After thousands of years of hard work, Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha decide that they have earned a vacation and descend from the heavens to rent a small apartment in Tokyo, Japan. As the pair struggles to live incognito, they enjoy the luxuries of modern society, such as amusement parks, and limited-time store sales. Jesus and Buddha take the time to celebrate each other's holidays, watch the changing of the seasons, and explore their new surroundings.
Anime Review: Saint☆Oniisan (Movie)
As if the concept of enlightened figures taking a vacation wasn’t bizarre enough, ‘Saint☆Oniisan’ revolves around the most unusual roommates – Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha. Living in Tachikawa, part of Tokyo’s western suburbs, these divine figures take a break from their celestial duties. They are determined to experience how modern humans live – concealing their true identities and immersing themselves deep in earthly cultures.
Contrasting their divine traits, we see Jesus as a zealous shopaholic and an ardent fan of online blogging, while Buddha is portrayed as frugal, and likes to read and expand his earthly knowledge. The story is primarily episodic—each chapter bringing in a fresh anecdote that synergizes everyday human elements with their omnipotent abilities, generating comedy gold every step of the way.
The job done by Saint☆Oniisan’s creators is commendably innovative. They have successfully managed to present religious figures in an unreligious, light-hearted setting. Adapting Hikaru Nakamura’s comedic manga into a movie, they have managed to bring forth an unconventional take on slice-of-life genre of anime that is both fascinating and hilariously entertaining.
Aesthetically, Saint☆Oniisan is appealing – the animation is fluid and the characters are brightly colored. The animation does a great job of establishing the temperament of both Jesus and Buddha, maintaining the intricacies of their otherworldly persona meshed with hilarious exaggerations of human experiences. There are clever, subtle additions in the backgrounds that further build the comedic environment of the anime without deviating from its elegant art style.
As for the story development, the episodic nature of the plot is perfect for a comedy anime like Saint☆Oniisan. Each episode is a separate giggle-inducing adventure, re-imagining the gods handling chores, dealing with landlords, attending festivals, and managing somehow to keep their identities hidden. Their divine knowledge mixed with human naivety creates a perfect stage for comical situations.
Overall, Saint☆Oniisan is a low-key, comical spin around the daily life experience with a divine twist. Despite its absurd premise, it treats its godly protagonists in a respectful manner, providing good-natured humor without mockery or irreverence.
It is indeed a breath of fresh air to experience an anime with such unique comedic genius. If you’re looking for something different, funny, and brilliantly inventive, Saint☆Oniisan is one anime movie that you must rent, buy or stream!
I genuinely recommend Saint☆Oniisan. It’s a palatable comedy guild with an unconventional premise. The anime does an admirable job of producing hearty laughter while maintaining respect towards religious figures. It’s a must-watch if you’re seeking a blend of humor, novelty, and a touch of divine intervention in your anime.
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