Saint Young Men: The popular manga series “Saint Young Men,” which depicts Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha living together as roommates in modern-day Tokyo, is getting a live-action feature film adaptation titled “Saint Young Men THE MOVIE ~Holy Men vs Devil’s Army.” The film is set to release in Japan on December 20, 2024. The manga, serialized in Kodansha’s Morning Two magazine, has seen 21 tankobon volumes released in Japan with a total circulation of 17 million copies. This marks the first time the series will be adapted into a live-action feature film, following its previous adaptation into a TV drama series. Kenichi Matsuyama and Shota Sometani will act in the roles of Jesus and Buddha, respectively, with Yuichi Fukuda returning as the director. The film’s director, Fukuda, initially thought a feature film adaptation was impossible due to the manga’s format of short stories. However, with the creation of a feature-length episode by the manga’s author, Hikaru Nakamura, specifically for the film, the project received the green light. More information about the film will be released on the 23rd of each month leading up to its premiere.

Saint Young Men

“Saint Young Men” is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hikaru Nakamura. It follows the daily lives of Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha, who are roommates living in an apartment in Tokyo. Serialized in Kodansha’s Morning Two magazine since September 2006, the series has been collected into twenty-one tankobon volumes as of March 2024. Kodansha USA began publishing an English collection edition in December 2019. The manga has sold over 16 million copies in Japan and received several awards, including a Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2009. It was adapted into two original animation DVDs (OADs) and a live-action web series in 2018. The series blends comedy with religious and cultural references, showcasing the characters’ everyday activities and interactions while exploring themes of friendship and understanding. Despite the religious backdrop, author Nakamura incorporates modern elements and personal observations into the narrative. The manga has been translated into various languages and has garnered international recognition for its unique premise and humour.

Who created “Saint Young Men”?

The Saint Young Men series is written and illustrated by Hikaru Nakamura, a Japanese manga artist

When was “Saint Young Men” first published?

“Saint Young Men” began serialization in Kodansha’s Morning Two magazine in September 2006.

How many volumes of the Saint Young Men manga have been released?

The Saints Young Men manga has been collected into twenty-one tankobon volumes.

Has “Saint Young Men” been adapted into other media?

The Saint Young Men series has been adapted into two original animation DVDs (OADs) and a live-action web series in 2018.

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