Take a poorly-drawn cartoon bird who never speaks, a broken family, an afro-clad 'god', mentally troubled children, outright insane adults, a large dose of surrealism as well as realism, and a soul-crushing amount of cynicism and you have Oyasumi Pun-Pun.Oyasumi Pun-Pun ("Goodnight, Pun-Pun") is a supremely bizarre Seinen manga by Inio Asano about the title character, Pun-Pun. Pun-Pun is a young, innocent, and naive child, who, in some kind of strange stylistic choice, is depicted as a simplistic sketch of a bird despite everyone outside of his family looking like a normal human. He has no real dreams, his father is an abusive deadbeat (at least, he appears to be), and his mother is a drunk who regrets having him, but Pun-Pun has one thing: a pretty girl named Aiko whom he fawns over. Well, her, and an afro'd and slightly useless god he can summon by chanting 'Dear God, dear God, tinkle-tinkle hoy!'The story begins as Slice of Life comedy, following Pun-Pun through his childhood as he deals with his family life, his school life, his social life, and his budding romantic life. While noticeably dark, it also contains a hint of child-like innocence. However, as the series progresses, it develops into an extremely dark Coming of Age story, with all innocence being wiped away. While the humor remains, it takes a backseat to experiences of Pun-Pun, his family, and his acquaintances as they deal with the hardships of adolescence, adulthood, and life in general.The series ended publication in Japan at thirteen volumes. The series is however available in Italy and France where other works by Asano were published, in spite of the apparent obscurity of the series and the very mature themes it addresses.
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