The live-action TV series adaptation of Hikaru Nakamura’s Saint Young Men mangaka has now entered its third season. And it looks like the actors playing Jesus and Buddha are praying for success… in a Shinto shrine. The show will once again star Ken’ichi Matsuyama as Jesus and Shouta Sometani as Buddha, who are both returning from the first season. The two, together with child actress and co-star Kurumi Inagaki, visited the Kanda Shrine in Tokyo to not only pray for success, but also promote the live-action series:
The New Year shrine visit is an annual tradition in Japan. Crowds usually gather to say their prayers and get their luck for the year. These don’t necessarily need to happen on New Year’s Day, but right around the start of the year.
NHK has announced that the new series will be premiering new episodes on January 11 and January 18. Each day will air five brand new episodes. As for the delayed second season’s unaired episodes, NHK will also be airing them, but after the third season’s episodes air. This will happen on January 25, 2019. The second half of the second season got delayed because of Typhoon Hagibis, which caused billions of yen worth of damage, as well as killed several people.
Live-action Gintama director Yuuichi Fukuda is returning from the second season to direct the new series once again.
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source: Comic Natalie