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Goodnight Punpun Omnibus, Vol. 1

(Goodnight Punpun Omnibus #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  2,772 ratings  ·  275 reviews
Meet Punpun Punyama. He’s an average kid in an average town.

He wants to win a Nobel Prize and save the world.
He wants to go far away with his true love.
He wants to find some porn.

But Punpun’s life is about to unravel…
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 15th 2016 by VIZ Media LLC
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Cassie one of the best manga out there in the whole wide world
but if you arent into mature themes you might not stand it.
The art is terribly beautiful too.

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Jack Tripper

I actually know little to nothing about manga, other than having read Ito's Uzumaki and a few issues of Akira back in the day. But just over a year ago I came across an online article proclaiming Inio Asano's Nijigahara Holograph one of the ten best graphic novels of 2014, comparing the sinister, dreamlike atmosphere to a David Lynch film. So of course I immediately bought and read it, and was totally enveloped the entire time. It wasn't just one of the best graphic novels I'd ever read, it was
A Wary Reader
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Happiness describes moments, and it's never permanent."

"This manga has officially ruined and saved my life." is what I told my friend years ago when I finished Goodnight Punpun. I don't think I'll be able to properly convey my feelings for this story in a review today. I can write an entire essay, but it won’t be enough for me to describe how this manga changed the little fourteen year old me, and how close I keep it to my heart even now.

Goodnight Punpun centres around Punpun, an idealist and
David Schaafsma
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, gn-ya
This is the first big omnibus collection of Asano's tale of a little chicken-like creature, Punpun, his dysfunctional family, friends, and his crush on a girl. This is basically a coming of age story and the tone of it is much like his also accomplished Solanin, somewhat subdued, but with fantasy/magical realism thrown in. It's funny and sweet, for the most part. I might have liked it more had I not had Asano's amazing and much darker Nijigahara Holograph to compare it to, but this guy can draw! ...more
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic, realism
Aww, it is tough being a dumb little confused kid in a complicated world!

Inio Asano made me not only read about but actually appreciate the internal lives of average grade school kids. That is real talent there.
Maria (Big City Bookworm)

Well, this was dark...and I loved it. Shocking~

I really didn't know what I was getting myself into with this one other than the fact that two of my best friends have read the entire series and highly recommended it. I knew it was going to be dark and quirky and it really lived up to that expectation. I'm definitely interested in continuing with this series! Time for volume 2!
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Innovative and bracing and quite well done and not what I look for in a manga. (Could Pun Pun maybe play some volleyball or try to assassinate some aliens?)
James DeSantis
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was...well it was weird as shit yet I read all 300+ pages in one sitting.

So Punpun is this ghost looking creature. His whole family actually looks like these things. However, everyone in the world is normal looking humans. It's not said if everyone else sees Punpun and his family different but I doubt it since they all act normal around them. So this is mostly in Punpun's head, and let me tell you...This is not a kids story despite 90% of it being about kids. Kids go through some crazy
Mark Schlatter
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
It's been a couple of days, but I'm still unsure about this book. I was a fan of Inio Asano's Solanin, a story about twenty-somethings looking for identity, but did not like Nijigahara Holograph, a work of surreal psychological horror that I never connected to.

This volume has the trick/gimmick/mechanic of using a stick figure bird as our protagonist Punpun, while most of the other characters and all of the settings are fairly realistic and at times quite detailed. It looks like an application
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, arcs
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I snagged an ARC of “Goodnight Punpun”. I mean, the publisher describes him as a kid whose life goals include wining the Nobel Prize, running away in the name of love, and finding porn. I knew it would either be the best thing ever, or the worst. It’s the best thing ever. I find it hard to explain exactly why I loved this so much. Nothing exceptional happens. It is a story about a regular boy, in a regular town, doing regular things. It should be boring, but it’ ...more
Cat  (cat-thecatlady)
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
this was a very important story at a very specific time in in life and I was afraid to reread it but here we are.

still so in love with Punpun, these characters and Asano's world. it's the most perfect mixture of nonsense and the human condition. everything's just so beautiful.

one of my favourites forever
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
THIS was a really interesting manga. It follows Punpun Punyama who is in middle school (I think) and struggling with a number of things- his parents are having serious marital troubles, he has a crush at school, he wants to win a Nobel Prize, he isn't entirely sure there is a God, his wacky unemployed uncle comes to live with them, he wants to find some porn to watch.

Reading this was fun. I loved the art style! Punpun is drawn as the little bird thing we see on the cover and it's an excellent
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WHAT?! I think that word sums up this manga.

Punpun is about an innocent pigeon boy (in a class of human students) learning about the bees and the birds, life, and whatever else there is to know. How he remained so innocent in this world is anybody's guess.

This is a really creepy book compared to some of Asano's other works that I've read, and certainly geared towards an older audience (repeat, this is not for anyone under the age of 18 despite the cute looking anthropomorphic main character).
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this on the recommendation of my friend, who got a really lovely tattoo done of a creature sleeping on a planet. When I asked about it, she mentioned Goodnight Punpun, and generously lent me this thick volume.

And, woah.

Goodnight Punpun is about a middle schooler called Punpun Punyama and the trials he suffers in his life. He wants a girl he has a crush on to like him back. He wants to move to Planet Punpun, he wants to win the nobel prize and save the world and he also wants to find some
Tom Ewing
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bleak, funny and excruciating in turns, Inio Asano's coming-of-age manga follows protagonist Punpun through his penultimate year of elementary school. Punpun is anxious, somewhat passive but loyal and imaginative. But shyness, a chaotic home life and simple bad luck combine to make awkward situations invariably worse.

Obviously, the first thing you notice about Punpun is that he and his family are drawn as doodled cartoon birds, while everything else in the comic is rendered realistically.
Derek Royal
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reread 11/21/2016, in prep for next volumes.

3/27/2016 - I love Inio Asano's work, and there are many facets to his storytelling abilities. And this first volume of Goodnight Punpun is yet another side of Asano that we haven't really seen in his previous English-language releases. While the subject matter of this series isn't that different from young-protagonist-growing-up scenarios we find in Solanin and A Girl on the Shore, the tone is much more humorous, and explicitly so. The fact that the
Nicola Mansfield
Mar 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I don't know. I was expecting something racier for a start. This is an angst-ridden coming of age story that takes Punpun through approx. two years of his life starting with his father nearly killing his mother in a domestic dispute, spending time with his uncle while father is in jail and mother in hospital, his sexual awareness, first wet dream, first girlfriend, usual kid experiences and some not-so-usual weird experiences along the way. Pretty deep with a lot of existential thinking. I think ...more
Rod Brown
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm not a fan of the painfully awkward and this book revels in it. The discordance begins with illustrating Punpun, the protagonist, and his family in a primitive style that makes them look like a family of bird ghosts while everything else around is illustrated in a very nice typical manga style. Every situation in which Punpun is placed and the way he responds shoots right past invoking sympathy in me, taking me to a place where I can only see Punpun as just plain pathetic. There are a few ...more
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
The existential torment of a young boy going through heaven and hell as he copes with his parent's dysfunction, his throbbing first love and camaderie among friends. I can feel the torment and uncertainty all over again.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Brilliant! So atmospheric, cute, sincere, sweet, innocent, precious, refreshing. Gorgeous artwork, interesting characters, deep, philosophical, heart wrenching....ahhhh. I’m totally in love.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Existential manga? Yes indeedy. Punpun is one hell of a quirky story that encompasses adolescent angst, love, loss, and a freakish mystery. Graphics are pretty cool too.
Alex Richey
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a rollercoaster. Despite the minimalist art style for the main characters, were given very real, very deep, very believable situations that just hit home.
David Turko
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The perfect mixture of absurdity and growing up. Everything in this is beautiful. The art is probably the most impressive I've seen in a manga. The writing is borderline crazy. In between these heartfelt moments, whacky things come up like the main character talking to god or a lawyer playing hide and seek. It makes no sense and I know it'll turn several people away. But if you stick with it, I guarantee you'll read a fantastic existential manga.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story is reminiscent of what it really feels like to be a kid. As an adult I've grown cynical and jaded, but Punpun renews this sense of innocence in me. It's amazing to me to be reminded of all the things I once found so unbelievably important to myself, and how since the timeline of my life has stretched so has my depth of understanding of what may be deemed as 'important.'

The naïveté of Punpun is touching, and it garners an empathy from within me, allowing me to reevaluate what I hold
Aurora Dimitre
This is one of, if not my favorite, manga series basically in the history of forever. It's so dark, and it goes there. It goes there. It doesn't matter what your limits are when it comes to darkness or just generally screwy-ness of protagonist and situation, this will go there and break your limits and say, "haha", as you try to reconsider stories.

This is the story of Punpun. The entire series follows him throughout his life, but during this first volume we see, for the most part, his
One of the best Bildungsroman novels I've read, let alone in graphic novel form, let alone a manga.
Inio is on top form with Goodnight Punpun, his best yet.

Even though some readers shy away from manga, assuming that all of the books are like Naruto or Death Note. However, if one has that mindset, you can miss many great books.

Goodnight Punpun is a magic realism novel at its best; the closest books to Inio's masterpiece are Henry Roth's semi-autobiographical novel series (prose novels that have
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Not gonna lie, a bit weird and depressing
Kelly Dashiell
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rose Haertl
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Asano, Inio, Goodnight Punpun, Viz Media, 2007.

Personal Response:
My personal response on this book was that I found it very interesting. The plot was very steady and kept at a good pace. The visual artwork depicted in the book reflected the plot perfectly, and it made visualization of the book’s events easier. The story dealt with a lot of emotional and heavy topics. It made it very interesting to read. I, personally, really liked this book, and I plan to read more of the series in the future.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Punpun Punyama lives in a dysfunctional household. His parents fight, his uncle is unusual and unemployed, and Punpun himself can't do anything about it because not only is he a young boy, he is one at a very awkward age. Despite the circumstances, Punpun is an average child; he has big dreams, goes to school, and has a crush on a girl. The way his is story is told though is anything but average. Goodnight Punpun is the story of Punpun. We see the world through his perspective, we follow his ...more
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Goodnight Punpun is a dark coming-of-age story for Punpun Onodera. Punpun is an 11 year old kid, going through the fifth grade. Aside from talking to God with a chant taught by his uncle, he lives a normal life. When Aiko Tanaka moves in and joins his class, his life begins to change. Falling in love at first sight, Punpun and Aiko quickly get close. At home, Punpun's parents are constantly fighting until one morning where Punpun wakes up to see his father standing next to his mother, passed out ...more
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Inio Asano (浅野いにお Asano Inio, born September 22, 1980 in Ishioka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese manga author. Asano created the acclaimed manga Solanin which was released as a feature film in Japan in April 2010, starring Aoi Miyazaki. He is known for his character driven, realist stories that range from slice of life stories to psychological horror. In 2001 he won the first prize in ...more

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