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Oyasumi Punpun  
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Witness the titular Punpun - who is depicted as a tiny, caricatured bird in an otherwise normal human setting - as he copes with his dysfunctional family and friends, his love interest, his oncoming adolescence and his hyperactive mind.


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Associated Names
Boa noite, Punpun (Portuguese)
Bona nit, Punpun (Catalan)
Bonne nuit Punpun! (French)
Buenas noches, Punpun (Spanish)
Dobranoc, Punpunie (Polish)
Goodnight Punpun
Gute Nacht, Punpun (German)
Спокойной ночи, Пунпун (Russian)
طابت ليلتك پُنپُن
잘자 뿡뿡

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Latest Release(s)
v.13 c.135-147 (end) by Hox over 6 years ago
v.12 c.122-134 by Hox over 6 years ago
v.11 c.111-121 by Hox over 7 years ago
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in Country of Origin
13 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (1115 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.83 / 10.0

Last Updated
October 10th 2019, 8:20am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic Spirits (Shogakukan)
Young Sunday (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (7 Volumes - Complete)

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Monthly Pos #775 decreased(-45)
3 Month Pos #846 increased(+17)
6 Month Pos #837 decreased(-309)
Year Pos #742 decreased(-257)

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Dark and satisfying experience  
by sugibro
September 18th, 2019, 12:28pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I started reading this piece of art and I was amazed by how the drawings are realistic, beautiful and intricate. I had completed it in 3 days and it was an experience of a lifetime. Everything around me seemed so distant and meaningless and it took me like a month to get out of this psychology, it was that powerful. And I do not mean it in a bad way, I am really glad I read that manga and all the feelings and lessons will stay with me throughout my life. I think every person should experience this power of storytelling in a manga medium.

... Last updated on September 18th, 2019, 12:32pm
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Well then  
by LordT
August 27th, 2017, 10:22am
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
]Would you like your Welcome to the NHK to be twenty times more depressing and have a gorillion times less satisfying conclusion? Then this manga is for you!

Goodnight Punpun started out extremely promising. The artstyle is fantastic and having the protagonist (and his family) depicted in such an innocent childlike doodling speaks worlds about their inner selves. That's about where the positives about the series end.

The angst-filled growth story was fine. The sort of "life mission" to correct past wrongs for some of the characters seemed good. You know, something to live for even in an aimless freeter life. Except every character seemed to lack a will of their own and instead cling to others' opinions and words like their lives depended on it, and not actually think or do anything for themselves. What the guy below me said was right, the characters were ridiculously hard to relate to because of how absolutely exaggeratedly broken and prone to random insanity their minds and personalities were.

Towards the end the series turned into a masturbatory depression-for-the-sake-of-depression slosh that didn't as much present mindfuck metaphors for you to piece together, than to hammer them into your head with a piledriver.

Now, I don't mind a series not having a happy ending, but there's something about crushing the reader's every hope of even a small glimmer of light at the conclusion that just rubs me the wrong way. Sure, there was a lukewarm epilogue that felt like a half-hearted pat on the head after being flayed with a rusty garden hoe, but it didn't actually close any circles, it just reminded you that in this particular story's world, none of the characters would ever end up happy. Yay?
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cheap in disguise  
by kreatur
April 3rd, 2017, 9:37am
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
I was attracted by the drawing style and the high grades. I did not manage to finish volume 5, but I believe 1000 read pages of this manga entitle me to leave a review, cause I doubt it's gonna get any better.

This is a manga you go into it thinking there's some hidden message there, it's 80% made of monologues, and talking to yourself (or God, same thing) unavoidably leads to philosophy, knowing one's self better and all that stuff you do when you have too much free time on your hands and your mind is too rested.

This manga reminds me of the time when I finished school and didn't have a job, living with my parents and wasting time 24/7. Oh, the thoughts and ideas that went through my head. If someone read my journal, they'd have me committed to a mental institution.

So we have these characters, some young, some old, but all lacking, destroyed inside. Absolutely no one in this manga is happy. But I pushed through thinking there's still something to learn from it.
People meet people, form relations, hope and love, take chances or cower away, laugh and cry. Live.

But the characters in this manga are all suicidal pathetic losers you wouldn't wanna know in real life. Liars and cheaters, lifeless selfish people. There is no point to their pain and struggles, only to fill more chapters. In volume 5, I truly believe the mangaka ran out of ideas with that direction.

In the end, my complain is, the mangaka fails to make the reader identify with any of the characters, just because they're so vile. I'm a depressive, dark and nihilistic guy, and I'm telling you these characters are not real. You can read about a caricatured bird and feel it exists and thinks, but Punpun and the people around him read like a cheap soap opera with long boring useless pseudo-philosophy thrown everywhere. You inevitably get bored by the suicidal ranting, and I became really worried about the mangaka that managed to maintain this for 13 volumes without cutting his wrists.

This is not a good manga in any way. I liked the cute girls/women's styles, though you eventually realize they could all be relatives because they look the same, with that round face. There's some soft core porn once a volume, so that's that. I'm not even sure why I'm rating it as high as a 4.
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Fine in Every Way...  
by cecropiamoth
July 11th, 2016, 6:21pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0 much so that I had to stop reading before the end. Over many chapters I had come to identify with little Punpun to an amazing degree—a tribute to the excellent storytelling and characterization, and I started to see tragedy and/or loss for him on the horizon, so I bailed.

The thing that's hard to accept in some excellent seinen manga like this is that lots of people have a dark view of the human condition, coupled with amazing storytelling ability, so they can really make you realize that their dark view COULD be right. We are not used to seeing that view represented in manga, which is mainly light, fun stuff, so when it's done really well it totally shakes us up. Anyway, it did that to me (or was on the way to doing so when I bailed). My advice is read the whole thing if you can. Don't be a wuss like me.
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Very powerful emotional impact  
by Neofit
February 5th, 2016, 10:11am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
It might not be for everyone, but this manga was able to move me in a way no other series has ever done, until now. It did not feel cheap or melodramatic, most of the characters felt genuine and empathetic which made the drama and tragedy all the more poignant. The ending is the most depressing one I have seen anywhere, in its execution, made worse by an almost complete lack of catharsis - which could be felt by some as being a fault of this series, but to me it's just keeping with the story's tone. There are also some elements that might feel nonsensical, like the Good Vibrations side-story that reminded me a bit of 20th Century Boys, which seems more like a distraction, but nothing really feels out of place. I would go as far to say that this is the best manga I've ever read, but I wouldn't casually recommend it to everyone, especially people of the more sensitive kind.
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I couldn't...  
by hotarusasaki
January 22nd, 2016, 1:16pm
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
In general I like stories on the darker side, and this was but I really couldn't get myself to read to the end. The characters sometimes scared me but the main point which puts me off is probably the art, it's not bad but isn't the type I prefer and I also didn't like the symbolic portrayal of MC, couldn't really take him seriously like that. I also didn't find it particularly interesting enough to want to read more. I think this is something I'd put off for now and read later in life when I can hopefully appreciate it more.
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one of the greatest slice of life  
by ramnor
August 20th, 2015, 6:29pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Its difficult cruel and unusual but if u can stomach it it will give u an experience i encountered very few times
Its gripping and unforgiving
Try it and have fun
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Very interesting, but it could do without Asano's masturbatory attitude.  
by Joker06
January 12th, 2015, 4:46pm
Rating: N/A
The one thing that spoils all the fun(?) in Punpun is the self-righteousness with which Asano Inio presents his own opinions to the reader, especially through the mouth of Sachi. He is aware of doing it since in the manga Sachi's editor reprimand her for doing that, but he still can't hold back and keeps flapping his gums all over the series.
I actually don't hate most of Asano's opinions, but I do think he could use a little more skepticism and doubt instead of being so sure of what he says. Especially because in the end he can't really come up with any concrete alternative to what he criticizes, and Punpun's acceptance of the state of things in the ending while not being bad per se is not really that much of a solution neither.
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by lfb
September 1st, 2014, 5:58am
Rating: N/A
I read this series after seeing it mentioned several times on tumblr as being a wonderfully depressing but realistic series. I agree that it's depressing and realistic, but imo, it's over-hyped. I was expecting something refreshing, but instead got the feeling that this was similar to other seinen manga I had read before. For the most part, the story was also predictable too. Also, while the characters are realistic (with all their flaws and whatnot), I found myself eyerolling and irritated at most of the characters. If there was more Seki and Shimizu scenes in the story (or a better conclusion for them like the other characters had), I'd be happier with how the story went. (lol and more Komatsu) Overall, the series would be great if you haven't read anything similar.

... Last updated on September 1st, 2014, 6:01am
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Well I tried  
by lucky_wombat
May 2nd, 2014, 8:28am
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
It's just not for everyone. I read about 40 chapters and couldn't connect with anyone. I didn't like any of the characters nor did I want to wallow in sadness over the cruelty of normal life. I even found myself irritated at a lot of the characters, especially Punpun. If you were suffering like me through the first few chapters, don't bother.
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