Goodnight Punpun

Goodnight Punpun

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Graphic Novel - 2016
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A Japanese manga written and illustrated by Inio Asano about Onodera Punpun, a normal child depicted in the form of a bird. The story follows him as he copes with his dysfunctional family and friends, his love interest, his oncoming adolescence and his hyperactive mind.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Viz Media, [2016]
Edition: Viz signature edition
ISBN: 9781421586205
1421586207
Branch Call Number: 741.5952 As13G01 2016
Characteristics: 1 volume : illustrations ; 21 cm

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the_bookwyrm
Nov 16, 2017

I read this whole series through interlibrary loan, and it definitely left an impact.
It's not be the same type of impact that's being toted around online--the opinion that "this is the best manga ever". With this, I'm going to disagree.

I'm someone who has experienced social anxiety, depression, and the all-consuming dread of loneliness. I've gone through my adolescence pining for a love which I lacked the maturity to handle, and I've had periods of self-pity.

This is like that experience to the nth degree.

Whatever bad thing can happen does happen to our protagonist, a young man whose identity is represented by a flightless bird-like avatar. His physical growth and change represents the different identities he assumes throughout his adolescence and young adulthood, and they are triggered by some of the most gruesome milestones I've seen in a bildungsroman to date.

So why the three stars? The art is impeccable. Inio Asano uses photographs as reference for his settings, and his studying really pays off. There's an inherent ugliness to his characters, either in character designs or actions (or sometimes both), and it's a breath of fresh air compared to the more polished designs of the manga I've read in the past.

However, this series is not for everyone. It probably wasn't meant for me, but my morbid curiosity was satiated when reading about this person's miserable life. I don't think I'll be coming back for seconds.

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Rarietty
Jun 07, 2017

Easily the most masterfully written manga I have ever read. There's some downright life-changing stuff in there, especially in the later volumes. If it doesn't hook you right away (it didn't for me), stick with it anyway.

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kwsmith
Mar 24, 2017

The central character, a young boy named Punpun, is drawn as a strange bird creature, which is a faceless representation of any one of us. The oddball cast of youngsters are all complex and multi-layered characters. Like all Inio Asano's books, this novel is nihilistic, tragic, and downright depressing. I'll read the next book in the series, but this one didn't grab me like Asano's other books.

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mclarjh
Oct 17, 2016

A preteen romance story. Leading character is drawn as a bird. Characters have boundary issues.

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carlopuche
Mar 16, 2017

carlopuche thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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punpun
Jul 25, 2016

punpun thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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the_bookwyrm
Nov 17, 2017

Sexual Content: Moderate sexual content

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