of uptight (at least in the midwest where I'm at) Not looking at the translation, I think the little snippets of life for Jesus and Buddha are also. I think it's better since I know about all the topics involved (Buddhism, Christianity, Japanese life)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Jesus Christ and Buddha are taking a vacation from their duties as religious icons and rooming together in an apartment in Japan. What follows is all the comedic shenanigans these two can get up to. As someone who was raised Baptist, I did have to suspend my knee jerk reaction of "Blasphemy!" on a few things, but overall the whole thing is just good fun. My favorite parts are definitely yakuza misunderstandings. As per usual for gag manga, the jokes are going to be hit or miss, but these are an e Jesus Christ and Buddha are taking a vacation from their duties as religious icons and rooming together in an apartment in Japan. What follows is all the comedic shenanigans these two can get up to. As someone who was raised Baptist, I did have to suspend my knee jerk reaction of "Blasphemy!" on a few things, but overall the whole thing is just good fun. My favorite parts are definitely yakuza misunderstandings. As per usual for gag manga, the jokes are going to be hit or miss, but these are an extra layer of complicated because they tend to pull from religious references. I don't know a lot about Buddhism, so those jokes tend to go over my head, as do the ones that rely on Japanese wordplay that doesn't quite translate to English. The good news is, there's a section after every chapter that explains the references and the wordplay. So feel free to try it without worry. This omnibus contains volumes 1-2.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Furniss

    I really enjoyed this hilarious take on Jesus and Buddha enjoying some well- earned time off down on Earth sharing an apartment in Tokyo Japan. They really try to blend in to modern day life but Buddha's third eye and Jesus's crown of thorns just keep attracting attention!. The artwork in this was perfect and really made the story come alive. The translation notes at the end were a welcome addition and added background details to the religious aspects which were helpful and I found the afterword re I really enjoyed this hilarious take on Jesus and Buddha enjoying some well- earned time off down on Earth sharing an apartment in Tokyo Japan. They really try to blend in to modern day life but Buddha's third eye and Jesus's crown of thorns just keep attracting attention!. The artwork in this was perfect and really made the story come alive. The translation notes at the end were a welcome addition and added background details to the religious aspects which were helpful and I found the afterword really interesting too. I like how Kodansha Comics do this as I found the same format in one of their other comics too. A very enjoyable read. My thanks go to the publisher, author, artist and net galley in providing this arc in return for a honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sharla

    As a religious studies major, I needed to read this book as soon as I learned it existed. Saint Young Men is a joy to read because the relationship between Jesus and Buddha is so funny and charming. They are good friends with very different personalities that truly want the best for one another. This paired with their adventures on Earth made me smile throughout this book. I also appreciate how hard the translators have worked to not only explain the religious references, but also some of the cul As a religious studies major, I needed to read this book as soon as I learned it existed. Saint Young Men is a joy to read because the relationship between Jesus and Buddha is so funny and charming. They are good friends with very different personalities that truly want the best for one another. This paired with their adventures on Earth made me smile throughout this book. I also appreciate how hard the translators have worked to not only explain the religious references, but also some of the cultural references. The book would still be a delight without them, but it showed how much they love this text and wanted to shared it with an English speaking audience.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Jesus and Buddha are on vacation living in a small apartment in Tokyo. What a great manga! The humor is gentle but sly and both Jesus and Buddha seem relatable (which is pretty amazing in itself!) Jesus writes a blog where he watches "every series on every channel in every time slot and post my reviews on the same day!" Buddha occasionally glows, which ends up being a tell for card games. Jesus' stigmata bleed when he becomes upset (which causes trouble in a public pool). I enjoyed the translation Jesus and Buddha are on vacation living in a small apartment in Tokyo. What a great manga! The humor is gentle but sly and both Jesus and Buddha seem relatable (which is pretty amazing in itself!) Jesus writes a blog where he watches "every series on every channel in every time slot and post my reviews on the same day!" Buddha occasionally glows, which ends up being a tell for card games. Jesus' stigmata bleed when he becomes upset (which causes trouble in a public pool). I enjoyed the translation notes, which made me realize how familiar I am with the Christian religion and how unfamiliar with Buddhism. I'll definitely be reading the next volume!

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