Saint Young Men‘s story is set in Tokyo’s Tachikawa city. So what better way to promote the upcoming Saint Young Men anime film, than for the film’s marketing team to work with local businesses in Tachikawa city on limited commemorative goods – such as the Buddha inspired bento you see above – to get fans to visit the actual setting of the manga.
From now until May 14, the Tachikawa branch of departmental chain Takashimaya will be stocking two Saint Young Men-themed bentos -
“Maria-san’s affectionate bento” (マリアさんの愛情弁当, 630 yen, pictured below) which is a lunchbox that comes packed with chicken as a main dish, and a “Buddha’s ‘leave it/him be curry” (ブッダのほっとけカレー, 525 yen) that’s basically a healthy vegetable curry meal (up top).
Both bento sets are limited to 20 pieces per day, and available exclusively at Tachikawa Takashimaya from now till May 14.
Truth be told, judging from the pictures along, these Saint Young Men bento sets are not exactly something I’d travel all the way to Tachikawa for, if I was an SYM fan living in Tokyo – they look like regular bentos, really.
What might be a little more interesting, then, are a “Saint Young Men Wrapping Bus” that will run in Tachikawa city beginning May 8. Apart from featuring SYM-themed decorations, the voice actors for Saint Young Men’s Jesus and Buddha characters, Mirai Moriyama and Gen Hoshino respectively, will also voice part of the recorded announcements played back on the bus.
Fans who stop by the Orion bookstore (オリオン書店) in Tachikawa can also purchase a specially designed Saint Young Men A4 clear file sold exclusively there. A series of anime flags have also been planted at various locations within Tachikawa.
So if you’re a fan of the manga-turned-anime-film, and happen to be in the Tokyo area, you might want to make a pilgrimage to Tachikawa and get in touch with your inner Saint Young Men Jesus/Buddha.
Source: Comic Natalie