Gag Manga Biyori Collaborates with Shitennō-ji Temple in Osaka
posted on by Kim Morrissy
Kousuke Masuda's Gag Manga Biyori has formed an unlikely combination with the Shitennō-ji Temple in Osaka. To commemorate the manga's 20th year of serialization and the 90th anniversary of the formation of the Shin-Saigaoku pilgrimage course from June 5 to 9, the temple will have a cardboard maze and panels showing art from Gag Manga Biyori. Masuda is also serializing a short gag strip for the temple's pamphlet.
The Japanese historical figure Prince Shōtoku is normally shown in the manga wearing a jersey, but for the first time since the beginning of the manga's serialization, he's showing wearing his formal wear.
The nonsensical gag comedy manga is known for its bizarre plot setups and non-sequitur humor.
The original Masuda Kōsuke Gekijō Gag Manga Biyori manga ran in Shueisha's Monthly Shonen Jump and Jump SQ. magazine from 2000 until December 2014, when it changed its title to Masuda Kōsuke Gekijō Gag Manga Biyori GB. The manga is ongoing.
The original manga inspired four anime series in 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2010, respectively.