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'Oyasumi Punpun' Licensed for North America

by trebmeg
Jul 24, 2015 5:46 PM | 75 Comments
It was announced that Inio Asano's Oyasumi Punpun (Goodnight Punpun) will be licensed for English release by Viz Media in 2016. The announcement was made by Viz Media at their Otakon Panel.

Oyasumi Punpun began publishing in March 2007 and was initially serialized in the now defunct seinen magazine Weekly Young Sunday. It was later transferred to Big Comic Spirits magazine, and the series ended in November 2013 with 13 compiled volumes. The manga tells the story of a young boy, Punpun, whose life was changed when his father was arrested. With his uncle taking care of him, he grows up and realizes just how it seems to be an adult. In 2009, the manga received a Jury Recommendation at the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards.

This will be Asano's fifth work to be licensed in English. Solanin and Subarashii Sekai (What a Wonderful World!) are also licensed and were published by Viz in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Fantagraphics Books licensed and published Nijigahara Holograph in 2014. Vertical will also be releasing Umibe no Onnanoko (A Girl on the Shore) in early 2016.

Viz also announced that they will publish Blanc et Noir (Black and White), an art book mainly containing Death Note illustrations by original mangaka Takeshi Obata. The art book will be released in 2016, being available in hard-back format only.

Source: Official tweet

News submitted by shwag945

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I still don't see any official word on how this will be released.

Sep 18, 2015 7:59 PM by Josh

Very excited for this release, for sure will pick it up. I someday dream for an anime adaptation of this series.

Aug 23, 2015 2:26 PM by Nikoru-san

We're f#cked, omnibus confirmed. Time to buy the italian or spanish version.

Aug 13, 2015 11:57 AM by Ale1212

The solanin omnibus was incredible so I can only expect the same quality from them.

It will definitely give Punpun some trouble in climbing up the charts, due to the higher price tag.

Aug 9, 2015 4:45 PM by Jerkhov

Brynhild said:
Apparently Viz is releasing this in Omnibus. Not sure how that'll work with it being 13 volumes but it's still disappointing to hear. Hopefully the Amazon listing is just wrong.

Amazon Listing

Ugh, I can't believe them... the last volume will be a 3 in 1 then.

Aug 9, 2015 4:27 PM by Ale1212

Apparently Viz is releasing this in Omnibus. Not sure how that'll work with it being 13 volumes but it's still disappointing to hear. Hopefully the Amazon listing is just wrong.

Amazon Listing

Aug 9, 2015 8:27 AM by Brynhild

Mazaev said:
Legg91 said:


Then what would you prefer? No bullshit here, I'm interested. Plus, your music taste seems decent.
Also, where exactly do you think Punpun 'turned trash'?


Viz should re-print Buronson series (Strain / Sanctuary) first or should of got the license to Silent Service instead.

I liked the first half of Punpun, thought the characters when they were younger each had good sub-plots and they were a lot more interesting to read. Second half was garbage, the characters all became hateable and out of the new cast they introduced over time the only good character was Nanjou. The Uncle, Seki and Shimizu were the only good characters in the whole series start to finish. The Pegasus bullshit? Completely unnecessary and an absolute bore to read. Mediocre ending.

Volume 1 to about half-way through 5 and the second half of 13. Fantastic read. The new sub-plots in between, absolutely crap.


I've yet to read those manga, I'll check them out sometime. Sanctuary seems dope.

Hmm, I can see where you're coming from. Punpun is by far my favorite work, however I'm not blind to where other's wouldn't enjoy it. It's merely my favorite because I am who I am. I relate to most all of the musings/events in this work in some form or another and have never felt more connected to a fictional universe before. Weather it be the gender identity bit Asano may or may-not be expressing through Nanjou, or the very realist depictions/satire spread throughout.

I recognize that the Pegasus sub-plot turns basically everyone off, but as someone who really enjoys the mundane and tries to analyze everything more than I should, I feel it's a shame how dismissive some people are of what he brings to the manga. (not taking a jab at you, just making a statement)
I feel his commentary is really spot on in parts. Like, that the narcissism and over exposure of humanity's worst elements will be our own undoing or 'end of the world' in a sense. He's right about love as well. It may not solve every problem, but it's way more efficient and feels better.
Sure Pegasus is goofy, but that's the point. He's not supposed to inspire you with his words like some dumb modern movie protagonist with no depth, he's meant to make you feel awkward and like you should dismiss him, just as we judge and dismiss anyone over-zealous enough to spew such 'nonsense' in real life.
I can't say much about the characters. As I mentioned, I realize Pegasus isn't a very like-able character. (Don't even get me started on Punpun, Aiko, or Yuichi.) If I didn't relate, appreciate the attention to detail, and depth of this work so much I'd actually probably agree with you.

Who knows? I'm probably wrong about everything I just said, and even Asano himself would say 'it's just a fucking manga you dolt', but I really enjoyed this work enough to dig this deep and many others have as well, and hope that says a something. Works of this amount of quality are one in a generation I feel. With that said, I'm stoked to dig into the works you feel are worthy of such praise.

In any case, more manga exposure in the west (especially more seinen types) is nothing, but incredible.

Aug 9, 2015 7:58 AM by Legg91

Legg91 said:


Then what would you prefer? No bullshit here, I'm interested. Plus, your music taste seems decent.
Also, where exactly do you think Punpun 'turned trash'?


Viz should re-print Buronson series (Strain / Sanctuary) first or should of got the license to Silent Service instead.

I liked the first half of Punpun, thought the characters when they were younger each had good sub-plots and they were a lot more interesting to read. Second half was garbage, the characters all became hateable and out of the new cast they introduced over time the only good character was Nanjou. The Uncle, Seki and Shimizu were the only good characters in the whole series start to finish. The Pegasus bullshit? Completely unnecessary and an absolute bore to read. Mediocre ending.

Volume 1 to about half-way through 5 and the second half of 13. Fantastic read. The new sub-plots in between, absolutely crap.

Aug 8, 2015 6:50 PM by Griffith

I hope they don't censor anything :c

Aug 8, 2015 6:37 PM by b4

Mazaev said:
Wish they targeted something else. The series turned trash in the second half and there are no reason to like any of the characters unless you're an actual drop-kick IRL.


Then what would you prefer? No bullshit here, I'm interested. Plus, your music taste seems decent.
Also, where exactly do you think Punpun 'turned trash'?

Aug 8, 2015 6:31 PM by Legg91

I won't hesitate to buy if I ever find it in our local bookstore

Aug 8, 2015 4:52 AM by BlueKite

Mazaev said:
Good answer, I've never seen a fanboy hit a brickwall as hard as you just did.


As if anyone cares what an elitist prick's opinion is.

Aug 5, 2015 7:43 AM by Kittens-kun

y-you too

Aug 3, 2015 10:51 PM by UnoPuntoCinco

Good answer, I've never seen a fanboy hit a brickwall as hard as you just did.

Aug 3, 2015 10:44 PM by Griffith

Mazaev said:
UnoPuntoCinco said:
who said you "have" to like the characters of a fiction work for it to be considered good?


Well it is a character driven series all of whom have shit sub-plots. so what else do you judge it off apart from the cheap photographic-art style?
Nice loaded queston there, m8

Aug 3, 2015 10:17 PM by UnoPuntoCinco

UnoPuntoCinco said:
who said you "have" to like the characters of a fiction work for it to be considered good?


Well it is a character driven series all of whom have shit sub-plots. so what else do you judge it off apart from the cheap photographic-art style?

Aug 3, 2015 10:13 PM by Griffith

Mazaev said:
Wish they targeted something else. The series turned trash in the second half and there are no reason to like any of the characters unless you're an actual drop-kick IRL.
who said you "have" to like the characters of a fiction work for it to be considered good?

Aug 3, 2015 10:11 PM by UnoPuntoCinco

this is good news

Aug 3, 2015 8:03 PM by wanderingdream

Wish they targeted something else. The series turned trash in the second half and there are no reason to like any of the characters unless you're an actual drop-kick IRL.

Aug 3, 2015 7:46 PM by Griffith

Paulo27 said:
Another one of this hack's works gets licensed, great.

As somebody who has SAO and AnoHana in their favourites, I'm afraid your opinion is invalid.

Aug 3, 2015 12:37 AM by Faederwulf

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