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Live-Action Saint Young Men Net Series Debuts on October 18

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Show also gets 2-week theatrical run starting on October 12

The official website for the live-action adaptation of Hikaru Nakamura's Saint Young Men (Saint Oniisan) manga revealed on Saturday that the show will premiere on Kakao Japan's new Piccoma TV streaming service on October 18. The show will have 10 episodes, including one original episode. A special screening with staff and cast in attendance will be held at Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills on October 18.

The show will also have a special two-week limited screening in more than 40 AEON theaters in Japan starting on October 12.

Kenichi Matsuyama (live-action Death Note, Gantz) will play Jesus and Shōta Sometani (live-action Parasyte, Bakuman.) will play Buddha. Additionally, 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 where Jesus and Buddha live together.

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


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