Saint Young Men


I don’t usually read manga, but I definitely need to do more Japanese reading practice. I tried to read Fullmetal Alchemist (鋼の錬金術師) and ONE PIECE (ワンピース) before, but the vocabulary and slang were too much for me.  I gave up pretty quickly.

Recently, Ryo introduced me to a manga called Saint Young Men. The English title sounds a bit strange – it’s 聖(セイント)☆おにいさん in Japanese). It’s written and illustrated by Hikaru Nakamura. Put simply, the story is about the religious figures Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha living as roommates in modern Tokyo. They’re on a kind of vacation on Earth, experiencing many ordinary things for the first time – riding on the subway, sightseeing, visiting amusement parks. It’s what we call a “slice of life” story, but with an interesting twist.  

I’m a slow reader, but I’m enjoying it so far. Thanks for loaning me your books, Ryo!

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