Time to meet Jesus and Buddha – and we don’t mean in a church or a temple. The live-action adaptation of Hikaru Nakamura’s ‘Saint Young Men’ will be premiering first on Kakao Japan’s streaming service this 18th October before being released to the world. The series will be 10 episodes long, including 1 original episode with new content.
Originally 15 volumes long and ongoing, the manga series follows the misadventures of roommates Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha as they attempt to hide their true identities from Japanese society, while they take a vacation from their holy duties. The manga was previously adapted into a widely successful 2-episode long anime before the live-action adaptation was announced.
The live-action adaptation will be directed and written by Yuichi Fukuda (previously worked on the live-action ‘Gintama’ and ‘The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.’), while the main characters, Jesus and Buddha, will be acted by Kenichi Matsuyama (live-action ‘Death Note’) and Shota Sometani (live-action ‘Parasyte’) respectively.
To promote the premiere of the series, a virtual reality trailer was released featuring the two actors ad-libbing a scene where Jesus and Buddha attempt to get rid of a cockroach. Holy hijinks ensue.