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Live-Action Saint Young Men III Season Slated for January 11, 18

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
10 episodes to air across 2 Saturdays, followed by typhoon-delayed 2nd half of season 2

The official website for the live-action series of Hikaru Nakamura's Saint Young Men (Saint Oniisan) manga revealed on Wednesday that the series' previously announced third season will premiere on NHK on Saturday, January 11 and Saturday, January 18. The new season will air five episodes on each day. In addition, the second half of the show's second season will air on January 25. (The season's second half was originally scheduled to air on October 12, but was delayed due to Typhoon Hagibis).

The returning cast and staff include Ken'ichi Matsuyama (live-action Death Note, Gantz) as Jesus and Shōta Sometani (live-action Parasyte, Bakuman.) as Buddha. Yūichi Fukuda (live-action Gintama, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. films) returns to direct the sequel and pen the script.

The first 10-episode season premiered on Kakao Japan's Piccoma TV streaming service in October 2018. The second season began streaming on the Piccoma TV service on June 1, and also screened in theaters beginning on June 6.

The comedy manga imagines if Buddha and Jesus shared a low-rent Tokyo apartment. Nakamura launched the manga in Kodansha's Morning two magazine in 2006. 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.

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.

Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga digitally in English.

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

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