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Live-Action Saint Young Men Show Casts Jiro Sato, Umi Yamano

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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 two more cast members on Wednesday. Jiro Sato (live-action Death Note, Gintama) will play a doctor, and Umi Yamano (live-action Aoi Honō, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.) will play the landlady of the apartments that Jesus and Buddha live together in.

Jiro Sato as doctor

Umi Yamano (seen left in image below) as landlady

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.

Kenichi Matsuyama (live-action Death Note, Gantz) will play Jesus and Shōta Sometani (live-action Parasyte, Bakuman.) will play Buddha. 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 15th compiled volume on June 22. 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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