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Goodnight Punpun Omnibus, Vol. 7

(Goodnight Punpun Omnibus #7)

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  588 ratings  ·  61 reviews
A dark coming-of-age tale where slice-of-life slices back.

This is Punpun Onodera s coming-of-age story. His parents marriage is falling apart. His dad goes to jail and his mom goes to the hospital. He has to live with his loser uncle. He has a crush on a girl who lives in a weird cult. Punpun tries talking with God about his problems, but God is a jerk. Punpun keeps hoping
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by VIZ Media LLC
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Matisse
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
So. I gave 'Goodnight Punpun' a read.

Yes, like all of Asano's work, it's compulsively readable. Yes, he mastered the long-form manga series in a way he'd never done before. And yes, it is wonderfully surreal.

I hated the third act. (view spoiler)
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Kyra
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is by far my favorite graphic novel series that I've read to date. It made me feel emotions I wasn't sure I still had. Inio Asano makes readers relate to Onodera Punpun by portraying him as a bird in his youth and giving him childish optimism. Everyone has a past and as Punpun grows older you begin to hurt with him because he starts to lose his innocence. It is wonderfully paced and the ending just makes your whole being ache as you being to question why you relate to Punpun as his choices ...more
Golnoush
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book gave me the most WTFs I've ever encountered reading manga and none of them came from the over the top weirdness action of a made-up world but from the horror one can encounter in daily life. And however twisted the characters, they seemed real enough to me and all the horrible things they did to themselves or others, recognizable.
Mikaellyng
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
What a ride. Everything flows really nice and the artwork from Asano is probably some of the best out there (in the genre). Kind of a difficult read since it gets really really dark and heavy but still remain consistent throughout. Really recommend it to everyone who is on the fence with manga since this series is highly original and quite flawless in my opinion.
All in all a great ending to a superb series
Maria
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
WHY WAS THE ENDING SO PERFECT IM CRYINGJBN

WOOOOOWWW. I knew it was gonna happen and yet. I’m still in shock. Brilliant. What a glorious train wreck. Totally obsessed. New favorite.
Roza
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Depressing and disturbing stories can be strangely uplifting. Punpun's coming-of-age tale left me spellbound. Inio Asano himself didn’t prefer the story to be pigeonholed by the labels of symbolism, absurdism and surrealism; which I think is something easily understandable. Punpun is not just a character from a seinen manga, he's the depiction of life itself.
Punpun is a laymen struggling through life, no different from us.
That being said, the story is amazing, well-written, masterfully executed.
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kurisuchan
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book worsened my clinical depression lmfao. It's a masterpiece that I won't ever read again.
Keith Hendricks
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Inio Asano’s Goodnight Punpun is not only must-read manga, but as I mentioned in my review of volume six, it should be on any “best of” lists for the best comics / manga of the twenty-first century. Moreover, like the best works of art, Punpun is so hauntingly reminiscent of lived experience that you may archive it with your own memories and reivisit it more often than lesser works that don’t feel as lived-in.

Complete review through this link (spoilers):

http://www.nerdspan.com/goodnight-pun...
Ruby Tuesday
I finished this series, I finally finished it
Richard
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
It only could have ended like this, I think. There's a lot to unpack and I'm not sure I 100% get everything or trust any particular interpretation, but this ending is something else.
Cas Ball
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drama, manga
Goodnight Punpun is HANDS DOWN the best piece of literature I've ever had the pleasure to read. I couldn't recommend a series more than this one. It has changed my life, not for the better, not for the worse, but really made me evaluate my life and the way I interact with others.

It is rich in metaphor and one of the most intricate pieces of media I've had the delight to consume. The writing is phenomenal, and the artwork is some of the best out there. It is a true masterwork. It has invaded all
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Maria Ella
Punpun, thank you for sharing your life story. And for fighting. As we move along with life, we fight - hard and strong. But when we are tired, we rest. We hope for a better day.

Goodnight, dear Punpun.
Philip
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The ending definitely made me teary eyed and the whole experience was quite a journey. To quote Asano about his thoughts on the ending:

Living is harder than dying, see, so I thought this was the most painful, worst possible ending for Punpun, and that’s why in the end I went with this final chapter. (Interviewer: The worst ending is the truest ending for this manga, you’re saying.) Yes. But there are also some people out there who say it was a happy ending. It’s fiction, after all, so I’m all
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Brandon
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Greg
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Turning a coincidence into a miracle all comes down to how you live your life."

Inio Asano is, in my humble opinion, an absolute genius. Every volume of Goodnight Punpun was better than the previous; this one really takes the cake. With more than a few times where my jaw dropped, the story is so dark and cruel and poetic and pregnant with meaning. I thought Volume 6 was scary and provocative, but it has nothing on Volume 7.
After finishing the series, I absolutely want to take the time and reread
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Sahil Tandon
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Using this as a series review

Inio Asano has such a cool style. The presentation is always amazing & every issue has some left field visual shit but it always works, stylistically.

I really like the early stories, & related heavily to punpun growing up. His constant anxiety & indecisiveness & then depression feel very very real. But I started to feel more & more disgusted with where his story was going as he grew up. It ebbs & flows, but watching him become more & more
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Michelle
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm still digesting this last volume. Aiko and Punpun realize they can't stay on the run forever, and the cult is heading toward a bad end and Seki might not be able to save Shimizu from the cult. The theme of caring for other despite the odds is so painfully detailed because you care for these kids. Ever since the explosion, they've been damaged but trying to look out for each other, except for Shuntaro, who is in the final chapter at the reunion. He lives a normal, happy and easy life.

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Natty Peterkin
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(Writing this review as a review for the whole series, not just the last volume)
SPOILER WARNING! I talk about some key plot points in this review.
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One of the most compelling book/s I've read in a long time. Both addictive and challenging at once, I somehow found Punpun highly satisfying while also emotionally desolating. I love how Inio Asano takes the childhood friend romance trope (which seems to be extremely popular in Japanese stories) and turns it on its head –for a significant part
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Hannah Crane
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series really ripped my heart out. It started out on the light hearted side, and I had the impression it was going to be a coming of age style tale and sort of expected it not to end on the happiest note, but maybe something bittersweet.

Instead it took a much darker turn which I (and maybe i’m naive) didn’t see coming. A great example of an expectations vs. reality story, the reality of things hitting a little too close to home at points.

I cry pretty easily already, but reading volumes 6
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Matthew
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m tacking this review to the final installment, but it’s really a review of the series as a whole.

Comics like these are so rare. Hell, any kind of book like this is rare. Over 7 volumes, Goodnight Punpun tracks one of the most intensely powerful and emotionally intelligent coming of age stories I have ever read. It’s an absolutely monumental work that still feels microcosmic in its intimate portrayal of a boy growing into various stages of personality, insecurity, mental illness, and social
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Ross Wilcox
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy cow. This was amazing! Goodnight Punpun is the first manga series I've ever read. It was incredible - dark, funny, poignant, disturbing, illuminating, you name it. I think Inio Asano is the man. I can't wait to read more work by him.

By the end of the series, we've gotten to spend time with several characters other than Punpun, including his uncle, his mom, several of his friends, and of course, the weird ass cult leader Pegasus. I will say that the series' ending is quite dark and fucked
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Cat  (cat-thecatlady)
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
this might as well just serve as a review for the whole series.

it’s one of my favorite book series in the world, without a doubt. it captures the transition from childhood to adulthood so well and accurately to my own experience. it’s painful to see punpun loose his innocence and child like attitude, as well as it is painful to relate so much to him regardless of the terrible things he does and questionable decisions he makes. it’s the power of Asano’s work. the art and the depictions of punpun
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Crimson Splash
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
And so it ends. Although I'll need more time to process what I just read, I will say this; Asano seems to imply with this final volume that there's a circular nature to Punpun's journey. That it will happen again and perhaps it has happened before: neither adult or child knows exactly who they are or where there going in life. Perhaps this is why Punpun is represented as a cartoon bird: he acts as a metaphorical stand-in for those going through a similar struggle through different phases of ...more
Henry Tait
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Goodnight Punpun is a fantastic series and I would recommend it to anyone. It comes across as a light-hearted slice of life manga at first, however you soon start to realize that it is much more than that. You begin to question many things including what it means to be truly happy, and how being happy may mean vastly different things to different people. It also makes you consider what parts of your life might define your personal happiness. The story gets extremely dark in parts and the writer ...more
Pretty Literate Opossum


I'm firm in the stance that this series gets high praise because of the gorgeous art. From what I've experienced in a competitive atmosphere, that tends to be the way.

It doesn't cover up the fact that story elements are dropped like hot potatoes, there is no emotional resolution, and the author's implication that Punpun's life continued to be miserable despite defeating "God," and keeping the main character alive was the "worse end" for him, is terrible.
This whole story is terrible.

I am not
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Kim
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Quite a lot to process. The "action", or rather, the threads of all the characters, begin to move forward full steam ahead with volume 6, and all comes to a crashing end in this, volume 7. The series begs to be re-read (which I probably will), and with less of a gap between volumes. If I have any complaints about this excellent series is that if there is a gap / lapse between volumes, you're going to feel it. There's a vaguely optimistic feeling to the end of this, but, at its core, it's a ...more
s
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Definitely something everyone should read, not something I'd ever want to read again.

Not something you'd want to read if you want to cheer up. It's an emotional rollercoaster, and very good one at that. Gives a nice insight on what can happen in one's mind when going through sever depression. How lethal loneliness can be. How irrational bad choices get to be made, and how easily they can accumulate, and how hard to get out of the loop.
Ketelen Lefkovich
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW.

My heart aches so bad after finishing this, this ending is just too perfect.

Everything fits so well and idk it just sort of clicks and I have so many feelings about this, I don't even know what words to use to express myself. But this series just made me feel. I will hold it deeply within my heart and hope to re-read it in a very distant future.
Isabella
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
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Shera
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oct 27th edit: I was so confused by the ending but I reread it a couple of times and now i get it. This is a dark, difficult to read manga because of the subject matter. And yet it was relatable on many levels. A brilliantly written and drawn series!

Oct 26th: Gah! I have no idea what happened in the end! Wth?!
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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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