Hikaru Nakamura’s comedy slice-of-life manga series Saint Young Men has shipped 16 million copies. The sequel to its live-action drama series, which first premiered on Piccoma TV back in June followed by cinema screenings, is finally set to hit NHK General TV on October 5 and 12 for a special two-week broadcast. The series stars Ken’ichi Matsuyama as Jesus and Shōta Sometani as Buddha, with writing and direction from Yuichi Fukuda.
The manga series follows Jesus and Buddha who share an apartment in Tachikawa, Tokyo. They attempt to conceal their identities are they enjoy their vacation on Earth, all while trying to understand Japanese society. In 2009, the manga was awarded the Short Story Award as part of the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.
The first live-action series hit NHK General TV back in June, and proved so popular with viewers that it trended on Twitter.
In the sequel, the two characters pay a visit to the otaku holy land that is Akihabara, a place Jesus has been wanting to visit, being a computer nerd. Akihabara is located in Tokyo and is every otaku’s dream location for its many shops shelving electronic goods such as games consoles, cosplay shops, anime and manga stores, game centres and more. During their trip, however, the two of them cause a miracle to happen of untold proportions. Yuki Yamada joins in this series as a guest cast member.
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Saint Young Men II
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Airing for two weeks on October 5 and 12 from 23:30. The first five episodes will air on October 5 and the last five on October 12.
Official Website: st023.com