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)