YMMV / Oyasumi Punpun


  • Alas, Poor Scrappy
    • Mama Punpun spends her dying moments regretting not being a warmer mother to Punpun. This moved a lot of readers who had previously hated her.
    • After Punpun kills her mother, Aiko spends her remaining time before she herself commits suicide very miserably, with Punpun abusing her frequently.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation
    • Punpun's mom. At times, she may seem to border Evil Matriarch levels. At times, she seems to just be grumpy. Besides Punpun, she is without a doubt the most conflicted character within the series.
    • The ending leaves itself open for interpretation. Is it a happy ending because Punpun seems to be going down a path of normal and sanity now, or is he just a hollow shell who keeps marching on because he isn't even strong enough to kill himself? Word of God says the latter is closer to what he intended.
    • Aiko gets a lot of this, particularly in later chapters. For example, whether or not many of her actions are an understandable effect of being a constant victim of abuse, or just plain and genuinely twisted and unforgivable, is a subject of debate. Punpun's own actions, which come from similar causes, are also debated frequently.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Aiko. A lot of people dislike her for screwing up Punpun, and being the catalyst for a lot of his poor decisions and darker moments, even if she didn't want that to happen. However, some find her an incredibly tragic Woobie due to her past.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Has been known to happen. The story eventually becomes so relentless and depressing that it can turn people off. In particular some people feel that Punpun, initially a sympathetic but very flawed Classical Anti-Hero, gradually becomes such a horrendous individual that they find it hard to excuse his behavior or care what becomes of him.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Some people that a number of he twists in volumes 12 and 13 pertaining to Punpun and Aiko are this.
  • Ho Yay:
    • The end page of chapter 104 depicts Aiko and Sachi cuddling together.
    • Seki and Shimizu have a very strong relationship as a result of the former saving the latter's life from a fire (which results with both holding hands and Seki looking embarrassedly to the side). They are the only friends from the group to remain close throughout their teenage years, keeping each other grounded. Seki's girlfriend once asked if he was gay from how much he talked about Shimizu.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The sex scene in chapter 36 is... rather disturbing to look at. What the characters are saying doesn't do much to lighten it up, either.
    • What Punpun looks like when he snaps in volume 9. He becomes this black mass with too many eyes, and tends to spout lots of nihilistic quotes whenever he's depicted like this.
      • It gets worse in volume 11, after he kills Aiko's mother, when the latter tried to stab Aiko, and in volume 12, when he beats someone up for criticizing Sachi's manga (among other things), and later tries to kill Aiko, and then himself, in absolute grief over his murder.
      • And then we get this frame as Punpun beats up the guy in volume 12.
  • Squick: In chapter 137, Punpun and Aiko have sex in a forest. And right after a very disturbing emotional confrontation between the two of them, at that.
  • True Art Is Angsty: The manga is frequently held in high regard by people who read it, considering it a masterfully done Comingof Age Story, and it is frequently praised for its lifelike characters, strong art, and skillful visual storytelling. It's also relentlessly dark, cynical, and sometimes even nihilistic.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Characters include a god of poop in an alien spaceship, a perpetually smiling, photorealistic god with an afro, and the main character and his family are usually depicted as cartoony birds, despite everyone else in the series being relatively very realistically drawn, and at one point Punpun turns into a triangle for a while, when he starts living alone. The surrealism gets toned down as the story goes on, however.
  • The Woobie: Aiko. She had, by far, the worst life of anyone in the story. And it ends with her committing suicide.

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