Although I 'll use spoiler tags, you likely should n't read any of it unless you have read the ntire series, or you do n't plan to read it in the future.One of the biggest thematic points of this series is embodied in the concepts of the " dark spot ", or a personal relationship with a deity.
The relationship that some haracters in this story have with some " deity " refer to the way some people, maybe just broken people, have " second selves ", very strong emotion, usually wild and dark ones, that will try to push them in the direction those other selves want the main one to go.
As you well know if you 've read through the whol thing, he only accepts his dark spot in the apotheosic eleventh volume, which completely changes the story.
( hide spoiler) ] Regarding uncle Yūichi, when he meets that twisted, maybe sociopathic high schooler during his time as a ceramics teacher, and falls in love with her, she probes him about his relationship with God. While in the eginning she might sound like a religious nut, by the end, ( view spoiler) [ when we learn how she manipulated the other teacher into killing her mother, she says how God is always by her ide.
Given that we did n't get the otion of such a decision during her last conversation with Yūichi, the nly one who could have given her that idea properly, it would have been nice if she had appeared later on in the tal ( hide spoiler) ] .Regarding uncle Yūichi 's wild story of salvation: it 's the secon of three parallel arcs we get throughout the series about the various ways someone broken and hopeless can find meaning again through a deep relationship: in the brothe 's case, ( view spoiler) [ he gets the unreasonably nice, caring and accommodating angel-like creature Midori, a target for social predators.
Then we have Aiko, a broken mirror against a broken mirror; she allowed the protagonist an unparalleled connection with someone who understood his deepest self, but they fed each other 's dark spots, which inevitably ended up making them fall down a well in maybe the three most memorable volumes of any manga I have ever read.EDIT: Now that I recall, it 's actually four arcs if you count Punpun 's date with that normal high schooler.
She was repulsed and disturbed by the characte 's brokenness, and she could only think of him in positive terms a few days later, when he had faded in her memories ( hide spoiler) ] .Asano did a great thing through that first romantic obstacle in the characters of Yaguchi, Aiko 's boyfriend when they were around 15 years old.
He had promised that if he won the upcoming tournament, Aiko would be his forever, so when ( view spoiler) [ he pushes himself beyond his limit during the final match and gets badly injured, we feel the unfairness along with Punpun.
I do n't think we ever found out what happened to him past this loss, and when Aiko gets asked about it what feels like an eternity later, she seemed to have not paid attention to his existence since that day ( hide spoiler) ] .Regarding good old Aiko, you obviously reread every word of hers through the lense of what she eventually decides to do.
She says early on that when, and if, she managed to fully connect with someone who loved her, she would n't care if she died right then and there, and she indeed seems incapable of planning for the future or even caring about the dangers of her decisions: as a 10-11 year old she decided to escape to a place 1,000 kms away; if she had n't had to cancel the escape because Punpun did n't show up, she could easily have perished along the ay.
And at the end Aiko gets her wish: she finds herself alone in the world, in the middle of unimaginable pain from her njuries and her broken psychological state, next to the person who fell in love with her and accepted her fully, and she decides that she 's gotten out of life everything that she would ever be willin to grasp ( hide spoiler) ] .Watching Punpun go again through his childhood emphasized how much of an anti-protagonist he is.
I do n't think it 's a coincidence how the author inten to ( view spoiler) [ end the story with Harumi, Punpun 's childhood friend.
It 's another example of how revolutionary this series was ( hide spoiler) ] .Regarding the plotting, rereading this story made me pick up many setups that somehow had gone completely over my head the nex time.
There are too many setups that go unacknowledged to remember them all, but I 'm thinking now of two sequences in particular: when adult Punpun meets ( view spoiler) [ his apartment 's manager and the kind old guy invites him to his office, we meet the guy 's daughter, an abrasive woman who berates her father for collecting pointless cat related paraphernalia, as well as often bringing in " strays " like Punpun, people who made the manager sad, to try to give them employment.
Later on, Yūichi 's worried girlfriend confuses the homeless guy with her girlfriend, and for a while sits on the treet as she fears for his fate ( hide spoiler) ] .I think Asano mentioned that the hole story came to him in 30 minutes.
It speaks to how broken human life is that if Asano had been doing anything else during those 30 minutes, we would n't have had " Oyasumi Punpun ", a tory that has meant so much for so many people, and obviously the author 's life would have been very different.I added the link to this review in my review for the firs volume, but I think it bears repeating.