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Saint Young Men, Vol. 1 by Hikaru Nakamura
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bookshelves: adult, comedy, contemporary, arcs, manga-graphicnovel, fantasy, translated
Read 2 times. Last read June 19, 2022 to June 22, 2022.

A slice-of-life manga with a unique premise, Saint Young Men delivers a laugh-out-loud comedy that is good-natured and secular, despite centering two major religious figures. Jesus and Buddha are both taking a well-deserved vacation in Tokyo, living as roommates, hiding their divine selves behind the personas of Hippie and Man Perm respectively. With a clean artwork, and numerous gags on each of their presences, this one had some excellent jokes on Buddha's ascetic lifestyle or Jesus's miracles, while placing them in the 21st century. With Jesus being a impulsive spendthrift and Buddha being a cautious spender, their duo makes for an interesting living situation. Then there are also gags on mythological canon, like why Jesus walked on water instead of swimming, or how Buddha feels about roller coasters, or a yakuza member confusing Jesus for the scion of some major crime family, or just simple jokes about them being more than two millenia old. Their duo even does a comedy act, takes part in a shrine festival and engages in some new hobbies. And the best part is, you don't even need to be fully familiar with the religious references as there is a glossary at the end. Readers might even spot pop culture references like the one to Death Note, or about Jesus looking similar Johnny Depp. Overall, it is entertaining, refreshing and just adorable.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Kodansha Comics, via Netgalley.
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Reading Progress

April 5, 2019 – Shelved
April 5, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
April 12, 2019 – Shelved as: adult
April 12, 2019 – Shelved as: comedy
April 12, 2019 – Shelved as: contemporary
April 12, 2019 – Shelved as: arcs
April 12, 2019 – Shelved as: manga-graphicnovel
April 12, 2019 – Shelved as: fantasy
April 12, 2019 – Shelved as: translated
June 19, 2022 – Started Reading
June 19, 2022 – Started Reading
June 22, 2022 – Finished Reading
June 22, 2022 – Finished Reading

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