Oyasumi Punpun

Punpun is an ordinary young boy growing up in Japan whose age of innocence has reached its end after his daughte is arrested for spousal abuse and putting his other in the hospice. With his ncle looking after him, Punpun grows into adulthood facing a series of events which change him, for etter or worse, forcing him to contemplate just what it means to be an adult.
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Published March 15th 2007 by Big Comic Spirits
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Asano 's decision to depict Punpun Onodera -- a day-dreaming, sensitive, innocent young boy who 's exposed to despondent and abusive parents -- as a simple, cute line drawing of a little bird, is a genius act of characterization.

As we watch Punpun fumble through young life with the best motive, only to have his spirits and hope crushed in the worst way imaginable, the audience is helplessly endeared to the adorable spindly bird.

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His uncle gets depressed, fucks around with different me, one of which gets so fed up with him to the point she had sex with the still underage protagonist.That was terrible.

I could understand that; I even liked it since it was excusing why the character was depressed in the last place.

But as the plot was going on, I liked them less and less, since they were just there so the story will be more miserable, than to try fixing their problems.

Just keep hammering the edge.There is a part where Punpun is trying to make a manga based on his life, and I really liked the 4th wall breaking when the editor said the story is too depressing for no real reason.

Punpun is fucking half the me in the stories and it ’ s always in the most artificial ways imaginable.

You can call it pity sex all you like, I call it porn game excuses.

Pretentiousness, death, and endless teasing about a beautiful ending that was eventually a troll.If you are wondering where did all that eventually lead to, the heroine finds his no1 waifu whom he ’ s trying to deflower since elementary school, abandons his former girlfriend who was pregnant with his child, kills a fucked in the brain mother while dressed as a school girl and masturbating with vibrators, they bury her in the oods, have pity sex for days, and then commit suicide.

They try to make it seem like those who are still alive got over their depression, but fuck you, we all know they didn ’ t.That was bad.

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I did not manage to finish volume 5, but I believe 1000 read pages of this manga entitle me to leave a review, cause I doubt it 's gon na get any better.This is a manga you go into it thinking there 's some hidden message there, it 's 80% made of monologues, and talking to yourself ( or God, same thing) unavoidably leads to philosophy, knowing one 's self better and all that stuff you do when you have too much free time on your ands and your mind is too rested.This manga reminds me of the time when I finished school and did n't have a job, living with my grandmother and wasting time 24/7.

Live.But the characters in this manga are all suicidal pathetic losers you would n't wan na know in real life.

In volume 5, I truly believe the mangaka ran out of ideas with that direction.In the end, my complain is, the mangaka fails to make the reader identify with any of the storyline, just because they 're so vile.

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And completely heartbreaking.This is one of those tories where it starts off a bit nonsensical; but as you continue reading, it becomes obvious there is a darkness lurking within.

I love this manga series with all my heart.

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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.

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