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Namuamida Butsu! Rendai Utena 

The Thirteen Buddhas along with Taishakuten and Bonten, must confront the evil Mara. Mara seeks revenge against Shaka Nyorai, who had previously saved the world from suffering and conflict by achieving enlightenment.
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The pain that everyone cannot escape when living: the living, old, sick, and death. The way to save it is through Buddhist enlightenment. At the end of a war, a prince who obtained the Buddhist enlightenment became the Shaka Nyorai and saved the world. Long time has passed since that, currently the latter age of decadence. Mara, the worry that once tried to destroy Shaka's enlightenment, has made a contract with the devil in order to seek revenge against Shaka. He begins to control people with worries. Meanwhile, a team centering around Shaka, called the Thirteen Buddhas, and the two benevolent deities who protect the dharma, Taishakuten and Bonten, have stood up to fight against Mara to protect people from worries. A battle between Mara and the Buddhist gods that involves people begins now.

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A fantastic anime featuring Buddhist deities
29 December 2020 | by niruudukalaSee all my reviews

This is a great anime with lots of action & comedic scenes between characters. The story as well written with an easy plot that make it's enjoyable and easy to understand specially the different deities and their powers/quirks. The story revolves around the 13 Buddha's living in the digital age with us under a disguise. Lord Shaka (Lord Siddhartha) is a taiyaki loving Buddha who is head of the household and the worst cook lol. He summons Taishakuten (Shukra) & Boten (Brahma) from heaven to help defeat earthly vices created by Mara who's aim is to stop Shaka from attaining enlightenment. As a Buddhist I found this take on our much loved & respected characters an exceptionally good one specially humanising them in a positive way making it much easier to relate to. It's full of funny moments with the story all boiling down the brotherhood, friendship, teamwork & some teachings in the Dharma as the series unfolded. I felt like this Anime was soo underrated, it didn't get the exposure and fame it deserved. Wish this was on more platforms like Cruncyroll Netflix etc. Hope they will reconsider and release a season 2. BudFFs Forever!


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8 April 2019 (Japan) See more »

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