That’s what Akinsiku, the author of “The Manga Bible: From Genesis to Revelation,”, graphic artist illustrator who hopes to be an Anglican Priest, portrays Jesus. The New York Times has covered his story here.
“Mr. Akinsiku says his Son of God is “a samurai stranger who’s come to town, in silhouette,” here to shake things up in a new, much-abridged version of the Bible rooted in manga, the Japanese form of graphic novels.
“We present things in a very brazen way,” said Mr. Akinsiku, who hopes to become an Anglican priest and who is the author of “The Manga Bible: From Genesis to Revelation.” “Christ is a hard guy, seeking revolution and revolt, a tough guy.”
Publishers with an eye for evangelism and for markets have long profited by directing Bibles at niche markets: just-married couples, teenage boys, teenage girls, recovering addicts. Often the lure is cosmetic, like a jazzy new cover.” –Times
Kagehime always jokes about how all anime cons occur near Christian evangelic centers and how strange cosplay appears to clean cut evangelic youth. The time might not be long for people to cosplay as Noah or Joshua, the pretty boy, with his multi colored coat or perhaps Mary Magdalene (though if people really want to hit the blasphemous note, making oneself look like Jesus carrying a samurai sword might do the trick). As for me, I look forward to seeing how this turns out and perhaps add to my small Bible collection back home where both the New and the Old Testaments sleep blissfully.
UPDATE: More Buzz about the Book here.