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.Currently, the series is ongoing with twelve volumes out in Japan, slated for the final volume this winter. 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.
Sachi's stepfamily comes off this way as well, although their abuse was more verbal/mental.
The Ace: Yaguchi. Handsome, outstanding athlete, gentlemanly, and rumored to have a huge dick. He sadly lost (maybe) his athletic ability due to his injuries. Probably the only male character in the manga who is not broken or crazy in some ways.
Pun-Pun probably also used to be an ace in the eyes of others (good looking (apparently), good grades but not nerdy, cool and aloof), until Kanie gave him a Heroic BSOD that completely drained him of all confidence, leading him to where he is now.
Death Equals Redemption: Subverted. Mama Pun-Pun apologizes to Pun-Pun before she dies for treating him badly, but even then Pun-Pun still can't bring himself to love her.
Despair Event Horizon: Pun-Pun reaches it after killing Aiko's mother. From that point on, he talks even less, becomes abusive to Aiko, constantly thinks about how long a murderer would spend in jail, and plans to kill Aiko before killing himself to escape the guilt.
Eye Scream: Aiko tells Pun-Pun that he only needs one eye to look after her with and begins to drive a fork through it. She stops herself, though.
Gonk: Tons of characters. They generally look normal with the exception of, say, having horribly glazed eyes staring in different directions, or gaping smiles. One of Pun-Pun's childhood friends, Komatsu, has eyes that are a little too open, and sure enough, the audience loses sympathy with him at the same time he goes completely Gonk.
Heroic BSOD: Seems like every major character suffers at least one.
Hope Spot: Chapters 130-131. You just know it's going to be better after Pun-Pun shows that he still loves Aiko. But you're proven wrong when in Chapter 132, he plans to kill her and then kill himself in order to be free of his guilt from killing Aiko's mom.
Take That: Asano Inio makes quite a few blatant stabs at the current trend of childishness in anime and manga, including a very poorly drawn young girl in her underwear drawn in the last page of chapter 89 prompting readers to buy the next volume standing next to an equally poorly drawn anthropomorphic crocodile, and an unusually placed rant by a nameless character about the "impurity" of actual women over 2-D fictional variants.