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Ken'ichi Matsuyama and Shota Sometani to Star in"Saint Young Men" Live-Action Drama

Ken'ichi Matsuyama and Shota Sometani to Star in"Saint Young Men" Live-Action Drama

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by February 19, 2018 Anime

Ken’ichi Matsuyama and Shota Sometani to Star in”Saint Young Men” Live-Action Drama

15 months after the initial announcement back in November 2016, the official websie for the upcoming live-action drama adaptation of Hikaru Nakamura’s slice of life comedy manga series Saint Oniisan/Saint Young Men finally announced its two leading cast today: 32-year-old Ken’ichi Matsuyama (L in Death Note, Johannes Krauser II in Detroit Metal City) as Jesus and 25-year-old Shota Sometani (Shinichi Izumi in Parasyte, Eiji Niizuma in Bakuman.) as Buddha.

 

The manga author commented on the casting, “I am really excited with this casting. I am looking forward to seeing Matsuyama-san’s face filled with agape and Sometani-san’s archaic smile.”

 

The live-action project is executive produced by 34-year-old actor Takayuki Yamada (Yusha Yoshihiko series). Yuichi Fukuda (Gintama, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.) is attached to write/direct. Fukuda says, “Actually, I had dreamed of a live-action adaptation of this manga since

its beginning of serialization. When I almost gave up it due to facing various problems, Yamada-san

invited me to join this project. I am really appreciate that my dream has become real at a surprising

timing and through a surprising route. I’ll do my best as relaxing as possible.”

 

And it is also confirmed that the drama will be available via a new streaming service that is scheduled

to be launched sometime in this year.

 

 


  

The manga featuring Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha who are living in an apartment in the modern

day Tokyo has been serialized in Kodansha’s Morning Two monthly magazine since 2007, and 14 tankobon

volumes are available so far. Previously two OAD episodes were bundled with the special editions of the

8th (December 2012) and 9th tankobon (August 2013), and a 90-minute anime feature film was released

in May 2013. All of them were animated by A-1 Pictures.

 

 

Tankobon 1st and 14th volume covers

 

 

Source: “Saint Young Men” live-action drama official website

 

© Hikaru Nakamura/Kodansha

 


Source: Anime News
Ken’ichi Matsuyama and Shota Sometani to Star in”Saint Young Men” Live-Action Drama

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