Live-Action Saint Young Men Show Reveals Visual, VR Video

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Show streams on new Piccoma TV service this fall

The official website for the live-action adaptation of Hikaru Nakamura's Saint Young Men (Saint Onii-san) manga revealed a visual and VR video on Wednesday. The visual and video preview Kenichi Matsuyama as Jesus and Shōta Sometani as Buddha.

Note: the video may not display properly on some devices.

In the 360-degree video, Jesus and Buddla deal with a cockroach. Matsuyama and Sometani ad libbed all their lines in the video. The manga's 15th compiled book volume will ship on Friday, and some bookstores selling the volume will offer a VR scope for the video as a purchase bonus.

The adaptation will premiere on Kakao Japan's new Piccoma TV streaming service this fall. The show was originally slated to debut this summer.

The staff of the Saint Young Men show previously announced that it would premiere on a new streaming service. Actor Takayuki Yamada is producing, and Yūichi Fukuda (live-action Gintama, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. films) is directing the project and penning the script.

Nakamura launched the manga in Morning Two in 2006, and Kodansha shipped the manga's 14th compiled volume last September. The manga imagines if Buddha and Jesus shared a low-rent Tokyo apartment.

The manga inspired an anime film that premiered in Japan in May 2013. The manga's eighth and ninth volumes both bundled original anime DVDs when they shipped in December 2012 and July 2013, respectively.

The manga won the Short Story award at the 13th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2009, and was also nominated for a Manga Taisho award in the same year.

Sources: Live-action Saint Young Men show's website, Comic Natalie

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