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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Reader's Diary #1805- Inio Asano: Goodnight Punpun 1

Wow, two awesome mangas right in a row. And like Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki, a large part of the appeal was the amazing art. This came as a bit of a surprise after the cover which depicts the titular character as a crudely drawn bird (basically a ghost shape with a beak). Besides Punpun and his family however, every other character is drawn as human and each with very distinct features. Then the backgrounds are incredibly detailed. I've since read in another review that Asano used photos in his comics but where the photos end and the drawings begin is usually and magically difficult to tell.

Besides the art though it's just a zany but still comprehensible and engaging story with superb character building. Essentially it's Punpun's coming-of-age story, but he comes from a dysfunctional family and a realistic boy's adolescence is shown with warts and all. Punpun, however, has a naive charm (perhaps aided by his appearance) and won me over almost instantly. Given some of the themes, it was at times dark and/or sad, but it's also funny as hell.

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