Oyasumi Punpun (Goodnight Punpun)

  • Author: Inio Asano
  • Genre: Slice of Life, Drama
  • Released: 2007
  • Status: Completed

I will give you a warning: this is depressing as hell. The titular character named Punpun is drawn quite strangely, like a bony and weak bird (but, nevertheless, he is a boy). The story itself follows the miserable life of the young Punpun, as he deals with the divorce of his parents, the pain of experiencing the first love with his schoolmate Tanaka Aiko (and also his first broken heart throughout his life) and everything that came with what makes him a sexually frustrated teenager trying to find his way in this lonely and pathetic existence.

What I like about Inio Asano’s books is how well he described our struggle as a young man in modern life. In it I find what kind of depressing reality of life can show a manga to its reader, in its purest and most essential problem that even a child can feel loneliness and how it builds everything inside of it. However, if you want to start lightly, try reading the previous work of Asano not so depressing, as Solanin (a story of a young girl and her guitarist boyfriend who live together in modern Tokyo).

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