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Oyasumi Punpun (Manga)

Oyasumi Punpun

Alternative Titles

English: Goodnight Punpun
Japanese: おやすみプンプン

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 13
Chapters: 147
Status: Finished
Published: Mar 15, 2007 to Nov 2, 2013
Authors: Asano, Inio (Story & Art)
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits

Statistics

Score: 9.071 (scored by 19210 users)
Ranked: #42
Popularity: #31
Members: 50,443
Favorites: 7,851
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.

Synopsis

Punpun is an ordinary young boy growing up in Japan whose age of innocence has reached its end after his father is arrested for spousal abuse resulting in putting Punpun's mother in hospital. With his uncle looking after him, Punpun grows into adulthood facing a series of events which change him, for better or worse, forcing him to contemplate just what it means to be an adult.

(Source: ANN, edited)

Background

Oyasumi Punpun received a Jury Recommendation at the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2009. It was originally serialized in Young Sunday, but moved to Big Comic Spirits on October 20, 2008.

The series will be published in English as Goodnight Punpun by VIZ Media in omnibus volumes starting on March 15, 2016. Norma Editorial has been publishing the series in Spanish as Buenas noches, Punpun since October 29, 2015.

Characters

Onodera, Punpun
Onodera, Punpun
Main
Tanaka, Aiko
Tanaka, Aiko
Main
Nanjou, Sachi
Nanjou, Sachi
Supporting
Seki, Masumi
Seki, Masumi
Supporting
God
God
Supporting
Onodera, Yuuichi
Onodera, Yuuichi
Supporting
Shimizu, Kou
Shimizu, Kou
Supporting

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voltadelphine
Feb 27, 2012
Oyasumi Punpun is one of the greatest coming of age stories told in any form of media. This story is a very relative tale of alienated youth riddled with heavy accuracy. The story is very well developed and is partially due to its long timeline spanning from Punpun's life in elementary school to his early 20's. It deals with many mature issues like sex and depression all told in a frank manner that is coated with a strange dark sense of humor and supreme melancholy. There is a lot going on including a couple of side stories involving people that are or were once in read more
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Asfaria
Sep 14, 2013
Oyasumi Punpun is the best example I have ever found of something which you should not judge by its literal cover. Looking at the picture on MAL, I initially thought the story was about some young girl and a weird penguin/bird thing and only really added it to my list because it’s ranked #15 on this site. It was not until after I read another manga by the author, Asano Inio, called Nijigahara Holograph, and looked more into what this manga was actually about, that I finally decided to read it. And I could not have been more wrong in my initial assumption. But enough read more
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milkpunk
Sep 17, 2014
I really hated Punpun. No, not the manga. The character. I'll get to this in a minute.

I was reluctantly dragged into reading this bizarre tale during its brief boom in popularity. Its ensemble of morally repugnant but nonetheless interesting characters even sort of drove me away at first. The story is not for the faint of heart. The early story deals with themes like domestic abuse, suicide, rape, divorce, and violence to name a few. The minute you start liking a character, they screw up. And you /can't/ like them.

And I hate Punpun. Punpun is a sort of head-in-the-clouds Joe Schmo abstracted as a bird read more
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Simonian
Jun 18, 2015
A wise man once told me - "son, you better study hard or I'm going to beat the fuck out of you right here right now". And he did. When I was in middle school a cute girl I really liked went out with the most athletic rugby player who then smugly told me that she moans like a siren in bed. Pshh, asshole. In my college years I consistently woke up to the sounds of my room mate screaming "harder harder!". Sigh. Finally, in my twenties I realised that all those people were gone from my life and despite all they've unwittingly done to read more
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