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Let's Bible! - The Good Book Goes Wild, Manga Style

 

While I was browsing through one of my favorite Japanese blogs, Japundit, something unusual caught my eye... Let's Bible! I had to know more, especially after reading that the woman in white struggling (well, not really) to keep her blouse buttoned was Jesus!

Was this one more wacky attempt to transmogrify a time-honored western classic into the no-holds-barred Japanese graphic novel / manga format?


 

Seems that Let's Bible isn't just some seriously skewed comic book version of the New Testament though it does borrow more than a few characters from it, including Jesus Christ him-, uh, herself - sporting an unexpected new look seemingly inspired by Pamela Anderson.

The Devil also has a starring role though he's traded his horns & forked tail for a pair of hippie pants, a sombrero, a mandolin and Hispanic heritage... sorry, Pedro. Let's not forget Judas, represented by a hot chick in full-out Goth regalia. The charm offensive (or offensive charm) goes on and on.

As for the story... one day in Croatia (huh? nevermind), a young fisherman meets a beautiful woman in white named Nazareth, who wants to go to heaven. And so their adventure begins - punctuated by epic battles between the forces of good and evil, guest appearances by the 12 apostles, and a scene where Nazareth is touched in a manner that these days would invite a slap across the face to the toucher. Call it the Father, the Son and the Holy Grope!


 

Who's responsible for Let's Bible? Well, even though most people assume manga is an only-in-Japan genre, the creators are actually Korean: In-Wan Youn (writer) and Kyung-Il Yang (illustrator). These two also collaborated on a somewhat better-known manga (or in Korean, "manhwa") called Shin Angyo Onshi.

As Korea has a large Christian population that can be strongly activist, it's no wonder Youn & Yang have kept their heads down over Let's Bible... good practice for the natural follow-up, "Let's Koran". (via Topless Robot and Anizeen)

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Steve Levenstein
J A P A N O R A M A
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Comments
Jun 8, 2008
by Anonymous

Funny as hell, but...

Good stuff...

But, I cringe when I think of those guys getting stoned to death for their efforts. Koreans can be pretty zealous when it comes to most things, including Christianity.

Jun 25, 2008
by Anonymous

What the hell???

I'm scared. Officially scared.

Sep 3, 2008
by Anonymous

Nothing is sacred.

Damn.... I knew nothing was sacred on the internet...... but still, this goes too far.

Jan 25, 2009
by Anonymous

Oh man, I knew manga and

Oh man, I knew manga and anime could be pretty offensive, the impressions of foreigners for example, but this a new realm of offensive. That's seriously a picture of Jesus getting molested right there. If I had the money I would be passing these things out on street corners and donating them to churches. I need to read this.

Jan 27, 2009
by Anonymous

Nothing's sacred?

The truth is we, even as christians or whatever our faith is, must have a sense of humor. I didn't get offended, I want a piece of this! :)

Feb 4, 2009
by Anonymous

Where tis it??

I only found two chapters and that was from a board post from 2006. It's 2009 and there was mention of 12 apostles in this description but the 2 chapters only introduced judas, the fisherman, nazereth, and satan.

Feb 26, 2009
by Anonymous

Jesus would Laugh?

Well this is a pretty funny take.. wonder if Jesus would laugh at this...